Center for JOC Excellence and Arizona State University are the founding partners of the Job Order Contracting Certificate Program.  In addition to the certification class, CJE administers the national credentialing program for Job Order Contracting titled Certified Job Order Contracting Professional™ (CJP) and Assoc CJP.  Graduating from the certificate program provides evidence of education in approved Best Practices.  Obtaining the CJP credential is THE measurable standard by which to judge one’s knowledge and experience as a JOC professional.

The Certified Job Order Contracting Professional™ (CJP) designation program has grown exponentially, and now public agency solicitations are beginning to expressly evaluate the inclusion of team members with both certificate of completion for the training and the CJP designation.  The training and credentials validate expertise in the selection process.

The Job Order Contracting Certification Program provides owners and contractors a professional certification of the skills and knowledge needed to manage the job order contracting process.  The Certification Board is a semi-autonomous group within the Center for JOC Excellence that oversees the program, including the creation of the program content, examination, CJP credentialing, Associate CJP (CJP Assoc) credentialing, in addition to the policies and procedures that govern the program.  

What is Certification vs. Credentialing?

Certification is the first step to credentialing.  Successful completion of the JOC Training course either in person or online is a voluntary process and the certificate confirms the completion of the education program. The credentialing program recognizes the education and experience of an individual who meets the criteria and standards for either the Certified JOC Professional (CJP) or the Associate Certified JOC Professional (CJP Assoc).  It is ongoing proof of expertise, commitment to ethics, and professionalism.  It is maintained through CEUs.  To become certified with a credential, an individual must meet qualifying requirements, take the examination, and once approved, an individual is conferred the credentials.  Each certified professional must track and maintain CEUs for renewal on a tri-annual basis.  

The online JOC Training Program (a prerequisite for the credential) is available online through the integrated LMS.  The classroom training is scheduled in the Spring and Fall based on demand.  We encourage all industry professionals to get certified.

The Benefits of Certification: Rise Above & Advance Your Career!

Certification benefits all parties involved in the construction process as it raises the standards of professional practices.  CJPs practice with a high-level professionalism and ethics. Here are some other ways in which certification benefits those involved in program management, procurement, and construction:

Benefits to the Contractor

  • Demonstrates and validates expertise to an evaluation committee when pursuing job order contracts.
  • Is the recognized professional JOC credential indicating a high level of skill, knowledge, and best practices.
  • Enhances an individual’s image as a professional to their employer, their clients and colleagues.
  • Increases industry standing by meeting a national standard of professional practice.
  • Create a differentiator when competing in the qualifications process.

Benefits to the Employer

  • Provides a third party assessment of an employee’s JOC skills based on a comprehensive national standard.
  • Provides a competitive advantage by showing the employers dedication to the professionalism of its employees.
  • Enables professional development for career advancement.
  • Provides assurance of employees continued professional development through the maintenance of their certification.

Benefits to the Owners

  • Assigning a Contract Administrator, facilities manager, or procurement professional with credentials enables the public entity to implement successful JOC programs due to the expertise.
  • Provides an increased level of assurance of the skills of their construction team.
  • Provides a means to pre-qualify contractors who bid on their programs by requiring certified professionals and/or professionals that have completed the JOC training.
  • Provides a higher level of assurance that their program is being managed effectively and efficiently by an experienced JOC professional.
  • Peace of mind having a trained professional management team with credentials that understands the process.