Today's dynamic, competitive market provides little margin for error when planning and managing capital projects. But the successful completion of capital projects requires the integrated efforts of team members from a wide variety of backgrounds: business, multiple engineering disciplines (civil, electrical, mechanical, etc.), general and specialty construction, supply chain, and others. Many of these team members understand their portion of the project, but do not have a strategic perspective of a capital project and their role in making the project as a whole successful. They have had little or no formal training in the techniques and tools that provide them with the best opportunities for successful capital projects.
To address this need, the Clemson University Department of Civil Engineering is pleased to offer a Certificate in Capital Project Management (see Courses). The objective of the program is to provide current and future capital project team members with an understanding of the primary concepts, principles, and issues associated with planning and managing capital projects in an active, flexible learning environment (see Delivery Method).
The certificate program:
Although numerous project management training opportunities are currently available, the Capital Project Management Certificate Program offers the best value to help working professionals meet their career goals.
The Capital Project Management Certificate Program (CPMCP) includes a series of three, three-hour graduate level courses that cover the primary concepts associated with planning and managing capital projects (see courses).
To meet the needs of working professionals who do not have the time to attend on-campus classes, all courses will be offered on-line in an asynchronous mode. Students can take the courses from any location with internet access, based on their schedule, without interfering with their current job.
Coursework will consist of viewing the on-line recordings presented by industry experts, completing assigned readings and homeworks, and demonstrating the appropriate application of the concepts to specific situations.
The program faculty will actively evaluate all student work and provide feedback to company points of contact about student progress and performance.
Companies are encouraged to form company study teams to complete the program together. Members of the company study teams will share thoughts, ideas, and company-specific applications through the assignments and discussion board topics.
Three options are offered for course participation:
If these students, at some point in the future, decide to pursue a graduate degree, the three certificate courses may be used for graduate credit (if applicable to the degree sought). However, the students would be required to complete the standard graduate application process to be accepted into the graduate program.
Non-degree students: $750 per semester hour ($6750 for all three courses)
Degree-seeking students: normal tuition
The Capital Project Management Certificate Program (CPMCP) includes a series of three, three-hour graduate level courses that cover the primary concepts associated with planning and managing capital projects. The courses are: (click on a link to view a course description)
The curriculum incorporates best practices and principles from leading organizations, such as the Construction Industry Institute (CII), the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering-International (AACE), the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), and the latest research results.
Senior industry professionals were involved in shaping the curriculum to ensure the courses meet the needs of working professionals and to provide an appropriate balance between theory and practical application.
Faculty from Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, the Business School, and Construction Science provide the expertise needed to present this well rounded curriculum.
Two cohorts will be formed each year. One cohort will start in January and will cover the three courses in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. The second cohort will start in the fall and will cover the three courses in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Each semester is approximately 15 weeks long. Students are encouraged to complete the coursework with their cohort, but will be allowed to take up to two years complete the three courses.