In partnership with Construction Experts, Inc., apprentices will complete a Professional Certificate in Construction Project Management as their related instruction requirement.
Course assignments are self-paced; students generally complete course objectives and assignments within 30-50 hours per course. Each course is hosted online and includes 10 weeks of instruction. Students can complete the program in a minimum of five months and a maximum of two years. Apprentices will register through San Diego State University to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for college credit.
Construction projects can be broken down into a series of critical stages — including estimating, bidding, planning, scheduling, and execution. While some construction professionals specialize in certain stages, such as sitework or estimating, many take on a more fluid role throughout the project lifecycle and contribute at all stages.
Throughout the program, students will participate in discussions with classmates and instructors using an online bulletin board. These discussions will give students the opportunity to examine everyday construction challenges shared by others in the construction industry. Lessons are supplemented by quizzes, which will give students immediate feedback on their understanding of the course content.
Students set their own class times to complete the work due each week. Typically, students should plan on dedicating about five hours per week, per class.
The lessons are led by active career professionals from all levels of the construction industry. Through their experience and extensive knowledge, students will learn what works — and what doesn’t — for job site leaders who are currently working in construction.
5 Months | Minimum Completion Time
6 Courses | Courses Required to Complete Certificate
Online | Program Format
SDSU Cost for Courses | $4,140
- ENGR 0032 – Planning and Scheduling (Required): 30-50 hours
Students will learn how to plan, prepare, and update construction project schedules in this online course. Through the use of case studies, learn how to define construction activities, determine activity duration, and assemble the activities into a logical construction schedule. Learn to create and use bar charts and critical path schedules.
- ENGR 0038 – Building Green Buildings – The Contractor’s Perspective (Required): 30-50 hours
The purpose of this course is to provide construction professionals with information that will help them to effectively bid, contract, build, and close out green building projects. We will explore the green building process from the contractor’s and subcontractor’s point of view. You will learn how to work with an outside commissioning authority to complete the job.
- ENGR 0043 – Construction Equipment and Methods (Required): 30-50 hours
Students will learn skills and methods to help advance their career in civil construction, advance your understanding in how to utilize equipment, identify and understand construction methods used to increase productivity on the job site, increase awareness in how to budget for and utilize equipment efficiently. Students will better understand safety procedures associated with different equipment, learn how to select and budget for the best equipment needed for the job and understand and apply methods used in utilizing construction equipment.
- ENGR 0047 – Construction Project Management (Required): 30-50 hours
This course provides a framework for understanding the project manager’s role, responsibilities, processes, and procedures. Students will learn the stages of the project, scheduling, feasibility, bidding and contracting, contracts, risk, claims, maintenance, warranties, and more. This is a paced, asynchronous online course. The course features a high level of student to student and student to instructor interaction.
- ENGR 0050 – Practical Applications of Construction Law (Required): 30-50 hours
Applications of Construction Law online course provides a framework for understanding the legal environment in which construction takes place. Students will learn the stages of contracts, how to avoid litigation, protective methods for the employee/employer in a litigious society, understand the legal liability of construction professionals, avoid disputes using clauses, and be more informed when navigating the legality of the jobsite. Students will learn about the different models of contracts, contract principles, offers, and defenses to the formation of contracts. We will review the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and how it is used in sales contracts. Topics also include the roles and responsibilities of the contractor, architect, and the documents that bind them. Bonds, liens, and waivers, the legal liability of construction professionals, avoiding disputes through use of clauses, and how to avoid defects are included in this course.
SELECT 1 OF THE FOLLOWING (Required): 30-50 hours
- ENGR 0031 – Contract Documents and Construction Law
This online course focuses on understanding the relationship between contract documents and the construction process.
- ENGR 0048 – Problem Solving and Risk Management
This course will focus on risk identification and assessment. Through practice with skillful problem-solving techniques, students will learn to manage, diminish, or eliminate risks. This is a paced, asynchronous online course. The course features a high level of student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction.
- ENGR 0049 – Construction Productivity and Cost Management
This course will focus on construction cost management and improving productivity with cost management strategies. Through practice with skillful problem-solving techniques, students will learn to manage costs and take proactive measures to increase productivity on their job sites. This is a paced, asynchronous online course. The course features a high level of student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction.
TOTAL – 180-300 Hours