What is a “professional certificate” program and what can it do for me?
The professional certificate programs offered through the College of Extended Studies enable students to gain specialized knowledge in a particular field or industry; these non-degree programs focus on preparing students for the workforce and can be completed in a much shorter period of time than an academic degree.

After successfully completing their required courses, students in our professional certificate programs receive an official certificate of completion from San Diego State University; students can also request to have a letter of completion from SDSU sent to their employer when they finish their program. Students completing the comprehensive Construction Supervision program may also earn a certificate of completion from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC); students are encouraged to contact the AGC directly regarding certificate requirements as there are changes to the AGC requirements that are expected in the coming year.

If this is a non-degree program, will I earn any credit for my coursework?
Students earn three units of professional development credit from SDSU for each course they successfully complete. Other institutions may or may not accept this for academic credit; please confirm with these institutions that SDSU's courses are transferable prior to enrolling in our courses.

How long will it take me to complete a certificate?
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. For all certificate programs, however, students are expected to complete required courses within two years of starting their programs. For more details on program course requirements and upcoming schedules, please see the current construction programs flyer. Our program coordinator can also assist you with planning your coursework once you've decided on a program.

Can I take individual construction classes without completing a certificate?
Definitely! Courses can be completed in any order, and there are no prerequisites. If completing a full certificate program is not an option for you right now, you may enroll in the classes that are most relevant to you, and you can still earn a certificate in the future by completing any additional required classes.

How much do classes cost?
For classes in our online construction certificate programs, the course fee is $594 per class. Textbooks costs are additional and vary by class, but are generally in the $100-150 range. (For detailed textbook information, see the “Course Descriptions and Schedules” PDF available from the individual construction certificate program web pages.)

What kind of financial aid is available?
Federal financial aid does not generally apply to our online construction programs, but students may qualify for other financial aid options, including workforce development financial aid, military spouse financial aid, private loans from lending institutions, or employer-based tuition reimbursement programs

Will I receive a refund if I drop a class after I've enrolled?
Refunds for online construction courses are granted according to the College of Extended Studies refund schedule. Please note, however, that once a student logs into the online course web page using the password provided by their instructor, no refund will be issued; there are no exceptions.

What kind of career services are available to me?
The College of Extended Studies does not provide formal career services as part of the online construction program. From time to time, employers contact us expressing interest in recruiting our students; in these cases, we can forward job position announcements to graduates of our programs. Additionally, students report they've found valuable networking opportunities via their interactions with other professionals in their online classes.

How do I get started in one of the online construction certificate programs?
There are no prerequisites and no application is necessary to enroll in courses – just register for an upcoming class online! From the main College of Extended Studies web page, neverstoplearning.net, select “Explore” on the top menu, then choose “Areas of Study” and then "Construction"

How many classes should I take each term?
The College of Extended Studies does not restrict the amount of classes a student can enroll in each term. Students should plan to spend five-seven hours per week (per course) on their classwork; students are encouraged to evaluate their existing professional and personal obligations and enroll in classes accordingly.

How do online classes work?
Students have access to their online classroom for the full ten weeks of the term in which they are enrolled. New materials and class discussions are posted regularly, and there may be set deadlines for particular assignments or quizzes, but students may log in during the hours and on the days that best work for their personal schedule. We invite you to tour an online construction classroom.

What if I will be traveling or have limited Internet access during part of the term?
You can log onto the course from any computer with an Internet connection.  If you will be away from the Internet then try to do the week's work either before you leave or as soon as you get back. You can work on the current lesson for an 8-day period without being counted late for anything. If you are late with some assignments, a small grading penalty is assessed but that should not affect your overall grade if you keep up with your work throughout the course.

What computer/technical requirements are there for these online classes?

  • A computer or tablet (Mac or PC) with a stable Internet connection
  • Basic computer skills: the ability to email, use the Internet, and create/use basic word processing or spreadsheet documents
  • Adobe Reader for PDF files (free download available)

How accessible are instructors if I have problems or questions?
Very! Students are able to use online classroom tools (message system, bulletin boards, chat room), email, or telephone to interact with their teacher.

How do I register for class(es)?
Go to the construction are of study, choose your desired program, and register.

Online (credit card only)

  • Choose your desired class (per step 1 above).
  • Click on the red “Enroll Now” button (right-hand panel) to add the course to your shopping cart. When done adding all desired courses to your cart, click “Continue.”
  • You will now be on the 4 Easy Steps to Register Online page. Click “Continue.”
  • You will now be on the CES Gateway Login page. Click “Continue.”
  • If you have a Red ID (student ID), log in.

If this is your first term enrolling in SDSU/CES classes, click on “Create a New Account,” follow instructions, and a Red ID will be generated.

Phone(credit card only)

  • Call the CES Registration Office at (619) 594-5152. Please have all class details (per step 1 above) ready when you call.

Paper (credit card, money order, and cash accepted if submitting form in person)

  • Download the paper registration form from the CES website.
  • Complete the form with your personal information and relevant course information (per step 1 above).

Be sure to enroll no later than the registration deadline — usually one week after the first day of class. Late registrations are granted only in special circumstances and will incur additional fees.

After I have registered for my construction class, how do I gain access to the online classroom?
Passwords and information to log into your online classroom are sent by email, directly from the instructor, approximately one week before class starts. Because some students have problems receiving these automatic instructor-generated emails, we recommend that you put ConstructionClasses.com (the domain from which the emails will be sent) on your email "white list," as well as to regularly check your spam folder.

Which textbooks will I need, and how much will they cost?
Textbooks for current term classes are stocked by the SDSU Bookstore. Extended Studies students may choose to have their books shipped directly to them using the convenient ship-to-home option on the bookstore website. Most textbooks are available in either new or used format, and some are even available for rental.

For classes not offered in the current term, you can view a comprehensive list of required construction textbooks. Detailed textbook information for each certificate program is also listed on the “Course Descriptions and Schedules” PDF available from the individual construction certificate program pages.