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Certificate Program in Construction Management

Employment of construction managers is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Many opportunities exist for construction professionals with the right set of skills. To be successful, you must remain competitive during fluctuating economic cycles. Enhance your knowledge of the construction industry and expand your capacity for leadership with the Construction Management Certificate Program.

Acquire the business and technical knowledge to thrive in this challenging industry. Program advisers are business leaders with firsthand experience of issues and current trends. Learn a comprehensive, systems-based approach to construction management, and gain valuable insight into the construction industry. Leverage today’s opportunities, and remain dynamic.

Gain practical knowledge that matters

  • Learn to prepare winning bids.
  • Gain the ability to manage construction projects of any size.
  • Accurately determine construction methods, labor needs and time estimates.
  • Acquire the ability to supervise and monitor all construction activities.
  • Discover practical methods for day-to-day management of construction projects.

Designed for professionals like you

This program benefits construction managers, owners, contractors, architects, engineers, framers, electricians, plumbers, mechanical contractors, foundation layers, commercial and residential construction professionals, and real estate and financial leaders.

Learn from the best

Our instructors are construction professionals with practical experience in construction management, law, accounting, insurance and consulting. They use case studies to bring theoretical principles down to earth. Our program advisers are leading members of the business community who have first-hand experience with the construction industry. They advise UC Davis Extension on issues and trends, and provide valuable insights into training needs from the employers' perspective.

The North State Building Industry Association and the Sacramento Builders Exchange endorse this program. Members receive a 10 percent discount on their course enrollment fees with proof of membership.

Program Advisers

  • Jim Cardin, project executive, Balfour Beatty Construction
  • John Cooper, regional manager, Associated General Contractors of California
  • Doug Patrick, CCM, CEng., senior associate, Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • Steve Durham, chief of construction services, California Department of General Services
  • Russell Green, ASPE president, estimator, Swineton Builders
  • Tim Murchison, vice president, URS Corporation
  • Michael Self, executive director, Builders Exchange of Stockton
  • Mark Steenburg, chief of contract administration, California Department of Water Resources—Division of Engineering/Construction
  • Ken Stram, vice president/principal, Psomas
  • Michael Strech, president, CEO, North State BIA (Building Industry Association)
  • Peter Tateishi, executive vice president, Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange
  • Myron Temchin, vice president, senior program director, Parsons

Courses approved by

UC Davis Department of Civil Engineering

Certificate Requirements

Courses may be taken individually or as part of a certificate program. Participants will be awarded a certificate in Construction Management upon the successful completion of 16 required units and six (6) elective units of designated course work. Tuition for the entire Construction Management Certificate Program is $5,955 to $6,480, depending on when you enroll. The certificate application fee ($45), textbooks and parking are not included in the tuition fee.

Quarterly schedule of courses
REQUIRED COURSES Estimating and Bidding 3   Classroom format    
Project Scheduling and Management 3 Classroom format   Online Learning Format  
Construction Accounting and Contract Management 3 Classroom format      
Construction Law and Contracts 4   Classroom format    
Integrating Construction Management Principles 3     Classroom format  
ELECTIVE COURSES Construction Blueprint and Plan Reading 3 Classroom format      
California Building Codes 3        
Managing Public Works Projects, Construction Change Orders and Claims 3       Classroom format
Building Commissioning 1.5        
CALGreen: The California Green Building Standards Code 1.5        
Estimating Tools and Techniques 3        
Leadership in Pre-Construction and Pre-Design 3        
F=Fall W=Winter SP=Spring SU=Summer; Schedules subject to change
Classroom format Classroom format
Online Learning Format Online Learning format

Required Courses

Estimating and Bidding

3 quarter units academic credit, X402.2. 17 PDU Hours

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.


Construction Blueprint and Plan Reading, or two years of experience reading construction blueprints and plans.

This course is not currently scheduled.


Project Scheduling and Management

3 quarter units academic credit, X402.4. 30 GEN Hours, 30 PDU Hours

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 by computer 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.

This course is not currently scheduled.


Construction Accounting and Contract Management

3 quarter units academic credit, X415.3. 12 PDU Hours

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.

This course is not currently scheduled.


Construction Law and Contracts

4 quarter units academic credit, X406.1. 40 MCLE Hours, 9 PDU Hours

Learn How to Better Manage Your Contracts and Projects

Learn to recognize legal issues that 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.

This course is not currently scheduled.


Integrating Construction Management Principles

3 quarter units academic credit, X415.4. 0 GEN CEUs, 0 GEN Hours, 16 PDU CEUs

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.


Estimating and Bidding, Project Scheduling and Management, Construction Law and Contracts, Construction Accounting and Contract Management.

This course is not currently scheduled.


Elective Courses

Construction Blueprint and Plan Reading

3 quarter units academic credit, X406.25A. 8 PDU CEUs

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.

This course is not currently scheduled.


California Building Codes

3 quarter units academic credit, X406.24. MCLE Hours

Anyone involved in construction projects—in the office or in the field—must be knowledgeable about the laws and codes regulating construction in California. Gain that crucial understanding as you examine the California Building Codes and their applications. Discover the scope and fundamental requirements for building design. Improve your understanding of the regulations affecting egress, accessibility for the disabled and fire protection.  Explore how product standards are developed and how to investigate and verify approvals. Review the California Building Standard Code (Title 24) within the scheme of California's regulations, its basis in law, when and where it applies.

This course is not currently scheduled.


