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How Much Does Construction Management Training Cost?

low costCertificate in Construction Management: $1,330-$9,000average costAssociate's Degree in Construction Management: $6,000-$8,000high costBachelor's Degree in Construction Management: $28,000-$116,000
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Construction management students may seek a certificate, associate's degree or a bachelor's degree, with the latter becoming more of an industry standard according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics[1] . Completing a master's degree may allow construction managers to work on very large construction projects or for larger developers. A certificate or associate's degree combined with work experience can in some cases substitute for a higher degree.

Typical costs:

  • A certificate in construction management costs $1,330-$9,000 and generally takes 6-12 months to complete. Diablo Valley College[2] in Pleasant Hill, CA, offers a two-year certificate[3] in construction management for $1,332 for in-state residents and $8,547 for non-residents. Northeastern University[4] in Boston offers an online certificate program for $8,560. A certificate program[5] in construction management give students the basic knowledge in cost estimating and project management to get started in the field, where they may be able to start work in general contracting, building construction, highway construction or advance their career if they already have a background in construction, engineering and architecture.
  • An associate's degree in construction management costs $6,000-$8,000 and takes two years to complete. At McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL, an associate's degree costs $8,040 for county residents and $21,849 for out-of-state tuition. New York's Farmingdale State College charges $6,093 per year for tuition and fees for a similar program. Education Portal[6] lists common coursework for an associate's program as safety and health regulations, estimating costs, principles of management and leadership as well as accounting.
  • Apprenticeships in construction management cost $720-$7,800 and take 3-5 years to complete. Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers a one-semester program[7] for $1,125 to train construction management students preparing to work as an apprentice. Gateway Community College in Phoenix, AZ, offers a 26-credit construction management apprenticeship program for $1,976 for county residents or $7,800 for non-residents. Apprentices may earn a percentage of a typical wage while they work during the 3-5 year training period.
  • Bachelor's degrees in construction management cost $28,000-$116,000 and take four years to complete. Lawrence Technological University[8] in Southfield, MI, costs $101,640 for tuition and fees over the four-year bachelor's degree program. The National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD, offers a bachelor's degree[9] for $28,200 for union members to $49,800 for non-union members. A bachelor's degree[10] in construction management often requires coursework in microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting and algebra, and can lead to higher-level jobs in the field.
  • Master's degrees in construction management cost $25,000-$53,000 and take two years to complete. For example, the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston offers a master's program[11] for $40,680. Having a bachelor's degree in a related field is usually a prerequisite for these programs. Professionals with a master's degree[12] in construction management may enter mid- to upper-level project and facilities management jobs, with coursework in economic planning, legal issues and business management.
  • Voluntary certification through trade associations costs $135-$550. Construction Management Association of America[13] costs $275 for exam fees. Passing construction managers may use the initials CCM after their title. Certification through the American Institute of Constructors[14] costs $135, and certified professionally may use the AC designation after their title. Higher-level certifications are available for about $405-$555.
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What should be included:
  • A certificate program in construction management should cover topics like project development, cost estimating, construction methods and materials, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics[15] . Higher-level degrees include more emphasis on accounting, business and financial management, building codes and standards, statistics and information technology.
Additional costs:
  • Additional fees for construction management students may range from $2,000-$15,000 per year. For example, Florida International University[16] in Miami estimates additional costs per year as $8,180 for housing and meals, $2,256 for books and supplies and $1,700 for health insurance. Lawrence Technological University[17] in Southfield, MI, estimates housing and food costs at $7,370 per year. Basic tools, such as those used by a general contractor, may also be purchased for about $200-$1,000.
  • Construction trade groups or colleges offering construction management degree programs offer scholarships to eligible students. For example, the Associated General Contractors of America[18] offers scholarships ranging from $500-$2,500. Individual schools may offer scholarships, likeSouthern Polytechnic State University[19] in Marietta, GA, offering grants of $600-$2,000.
Shopping for construction management training:
  • Associated Builders and Contractors has a database of local chapters[20] by region, which can be a resource for finding apprenticeships and other construction management training opportunities.
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