Construction Management

College-Approved Certificate (6 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 6424X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Interested in understanding the main principles and processes of the construction management field? If so, this College Certificate program covers not only the interpretation of commercial documents and provides an understanding of working drawings but also emphasizes the preparation of construction schedules, the art of planning, and the importance of job costing and project control.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are looking to advance their careers in the construction industry.
  • Have the ability to see the "big picture".
  • Like building teams that are working towards common goals.
  • Enjoy balancing competing demands.
  • Thrive on the challenge and stress of overseeing large projects.
  • Appreciate having tangible results from their work.

Your Career

The knowledge and skills acquired in this program position graduates for increasing levels of responsibilities in the completion of small to medium scale construction projects.

Graduates may find employment in a variety of construction management positions. These positions include but are not restricted to project manager, site superintendent, construction manager, and project coordinator taking into account graduates' previous work experience in the field and organizations' requirements.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Mark Mazerolle, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 7519 or


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameWinter
CON510245.0Commercial Plan Reading and Construction MethodsOnline Learning
CON510355.0Commercial EstimatingOnline Learning
CON510432.0Construction Contracts and DocumentsOnline Learning
CON000545.0Construction Planning and SchedulingOnline Learning
CON510645.0Project AdministrationOnline Learning
CON511045.0Construction Job Cost AccountingOnline Learning


CON5102 Commercial Plan Reading and Construction Methods

Knowledge of the materials and methods used in construction is a necessity for working in the construction industry. Students learn to read and interpret commercial construction plans and specifications by examining and interpreting complete working drawings including line-type, symbols, scales and various drawings within a set of construction plans. Students also explore the variety of materials and construction methods used in commercial construction projects.

CON5103 Commercial Estimating

A systematic approach to estimating the components of a commercial project is essential. A proper estimate enables successful planning and implementation. Students are introduced to proper measurement techniques of construction items and components found in a commercial project. Emphasis is placed on accuracy of measurement, quantity take-off concept, sound estimating principles and construction materials. As a hands-on learning activity, students complete an estimate of a commercial project.

Pre-requisites: CON5102

CON5104 Construction Contracts and Documents

As projects become more complex it is important that all the parties involved (owner, architect, engineer(s) and general contractor construction) have a proper understanding of contract documents and their relationship to the entire project. This understanding of contract documents is essential to prevent or minimize disputes and claims, which can be very costly. Students are introdced to the documents that form a construction contract. The course builds upon the principles of law and introduces the most commonly used standard forms of construction contracts issued by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee and the Canadian Construction Association. Basic building law, contractual responsibilities and obligations are explored.

CON0005 Construction Planning and Scheduling

This course is an introduction to the concept of construction scheduling and planning. Applications of effective project planning, analysis and control skills are explored. Topics include Gantt schedule, CPM, Critic Path Planning, Resource allocation, Cash Flow Planning, Crashing, Schedule Monitoring and Productivity Factors. As a hands-on learning activity, students complete a detailed schedule for a commercial project.

CON5106 Project Administration

The constant challenge in the construction industry involves ensuring that all administrative functions of managing the project are in place and followed. Using common approaches and tools, students obtain an understanding of the different parties involved in commercial construction, types of services offered, certain CCDC and CCA contract documents and the tendering process. Students also learn day-to-day administration activities, such as change orders, shop drawings, job costing reports and progress claims.

CON5110 Construction Job Cost Accounting

Commercial construction like any other business relies on good cost accounting to ensure proper management of the project. Students are introduced to construction accounting and job costing in which they gain an understanding around construction accounting concepts and processes such as bookkeeping, financial statements, job costings and management accounting functions. Through practical assignments and learning activities, students analyze and apply job cost accounting processes.