PMP Formula: Actual Cost

PMP Formula Actual Cost (AC)

Actual cost (AC) is the realized cost incurred for the work performed on an activity during a specific time period. It is the total cost incurred in accomplishing the work that the EV measured. The AC needs to correspond in definition to what was budgeted in the PV and measured in the EV (e.g., direct hours only, direct costs only, or all costs including indirect costs). The AC will have no upper limit; whatever is spent to achieve the EV will be measured.

Formula Definition
AC Actual Cost
= CV ÷ (CPI - 1)
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