Construction Engineering Certificate Program

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Registration Cost:
Full Program: Member $2,855
Non-Member $3,575
Courses can be purchased individually

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Course Hours:
10 hours per course
Course Start Date:
Varies for each course,
refer to ASCE program site
Course Access Time:
6 weeks per course ASCE Logo
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/
Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
1.0 CEUs/10 PDHs for each individual course

Course Note
Online ASCE Construction Engineering Certificate Program was developed in partnership with Engineering-LAS Online and Dr. Gransberg in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at Iowa State University. This certificate program is specifically designed for those who are seeking non-university degrees or university credits.

For those looking to receive courses with university credits that count toward your university graduate degree, we offer Online Construction Management Graduate Certificate Program.

Course Description

The Construction Engineering Certificate Program is being offered through The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE offers a full range of project management and construction engineering curricula and has furnished coursework to the public and private clients in the US and overseas.

All courses include asynchronous online video lectures to convey the fundamental concepts and demonstrate example calculations. You will work to solve problems, evaluate case studies, and perform practical exercises. There will be synchronous online interactive periods with the instructor supplemented with an opportunity for unscheduled interactions via email and/or by making an appointment for a phone call. All courses include a final exam to demonstrate comprehension level.

You will be taking a total of 6 Guided Online Courses to complete this certificate program. Upon completion, you will earn 6.0 CEUs/60 PDHs.

  • Complete 4 core courses in the core path of your choice.
  • Select 2 elective courses.
  • Complete all 6 guided online courses within 4 years of enrollment.
  • All courses have a start and end date, and a 2-week grace period to complete the exam and earn credits.

Learning Outcome

You will learn:

  • Cost-Estimating
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Construction Administration

Perfect For:

  • Construction Project Owners
  • Design Consultants
  • Construction Contractors

Course Outline

Core Courses: (required, select your one core path)

Building Emphasis Core (each course is 6 weeks in length)

  • Pricing and Bidding: Lump Sum Jobs
  • Principles of Critical Path Scheduling
  • Principles of Construction Contracts
  • Quantity Take-Off: Structures

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Heavy Civil / Utilities Emphasis Core (each course is 6 weeks in length)

  • Quantity Take-Off: Heavy Civil/Utilities
  • Pricing and Bidding: Unit Price Jobs
  • Principles of Critical Path Scheduling
  • Principles of Construction Contracts

Course Electives (select 2 courses, each course is 6 weeks in length)

  • Project Delivery Methods
  • Developing Proposals
  • Principles of Contract Negotiation
  • Project Planning and Control
  • Quality Management
  • Safety Management

Course Procedures

This four-module course consists of one forum, prerecorded video lectures, four self-guided practical exercises, four knowledge checks, three one-hour webinars, and one graded, final exam. The details of the components are as follows:

Four Course Modules

  • Week 1-4: Each week will have a module with 1-2 recorded lectures. Modules must be completed in chronological order.

One Introduction Forum

  • The learner will start the course by participating in the discussion thread during the first week. For week 2 through week 6, first review the content, then post your questions in the forum.

Three Live Webinars

  • During the course, there will be 3 live interactive webinars. Live webinars will take place in week 2,4, and 5. During the webinars, the instructor will discuss the practical exercises and the final exam, as well as allow learners to get real-time answers for their questions. Each webinar will be scheduled at a specific time by the instructor.

Four Synthesis Practical Exercises

  • Week 1-4: Each module has one self-guided practical exercise for the learners to solve and learn more about the topics covered in the module.

Four Knowledge Checks

  • Week 1-4: Each module contains a short, multiple-choice knowledge check. Knowledge checks are not mandatory, but they are useful to check the learner’s knowledge of the material in the module.

One Final Exam

  • Week 6: There is one multiple choice, final exam at the end of the course, which includes basic calculations and theoretical questions. If the learner fails on the first try the exam may be taken again (maximum three times).

Assessments

Complete all four modules and pass the Final Exam with a score equal to or greater than 70%. Synthesis practical exercises and knowledge checks will not be considered into your final score.

Course Materials

You will be provided with all course materials within the online course.

Contact Information

Contact pd.elo@iastate.edu or call 1-800-854-1675 for more information.

Instructor

Instructor Photo- Douglas D. Gransberg

Dr. Douglas D. Gransberg

Dr. Gransberg retired in 2017 as a professor of construction engineering at Iowa State University, where he held an endowed research chair for 5 years. He received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Oklahoma, Texas and Oregon, a Certified Cost Engineer, a Designated Design-Build Professional, and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK.

He is the president and founder of Active Continuing Education Systems, LLC., a firm that specializes in providing professional continuing education services using a variety of delivery mediums from in-person to guided online modes. Gransberg has been an ASCE instructor since 1996.

He is also the president of Gransberg & Associates, Inc. a construction management/ project delivery consulting firm. The firm was founded in 1996 and provides RFQ/RFP development services to public agencies, as well as CMGC and DB proposal development services to engineers and consultants.