Credential As You Go Organization Case Study

Estimating & Planning Construction Costs Certificate

Colorado State University, Pueblo

Credential Title

Estimating & Planning Construction Costs Certificate

Academic Program

Construction Management

Stage of Development

In Development

Credit/Non-credit # of credits (if credit bearing)

9 credits

Length of Credential

24 weeks

Types of Partnerships


Incremental Credentialing Framework Approaches

  • Learn As You Go
  • Retro As You Go

Top Competencies/Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the current major planning issues effecting the construction industry
  • Develop skills and knowledge necessary to be a manager in today’s construction industry
  • Expand current and develop additional advanced construction industry skills

Credential Components

Three courses from Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology

Why the Credential was Developed

  • The Estimating & Planning Construction Costs Certificate is designed to enhance learners’ knowledge of construction costs and planning in the commercial and heavy/highway aspects of construction.
  • The program focuses on learners with an entry-level or working knowledge of the construction industry, with the purpose of accelerating the student through various construction estimating processes and procedures.

How the Credential was Developed

  • Construction management faculty designed the credential to serve students and employees looking for estimating and planning skills separate from a full degree.
  • The certificate will also be available for students who left the college with completed coursework but no degree.
  • The credential is recorded on a student’s transcript when conferred. A certificate document is also provided to the student.

The Targeted Learners

  • Learners with interest in the construction industry
  • Employees in the construction industry looking to move into management
  • Previous students with some completed courses in Construction Management, but not a completed degree

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