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.
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About the Program
Supervisors are an essential part of any construction project. To become an effective supervisor, you need advanced technical knowledge of construction practices coupled with an ability to oversee large teams of laborers, make data-driven decisions, and drive the project forward in the face of potential change and uncertainty.
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SDSU’s Professional Certificate in Construction Supervision program is a comprehensive eight-course certificate program that will help you build on your background in construction and begin to take on supervisory responsibilities. With two unique specializations to choose from — an emphasis in either Civil Sitework or Building — you can become a better leader on the job site in as few as five months.
All courses are offered in cooperation with the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.
Is This Program Right for Me?
SDSU’s construction supervision program is designed to help you acquire the leadership skills you need to take on supervisory roles at various stages of construction projects. It’s ideal for students who have experience in construction, as well as students who are transitioning into construction from another similar field.
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 supervision program is designed to build on your existing background in the construction industry. If you’re completely new to construction, 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.
SDSU is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). If you’re unemployed or underemployed, you may be eligible to receive full or partial tuition assistance on this program. Equal Opportunity is the Law. Equal opportunity employer/program auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Click here to learn more.
What Can I Learn?
SDSU’s Construction Supervision program is a variation on the popular AGC Supervisory Training Program with added material that include web tours, expanded topic studies, and group problem-solving sessions that address common industry issues.
You’ll be able to customize your certificate by specializing in one of two emphases:
Professional Certificate in Construction Supervision with an Emphasis in Building
If you’d like to take on supervisory responsibilities during the building phase of a construction project, this certificate will help you gain a more thorough understanding of the building process.
To earn this certificate, you’ll complete two additional classes:
- Building Green Buildings: The Contractor's Perspective
- Construction Project Management
Professional Certificate in Construction Supervision with an Emphasis in Civil Sitework
Interested in job site preparation? This certificate will show you how to supervise the preliminary steps of many different types of construction projects.
To earn this certificate, you’ll complete two additional classes:
- Construction Equipment and Methods
- Practical Applications of Heavy Civil Construction
Become a Better Leader
Construction supervisors utilize a range of leadership skills to perform their day-to-day responsibilities effectively. SDSU’s certificate program will help you hone these skills, which include:
- Effective Leadership
- Accident Prevention
- Clear Communication
- Cost Control
- Productivity Improvements
- Project Management
- Contract and Document Comprehension
- Complex Problem-Solving
Lessons are reinforced 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 better supervisor 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 certificate in Construction Supervision 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.
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The outlook is bright for construction professionals who work in supervisory roles on the job-site. 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.
Salary varies depending on your level of experience, location, and which type of construction projects you’re working on. In 2019, the average salary for a first-line construction supervisor is $66,000 per year. 25% of construction supervisors earn less than $53,400 per year; 25% earn more than $85,540 per year. In California, the average annual salary for construction supervisors is nearly $80,000 per year.
Some of the roles that you’ll be prepared to take on include:
- Project Coordinator
- Field Engineer
- Assistant PM
- Assistant Superintendent
- General Contractor
- Field Coordinator
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.
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 supervise projects of any scope.
What type of supervisor do you want to be? In addition to six core courses, you can customize your certificate by studying either sitework or building, depending on which construction project phase you’re interested in working on.
In order to earn your Professional Certificate in Construction Supervision, you’ll need to complete six (6) core courses and two (2) additional elective courses, depending on your emphasis. Each course costs $690 and is worth three (3) Professional Development Units (PDUs).
2024 Term Dates
Spring Block I: Jan. 15–March 24, 2024 - Registration opens Monday, November 6
Spring Block II: April 8–June 16, 2024 - Registration opens Monday, November 6
Summer Block: June 24-Sept. 1, 2024
Fall Block: Sept. 16–Nov. 24, 2024
Click the course names below to read the course description. Click the Enroll button below or visit the How to Register tab once you’re ready to register. Click here to view the Construction Courses 2024 Schedule.
|Core Courses (complete all six)||Units||Course Dates||Registration Period|
|ENGR 0028 Leadership and Motivation||3|
|ENGR 0030 Oral and Written Communication||3||Jan 15-Mar 24||Nov 6-Jan 22|
|ENGR 0031 Contract Documents and Construction Law||3||Jan 15-Mar 24||Nov 6-Jan 22|
|ENGR 0032 Planning and Scheduling||3||Jan 15-Mar 24||Nov 6-Jan 22|
|ENGR 0048 Problem Solving and Risk Management||3|
|ENGR 0049 Construction Productivity and Cost Management||3|
|Elective Courses (complete two in chosen area of emphasis)||Units||Course Dates||Registration Period|
|Emphasis in Civil Sitework|
|ENGR 0043 Construction Equipment and Methods||3||Jan 15-Mar 24||Nov 6-Jan 22|
|ENGR 0044 Practical Applications of Heavy Civil Construction||3|
Emphasis in Building
|ENGR 0038 Building Green Buildings: The Contractor's Perspective||3||Jan 15-Mar 24||Nov 6-Jan 22|
|ENGR 0047 Construction Project Management||3|
Dates and fees subject to change.
Please follow the instructions below to successfully enroll in courses.
Once you’ve chosen your courses, click the Enroll button below to begin the registration process. Please indicate on the form that you’d like to register for courses.
Once you’ve filled out the Enrollment form, you’ll receive a confirmation email from SDSU Global Campus within 2-3 business days with the next steps to complete your enrollment.
Once registration opens for your courses, you can register in the my.SDSU portal.
Approximately one week before your class starts, passwords and information to log into your online classroom will be sent directly to your @SDSU.edu email address from email@example.com or your instructor with an @constructionclasses.com email address. Please be sure to check your SDSU email account inbox as well as your spam folder for this important information.
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Finished all the required courses?
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Our construction 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.
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.
The Professional Certificate in Construction Supervision is eligible for tuition assistance for unemployed and underemployed students through the San Diego Workforce Partnership.
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.
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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