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If you're interested in exploring career options in construction management, the right certification could get your resume moved to the top of the pile. One nationally recognized certificate to consider is Certified Construction Manager. Additional options can be found at universities that offer certification programs specific to the construction industry. For a project management certification that can be applied to projects both within and outside the construction industry, check out what the Program Management Institute has to offer.
The Construction Manager Association of American offers a certified construction manager accreditation. The CCM is recognized by the American National Standards Institute. Training options include online courses and webinars. Course content and certification tests cover project management, cost estimating, quality, safety and time management. Prerequisites for pursuing the CCM include a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree with four years of construction experience.
The Project Management Institute offers project management professional certification. PMP certification is based on proven project management methodologies that are not industry specific. This credential is transferable, which could be beneficial if downturns in the construction industry make jobs hard to come by. Prerequisites for PMP certification include an associate's degree combined with five years of project management experience and 35 hours of PM education, or a bachelor's degree with three years of PM experience and 35 hours of PM education.
New York University offers training and certification for construction project management certification. Students in this program are required to attend three core courses covering project management, construction law and safety, followed by three elective courses. Elective course options include construction scheduling, cost estimating and field management. Although this program is offered by a university, it does not lead to a degree and no specific prerequisites are defined.
Another certification option is offered by Pace University. Pace's certification program provides training in cost estimation, project scheduling and performance management. Regulatory compliance issues, environmental concerns, problem solving and safety skills for project managers are also part of the curriculum. Like the NYU program, no degree is issued. Students are instead awarded certificates for successfully completing the coursework.
- Construction Management Association of America: Certified Construction Manager
- Project Management Institute: Project Management Professional (PMP)
- New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies: Certificate in Construction Project Management
- Pace University: Construction Project Management Certificate
A careers content writer, Debra Kraft is a former English teacher whose 25-plus year corporate career includes training and mentoring. She holds a senior management position with a global automotive supplier and is a senior member of the American Society for Quality. Her areas of expertise include quality auditing, corporate compliance, Lean, ERP and IT business analysis.
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