Construction Management Certificate Program

Construction Management
Program at-a-Glance
6 classes
In-person or Online

Become a Leader in the Construction Industry

As the only construction management certificate program in the Sacramento area, our courses are taught by respected industry veterans (and potential employers) who understand the realities of today's building industry. You'll learn the business, managerial and technical skills to become a construction contractor, construction manager or assume a leadership role in the building industry.

What You’ll Learn

Our program features a robust curriculum endorsed by the region’s top industry associations, including BIA, SRBX and the American Society of Professional Estimators. You’ll learn how to:

  • Read and apply blueprints and plans from conceptual drawings to final construction
  • Prepare winning bids and manage design-and-build projects of any size
  • Accurately determine construction methods, labor needs and project time frames
  • Implement proven strategies for supervising and monitoring construction activities
  • Use cost accounting principles and applications in a construction environment
  • Follow rules of bidding and the rights and liabilities of construction contractors and design professionals

What You’ll Get

Our program offers:

  • One-on-one interaction with veteran construction managers who can help you succeed in today's building industry
  • Class projects and case studies that provide dynamic, real-world training in emerging technologies and new methods of project delivery
  • Unique networking opportunities with instructors, professional associations and fellow students that can help advance your career
  • Convenient learning options with both online and in-person courses available
  • Practical knowledge of a systems-based approach to construction management that can be applied immediately to your job
  • Academic credit through the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fast Track

Save 15% on the cost of the Construction Management Certificate by enrolling in the Fast Track option. Learn more.

  • $89,535 is the average income for a construction manager (Glassdoor)
  • Construction management jobs are expected to grow by 11% by 2026, which is faster than the national job growth average (Bureau of Labor Management)
  • Top five states for construction management employment: California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois (Bureau of Labor Management)

This program requires completion of 20 required units of designated course work with a grade of “C” or better. Courses may be taken individually or as part of the Construction Management Certificate Program.

Course content is frequently revised to ensure that the program is up-to-date with the latest industry standards. For this reason, you must complete all of the course requirements of your certificate within five years from the day you enroll in the first course. A certificate will not be awarded if the requirements are not completed and your application for candidacy is not received within this timeframe.

For additional information about our enrollment policies, please click here.

Required Courses

Construction Law and Contracts
Quarter Academic Credit

Learn How to Better Manage Your Contracts and Projects

Discover how to recognize legal issues that can arise during the construction process in this overview of construction law. Gain insights into rules of bidding and the rights and liabilities of contractors and design professionals, including the law of mechanic’s lien, stop notices and payment bonds. Learn about: 

  • Remedies and obligations
  • Performance
  • Contractors’ license law and bond requirements
  • Mediation, arbitration and court trials for dispute resolution
  • Public works projects
  • Contract phraseology

Explore contract theory and contract administration, and consider managing and mitigating risk. Review the importance of documentation, the effects of change orders and industry trends for controlling cost.

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Integrating Construction Management Principles
Quarter Academic Credit

Discover how to take a holistic approach to the management of your construction projects. Learn to step back and take a look at the big picture and integrate all you know into the development of a comprehensive strategy. Improve your decision-making and your bottom line by increasing your efficiency and effectively guiding your team.

Using case studies, explore the entire lifecycle of a construction project, including design development, budgeting, contracting methodologies and construction oversight. Guest lecturers join the instructor to provide additional depth and topic-specific expertise.

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Project Scheduling and Management
Quarter Academic Credit

Learn a systems approach to project management as well as the historical development of planning methods. From preliminary design to final walkthrough, scheduling is critical for successful construction projects. Focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively plan and control projects of any size. Gain an in-depth understanding of scheduling and project controls. 

Discuss work breakdown structures, project specifications, critical path method scheduling techniques, network analysis using Primavera (P6), resource and cost allocation and claims management. Know the ins-and-outs of managing a Baseline schedule and updating that schedule from design through construction completion.

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Construction Blueprint and Plan Reading
Quarter Academic Credit

It is crucial for anyone involved in construction and manufacturing projects to have the ability to read and understand blueprints and building plans. Whether you're in the field or in the office, you need to know how the site plan affects the building plan, what building departments look for in plan checks and how plans affect contracts.

Explore the design-and-build method of the construction process. Focus on reading and applying blueprints and plans from conceptual drawings to final construction. Improve your understanding of change orders and profit margins.

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Construction Accounting and Contract Management
Quarter Academic Credit

Gain an understanding of basic accounting concepts and how they apply to the construction industry using a team approach to cost management. Construction management teams must anticipate, monitor and control the various components of every job.

Beginning with an introduction to accounting, learn cost accounting principles and applications. Examine profit and loss statements, cash flow evaluation, revenue projection, job management and closeouts. Learn to monitor construction progress and payment schedules and to administer contracts and computer applications for the construction industry.

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Estimating and Bidding
Quarter Academic Credit

Estimating Principals That Can Maximize Company Profit

Learn essential methodologies and processes that are important for an accurate estimate. Understand the role of the estimator not only in terms of predicting project cost, but also by recognizing potential risk that impacts the financial bottom line of an estimate. This class is based on the premise that an accurate estimate is built from the following:

  • Thorough examination of all pertinent project information
  • Quantity analysis
  • Information assimilated into an organized format that can be easily understood
  • Analysis and monetary determinations that reflect accurate costs related to production, material, equipment
  • Consider plausible risks that effect pricing
  • The estimating analysis process is to consider the law of diminishing returns when preparing an estimate

Although these are important components that make up an accurate estimate, they are certainly not exclusive to the make-up of a successful project estimate. This class will dissect each of these along with other important concepts and will examine their rationale. Students will be shown examples and case studies to demonstrate sound estimating practices.

This insightful and practical information will benefit contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, architects, administrators, accountants, project engineers.  This class will not only discuss commonly accepted estimating practices, but also expose the student to new exciting estimating technology that is now common in the estimating profession.

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Required Courses

Required Courses Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
Construction Law and Contracts 4 Online Classroom Classroom
Integrating Construction Management Principles 3 Classroom Online Classroom
Project Scheduling and Management 3 Online Classroom Classroom
Construction Blueprint and Plan Reading 3
Construction Accounting and Contract Management 3
Estimating and Bidding 3
  • At Your Own Pace: Take individual courses for a total cost of $5,250 (or an average cost of $875 per course).
    • A one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $125 must also be paid in order to receive your certificate.
  • Fast Track: Pay $4,462.50 in full at the time of enrollment and save over $900 on the cost of the program, including the waiver of the $125 registration fee. Learn more.
  • Textbooks and parking are not included in the cost of tuition.

For information about financing your education, please click here.

Ready to advance your career? Pick the option that best suits your needs and your lifestyle:

  • Register. Fill out a brief certificate registration form and pay the registration fee. By doing so, you declare your intent to complete the program, lock in program requirements and will be contacted by a program adviser who will work with you to map out your academic path.
  • Fast Track. Enroll in our Construction Management Fast Track Certificate Program to save 15% on the cost of the program. We’ll waive your $125 registration fee and a program representative will contact you to discuss your academic path.
  • Enroll in an individual course. Check out individual courses that are currently open for enrollment. Courses will be applied to the certificate program if you later decide to complete your certificate.
  • Sign up for an information session. Learn more about the program by enrolling in a free information session. If an information session for this program is not currently open for enrollment, click on “notify me,” and we’ll contact you when the next one becomes available.

Questions? We’re here to help. If you’ve got a question, email us or call (530) 757-8895.