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Construction Management Certificate

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Learn more about the Construction Management Certificate program.

Professional Certificate in Construction Management

It's not just a rumor, it's a fact: according to economists at UCLA, construction is on the rise. The last year showed steady growth in construction jobs more than most other industries and several recent news articles cite million-dollar apartment complexes scheduled to begin construction in the Inland Empire soon. And experts say these projects are just the beginning of a whole new market expansion.

Construction companies will need managers with the appropriate training and skills to meet the challenges of complex real estate developments in today's world. Through UCR Extension's Construction Management Certificate, you can advance your career and get a jumpstart on participating in this expected growth with learning fundamentals like:

  • Construction cost and estimating
  • Planning and management of construction projects
  • Legal issues and contracts

Once you've mastered the basics, complement your background and skills with electives exploring issues like green design and energy management, among others–issues that construction managers will be expected to address now and in the future.

Our instructors are leading professionals in the construction industry who will teach you how to:

  • Effectively manage projects, staff, and budgets, both off and on job sites
  • Evaluate projects for green design, energy management, HVAC planning and other current concerns in the industry
  • Collaborate with subcontractors, clients, government agencies and others
  • Develop strategies to ensure quality and minimize exposure to lawsuits
  • Manage and minimize risk and insurance costs
  • Navigate contracts, accounting requirements and cash flow
  • Perform negotiations and use conflict resolution strategies and methods

Who Can Benefit?

  • Engineers, designers, and managers of construction projects. Also:
  • City planning staff
  • Subcontractors
  • Developers and land planners
  • Investors or other individuals with interests in real estate

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) a total of 18 units: three required courses (10 units) and eight elective units.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in nine months to one year. Courses are usually offered one evening a week for 6-10 weeks. All coursework must be completed within five years.


The cost to complete the program is approximately $3,500. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

Equivalent courses from other accredited colleges and universities completed within the last five years will be considered for transfer, up to a total of three units. Official transcripts are required.



  • Greg Bowers, M.P.A., Executive Director for Facilities Planning, Beaumont U.S.D.
  • York K. Davenport, B.A., Division Construction Manager, Centex Homes, Corona
  • A.R. Edouni, M.S., M.B.A., PE, Senior Engineer, Los Angeles County Sanitation District, West Covina
  • John Epps, B.A., Sr. Consultant and Trainer, John Epps Associates, San Bernardino
  • Brian H. Lee, B.S., AICP, Redevelopment Specialist, City of Chino
  • Daniel Morgan, E.M.B.A., Facility Manager, Utility Trainer Manufacturing Company, City of Industry
  • Michael N. Scuro, B.S., President, Quality Construction of Indian Wells, Inc.
  • Deborah L. VanHuis, MSA, Consultant, Cardiff
  • Atef A. Zaki, B.S., Retired Engineer, Corona

Instructor Opportunities

Interested in becoming an instructor at UCR Extension? Find out how.

Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Master's Degree

Students who earn the Construction Management Certificate can apply credit toward a specialized M.B.A. at La Sierra University. To learn more, call La Sierra University at (951) 785-2064.

Industry Connection

Endorsed by The Baldy View and Desert Chapters of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC).

Industry Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of construction managers is projected to increase about as fast as average for all occupations through 2014. More construction managers will be needed as the level of construction activity continues to grow.

Contact Information

Tanya Meza
(951) 827-1723

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273