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Construction Management Certificate Program

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
  • 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.

About the Program:

The Construction Management Certificate Program consists of six required courses, with curriculum structured to build upon and reinforce your learning from previous classes. Construction Management courses are taught at UC Davis Extension's convenient Sacramento facility.

You'll complete the program with a clear understanding of modern construction management concepts and the training and expertise to put them into practice, including:

  • Estimating and Bidding—How to prepare winning bids and manage design-and-build projects of any size
  • Construction Project Scheduling—Learn to accurately determine construction methods, labor needs and project time frames
  • Leading as a Construction Manager—Proven strategies for supervising and monitoring construction activities
  • Construction Accounting—Understand cost accounting principles and applications in a construction environment
  • Construction Law and Contract Management—Insights into rules of bidding and the rights and liabilities of construction contractors and design professionals
  • Blueprint and Plan Reading—Learn how to read and apply blueprints and plans from conceptual drawings to final construction

Learn from the best

Our instructors are some of Sacramento's leading construction management professionals with decades of practical experience in construction law and contract management, accounting, insurance and consulting. They use engaging case studies to help you translate theoretical principles into day-to-day use on your job site.

Designed for professionals like you

UC Davis Extension's Construction Management Certificate Program and courses are designed to benefit construction managers, owners, construction contractors, architects, engineers, framers, electricians, plumbers, mechanical contractors, foundation layers, commercial and residential construction professionals, and real estate and financial leaders.

Advisory Board:

UC Davis Extension's Construction Management Certificate Program Advisory Board provides an employers' perspective on industry trends and training needs, ensuring that our courses are up-to-date, relevant and reflect knowledge you need to succeed on the job.

Our program advisers are leading members of the Sacramento business community who have decades of first-hand experience working in the construction industry.

  • 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)
  • Myron Temchin, vice president, senior program director, Parsons

Courses Approved By:

The UC Davis Extension Construction Management Certificate Program courses are approved by the UC Davis Department of Civil Engineering, which also provides academic credit for the courses.

The Construction Management Certificate Program is endorsed by two of Sacramento's leading industry associations, the North State Building Industry Association and the Sacramento Builders Exchange. Members receive a 10 percent discount on their course enrollment fees with proof of membership.

Estimated Cost:

Tuition for the entire Construction Management Certificate Program is $4,462.50 to $5,250 depending when you enroll. The certificate application fee ($125), textbooks and parking are not included in the tuition fee.

Program Requirements:

You’ll be awarded a certificate in Construction Management upon the successful completion of 20 required units of designated coursework. 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.

Quarterly schedule of courses

Estimating and Bidding3.0CC
Project Scheduling and Management3.0CO
Construction Accounting and Contract Management3.0CC
Construction Law and Contracts4.0CC
Integrating Construction Management Principles3.0CC
Construction Blueprint and Plan Reading3.0CC
F=Fall W=Winter SP=Spring SU=Summer; Schedules subject to change.
O = Online C = Classroom OC = Online and Classroom H = Hybrid

Required Courses

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.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.

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.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.

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 open for enrollment.

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.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:

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.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.

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 open for enrollment.

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“I have been a licensed contractor since 2004. UC Davis Extension played a direct role in enhancing my business.”

Todd Ellis, owner and project manager, Ellis Construction

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Career Outlook

Whether you work in residential, commercial, transportation or utility system construction, qualified construction managers are in demand and command a premium salary:

  • $85,630—Annual median salary for construction managers in 2014
  • 18.4%—Projected job growth for construction managers in California through 2022
  • #2—California’s national ranking in terms of highest pay level for construction managers

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition; – Construction Managers