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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.

Designed for working construction managers and building professionals, our program features:

  • Experienced Instructors—Learn from veteran construction managers who can help you succeed in today's building industry
  • Real-World Learning—Class projects and case studies provide dynamic training in emerging technologies and new methods of project delivery
  • Networking Opportunities—Connect with instructors, professional associations and peers who can help advance your career
  • Industry Credibility—Courses are endorsed by the region's top industry associations (BIA, SRBX, American Society of Professional Estimators) and you'll earn academic credit through the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Immediate ROI—The lessons you learn can be immediately applied, and you'll walk away with a clear understanding of a systems-based approach to construction management and valuable insights into the construction industry

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.

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Quarterly schedule of courses

  Course Units F W SP SU
Project Scheduling and Management 3.0   C   C
Construction Law and Contracts 4.0 C   C  
Integrating Construction Management Principles 3.0   C   C
Construction Accounting and Financial Management 3.0 C   C  
Construction Plan Reading and Specifications 3.0 C   C  
Estimating Preconstruction and Bidding 4.0   C   C
F=Fall W=Winter SP=Spring SU=Summer; Schedules subject to change.
O = Online C = Classroom OC = Online and Classroom H = Hybrid


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