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Construction Management

Certificate Program

The California State University, East Bay Certificate in Construction Management gives construction industry professionals the skills and knowledge necessary to take on broader responsibility and advance their careers. The program also is an appealing option for architects, engineers, real estate professionals, and others whose effectiveness in their jobs may require a stronger, more comprehensive, and up-to-date understanding of construction management fundamentals.

Students who take advantage of Cal State East Bay's Construction Management Certificate Program will be prepared for the myriad challenges they will face in the field day-to-day, from managing subcontractors and managing cash flow to controlling costs and minimizing risk. They will learn from seasoned professionals who include the operations manager for the Northern California Building Division of Swinerton, with coursework that mixes lectures, group work, reading and writing assignments, guest speaker engagements, and Saturday morning field trips to local construction sites.

Classes are held in the evenings and are conveniently located in downtown Oakland, making them easily accessible for those who live or work in San Francisco or the East Bay Area.

Program Objectives

  • To prepare graduates to manage all facets of construction projects large and small and tackle the challenges they will face on site.
  • To provide graduates a thorough grounding in construction accounting and other business matters such as bonding and insurance.
  • To give graduates familiarity with the numerous legal aspects of construction, from elements of a contract and managing contracts to real estate law and land development regulation.
  • To give graduates skill and confidence in estimating costs and preparing bids.
  • To provide graduates an up-to-date knowledge of construction methods, materials, and technology.
  • To equip graduates to work effectively with clients, suppliers, architects, engineers, and others.

Who Should Attend

  • Construction professionals who seek to move into management roles (three years' construction experience recommended).
  • Professionals in related fields such as architecture, engineering and real estate whose work requires a strong grasp of construction management fundamentals.

Program Highlights

Type of degree conferred: Certificate
Number of courses: 8 courses
Minimum program length: 12 months
Tuition costs (estimated): $525 per course ($4,200 total)
(Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)