Construction Project Management

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 0895

Please note:

This program will be delivered at the Cambridge campus (with some evening classes at the Doon campus) for January 2018 and May 2018 start dates.
As of September 2018 this program will be delivered at the Waterloo campus.

About the program

This program will provide specialized and practical training in construction project management for graduates of diploma and degree programs in construction-related fields. In addition to core skills in contract administration, quality management, value engineering, project planning and scheduling, and risk management, students will gain knowledge in softer skills related to leadership, communication and negotiation. Learning will be enhanced through the use of case studies, group work and the submission of a final comprehensive project. A laptop is required for in-class assignments and project work.
This program is available to be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses will be scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening to facilitate students who wish to take the program on a part-time basis while currently employed. Courses may also be scheduled to be delivered on Saturdays.
Bridging opportunities exist for students with trades C of Q qualifications with appropriate experience. For details and course requirements, please contact the Program Coordinator at bridgingcpm@conestogac.on.ca.

Program information

Students in the part time program must successfully complete all courses as outlined in the Program Design within 5 years of beginning the program in order to graduate.

Students taking longer than 3 years to complete the program will be responsible for meeting any changes that may result from a change in the program design.
Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.
  • This program is designed for domestic students (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and refugee claimants or convention refugees) wishing to pursue studies in the field of construction management.
  • Students on an international study permit wishing to pursue studies in construction management should choose Construction Management (program 1378).

Admission requirements

  • Advanced diploma or degree from an accredited college or university in a construction-related field (e.g., architectural technology, construction engineering technology, civil engineering technology, civil engineering, environmental engineering, architectural studies) OR advanced diploma or degree in another discipline with a minimum of two (2) years of experience in construction-related work

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Application Form.
  • Submit proof of admission requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
  • Qualified applicants may be required to meet with program personnel to assess program suitability and aptitude.

Program requirements

  • Computer literacy and a working knowledge of MS Windows, word processing, and spreadsheets are expected.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates will be prepared for employment with general contractors, sub-contractors, consulting firms, government agencies involved in capital development, and others. They will have the skills necessary to function within multi-disciplinary teams consisting of project managers, architects, engineers, regulators, environmental consultants, contractors, trade contractors and construction professionals.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program outcomes

  • Develop and use strategies to promote continuous professional learning in the construction industry
  • monitor and support workplace health and safety practices and procedures which are compliant with current legislation and regulations
  • assess construction project* operations for compliance with contractual obligations, applicable laws, standards, bylaws, codes and ethical practices in construction methodology
  • analyze and monitor construction processes to ensure that sustainability practices* are implemented in accordance with contract documents, industry standards and environmental legislative requirements
  • establish and manage relationships among diverse project stakeholders* to achieve construction project* goals
  • manage the production, storage, retrieval and communication of project-related digital documents according to best practices, to meet construction project* deadlines and goals
  • perform a feasibility study to inform decisions in the planning phase of a construction project
  • schedule, manage and evaluate the progression of construction projects* by applying the principles, practices and tools of construction project management* to complete projects on time and within budget
  • prepare estimates and manage procurement processes to control costs in accordance with best practices in construction project management
  • develop and oversee quality assurance and control* processes involved in the completion of construction projects* to meet project specifications and industry quality standards
  • analyze and manage project risks to mitigate their impact throughout the construction project lifecycle
  • formulate human resource management strategies to optimize personnel requirements for construction project* completion
  • build and lead multidisciplinary teams throughout the construction project lifecycle* to accomplish construction project* goals

Program related resources

Program contact

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