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New Year, New Leaders

Chuck Elyea, CCIFP, Chairman

I’m excited to announce that the ICCIFP Board of Trustees has appointed Herb Brownett to serve as Vice Chairman of the Institute, as Ed Bond recently resigned from this role. With more than 30 years as a construction financial professional, Herb is President of Brownett & Associates, a financial management and technology consulting firm with a focus on the construction industry. A CFMA member since 1988, Herb is a past Chairman of CFMA, has served as President of CFMA’s Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter, and currently serves as a Board Member of the Philadelphia Chapter.

Herb was one of several key visionaries who saw the need for a construction certification, and founded the ICCIFP. He served as the first Chairman of the Institute and is certificate holder #1. Most recently, Herb received CFMA’s Danny B. Parrish Outstanding Leadership Award at CFMA’s 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition. 

I am also excited to introduce Veronica Whitehead as the new ICCIFP Executive Director. Veronica brings more than 15 years of experience in the training and education field, most recently serving as Director of Certification Programs for the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). 

While at RIMS, she helped launch and implement a new certification program and helped develop association partnerships to bring visibility to certification. In addition, she converted the Society’s certification to computer-based testing and worked toward ANSI compliance. Her experience and educational background in adult and continuing education will help promote and grow our organization and its designation.

Initiatives & Policy Changes
I want to take a moment and reflect on some of the recent initiatives and changes which the Institute has and continues to focus.

Women in Construction
As I mentioned in the beginning of my tenure as Chairman, women account for more than 30% of CCIFPs. However, we hope to further grow that figure to better align with the number of women in construction. We believe that Veronica’s experience partnering with other associations will greatly contribute to the success of this endeavor.

Exam Retake 
In July, the wait period for unsuccessful candidates to retake the exam was reduced from six weeks to two weeks and fees were cut from $600 to $300. This policy was changed to encourage candidates to take the exam sooner since the exam moved to computer-based testing.


Perhaps the most significant policy change was implemented in October, regarding eligibility requirements to sit for the exam. Previously, 4,000 hours of applicable industry experience for degreed candidates was required. The new policy eliminates the experience requirement prior to sitting for the exam, but it must be obtained in the following five years before the CCIFP designation will be granted. Please visit for complete eligibility requirements.
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