Whether you are looking for a new career path and seeking to better understand current construction practices, or a veteran in the construction business looking to develop your project management skills, this program will help you progress in this industry.
These high-quality, interactive and fully-online classes are robust and are taught by professionals with extensive experience in both the construction industry and teaching others to succeed.
We are offering this program in partnership with Construction Experts, Inc. Students may choose individual classes based on their goals and previous experience or work toward a Certificate of Completion in one of six areas of focus.
All classes are online and are ten weeks long (unless otherwise noted) earning 4.5 CEUs each.
We offer CP 9100 Introduction to Construction in which students become familiar with different types of construction, and roles, stages, and processes of a construction project in a self-paced class in four module units.
Additionally, CP 9101 and CP 9102 are self-paced classes where students work through each module at their own pace. If you are enrolled in one of the self-paced classes (9100 Introduction to Construction, 9101 Introduction to Construction Estimating or 9102 Essential Construction Math only) a new module will open once you have taken the quiz for the prior module. You have access to Module 1 upon receiving class access. For example, once you take the quiz for Module 1, Module 2 will open.
All other classes are paced classes. Each week a new module will be released. The module contains online written lectures, assignments and a quiz. You will have all week to complete the assigned tasks. All work is due the following Sunday.
Each class has an instructor. Our instructors are construction professionals with decades of specialized experience in estimating, building, civil site work, supervision and project management.
In addition, all coursework for the certificate programs must be completed within three years.
The Civil Site Work Construction certificate provides students with all the fundamentals necessary to gain a better understanding for site work construction projects. Upon completion of this program, the student will have a rudimentary understanding of construction blueprints and materials, selected methods for utilizing construction equipment, common contract clauses and the basics of project management.
The Construction Practices certificate equips students with skills in blueprint reading, estimating, construction materials and practices, planning and scheduling, productivity, construction law and green building. Students will choose eight of ten classes to engage in online discourses on discussion forums where they will share resources, solve common industry problems and share best practices.
Uncover the basic and advanced principles of construction estimating and bidding. This in-depth program takes you through all the steps of estimating to give you the insights needed to project costs effectively.
Discover the basic principles of construction project management from planning, scheduling, application of legal aspects of construction, devising contracts, implementing insurance and equipment selection. This course will also provide students with an advanced understanding of the burgeoning field of green construction.
This certificate provides an insightful understanding of the relationship between contract documents and the construction project process. As a student in this program, you will learn how to plan, prepare and update project schedules for construction projects and become a more effective supervisor.
The Construction Supervision certificate helps develop the student's ability to manage and maintain construction sites to ensure a more productive work environment. Through the program, the student will be given the opportunity to identify and develop strong leadership skills, gain a strong foundation in building positive communication tactics, understand how to effectively prevent or troubleshoot any work-related issues and learn how to apply basic construction planning and scheduling skills.
Find full course descriptions and textbook information on the Construction Experts Course List.
Learn the basics of working with concrete in this self-paced seminar. Develop an deeper understanding of the most commonly used construction material.
Develop familiarity with the construction industry, its parties, and processes, and different types of construction, the diverse roles, stages, and processes of a construction project.
Develop foundational knowledge of the procedures, materials, equipment and practices that are needed in estimating for any trade or type of construction.
Develop mathematical skills through practice and application to the construction trade. Calculation of board feet, area, volume of shapes and concrete footings, slabs and conversions are amongst the topics studied. While this class is not a prerequisite for any other classes, it does provide a foundation for them.
Learn how to read architectural, structural, civil, mechanical and electrical blueprints. Practice looking up information and solving common construction problems by reading the blueprints.
The first of two hands-on detailed estimating courses in which students learn how to estimate general conditions, site work, excavation, concrete and masonry. Be sure to look over the prerequisites for this class.
The second course features hands-on estimating and quantity take off activities associated with metals, wood, doors & windows, finishes, electrical and mechanical estimating. You may take 9105 and 9106 in any order.
Develop foundational knowledge of construction materials and processes that utilize these materials. One material category, process and system is covered each week. Expand your studies to include materials and processes which are normally encountered by the student in his/her work place.
Develop an overall understanding of construction equipment and selected construction methods. Students will determine earthwork quantities, under-stand equipment economics and utilization, production rates, fundamentals of earthmoving and excavating, loading and hauling equipment.
This course focuses on understanding civil construction techniques. This includes site preparation and grading, excavation, backfill, compaction, trenching, paving and dewatering.
The purpose of this course is to give the student an overall and elementary understanding of civil construction blueprints and materials. This includes understanding and interpreting civil construction blueprints, reading specifications, manufacture and use of civil construction materials such as aggregates, concrete, asphalt, pipe and geosynthetics.
This course introduces students to estimating civil engineering, heavy construction projects and site work construction projects. This course will cover reading and understanding civil construction plans, determining earthwork quantities, determining crew make-up and fundamentals of estimating various civil and site work components.
Leadership can be learned. While some people are natural born leaders, the rest of us have to learn how to be good leaders. Leadership is one of the most important skills a construction supervisor can master.
Motivation is a subject of extreme importance to anyone who supervises people. Motivated workers are happier, more productive, more satisfied with their job and more willing to put forth extra effort. The leader who truly understands human motivation will find much success in this industry.
Acquire skills and understanding of positive direct communication with an emphasis on construction supervision. Grow in your abilities to help people communicate with you, listen better and deal with the difficult person. Develop your skills in negotiating and communicating with all organizational levels and groups.
Understand how to solve and prevent problems and how to make decisions. Technical problems, human performance problems and scheduling problems will be reviewed. Learn how to avoid barriers to creative problem solving and how to create a problem solving atmosphere at the job site.
An overall understanding of construction contract principles, dispute, resolution, public works, mechanic’s lien and construction law are explored in this class.
Learn and apply basic construction planning and scheduling skills. Prepare bar chart schedules and critical path schedules. Read complex project schedules and understand the basics of project management by scheduling, Employ schedule acceleration methods.
Study construction cost and apply principles and practices associated with cost awareness and production control. Students will learn how to calculate and measure worker productivity. Understanding worker’s abilities and the impact of environmental factors will be studied.
The purpose of this course is to provide construction professionals with information that will help them effectively bid, contract, build and close out green building projects. We will explore the green building process from the contractor’s and subcontractor’s points of view.
Students will learn the tenants of project management including feasibility and qualifying, to estimating and scheduling. An introduction to contracts and risk will be included in addition to preconstruction, scheduling work changes and getting paid.
Students will actively take part in discussing the legal environment, how to avoid litigation, explaining the legal liabilities of construction professionals and the protections afforded from bonds, liens and waivers, the methods of protection in a litigious society, how to avoid disputes and more.
Once you have completed the necessary coursework, submit the Certificate of Completion Request Form:
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