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Construction Management (Optional Co-op)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
Engineering & Information Technology
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018
Accelerated Delivery?


Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.

About the Program

This two-year graduate certificate is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to effectively initiate, plan, control and commission construction projects. Students will study the appraisal of private and public projects, including planning, scheduling, financial activities, and will learn effective leadership techniques. Students will learn to integrate construction methods, building code, and lean construction techniques into their projects. Learning will be enhanced through the use of case studies, group work, field trips, and a capstone project enabling students to apply, integrate and synthesize knowledge learned into a real-world project. The co-op or guided career management term will provide students with an opportunity to apply and practice knowledge and skills in preparation for the work environment. This program will prepare students to take various professional certification exams such as: CAPM (Certified Associate Project Manager), PMP (Project Management Professional), PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP), PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP), ASQ-Quality Manager, AACE- Certified Estimating Professional (CEP), Gold Seal certifications. The optional co-op stream includes one co-op work term instead of the Guided Career Management course. A laptop is required for in-class assignments and project work.

For more information contact the Program Coordinator at

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery Sequence:
         Cambridge - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall
         Cambridge - January/2018 (Open) - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
         Cambridge - May/2018 (Open) - Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: September, January, May
First-Year Capacity: 20


This program is designed for international students wishing to pursue studies in the field of construction management. Domestic students (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and refugee claimants) wishing to pursue studies in construction management should choose Construction Project Management (program 0895).

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Applying to the Co-op Stream

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

International fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Construction Management (Optional Co-op) - Program # 1378g

Cambridge - Fall 2017 Level 1 & 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2017-09-05)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Spring 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00 $5950.00 $0.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10 $0.00
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80 $0.00
Program Services Fee $178.67 $178.67 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00 $0.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $485.00 $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60 $0.00
Session Total $7500.32 $7015.32 $0.00
Year Total     $14515.64

Cambridge - Winter 2018 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2018-01-08)
Description Winter 2018 Spring 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00 $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
Program Services Fee $178.67 $178.67
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $324.95 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
Session Total $7340.27 $7015.32
Year Total   $14355.59

Cambridge - Spring 2018 Level 1 (Program Start: 2018-05-07)
Description Spring 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80
Program Services Fee $178.67
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $160.05
ONE Card Fee $12.60
Session Total $7175.37
Year Total $7175.37

Cambridge - Spring 2017 Level 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2017-05-08)
Description Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Spring 2018
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5950.00 $5950.00 $0.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.95 $49.95 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $69.55 $69.55 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $28.10 $28.10 $0.00
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.55 $25.55 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $140.80 $140.80 $0.00
Program Services Fee $132.55 $134.00 $268.00 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $70.54 $70.54 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00 $110.00 $0.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56 $4.56 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00 $375.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $203.50 $485.00 $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.60 $12.60 $0.00
Session Total $7061.30 $7455.65 $7104.65 $0.00
Year Total $7061.30     $14560.30

Cambridge - Spring 2017 Level 2 & 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2017-01-03)
Description Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Winter 2018
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $0.00 $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $0.00 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $0.00 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $0.00 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.30 $0.00 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $0.00 $140.80
Program Services Fee $132.55 $0.00 $268.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $0.00 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $0.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $0.00 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $0.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $0.00 $485.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $0.00 $12.60
Session Total $6857.80 $485.00 $7104.65
Year Total $14117.10   $7589.65

Cambridge - Spring 2017 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Spring 2017 Fall 2017
International Program Tuition $0.00 $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $0.00 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $0.00 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $0.00 $28.10
Administration Fee $0.00 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $0.00 $140.80
Program Services Fee $0.00 $268.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $0.00 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $0.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $0.00 $4.56
ISR $0.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $0.00 $485.00
ONE Card Fee $0.00 $12.60
Session Total $0.00 $7589.65
Year Total $14265.60 $7589.65

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is not available for this program.

Co-op Information

Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op webpages for more details.

The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.

Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.