Managing Public Works Projects, Construction Change Orders and Claims

3 quarter units academic credit, X406.27. 13 PDU Hours

This course integrates all elements of construction management in the process of managing public works construction projects. Discover the major procedures and pitfalls of participating in large public works projects, and review the legal and contractual duties and responsibilities of each participant. Using case studies, explore the dynamics of the process through contracts, schedules, change orders and claims.

Discuss useful contract provisions and methods of calculating and evaluating change orders and claims. Acquire a construction management philosophy that will help ensure minimal or no claims at the end of the project. Contractors, subcontractors and public (and private) works administrators involved with managing public works projects, change orders and claims gain a clear sense of how to improve their management processes.

This course is not currently scheduled.


Building Commissioning

1.5 quarter units academic credit, X428.1.

Gain an overview of the process for commissioning buildings and the mechanical, electrical and envelope systems that serve a building. A technical session will examine selected building systems and development of associated commissioning performance tests. Topics include:

  • Formation and responsibility of the commissioning team
  • Types of commissioning documentation, their preparation and the process involved in new building commissioning
  • Existing building retro-commission
  • Continuous commissioning

This course is not currently scheduled.

CALGreen: The California Green Building Standards Code

1.5 quarter units academic credit, X428.2.

Learn about CALGreen, the California Green Building Standards Code, and how it applies to your building discipline. In an effort to lessen the impact buildings have on the environment, California developed and adopted the first-in-the-nation mandatory green building code. As of January 2011, all new buildings in California must be constructed with the environment in mind. Gain insight into CALGreen's mandatory measures in the areas of planning and design, water efficiency and conservation, material conservation and resource efficiency, and environmental quality.

This course is not currently scheduled.

Estimating Tools and Techniques

3 quarter units academic credit, X428.20. 0 GEN CEUs, 0 GEN Hours, 30 PDU CEUs

Anyone contributing to the costs of construction projects, budget proposals, cost controls and change order management must know how to develop a responsible estimate. Gain an understanding of the tools and techniques used in compiling, organizing and analyzing the various elements that influence the costs of construction projects. Learn the latest tools in estimating, and explore emerging technology for maximizing the effectiveness of estimating.  Examine spreadsheet organization, database management, digital take off and 5D estimating. Project engineers, project managers, owner representatives, designers and owners will benefit from this course.

You will be utilizing two software programs in this course, On-Screen Takeoff and Autodesk Quantity Takeoff (QTO). In order to prepare for the free trial downloads, you will need to have the following hardware capabilities. Please note that Autodesk QTO is also Mac compatible.  

On-Screen Takeoff® Professional, PlanViewer, and ePlan

Windows Operating System Windows XP SP2 (SP3 recommended)
Windows Vista SP1 (SP2 recommended)
Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate
Processor 32 Bit / 1 GHz
Memory (RAM) 1GB
Monitor/Resolution Super VGA (800x600)
Free Hard Drive Space 500MB
Internet Connection An unrestricted connection is required for authorizing the product
Web Browser Internet Explorer 6

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff (QTO)

Windows Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows 7
It is recommended that non-English language versions of Autodesk Quantity Takeoff be installed on an operating system with a user interface language that matches the code page of the Autodesk Quantity Takeoff language. A code page provides support for character sets used in different languages. See the Windows Vista versions section of the Microsoft website.
Processor Intel Pentium IV processor, 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor (or faster)
Multiple processors supported
Dual core supported
Memory (RAM) 2 GB (minimum)
4 GB (recommended)
Monitor/Resolution 1024 x 768 True Color (minimum)
Display Card 128 MB Video Adaptor Card (minimum)
256 MB or greater, Direct 3D compatible 3D Video Adaptor Card (recommended)
Free Hard Drive Space 550MB free space
Web Browser Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher

This course is not currently scheduled.

Leadership in Pre-Construction and Pre-Design

3 quarter units academic credit, X406.26. 16 PDU Hours

Pre-construction principles, when implemented, create stability, increased profit margins and project success. Learn to evaluate the importance of initiating, executing, monitoring and controlling standards of practice during the pre-construction and pre-design processes. Establish a solid foundation for understanding the preparatory nature of developing and delivering cradle to grave projects.

This course is not currently scheduled.


Choose elective courses from other certificate programs

UC Davis Extension offers a wide array of elective courses in other certificate programs to build the career skills that are right for your goals and plans. Working with UC Davis Extension staff you can choose elective courses in:

  • Human Resource Development and Management
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Land Use and Natural Resources
  • Project Management
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Workplace Health and Safety

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North State Building Industry Association and the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange

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"As a project manager with more than 12 years of experience in public-sector construction management, I have found the content, structure and instruction provided through this Construction Management Certificate Program to be consistently top rate. A variety of leading construction professionals offers valuable insights, updates on industry trends and quality networking opportunities you won't find anywhere else. This program has added tremendous value to my resume."

Jonathan Pike, associate, Sierra West Group, LLC

"As a project manager for a commercial contractor, I continuously work to update and learn new skills. I have found the classes offered through the Construction Management Certification Program at UC Davis Extension to be the best source for furthering my education. I've also been working on earning my bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and have been able to transfer the units earned through UC Davis Extension to that university system. Thanks for offering such a great program."

Ed James

"The UC Davis Extension Construction Management Certificate Program is highly beneficial. The instructors are all from the industry and therefore have a working, practical approach to the subject matter. The evening courses allow working professionals the opportunity to further their knowledge without encroaching on their normal workday."

Henry (Hank) S. Lamon, president, Lamon Construction Co., Inc.