Earn Your Construction Project Management Certificate Online
In any building project, efficient construction management serves as an important foundation for success. That’s why experienced construction project managers are always in demand and many are paid six-figure salaries for their talents and hard work. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of construction project management principles and best practices in this five-course, online certificate program that expands your knowledge and skill set, and looks great on your resume.
Who is the Construction Project Management Certificate for?
This continuing education program is ideal for those currently planning and managing construction projects as well as those who aspire to do so, including construction professionals and administrators seeking to move into project management. Past and present students have included:
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing
- Construction specialists, including estimators, schedulers, cost engineers, project control analysts and quantity surveyors
- Risk management specialists
- Real estate developers
- Construction consultants and other industry trade professionals
To earn the USD professional development certificate in construction project management, students are required to successfully complete the five required courses in this sequence with a final grade of C+ or better and have attended a minimum of 70% of scheduled class time.
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our world in unprecedented ways. As the situation evolves, the University of San Diego remains focused on addressing two imperatives: ensuring that we take prudent precautions to protect our community and communities beyond our campus, and continuing to deliver a values-based, liberal arts education that prepares our students to address society’s most urgent challenges. After careful consideration, the university has made the decision to extend remote teaching until further updates. The safety of our community is our top priority and we believe that extending remote teaching to support social distancing efforts is the best decision at this time. USD has created a dedicated COVID-19 website to serve as the first stop for the USD community for information. Visit the University’s COVID-19 website (sandiego.edu/coronavirus) for the most current information for the USD community. This Professional and Continuing Education program will be offered in an online fixed-date delivery, and will be meeting weekly in virtual sessions.
Schedule and Fee
The next cohort start date is March 18, 2021 with an estimated completion date of January 13, 2022.
Schedule and Enrollment Links
*Schedule and Fees are subject to change.
Construction Project Management Program Learner Outcomes
Students who complete the Construction Project Management Certificate program will gain the skills and strategies needed to effectively manage building projects from start to finish. Expected activities and learner outcomes include:
- Review tools, techniques and methods for managing project life cycles, stakeholder governance and social responsibility in the construction industry
- Evaluate global advances in technology and society, and how they affect construction project management
- Define scope management and identify the common aspects of construction project management that create special scope challenges
- Learn how to measure project performance utilizing Earned Value Management, estimating and forecasting
- Master project procurement management processes
- Anticipate the health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) considerations that could negatively impact your project
- Complete an in-depth review of financial and accounting management and systems
- Conduct project analysis, audits, create reports and provide the expertise necessary for monitoring and controlling project finances
Construction Project Management Program Curriculum
Here is a closer look at the five courses that comprise the University of San Diego’s Construction Project Management Certificate program:
- Project Management Fundamentals — A comprehensive overview of project management terminology, methodology, principles and best practices.
- Introduction to Construction Project Management — Through assigned reading, case studies, discussions and simulation of real-world construction projects, students learn develop a thorough understanding of aspects of project management unique to the construction industry.
- Scope, Schedule, Cost and Quality Management— Meeting the essential challenge of keeping projects on schedule and budget while managing countless moving parts is the theme of this course.
- Resource, Communications, Risk and Procurement Management — Students learn about managing resources, risk, stakeholder relations; and how to use communication and presentation skills to keep everybody moving forward efficiently.
- Stakeholder & Financial Management & Health, Safety and Security — Stakeholder management isn’t just accountability to owners, developers and financiers; it also involves effectively communicating with labor unions, insurance interests, regulatory agencies and members of the community.
What Does a Construction Manager Do?
Construction project managers plan, coordinate, budget and supervise construction projects from start to finish. They coordinate and oversee construction of residential, commercial and industrial structures, and a wide variety of additional projects such as roads, bridges and infrastructure.
The duties of a construction project manager, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, typically include the following:
- Prepare cost estimates, budgets and work timetables
- Interpret and explain contracts and technical information to other professionals
- Report work progress and budget matters to clients
- Collaborate with architects, engineers and other construction specialists
- Select subcontractors and schedule and coordinate their activities
- Respond to work delays, emergencies and other problems
- Comply with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations
Construction project managers work closely with other building specialists, such as architects, civil engineers and a variety of trade workers, including electricians, carpenters and others. Depending on the project, construction managers may interact with lawyers, inspectors and local government officials. A construction manager may also consult with the client during the design phase to help refine construction plans and control costs.
Construction project managers may benefit from experience with certain software tools, such as cost-estimating and logistical software. Their goal is to ensure that projects are completed on time and on budget.
Benefits of Earning Your Construction Project Management Certificate
Students who complete the Construction Project Management Certificate program will learn the skills and strategies needed to effectively manage building projects from start to finish. The benefits of acquiring this career-building expertise through the University of San Diego include:
- Leading-edge curriculum from a nationally ranked university
- Top-notch faculty who are also experienced practitioners
- Small class sizes with personalized support
- Convenient, flexible scheduling (complete the work on your own time while meeting deadlines)
- No application requirements
- Not only will you gain essential knowledge and skills you can use to advance your career, you’ll also receive a University of San Diego certificate documenting your academic achievement.
Job Market Career Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports median annual salaries of $95,260 for construction managers, with the top 10% earning more than $164,790; and is growing faster than any average job growth through 2028.
The Project Management Institute’s Job Growth and Talent Gap in Project Management report shows a widening skills gap for project management professionals and forecasts millions of new project management jobs globally in the coming years. In California, the demand for construction project managers is growing steadily at 18%, with reported higher than average employment opportunities across the state.
Our instructors, most of whom hold advanced degrees, are experienced practitioners and subject matter experts who engage each student in a stimulating and participative learning environment.
Malachi L.R. Walker, PMP (Project Management Professional), brings a diverse background including project and product management, operations, information technology, startups, higher education, and health and wellness coaching. His experience is reinforced by a degree in Sports Management & Communications from the University of Michigan, a certificate in Project Management from San Diego State University and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the University of San Diego. A past president of the San Diego chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-SD), he prioritizes a commitment to excellence when working with his students, colleagues and clients.
"Our instructor was very knowledgeable and made me feel like he was sincerely interested in seeing everyone in the class succeed. He offered great feedback and constructive criticism in a very non-confrontational way.” — Gerardo Diaz.
"Great instructor. Excellent job with the course."
The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is project management?
The discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
How do I enroll in a course?
You can start the certificate program by signing up for the courses and paying a one-time $45 certificate fee. You can also enroll by calling us at (619) 430-4147 or toll free at (888) 321-6658 during business hours, M-F, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PST).
Do courses need to be taken in sequence?
Yes, the courses within this certificate are prerequisites of each other; the program is designed for students to start with PMP-X804F and conclude with PMP-X808BD.
How long are the courses?
PMP-X804F, Project Management Fundamentals is 4 weeks and each remaining course is 8 weeks in duration.
What textbooks are required?
Although most course materials are shared through our online learning platform Blackboard, the following books are required for the program:
Will this program prepare me for the PMP Certification Exam?
No, students seeking to learn more about overall project management methodology are encouraged to take the Project Management Certificate program, which is intended to provide the practical project management skill sets. It is real-world based and led by practitioners; however, it is not a PMP exam prep, but an in-depth overview of PM methodology.