The optional co-op program design also includes a 1 credit Co-op and Career Preparation course, CDEV 1020 in level 2. A 14 credit co-op work term replaces the 15 credit Career Management in Canada course.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are able to lead and function within multidisciplinary teams and will be well-equipped for employment with general contractors, subcontractors, consulting firms, and government agencies involved in capital development and planning.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details for 2017 / 2018
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
CONS8000 Construction Risk Management

Description: This course covers the fundamental aspects of analytical tools including the basic processes of risk planning, risk identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk response planning and risk monitoring and control. Tools and techniques of risk management will be studied and applied into small to major construction projects. Students will be required to complete a number of projects and apply risk management software.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

CONS8010 Construction Planning and Scheduling

Description: The course covers in detail all major scheduling subjects. Topics covered include: developing work breakdown structure (WBS); integrating WBS to critical path method (CPM), cost breakdown structure (CBS), and organizational break down structure (OBS); define project activity and determine activity durations; develop schedules using bar-chart, arrow diagram and precedence diagram; time in contract provisions; resource allocation and levelling; resource and time constrained scheduling; cash flow analysis; project monitoring; project control using S-curve; double S-curve and earned value analysis; the impact of scheduling decisions on productivity; CPM in dispute resolution; linear scheduling; scheduling under uncertainty and computer applications in project planning and scheduling.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

CONS8020 Construction Contracts & Contract Law

Description: This course examines construction contract processes and administration. Topics include construction contracting methods; contractual relationship; types of contract; request for proposal (RFP), bid invitation, bid evaluation, contract negotiation and award, contract administration; surety bonds; contract changes; payment; delays and claims; warranty; construction insurance; subcontractor contracts; construction liens; labour law and union contract; risk related with different contracts; construction dispute resolution. Students are required to synthesize and select appropriate contracts and administer them in simulated business settings through case studies integrated with the term project.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

CONS8110 Construction Materials and Methods

Description: The course covers building construction systems in terms of materials, methods and technology. It reviews foundation types, structural systems of precast and pre-stressed concrete, steel and timber framing; building envelope: with more emphasis placed on exterior cladding and insulation materials, building science, curtain walls, window walls, glazing, roofing, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sprinkler systems. In addition, it examines selection of materials, systems and methods in terms of their efficiency, life cycle costing and cost effectiveness.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

ECON8000 Engineering Economics

Description: This course covers the basics of project investment and appraisal and selection. Topics include: time value of money; cash flow analysis; cost of capital; elements of cost and cost estimation; decision making among alternatives; break even analysis; effect of depreciation, taxes, replacement analysis, inflation and uncertainties and risk.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

MGMT8200 Leadership in Project Management

Description: This course addresses the soft skills of project management such as: human resource management, communication management and leadership skills in project management. Students will learn skills and techniques of organizational planning, staff acquisition, team development, team motivation, conflict resolution, negotiations, and effective communication skills.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

Level 2
CODE8000 Ontario Building Code

Description: The course introduces students to Ontario Building standards, codes and regulations of design and construction. Emphasis will be on Part 3 buildings as defined by the Ontario Building Code including concepts of health and safety, building envelope and environmental separation, unique structural requirements and heating and energy conservation requirements. In addition the planning processes used for land use and site plan control will be introduced. This course is designed to develop an ability of critical review to be applied to the term project leading up to preparation of working documents including specifications for a complete permit application package.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

CONS8030 Construction Cost Estimating

Description: This course covers the different estimating techniques including: preliminary estimate, elemental analysis estimate, detailed estimate and estimation of direct cost, overhead cost, contingency and mark-up. It also discusses bidding procedures, bidding strategy, bid closing and computer application in cost estimating and project cost control. Students are required to prepare a term project that includes preliminary, elemental, and detailed estimate and a bid document.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

CONS8040 Value Engineering and Life Cycle Costing

Description: This course focuses on providing techniques, concepts and principles of value engineering and life cycle costing during concept and design phases of construction project. Topics covered include: the concept of function, cost, worth and value, characteristics of function analysis and FAST diagram. Life cycle costing methods and simple multi-attribute rating techniques are also covered. The course will be supported with case studies and students will conduct value engineering study and life cycle cost analysis in team environment.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

CONS8050 Construction Quality Management

Description: The main purpose of this course is to guide the student through the project quality management processes. Topics include quality planning, quality assurance, quality control, continuous quality improvement and integration of quality activities into project life cycle, tools and techniques of data collection, data analysis, statistical concepts and techniques in quality control and ISO 9000 series.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

CONS8060 Development Economics

Description: This course primarily is concerned with the real estate development process and capital appraisal of projects prior to design, during design processes and the whole life cycle. Topics covered include: real estate development processes, project feasibility study, market studies, site analysis and selection, creating project pro forma financial statements, project appraisal, project financing and commitments, project financial analysis, project economics during construction, financial modelling using MS Excel. Through the term project, students will prepare a detailed market and financial analysis for a proposed development.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

