Construction Project Management
Certificate of Completion

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One of my students, Samuel Ngnagna (nana) is a Kenyan who has been in this country several years.  He was in the building business in Nairobi and left when bad economic times hit there.  He and his wife emigrated to the us and settled in Atlanta.  He took a job as a long-haul truck driver "to learn about the country" from coast to coast to coast. Then he decided that he wanted to get back to construction and began looking for a suitable certificate program.  He says that the CSUDH program was exactly what he was looking for and he and his wife moved to Southern California specifically to be able to take our program.  Hearing that really enforced my feelings about the value of the program as well as the responsibility we share for the well-being of the students taking classes in our program. -- Larry Kaltman, AIA, Instructor


THE PROGRAM


Construction professionals gain practical knowledge and expertise through the Certificate
program in Construction Project Management. This innovative and timely series of courses is
designed for construction personnel, contractors, architects, engineers, owners, developers,
real estate professionals, city planning personnel, building managers, and those wishing to
enter the field of construction management. You participate with others who face the same
kind of professional problems. At the same time you will obtain the skills necessary to
successfully manage in the field of construction practices.
Topics covered include construction accounting,
acquisitions, estimation, plan reading,
field project, management, real estate law, bidding and
scheduling, and construction safety.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
To receive the Certificate, candidates must successfully complete eight intensive courses. Those who do not wish to pursue a certificate may take individual classes. All courses provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Plan Reading should be taken before Estimating. Field Project Management and Bidding and Scheduling should be taken at the end of the sequence.

THE LOCATION
Construction Project Management classes are offered on the CSUDH campus in Carson. Classes are convenient for people living and working in or near Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.  

COURSES
Plan Reading
CMX 903 1.2 CEUs

This course provides a survey of the fundamentals
of Construction Math and plan reading.

This class should be taken before CMX 902
Estimation. Materials included.


Estimation

CMX 902 1.8 CEUs

This course provides cost estimating with emphasis on quantity survey and pricing. Plan Reading should be taken before this class. Bring plans from CMX 903 Plan Reading to class.
Construction Accounting
CMX 904 .9 CEUs

This course reviews accounting theory, offering an understanding of the terminology of accounting. Payroll accounting will focus on workers compensation insurance, cost allocation and control. Other subjects include types of businesses and organizations, lien law, construction cost control, progress payments and subcontractor invoices, back charges, cash flow and cost of sales.

Financing Real Estate Acquisitions
CMX 905 .6 CEUs

This course will focus on the nature of development projects, sources of funds, mortages, permanent and construction loan processing and administration for both portfolio and for the sale projects.
Field Project Management
CMX 920 1.8 CEUs

Become a successful project manager by learning the basic principles and responsibilities of construction project management and how they relate to the total construction process. Learn
how to identify and manage the vital componenets of project planning, budgeting, and scheduling, resource allocation, legal requirements and ethical considerations, construction safety, and project supervision. This should be one of the last classes taken in the certificate.

Real Estate Law (Law for Construction)
CMX 921 1.8 CEUs

This course provides an overview of the legal system: contractor's license law, contract laws,
real estate law, labor law, OSHA, employment law, litigation and arbitration, contractor's liability in tort-negligence, mechanic's liens, plus basic contract principles and responsibilities.

Bidding & Scheduling
CMX 925 1.8 CEUs

This course covers the different bidding strategies used in the construction industry; methods
of selling or buying out the construction project, whether from the owners' or contractors'
perspective. Learn to read, analyze and create your own bar chart and critical path method
schedules. Learn to monitor and control time, money and other resources with the schedule.
Learn how to use the schedule to measure the effect of changes and delays on the project.
This should be one of the last classes taken in the certificate.

Construction Safety
CMX 926 1.8 CEUs

This course provides an overview of safety procedures, regulations and their application as they apply to the Southern California construction industry. Also included will be a series of lectures supported by printed material given by an industry working safety specialist. Areas such as fall protection, working in confined spaces, excavation safety procedures, CAL/OSHA regulations and procedures, Federal OSHA are covered.

For More Information
Contact Babette Wald at bwald@lists.csudh.edu


THE FACULTY

  • W. John (Jack) Irwin II, PE, CFCC: Mechanical Engineer and Building/Construction Consultant with 30 years experience in construction, design, management, construction claims and disputes
  • Jay Jefferson, Construction Manager, CSU Office of the Chancellor with over 30 years of experience in construction management
  • Garry A. Jones, Principal of Garry A. Jones & Associates, Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years experience, prior construction controller, continued client construction involvement
  • Larry Kaltman, Architect and General Contractor, has over 40 years of experience in design and building
  • Paul Makris, PE, PSP, JD, Vice President of Delta Consulting Group, Inc. has over 30 years of experience in construction, engineering, construction management, forensic engineering, and claims analysis
  • Ryan McEvoy has worked for the past ten years on over 60 LEED projects with his sustainable development consulting firm Gaia
  • David Stern, PE, Founder and President, Westec Construction, Inc. David has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry

Professional Links
American Institute of Steel Construction
http://www.aisc.org

American Society of Civil Engineers
http://www.asce.org
http://region9.asce.org/sections.html

Associated Builders and Contractors,Inc.
http://www.abc.org
http://www.abc.org/chapterlocator.aspx

Associated General Contractors of America
http://www.agc.org

Building Standards Commission
http://www.bsc.ca.gov/default.htm

California Building Industry Association
http://www.cbia.org/go/cbia

Construction Specifications Institute
http://www.csinet.org/s_csi/index.asp
http://www.csinet.org/s_csi/sec.asp?CID=379&DID=4887

National Association of Women in Constuction
http://www.nawic.org
http://losangeles.nawic.net

National Electrical Manufacturers Association
http://www.nema.org

National House-Building Council
http://www.nhbc.co.uk/AboutNHBC

Society for Marketing Professional Services
http://www.smps.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=About_SMPS
http://www.smps-la.org

The Design-Build Institute of America
http://www.dbia.org
http://www.dbia.org/about/regions/westernpacific.htm

The Society of Women Engineers
http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org
http://www.swe.org/regionB