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.

Associated General Contractors of America logoCourses are offered in cooperation with the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.

The Certificate
To earn the certificate, students must complete eight of the following ten classes: Introduction to Construction Estimating, Essential Construction Math, Construction Blueprint Reading, Estimating and Bidding I, Estimating and Bidding II, Construction Materials and Processes, Contract Documents and Construction Law, Planning and Scheduling, Building Green Buildings, and Construction Productivity and Cost Management. This certificate can be completed in 5 months. All classes should be completed within two years of starting the program.

 

Courses (complete any eight of 10) 19SP I 19SP II 19SU 19FA
ENGR 0034 Introduction to Construction Estimating 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0035 Essential Construction Math 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0033 Construction Blueprint Reading 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0021 Estimating and Bidding I 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0022 Estimating and Bidding II 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0018 Construction Materials and Processes 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0031 Contract Documents and Construction Law 1/14-3/24   6/24-8/25  
ENGR 0032 Planning and Scheduling 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0038 Building Green Buildings: The Contractor’s Perspective 1/14-3/24   6/24-8/25  
ENGR 0049 Construction Productivity and Cost Management   4/8-6/16   9/9-11/24

 

Enrolling in the Program
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.

 

Location of Classes
This certificate program is held online. Consistent access to the Internet is required.

This program is authorized by SDSU's College of Engineering. Students earn three professional development units per course.

Workplace Benefits

  • Proven techniques from experts in construction specialties
  • Practical on-the-job skills you can use right away
  • The knowledge you need to move into supervisory roles

To read answers to frequently asked questions, please see Online Construction Certificate FAQs. To contact the Student Services Coordinator, please email construction.ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-0845.

Courses

2018 Fall2019 Spring2019 Summer
2019 Spring
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.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
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.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
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.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
ENGR 0031 Contract Documents and Construction Law

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

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
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.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
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.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
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.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
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.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
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.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
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.

Sept. 11-Nov. 19

Course Date(s)

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San Diego Workforce Partnership - Creating Workforce SolutionsThe College of Extended Studies is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Investment Act for this program.