Credential As You Go Organization Case Study

Construction Project Manager Certificate

Colorado State University, Pueblo

Credential Title

Construction Project Manager Certificates

Credential Level


Academic Program

Construction Management

Stage of Development

in Development

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

9 credits

Length of Credential

24 weeks

Incremental Credentialing Framework Approaches

  • Learn As You Go
  • Retro As You Go

Top Competencies/Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the roles of the different parties in construction, project delivery methods, and the different stages of construction, including pre-construction feasibility analysis, value engineering, life cycle analysis, constructability analysis, etc.
  • Utilize elements, processes, and techniques for planning and scheduling in the construction industry, including Critical Path Method, Precedence Networks, Resource Leveling, Resource Allocation as appropriate
  • Apply principles of financial management and accounting to the construction industry, both at the company level and at the project level
  • Employ construction project analysis to financial control including cash flow analysis and management, overhead cost and break-even analysis, time value of money, banking, and bonding, etc.


Credential Components

3 courses from our Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology program:

  • CET 303 Construction Management
  • CM 351   Construction Planning and Scheduling
  • CM 461   Construction Law

Why the Credential was Developed

  • The Construction Project Manager Certificate is designed to provide extensive and comprehensive knowledge in controlling and mentoring, planning and management that is required for the construction industry
  • The Certificate is intended to enhance the current construction industry professional’s body of knowledge with advanced construction industry skills
  • 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 management skills

How the Credential was Developed

  • Construction management faulty designed the credential to serve students and employees looking for estimating and planning skills separate from a full degree
  • The certificate is also available for students who left the institution 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 the Construction Management, but not a completed degree

Lessons Learned

  • The need for a collaborative effort and lift from many different areas on campus: administration, faculty, advising, registrar, admission, to make this as seamless an option for student to opt-in

Improving Education and Employment Outcomes

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