The Professional Certificate in Construction Supervision is an eight-course comprehensive certificate program created for people with a background in construction looking to advance their construction supervisory skills. Students must complete six core classes and two electives to earn the certificate in Construction Supervision with an emphasis in either Civil Sitework or Building. All classes should be completed within two years of starting the program.

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

 

Construction supervision requires a wide variety of skills including: people skills (effective leadership, accident prevention, and clear communication), technical skills (planning, scheduling, cost control, and productivity improvements), and management skills (project management, contract and document comprehension, and complex problem-solving).

The Professional Certificate in Construction Supervision is a variation on the popular AGC Supervisory Training Program with added material such as web tours, expanded topic studies, and group problem-solving sessions that address common industry issues.

This online program provides the flexibility to study anytime and anywhere, and students have an entire week to complete each assignment. (Students should dedicate about five hours per week, per class.) Courses do not need to be taken in any particular order and there are no prerequisites. Students should self-assess whether they have the construction background necessary for this program.

The Certificates

  • Complete six core classes, chosen from: Leadership and Motivation, Oral and Written Communication, Problem Solving and Risk Management, Contract Documents and Construction Law, Planning and Scheduling, and Construction Productivity and Cost Management.
  • To earn the Professional Certificate in Construction Supervision with an Emphasis in Building, complete two additional classes: Building Green Buildings: The Contractor's Perspective and Construction Project Management.
    Or
  • To earn the Professional Certificate in Construction Supervision with an Emphasis in Civil Sitework, complete two additional classes: Construction Equipment and Methods and Practical Applications of Civil Sitework.
  • This certificate, with either emphasis, can be completed in 5 months. All classes should be completed within two years of starting the program.
Core Courses (complete all six) 19SP I 19SP II 19SU 19FA
ENGR 0028 Leadership and Motivation   4/8-6/16   9/9-11/24
ENGR 0030 Oral and Written Communication 1/14-3/24   6/24-8/25  
ENGR 0048 Problem Solving and Risk Management   4/8-6/16   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 0049 Construction Productivity and Cost Management   4/8-6/16   9/9-11/24
Elective Courses (complete two in chosen area of emphasis) 19SP I 19SP II 19SU 19FA
Emphasis in Civil Sitework        
ENGR 0043 Construction Equipment and Methods 1/14-3/24   6/24-8/25  
ENGR 0044 Practical Applications of Civil Sitework   4/8-6/16   9/9-11/24
Emphasis in Building        
ENGR 0038 Building Green Buildings: The Contractor's Perspective 1/14-3/24   6/24-8/25  
ENGR 0047 Construction Project 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.

Core Courses

2018 Fall2019 Spring2019 Summer
ENGR 0028 Leadership and Motivation

This class will teach the student how to recognize their style of leadership and how to utilize other styles when appropriate. Students will learn how the analysis of worker needs affects worker motivation, the affect that attitudes and abilities have on job performance, and how to positively influence attitudes and abilities.

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2019 Spring
ENGR 0030 Oral and Written Communications

This online course is designed for you to become a more effective supervisor by becoming a more effective communicator. The skills you learn within the course will be put to use right away!

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
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 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

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Elective Courses

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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
2019 Spring
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.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
ENGR 0044 Practical Applications of Civil Construction

This course will focus on techniques, concepts, and procedures related to site preparation, excavation, backfill, compaction, underground utilities, road and bridge construction. Emphasis will be placed on solving real-world issues. 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 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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Courses

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