CONS8070 Applied Environmental Law and Construction Safety

Description: This course provides an introduction to selected laws concerning environmental protection and construction safety. Key statutes, regulations and policies that relate to environmental management and construction safety in Ontario are examined in the context of industrial/commercial facilities, brownfields and new urban developments. The course reviews the relevance of environmental legislation as it relates to issues such as air and waste quality, hazardous waste management, site assessment and cleanup, emergency planning, spills, transportation of dangerous goods, noise, and vibration. Construction safety and liability will be explored in relation to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. The course will provide an understanding of the legal framework in Ontario for approvals, enforcement, penalties, liabilities and reporting requirements under selected applicable law. Case studies and guest speakers will be used to demonstrate the application of environmental and construction safety legislation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

Level 3
GCM2000 Career Management in Canada

Description: In this course students learn to establish career goals and objectives, build career management tools, identify appropriate career–related job opportunities, and acquire networking, self-marketing, job search, and interview skills for lifelong employment success. Students learn to develop workplace survival skills through an analysis of workplace structures, leadership roles, ethics and behaviours that will enable them to approach opportunities and challenges, and engage in the workforce both independently and in teams. Students will also acquire the essential background knowledge of Canadian workplace history, legislation, culture and trends, which support assimilation into the Canadian workforce. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the business or industry sectors relevant to student's academic studies as well as the potential job opportunities that support career success in the Canadian labour market.
Hours: 225
Credits: 15

Level 4
COMM8170 Business Communication and Technical Writing

Description: The course is designed to provide students to contractor and business communications and technical and business writing. Emphasis is placed on analyzing audience, determining purpose and effective ordering of ideas for various written communications such as letters, memoranda, meeting agenda and minutes, and technical and business reports in the trade environment. As well, all students are expected to participate in group work throughout the semester and are expected to give oral presentations. Students will also learn how to deal with customer service in a construction environment. The course material is focused to most administrative, supervisory and managerial positions.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

CONS8080 Major Project in Construction Project Management

Description: This course is designed as a capstone project to enable students to apply and synthesize the material learned in other courses. Working in a team, students will select a project, submit a project proposal and prepare a detailed project report. Interim written reports and group presentations will be required. Enrollment in this course is limited to students who are in their final semester of the program.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

CONS8130 Appraisal of Public Investment Project and Finances

Description: The course covers theory and practice of economic appraisal of public investment project. First it introduces students to social and economic cost benefit analysis. The main emphasis will be on designing and developing cash flow statement, financial analysis, economic analysis, integration of financial, economic and social appraisals and distributional analysis. In addition, it reviews the different types of project finance and delivery methods such as build operate and transfer (BOT), build transfer and operate (BTO), design-build-finance-operate (DBFO).
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CONS8060

CONS8140 Lean and Six Sigma in Construction

Description: The course is designed to provide students the principles, philosophy, and tools of lean design and construction. Students will learn how to reduce waste, minimize defects and rework and eliminate non value added activities in design and construction. In addition it reviews six sigma concept of improvement methods: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC). The tools and techniques of lean six sigma learned will be applied via hands on exercise, case studies and term project.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CONS8050

CONS8150 Construction Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Description: The course covers construction procurement processes and supply chain management. It reviews procurement strategy, procurement of goods, services and works, types of contract and associated risk, project delivery methods, bidding process, bid evaluation, selection and award, contract administration. The rest of the course examines integration of supply chain management to the construction processes. This include strategic sourcing, just-in-time purchasing, logistics management, supplier, subcontractor relationship management, equipment acquisition and on time information sharing.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

FIN8030 Financial Management

Description: Today's technology employees need financial management skills to make decisions and manage projects within an organization. This introductory course for non-accounting students covers aspects of both financial accounting and management accounting. Students will be able to apply concepts of financial accounting to both personal and business situations, including the preparation and use of basic financial statements. Management accounting topics will allow the students to understand cost behaviour and its use in decision-making, evaluate capital investments, and prepare operating budgets.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

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Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
MAY, 2017 Cambridge Closed
SEP, 2017 Cambridge Open
JAN, 2018 Cambridge Open
MAY, 2018 Cambridge Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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