The Professional Certificate in Construction Practices provides an eight-course overview of the critical stages of the construction project — including estimating, bidding, planning and scheduling. Students also develop foundational knowledge of blueprint reading, construction math, materials and processes, contract documents and construction law. Discussions using an online bulletin board afford the opportunity to examine everyday construction challenges shared by others in the construction industry.

Gain a deeper understanding of the different stages of a construction project by earning your Professional Certificate in Construction Practices from SDSU Global Campus.

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About the Program

Construction projects can be broken down into a series of critical stages — including estimating, bidding, planning, scheduling, and execution. While some construction professionals specialize in certain stages, such as sitework or estimating, many take on a more fluid role throughout the project lifecycle and contribute at all stages.


Total Estimated Cost

5 Months

Min. Completion Time


Course Format

Textbooks not included.

Gain the broad skills you need to work on any stage of a construction project by earning your Professional Certificate in Construction Practices from SDSU Global Campus. All courses are 100% online and open to anyone interested in a career in construction.

Is This Program Right for Me?

SDSU’s construction practices program will help you acquire practical, on-the job skills that you can use on the job site right away. The program will also prepare you to take on supervisory roles at any stage of the construction project — from estimating and bidding through procurement, construction, and project closure.

There are no prerequisites and no application is necessary to participate in the program, which means that you can register for any of our online construction courses no matter what your experience level is. However, if you’re completely new to the industry, we also offer two Introduction to Construction courses to help you build a solid foundation in construction.

You can log onto any course from any computer with an internet connection. Most classes have assignments with weekly due dates — please ensure that you can complete any necessary coursework for the duration of the course.

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What Can I Learn?

Construction projects need highly-trained, knowledgeable professionals at all stages. SDSU’s construction practices program will help you acquire the foundational knowledge you need to contribute and supervise at any point in the project lifecycle.

The online program provides an overview of the critical stages of the construction project — including estimating, bidding, planning, scheduling, execution, and closure. You’ll take a deep dive into many different construction topics, including:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Construction math
  • Materials and processes
  • Environmentally-friendly building techniques
  • Contract documents
  • Construction law
  • Construction cost management strategies

Throughout the program, you’ll participate in discussions with your classmates and instructors using an online bulletin board. These discussions will give you the opportunity to examine everyday construction challenges shared by others in the construction industry.

Lessons are supplemented by quizzes, which will give you immediate feedback on your understanding of the course content. You’ll set your own class times to complete the work due each week. Typically, you should plan on dedicating about five hours per week, per class.

You’ll learn how to become a cost estimation expert under the guidance of a panel of expert instructors. Your lessons are led by active career professionals from all levels of the construction industry. Through their experience and extensive knowledge, you’ll learn what works — and what doesn’t — for job site leaders who are currently working in construction.

This construction program is authorized by SDSU's College of Engineering. This means that you’ll be able to earn three professional development units (PDUs) per course, which can raise your career potential through more job opportunities at a higher pay scale.

Career Outcomes

Labor Analysis
Construction Laborers — Nationwide

Job Postings
Last 12 months

Projected Growth
Over 10 years

Salary Range
Average Salary

The construction industry needs knowledgeable job site leaders who can take an active role through the entire construction project lifecycle. According to the leading estimates, there are currently more than seven million construction laborers employed across the country, and those numbers are projected to grow by 12% over the next decade.

SDSU’s Construction Practices program will prepare you to serve in many different roles throughout the construction industry, including:

  • Office Administrator/ Office Manager
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Tradesworkers
  • Junior estimator
  • Facilities management
  • Project engineer
  • Apprentice
  • Real estate
  • Investor
  • HR
  • Insurance
  • Foreman
  • Project coordinator
  • Field engineer
  • Assistant PM
  • Assistant superintendent
  • General Contractor
  • Subcontractor

Why Choose SDSU?


All courses are 100% online and accessible from anywhere in the world, which means you can earn your certificate on your schedule. You can complete the program in as few as five months, or take up to two years to complete all your courses.

Expert Instructors

The program is led by seasoned construction professionals with years of industry experience. Through their knowledge, combined with a robust online curriculum, you’ll get a comprehensive, hands-on look at the entire construction process from start to finish.

Proven Curriculum

When you choose SDSU, you’re choosing a construction program with a proven curriculum. All courses in the program are offered in cooperation with the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.


In order to earn your Professional Certificate in Construction Practices, you’ll need to complete any eight (8) of the ten (10) courses offered.

  • ENGR 0018: Construction Materials and Processes
  • ENGR 0021: Estimating and Bidding I
  • ENGR 0022: Estimating and Bidding II
  • ENGR 0031: Contract Documents and Construction Law
  • ENGR 0032: Planning and Scheduling
  • ENGR 0033: Construction Blueprint Reading
  • ENGR 0034: Introduction to Construction Estimating
  • ENGR 0035: Essential Construction Math
  • ENGR 0038: Building Green Buildings: The Contractor’s Perspective
  • ENGR 0049: Construction Productivity and Cost Management

Please see below for current course offerings by term*:

*Checkmarks indicate course availability.

Dates: SP ISpring I (1/18-3/27), SP IISpring II (4/11-6/19), SUSummer (6/27-9/4), and FAFall (9/12-11/20)

*If you have no previous experience in reading blueprints, we recommend taking ENGR 33 before taking ENGR 21 & ENGR 22.


Registration Instructions

To register for courses in the Construction Estimating program, please visit the Courses tab on this page, click the course title links, and complete the following steps.

