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In today’s fast-paced construction industry, demand is high for well-trained managers who can tackle complex projects and track all the moving parts. If you’re looking to rise in this dynamic field, our certificate program will give you a solid boost.
The program’s custom curriculum offers thorough coverage of all major aspects of the field. This includes specialized training in project planning, budgeting, scheduling, quality control, safety, contracts and staff development. Learn from experienced managers, analyze real case studies and then apply your knowledge by executing a project for your professional portfolio.
Those with at least five years of experience in the commercial construction field. Those with less experience should complete our courses in Construction Contract Documents and Construction Methods and Materials II or their equivalents first.
There are two paths to gaining acceptance into this program:
If you choose the coursework approach, your application must include documentation showing you’ve successfully completed the prerequisites listed above.
If you plan to fulfill your prerequisites the summer before the certificate starts, your application must include documentation confirming your course registration; if you’re admitted to the certificate program, you’ll be given conditional acceptance until you’ve completed the prerequisites. For more on taking courses at the UW in the summer, visit the UW Summer Quarter website.
If you plan to fulfill your prerequisites elsewhere, please email us a course description for review, and we’ll let you know if the course is an acceptable alternative.
The following courses at these schools have already been approved as prerequisite equivalents:
CM 313 and CM 323 Equivalents
CM 320 Equivalents
To get a waiver for the prerequisites, you must have at least five years of experience as a general contractor in commercial construction; proficiency reading and interpreting commercial construction drawings and specifications; and experience in wood frame, structural steel and masonry construction.
To request a waiver, send us an email titled “Waiver Request” with your resume and a detailed description of your relevant education and experience, or send us a letter from the UW Department of Construction Management that approves your request for a waiver.
If you’re not sure if you qualify for a waiver, send an email to Construction Management for a determination.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have basic English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
International students are welcome to apply to an online offering of this program, which doesn’t require a visa. To enroll in a classroom offering, you must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This certificate program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection. Students enrolled in the program will receive free access to Office 365 ProPlus through Microsoft Student Advantage.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
By completing this certificate program, you'll fulfill some of the prerequisites for the online Master of Science in Construction Management. Learn more about credit options.
We offer this program in two formats: a classroom version consisting of five courses over three quarters, and an online version consisting of four courses over four quarters.
Project Planning & Control
Computer Applications in Construction
Choose One of Two Sections
Certificate in Construction Management
Approved by the UW Department of Construction Management.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Jack Beaudoin, Vice President, General Manager, Turner Construction Company
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
John Carlson, Safety Consultant, Integrity Safety Services
V. Thomas Cole, Chief Estimator, Bellevue Operations, Lydig Construction
Armand Eichorn, Assistant Director of Academic Programs, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Ben Emam, Construction Manager, Link Light Rail, Sound Transit
Deborah Fields, Compliance Manager, Houston Rapid Transit - JV
Len Holm, Owner, Holm Construction Services
Andrew Hoover, Senior Director, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Michael Matter, Project Manager, Turner Construction
Roxanne Navrides, Construction Project Manager, Seattle Housing Authority
Joe Renn, P.E., Senior Structural Engineer, HNTB Architecture
John Schaufelberger, Professor and Dean, College of the Built Environment
Darlene M. Septelka, Construction Manager, King County
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software. The technology fee is based on the number of credits you are taking. It is not charged during summer quarter.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
Not available for this program
Safety Director, BNBuilders
Project Engineer, Wick Constructors
Owner, Shaiman Contracting
Senior Planner, Parametrix, Inc.
Director of Scheduling, Estimating, Risk Management and Value Engineering, Sound Transit
Safety and Health Consultant
Senior Estimator, Graham
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