Run Heavy Construction Projects Successfully
Next start date
March 27, 2017
In this four-course certificate program, you’ll gain the tools and skills needed to manage heavy construction projects. We’ll explore techniques for developing cost estimates, and study different methods of procuring and completing construction jobs. You’ll examine ways to improve productivity and learn about temporary structures used on heavy construction sites. We’ll delve into legal issues, research methods and environmental regulations. Get a solid grounding in the business, financial, legal and practical aspects of running a heavy construction project.
Individuals with experience in construction-related fields.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Because this offering is 100 percent online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. Students must receive a grade of at least 2.5 in each course and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 graduate credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the online Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering or the online Master of Science in Construction Management. To use these credits for the degree, you must obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course in the certificate program.
You can start with any course and take the courses in any order. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Temporary Structures (CM 580)
Heavy Construction Estimating (CM 582)
Construction Procurement Systems
Construction Operations & Productivity (CM 588)
Certificate in Heavy Construction Project Management
Approved by the UW Department of Construction Management and the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
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.
Faculty members from the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the UW Department of Construction Management serve as this program's advisory board.
Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Assistant Professor, Construction Management
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Saeed Daniali, Professor, Construction Management
Steve Goldblatt, Associate Professor, Construction Management
Richard Horner, Research Associate Professor, Civil Engineering & Landscape Architecture
Yong-Woo Kim, Assistant Professor, Construction Management
Joe Mahoney, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Steve Muench, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Kamran Nemati, Associate Professor, Construction Management
John Schaufelberger, Professor and Dean, College of the Built Environment
Yinhai Wang, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due two weeks before the first class.
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
Courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexible online format allows you to access course content wherever you are, on your own schedule. You simply need to complete assignments by their due dates. Lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle, which also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates.
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
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.
Assistant Professor, Construction Management
Dean, College of Built Environments, University of Washington
Associate Professor, Construction Management
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