Core Competencies for Professionals

To be successful at taking on higher levels of leadership responsibility and prepare for the demands of being owners and executives, new practice builders need specific and relevant training in the intricacies of leading an A/E firm in ever-changing, always uncertain economic times.

Core Competencies for Professionals, (CCP) is an integrated series of eight seminars that provides a regional, affordable, and accessible means to train key staff. The reality-based curriculum focuses on the core skills necessary to think strategically about their markets, build effective teams, and deliver great service to their most valued clients. Our faculty is comprised of national experts who are acknowledged leaders in their areas of expertise. The course has been carefully designed to provide the following features:

A Cohesive Seminar Series, Offered Annually

The program is designed as a series, with cohesive curriculum covering the spectrum of subjects important to aspiring principals. The curriculum will be offered annually as a consistent means of providing-- on a regional level-- a standardized path for training emerging leaders and senior managers of engineering companies.

Offered Remotely

While there is uncertainty about what the future of in-person trainings may look like, our commitment to the Core Competencies program is unwavering. The curriculum will be offered virtually, via Microsoft Teams, to insure continuity. Students will have access to Teams channels for class networking, group projects, and more.

A Limited Attendance Series

Attendance will be limited to maximize learning and to ensure meaningful interaction and exchange of ideas.

Setting a Standard

We are setting a new standard for training future leaders. Participants will be eligible for a total of 32 PDHs and will receive an “ACEC Washington Certificate of Completion upon completion of the series.

ACEC Recognition

ACEC Washington will recognize graduates at our Spring Conference, the participants who complete this series, as the acknowledged leaders of tomorrow.

Participation Fee

$1,850 for ACEC Washington Member firms
$2,850 for Non-Member firms.

The participation fee includes:

  • Eight four-hour sessions and all resource materials
  • Networking opportunities with the industry's rising stars and future leaders.
  • FREE registration to the ACEC Spring Conference, where recognition of CCP graduates will be held. Includes all meals, educational sessions, and conference activities.

Participants are required to attend all sessions (no substitutes are accepted) to receive a Certificate of Completion. Make-up sessions are available within one year.

32 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are awarded for attending all eight sessions.

2020-2021 Class Schedule

September 22, 2020: Leadership & Personal Development ♦ Mike Baker
October 13, 2020: Finance & Accounting ♦ Karen Ledbetter
November 10, 2020 Ownership Transition Planning ♦ David Cohen
December 8, 2020: Political Involvement ♦ Cliff Webster, Steve Hall, & Van Collins
January 19, 2021: Contracts & Liability ♦ Jennifer Beyerlein & Andrew Gabel
February 9, 2021: Human Resources ♦ Nancy Komola
March 9, 2021: Strategic Marketing ♦ Randy Tuminello
April 13, 2021: Strategic Planning ♦ Steve Walker
Certification and Graduation at ACEC Washington Spring Conference

All classes are held on Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon, via Microsoft Teams. As public health recommendations allow, we will offer additional in-person networking and social opportunities for the class to convene.


Additional questions? Please contact Claire Inslee