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Construction Project Management

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


Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
This program will be delivered at the Cambridge campus (with some evening classes at the Doon campus) for January 2018 and May 2018 start dates.
As of September 2018 this program will be delivered at the Waterloo campus.

About the Program

This one-year graduate certificate program will provide specialized and practical training in construction project management for graduates of diploma and degree programs in construction-related fields. In addition to core skills in contract administration, quality management, value engineering, project planning, scheduling and risk management, students will gain knowledge in softer skills related to leadership, communication and negotiation. Learning will be enhanced through the use of case studies, group work and the submission of a final comprehensive project. A laptop is required for in-class assignments and project work.

For more information contact the Program Coordinator at

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program (also available part-time)
Delivery Sequence:
         Cambridge - September/2017 - Fall | Winter
         Cambridge - May/2018 - Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: September and May
First-Year Capacity: 30


Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

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

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates will be prepared for employment with general contractors, sub-contractors, consulting firms, government agencies involved in capital development, and others. They will have the skills necessary to function within multi-disciplinary teams consisting of project managers, architects, engineers, regulators, environmental consultants, contractors, trade contractors and construction professionals.

80% of 2014-2015 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.

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. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

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 (0895)
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

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

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
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

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

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

Program Outcomes

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Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

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International students should apply online using the Conestoga College International Application Portal. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2018 Waterloo Open
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

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