  1. Add the courses you want to your cart.
  2. When you’re ready, please select the Checkout option to start the checkout process.
  3. Log in or follow the steps below to create a new account.
    • Fill out the "New Customer Account" form if necessary. Make sure you remember the answer to your security question. This is also case-sensitive.
    • Check I agree to “Terms and Conditions”.
    • Click on “Create”.
    • Log in using the login information you just created.
    • On the My Account page, add your Social Security Number to retrieve or create your SDSU RedID number.
    • Fill out any other missing information marked with an asterisk (*).
    • Click on “Save”.
    • Fill out the additional information.
    • Click on “Next”.
  4. Click on “Submit Order”.
  5. You will see the confirmation page and receive a confirmation email confirming your enrollment.

Steps to Register

Starting fall 2022, we will be switching to a post-pay model, meaning you may enroll in classes without a payment required. You will need to submit your full payment through my.SDSU within 48 hours from the date of enrollment. You will receive an email notification and login information once you have registered. If you do not submit your payment within the specified time frame, you will be dropped from your classes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check my progress?

Students taking our construction intro courses can check their progress by logging into their SDSU Global Campus student account. If you need assistance with your account, contact our Registration staff at (619) 594-5152 or

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Do I receive a letter grade once I complete my course(s)?

You’ll earn three units of professional development credit from SDSU for each intro course you complete. Other institutions may or may not accept this for academic credit; please confirm with these institutions that SDSU's courses are transferable before enrolling in our courses.

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How is the program structured?

Our construction intro courses are 100% online. Courses begin four times per year. You must complete all necessary coursework within 5 weeks from your date of enrollment. You’ll have access to course materials for up to 10 weeks from the date of enrollment.

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What is the program format?

Our introductory construction courses feature a mostly asynchronous virtual instruction learning modality. Courses in this modality feature instruction provided through a combination of recorded and limited direct instruction with academic activities, quizzes, etc., at the arranged times and dates described in the footnotes and syllabus unless otherwise noted. Content may be open for restricted periods.

  • Students may be expected to attend any live sessions necessary to complete the course.
  • Final exams or assignments will be listed in the course syllabus and may need to be completed at a set time and date.
  • Faculty and instructors are available for office hours and instructional support when needed.

Mostly Asynchronous courses may be preferable for students in different time zones as they provide the flexibility to work on your schedule at your own pace. However, these courses may require group activities and arranged meetings with faculty.

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Is there financial support available for this program?

Federal financial aid does not generally apply to our online construction programs, but you may qualify for other private loans from lending institutions, or employer-based tuition reimbursement programs. Please see our Financial Aid Information to learn more.

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What happens once I complete my intro course?

Your final grade will show on your SDSU transcript. You’ll also receive a digital certificate of completion once you’ve successfully completed the course.

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Enroll in the program at any time, even before registering for a course. It’s free, and offers many benefits:

  • Secure your curriculum (should the requirements change in the future).
  • See upcoming courses when you log into your student account.
  • Track your progress.

Enrolling in a program doesn’t mean you’re registered for courses. You still must register and pay for each course you wish to take. 

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ENGR 0018 Construction Materials and Processes

Examines the materials used to construct a variety of structures, highways, utilities, and residential buildings. Includes terminology; interpretation of plans; and specifications to assure that correct materials are ordered, applied, and utilized. Methods of identifying materials delivered to the job site, methods of handling, quality control procedures for testing, and inspection of private and government work will be emphasized. Special emphasis will be given to the relationship of each material to the Uniform Building Code.

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ENGR 0021 Estimating and Bidding I

Students will learn estimating problem-solving in general conditions, civil work, concrete, and masonry (excavation, backfill, grading, paving, landscaping, etc.). Hands-on estimating with quantity take-off, pricing, and bidding is stressed. Uniform cost index categories one-four will be covered.

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ENGR 0022 Estimating and Bidding II

This course features hands-on estimating and quantity take-off activities associated with metals, wood, doors and windows, finishes, electrical, and mechanical estimating.

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ENGR 0031 Contract Documents and Construction Law

This online course focuses on understanding the relationship between contract documents and the construction process.

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David Hahn
ENGR 0032 Planning and Scheduling

Students will learn how to plan, prepare, and update construction project schedules in this online course. Through the use of case studies, learn how to define construction activities, determine activity duration, and assemble the activities into a logical construction schedule. Learn to create and use bar charts and critical path schedules.

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ENGR 0033 Construction Blueprint Reading

This course is designed to provide you with that foundational knowledge and enough practice at reading blueprints to get you started. Mastery of blueprint reading will come with practice and with using blueprints on the job on a regular basis.

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ENGR 0034 Introduction to Construction Estimating

After completing this course, students will understand the different types of estimates and how to organize an estimating document. Levels of estimates, quantity take-off techniques, materials pricing methods, and labor productivity rates will be addressed. Students will learn how to determine profit and overhead mark-up and how to determine construction costs.

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ENGR 0035 Essential Construction Math

This class is intended to develop mathematical skills that can be applied to the construction trade through practice and application. This course is an introduction to other courses in construction. While this class is not a prerequisite for any other classes, it does provide a foundation for them.

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ENGR 0038 Building Green Buildings - The Contractor's Perspective

The purpose of this course is to provide construction professionals with information that will help them to effectively bid, contract, build, and close out green building projects. We will explore the green building process from the contractor's and subcontractor's point of view. You will learn how to work with an outside commissioning authority to complete the job.

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David Hahn
ENGR 0049 Construction Productivity and Cost Management
This course will focus on construction cost management and improving productivity with cost management strategies. Through practice with skillful problem-solving techniques, student will learn to manage costs and take proactive measures to increase productivity on their job sites. This is a paced, asynchronous online course. The course features a high level of student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction.
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