Certificate in

Construction Management

Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to advance in the construction industry with a convenient, hands-on program designed for working adults.


Leadership Skills Your Crew Can Count On

Cal State East Bay’s Construction Management Certificate Program provides you with an up-to-date understanding of construction management fundamentals and equips you with the leadership skills you’ll need to advance to a management position or create your own construction business. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be prepared for the day-to-day challenges you will face in the field, from managing subcontractors and cash flow to controlling costs and minimizing risk. 

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Best in the WestSelected as a "Best in the West" college by The Princeton Review

Professional DevelopmentHands-on preparation for management roles


Faculty ExcellenceTaught by faculty with extensive experience in the construction industry

Practical Experience at Every Level

With CSUEB’s Construction Management Program, you’ll enjoy a dynamic curriculum that merges theory with practice and provides you with the opportunity to apply the techniques you learn in a variety of real-world settings. You’ll learn from seasoned professionals and engage in coursework that mixes lectures, group work, reading and writing assignments, guest speaker engagements, and Saturday morning field trips to local construction sites. 

Held in the evenings and conveniently located at the downtown Oakland Center, classes are easily accessible for Bay Area professionals.  


This is an excellent program, even for seasoned construction professionals like me. The program can also be very beneficial for younger individuals getting started in the trade. The certificate helped complete the ‘education’ portion of my resume and set me apart from my competition. Many interested employers were impressed that I completed a two-year course, and I was hired at PG&E as an Operations Superintendent.

Joe MetcalfConstruction Management Graduate

A Dynamic Field that Demands Expertise

Taking part in a construction project is an exciting job in and of itself, but can you imagine being in charge of the entire project from development to implementation? As a construction manager, you’ll be involved in every step of a construction project from planning and coordinating to budget and supervision. Throughout the lifespan of a project, you may find yourself working from an office one day and then out in the field on a construction site the next.  

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If you enjoy a fast-paced and hands-on profession, construction management is right for you.

Occupational Trends

Earnings Potential

The median annual wage for construction managers was $91,370 in 2017, with the highest 10% earning more than $159,560.
-Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Market Growth

Employment of construction managers is projected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026.
-Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

403,800 Jobs

Construction managers held about 403,800 jobs in 2016.
-Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Build a Better Future

With the training and education you’ll receive at Cal State East Bay, you’ll  be equipped to embrace management roles in a variety of industries and settings, including the building of public, residential, commercial, and industrial structures, as well as roads, memorials, and bridges. 

Certification is becoming increasingly important for construction managers.

Certification is becoming increasingly important for construction managers and with a Certificate in Construction Management from an accredited university, you’ll demonstrate expert knowledge and experience to both future employers and employees. 

Upon completion of the program, Cal State East Bay graduates have opened their own successful construction management businesses and others have secured management positions within their existing companies or a new organization entirely. 

About two years ago, I started my own construction management company. I spend much of the work week engaged in estimating, CPM scheduling, project management, construction accounting…all courses that I took through the CSUEB Construction Management program.

Mel BaiserConstruction Management Graduate

Program Objectives

As part of your experience in the Construction Management Certificate Program, you will:

Learn how to manage all facets of construction projects large and small and tackle the challenges they will face on site.

Gain a thorough grounding in construction accounting and other business matters such as bonding and insurance.

Become familiar with the numerous legal aspects of construction, from elements of a contract and managing contracts to real estate law and land development regulation.

Gain skills and confidence in estimating costs and preparing bids.

Learn how to work effectively with clients, suppliers, architects, engineers, and others.

Acquire up-to-date knowledge of construction methods, materials, and technology.

Program Format

Courses are conveniently offered in the evenings at the downtown Oakland Center, making them easily accessible for active professionals. You’ll enjoy a curriculum that incorporates a variety of learning styles including lectures, class discussion, group work, reading and writing assignments, guest speaker lectures, and some Saturday morning field trips to local construction sites.

Certificate Requirements

To earn a Certificate in Construction Management, you must complete nine required courses.

Course Units Term
EXTX 200: Drawings and Specifications
Fall, weeks 1-8
EXTX 201: Business Practices and Project Controls
Fall, weeks 1-8 
EXTX 202: Legal Aspects of Construction
Fall, weeks 9-16
EXTX 203: Estimating and Bidding
Fall, weeks 9-16
EXTX 204: Project Planning
Spring, weeks 1-8
EXTX 205: Project Administration and Site Supervision
Spring, weeks 1-8
EXTX 206: CPM scheduling
Spring, weeks 9-16
EXTX 207: Construction Methods & Materials
Spring, weeks 9-16
EXTX 208: Practical Applications of Construction Management 3 Summer

Course schedules, including the terms that courses are offered in, are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on courses currently being offered, visit the Course Search page.

