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Prerequisites, Requirements and Accreditation

I don't have a background in construction management. Am I qualified to enter this program?

You do not have to have any prior industry experience or prior education to join our program.

What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

You must earn a grade of C or higher in all six courses to earn a Construction Management Certificate. You have five years from the date of enrollment to complete the certificate.

May I enroll in individual courses without completing the certificate?

Yes, you may take individual courses without joining the certificate program.

How does the “Fast Track model” work?

UC Davis Extension’s Fast Track Certificate format is a convenient way to accelerate the training process. Students can complete a certificate program in twelve months and save on the overall certificate cost with our pre-pay pricing option.

When you choose the Fast Track Certificate option, we automatically enroll you in one to two classes per quarter, as outlined in that course section description, for four quarters (12 months).

These are the same classes that you would take individually, but my letting us designate which classes you take in which quarters you receive a 15% discount on the program cost and we waive your $125 Declaration of Candidacy (that is over a $900 savings – like getting one class for free).

If you have already taken previous Construction Management courses from UC Davis Extension you are not eligible to join the Fast Track.

One consideration is that while the fast track program will reduce the cost of the program it is not the right option for all students. Taking two classes in a single quarter can be a big commitment when you factor in personal and professional obligations. There is no flexibility with this format, you must take the classes as they are designated.

How long will it take me to complete the Certificate Program?

Students in the Fast Track Certificate Program will finish in twelve months. Students who complete one course at a time each quarter will finish in 16 to 18 months. Students can take up to five years to complete the program.

What are the best courses to start with? Is there a preferred order to the program?

You can join the program in any quarter – the only course that you cannot start with is the Estimating course.

Plan Reading and Specifications is the ideal first course in the program. It is not only a prerequisite for Estimating, Preconstruction and Bidding, it is also the baseline for all other classes in the program.

What is the cost of the program?

Courses range between $865 to $895, for a total cost of $5,250 plus books and the certificate candidacy fee of $125.

Fast Track Certificate Program students will pay a total cost of $4,462.50 plus the cost of books. There is no candidacy fee for Fast Track students.

Required Courses (19 units) Quarter

Enroll Tuition

Standard Tuition

Construction Accounting and Financial Management (3 units)




Construction Plan Reading and Specifications (3 units)




Project Scheduling and Management (3 units)




Estimating, Preconstruction and Bidding (4 units)




Construction Law and Contracts (4 units)




Integrating Construction Management Principles (3 units)

Note: Will be changing title to Principles of Construction Management




Certificate Program Tuition Subtotal



UCD Extension Declaration of Candidacy Fee



Textbooks (average total not incurred through UCDE



Approximate Program Total




Construction Fast Track Option

Tuition (20 units)

Save 15% off std. tuition

Declaration of Candidacy Fee Waived

$125 savings

Construction Fast Track Subtotal



(Savings of $912.50)


What is the Early Enrollment Discount?

Early enroll tuition is based on enrollment two weeks prior to course start date.

Are there program discounts for which I might be eligible?

UC Davis Extension has numerous discounts available to those who take courses a la carte, including group discounts, early enrollment discounts and association discounts such as BIA, SRBX, ASPE, CMAA and Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) members. The Fast Track program is already highly discounted, and, as such, does not include any additional discounts.


Are the courses available in classroom or online?

Currently, all of the course are offered in class only. Our classroom is known as the Sutter Square Galleria and is located at 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816.

While you must be able to attend all courses to participate in the program, you also must have online access. Many of the classes require that you bring a laptop to class to participate in class quizzes, interactive assignments and work on class projects.

Is it hard to balance the classes while working full time

Our classes are designed for working professionals and that is why all of the Construction Management courses are held either in the evenings or Saturdays (or a mix of the two). In terms of class work, the general rule of thumb is that for every hour of class you should expect about 2 hours of outside class work – most of our courses are 3 hours per week, that would mean you should expect about 6 hours of outside class work (homework and readings per week).

How many classes should I take in a quarter? I work full time.

For full time working professionals, we recommend that you take one course per quarter. You can take more if you want, but it is nice to start with one course and then make the decision to increase your course load.

Job Opportunities

We do not offer internships or job referrals, however, the instructors and the fellow students in the class make up an invaluable network of people currently employed in the industry and can be a great asset to you in your career.