I passed CE recently and wanted to circle back to this blog as it helped me very much while studying. I decided to take CE after passing PJM/PCM as my friend and others have had success taking these exams out of order. I did find that some of the CE material overlaps with the PJM/PCM exams. I have some real world experience with bidding, site visits/construction administration so that was definitely helpful.
I read the Ballast Review Guide and used the Black Spectacles study guide & YouTube videos.
With that being said here are my tips if you are preparing for this exam:
1) Know the contracts especially the A201
2) Know who is responsible/liable in each situation if something goes wrong or more information is needed during construction. Generally the architect is responsible for code compliance while the GC is responsible for means and methods.
3) Understand the process for RFIs and submittals. Documents from GC/Subs always go through and are reviewed by the GC before submitted to the Architect. Architect reviews RFIs with his consultants and responds to the GC. The Architect reviews submittals and RFIs in a reasonable amount of time to not delay the project unless a specific date is listed in the submittal schedule.
4) Most of the times if there is an issue at the site the Architect will note it in a field report, never direct a GC or Sub on how to build something, store materials, etc.
5) Understand what happens and each parties role at the times of bidding, substantial completion, & final completion.
6) Have a general understanding of commissioning and its purpose
Any questions please comment as I would be happy to help. Best of luck to everyone looking to take this exam!
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