Ed R. Duarte


BS in Civil Engineering 

California State University, Fresno

Ed R. Duarte


Ed Duarte is a graduate of the Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) Program from the Anderson School of Business Management at UCLA. He is not only Cal State East Bay’s Construction Management Program Director, but he is the CEO of Aztec Consultants, a firm that specializes in public works, commercial, industrial, and institutional construction projects. With 52 years of experience in building and in the heavy-civil construction industry, he has led Aztec Consultants in providing construction management services on public works contracts; and built over $200 million of similar projects as the General Contractor of Record.


Fred King

There are more than one right to accomplish something but we want to learn not to do it the wrong way.

Fred King is a Senior Project Manager for Swinerton Management & Consulting's Education Division. He is currently assigned to the Measure B Bond Program for Renovations, New Construction and Expansion at Chabot College. He has over 35 years experience managing and providing scheduling services in the Construction Industry.

Jim Benson

BS in Economics

UC Santa Barbara

Jim Benson


I enjoy good group collaboration and discussions in my class.

Jim Benson has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He has been estimating large commercial projects for 14 years and Chief Estimator since 2004 at S.J. Amoroso Construction Co., Inc. 

Karim Nassab


Karim Nassab brings over 32 years of program, project, and construction management experience to California State University, East Bay. He is an adjunct faculty member of Cal State East Bay, Construction Management/Engineering Department, CSUEB Continuing Education, and UC Berkeley Extension Program.

Nassab has various academic degrees in Architectural, Civil Engineering, and Construction Management from several accredited universities. He is a Certified Construction Manager "CCM" through Construction Management Institute of America and LEED AP. Currently he is Program Manager for SGI/West Contra Costa Unified School District, overseeing the performance of several construction managers, construction management companies, architectural firms, various engineering consultants, and many local general contractors.

Peter Furst



Bachelor of Architecture

BSC in Construction

Peter Furst


The choices we make today define who we become tomorrow, don’t settle for anything less than your potential.

Peter Furst has 20 years of experience with multinational general contracting/construction managing and currently serves as the technical director of contracting services for Liberty Mutual. He is a nationally recognized public speaker whose many credentials include: Registered Architect, Certified Safety Professional, Associate Risk Manager, and Registered Environmental Assessor. He is a past member of AIA, member CSI, ASSE NSC, Commissioner California Board Architectural Examiners, and member of ANSI committees.


Stephen Elbert

Stephen Elbert's architectural work encompasses restaurant, retail, and commercial designs across the country. As the principal architect of his East Bay firm Elbert Associates, he guides his projects from the working drawing/specification phase, through public agency approvals/bidding to completion of construction. For several clients, Elbert has provided owner's representative, construction management, and procurement services to retail and restaurant projects.

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Ready to Enroll?

Admission to CSUEB’s Construction Management Certificate Program is accepted on an ongoing basis. It is recommended you have knowledge of basic construction math and understanding of construction contracting as well as three years of experience in the construction industry before enrolling. 


If you’re not quite ready to commit to the full program, individual courses may be taken without formal admission to the certificate program.

Common Questions

Do I have to be admitted to the University to take courses in the Construction Management Certificate Program?
No, the Construction Management Certificate Program does not require University admissions. You may apply directly to the program at any time. Visit the admission page for more details on admission procedures and requirements. 

How long will it take to complete the Construction Management Certificate Program?
The coursework for this program can be completed in 12 months.

Can I take the courses out of sequence?
It's required to take certain courses in sequence, but some courses can be taken at anytime. Courses that must adhere to a specific order are as follows: 

  • EXTX 200 Drawings and Specifications
  • EXTX 203 Estimating and Bidding
  • EXTX 207 Construction Methods and Materials
  • EXTX 205 Project Administration and Supervision

What are the requirements to complete the Construction Management Certificate Program?
To earn a certificate in Construction Management, you must complete nine required courses.

Is it necessary to have a certificate in this field?
Certification from an accredited university informs clients or potential employers that you have expert knowledge in the construction management field.

What is the classroom environment like?
The construction management classroom is a very interactive setting where students are encouraged to ask questions and engage in conversation with the instructor and guest speakers.


Is financial aid available for this program?
Traditional Financial Aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for certificate programs, but there may be other suitable options to help you in financing your program.  Learn more about other financial aid options.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Construction Management

Ideal for: Construction professionals who seek to move into management roles and professionals in related fields such as architecture, engineering, and real estate whose work requires a strong grasp of construction management fundamentals

Program format: In-person

Number of courses: 9 courses

Minimum program length: 12 months

Tuition costs: $4,725 (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time)


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