The online Construction Project Management certificate program provides an all-encompassing overview of construction project management principles and best practices presented in a clear and concise format. Construction project managers have a hand in every aspect of a project – from the planning stage with architects and engineers, to the budgeting stage with cost estimators, to the production stage with laborers, and the close out and occupancy stage with the owner and occupants. Whether you’re already part of this rapidly growing industry or seeking a foothold, taking part in SDSU’s online construction project management certificate programs can put you in a position to succeed in the construction industry.

Learn how to become a leader on the job site with a Professional Certificate in Construction Project Management from SDSU Global Campus.

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About the Program

Construction project managers are leaders in every aspect of a project — from the planning stage with architects and engineers to the budgeting stage with cost estimators to the production stage with laborers, and the close-out and occupancy stage with the owner and occupants.

$4,140

Total Estimated Cost

5 Months

Min. Completion Time

Online

Course Format

No textbook required.

Whether you’re already part of this rapidly growing industry or seeking a foothold, taking part in SDSU’s online Professional Certificate in Construction Project Management program will put you in a position to succeed in the construction industry.

Is This Program Right for Me?

SDSU’s construction project management program is designed for students in the construction industry who want to take on higher-level management positions. The program provides an all-encompassing overview of construction project management principles and best practices that you can readily use to advance your career and take on new challenges on the job site.

There are no prerequisites and no application is necessary to participate in the program, which means that you can take any of our online construction courses. However, our construction project management program is ideal if you’re interested in taking on a management position, which often requires prior experience in the construction industry.

New to the industry? Explore our Introduction to Construction courses and build your career foundation from the ground up.

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?

SDSU’s online construction courses combine case studies and highly-relevant lesson plans to help you tackle real-life issues, site-related questions, and other job-related problems that you’ll face as you move your construction career forward.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the principles of project management with a focus on the construction industry.
  • Study construction project planning and scheduling.
  • Know how to use and manage different types of equipment and building methods.
  • Become familiar with the legal aspects of construction, including contracts and insurance.
  • Principles of green construction.

You’ll learn how to become a stronger project manager 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.

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.

This Construction Project Management 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.

Career Outcomes

Labor Analysis
Construction Manager — Nationwide

Job Postings
293,380
Last 12 months

Projected Growth
+8.00%
Over 10 years

Salary Range
$56,140-$164,790
Average

Why Choose SDSU?

Accessibility

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 quickly learn how to become a leader on the job site and manage projects of any scope.

Customized Curriculum

In addition to five core courses, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between three unique elective courses that will help you earn a construction certificate that aligns with your career goals.

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In order to earn your Professional Certificate in Construction Project Management, you’ll need to complete five (5) core courses and one (1) elective course.

Core Courses

  • ENGR 0032: Planning and Scheduling
  • ENGR 0038: Building Green Buildings: The Contractor’s Perspective
  • ENGR 0043: Construction Equipment and Methods
  • ENGR 0047: Construction Project Management
  • ENGR 0050: Practical Application of Construction Law

Elective Courses

  • ENGR 0031: Contract Documents and Construction Law
  • ENGR 0048: Problem Solving & Risk Management
  • ENGR 0049: Construction Productivity & 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)

Core Courses

Elective Courses

Elective Courses (choose 1) SP I SP II SU FA
ENGR 0031 Contract Documents and Construction Law    
ENGR 0048 Problem Solving & Risk Management    
ENGR 0049 Construction Productivity & Cost Management    
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Registration Instructions

To register for courses in the Construction Project Management 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 enrollment.global@sdsu.edu.

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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 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?

In order to earn your Professional Certificate in Construction Project Management, you’ll need to complete all five (5) core courses along with one (1) elective course. Once you’ve enrolled in a course, you’ll have access to your online classroom for the full ten (10) weeks of the term in which you are enrolled. New materials and class discussions are posted regularly, and there may be set deadlines for particular assignments or quizzes, but you may log in during the hours and on the days that best fit your personal schedule. In most cases, you’ll need to commit 5-7 hours to coursework each week.

How quickly a certificate can be completed depends on how many courses total are required for your specific certificate program, the upcoming schedule of when required courses will be offered, and how many classes you plan to take each term. The minimum completion time for our construction project management program is five (5) months. For all certificate programs, however, you are expected to complete the required courses within two years of starting the program. Our program coordinator can also assist you with planning your coursework once you've decided on a program.

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What is the program format?

Our 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 can check your final grades for each course on WebPortal You’ll also receive a digital certificate of completion once you’ve successfully completed the course.

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This program presented in partnership with a third-party provider is not taught by San Diego State University faculty. It is authorized by SDSU's College of Engineering for professional development credit. Courses offered in partnership with third-party providers are not degree-eligible at San Diego State University.

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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’ll still need to register and pay for each course you wish to take.

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Core Courses

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ENGR 0047 Construction Project Management
This course provides a framework for understanding the project manager's role, responsibilities, processes, and procedures. Students will learn the stages of the project, scheduling, feasibility, bidding and contracting, contracts, risk, claims, maintenance, warranties, and more. This is a paced, asynchronous online course. The course features a high level of student to student and student to instructor interaction.
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ENGR 0050 Practical Applications of Construction Law
Applications of Construction Law online course provides a framework for understanding the legal environment in which construction takes place. Students will learn the stages of contracts, how to avoid litigation, protective methods for the employee/employer in a litigious society, understand the legal liability of construction professionals, avoid disputes using clauses, and be more informed when navigating the legality of the jobsite. Students will learn about the different models of contracts, contract principles, offers, and defenses to the formation of contracts. We will review the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and how it is used in sales contracts. Topics also include the roles and responsibilities of the contractor, architect, and the documents that bind them. Bonds, liens, and waivers,the legal liability of construction professionals, avoiding disputes through use of clauses, and how to avoid defects are included in this course.
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ENGR 0043 Construction Equipment and Methods

Students will learn skills and methods to help advance their career in civil construction, advance your understanding in how to utilize equipment, identify and understand construction methods used to increase productivity on the job site, increase awareness in how to budget for and utilize equipment efficiently. Students will better understand safety procedures associated with different equipment, learn how to select and budget for the best equipment needed for the job and understand and apply methods used in utilizing construction equipment.

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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 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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Instructors
David Hahn

Elective Courses

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ENGR 0048 Problem Solving and Risk Management
This course will focus on risk identification and assessment. Through practice with skillful problem-solving techniques, students will learn to manage, diminish, or eliminate risks. 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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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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Instructors
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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Courses

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