Construction Management Certificate

Certificate Overview

Build your skills and knowledge to successfully supervise the construction process from the conceptual development stage through the final construction phase with a certificate in construction management. Taught at the Denver Learning Center on evenings and weekends, you gain tools that can be applied immediately to your coordination and management of people, materials, equipment, budgets, schedules, and contracts.

In this program, you are trained to:

  • Coordinate the different needs of large-scale projects
  • Maintain relationships with contractors and subcontractors
  • Define the structure and responsibilities of the project management team
  • Handle external concerns such as materials, safety, and risk management

You don't have to put your career on hold to gain formal construction management training. This program can improve your effectiveness, keep you up-to-date on industry developments, and give you the competitive edge to further your career. Specific topics covered in the program include:

  • Construction engineering and materials
  • Methods and systems
  • Material science
  • Structural design: reinforced concrete, structural steel, and wood timber framing
  • Mechanical/electrical systems
  • Smart/green buildings and sustainability
  • Construction economics
  • Safety
  • Estimating
  • Scheduling
  • Project management

This certificate program is attended primarily by superintendents and managers with substantial experience but no formal training in the construction industry. The program is also beneficial for a number of professionals in residential and commercial building, including accountants, attorneys, insurance assessors, marketing professionals, property appraisers, realtors, and lenders.

If you are transitioning into the construction field, earning your Construction Management Certificate will develop the essential knowledge you need to be competitive. You'll learn the in-depth content that is typically presented in undergraduate construction management programs without the commitment of a full degree program. This program can also prepare you for graduate study in this field.


You'll learn from respected faculty of the CSU Department of Construction Management and nationally-renowned guest speakers who bring breadth and depth of professional experience to the classroom. Core faculty for the program include:

Caroline Clevenger
PE, Architect

Loren Funk
Assistant Professor, CSU

Bret Gunnell
Attorney at Law

Ron Holt
Assistant Professor, CSU
Construction Management Professional Practice

Steve Hultin
CSU Facilities

Gary Lietz, Ed.D., CSP

Kylee O'Dwyer
Industry Professional Scheduler

Mike O'Reilly
Assistant Professor, CSU, PE

Michael Randall
CSU Facilities

Dan Rondinelli
CCC, LEED Accredited Professional

Carmelita Thorndike
Industry Professional Scheduler

Our Students

Students who have attended our certificate program are employed by the following organizations (partial list):

Adolfson and Peterson

American Civil Constructors

Ash & White Construction Company

Aurora Public Schools

Colorado Department of Transportation

City of Boulder – Open
Space and Mountain Parks

City of Commerce City

Colorado Association of
Home Builders

Corporate Express

De Falco Lee Construction


Delwest Holding Inc.

Denver Water

Elward Construction

Guida Construction

H+L Architecture

Home Depot's EXPO
Design Center


Keller Homes, Inc.

Kenny Electric

Kiewit Western Co.

Ludvik Electric

Meadow Homes

Metro Wastewater Reclamation District

Porter-Cable Tools

Poudre School District

Pulte Mortgage

Qwest Communications

Raytheon Polar Services

Richmond American Homes

Saunders Construction

SEMA Construction, Inc.

Storage Tek

Sturgeon Electric Co., Inc.

Swanson Rink Inc.

The Weintraub Organization

The Weitz Company

Turner Construction Company

Wells Fargo Bank

Wickes Lumber

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