Construction Project Management


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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, bidding and estimating, 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. This program will also prepare students to take various professional certification exams with main focus on CAPM (Certified Associate Project Manager), PMP (Project Management Professional), PQS (Professional Quantity Surveyor designation) and Gold Seal certification. A laptop is required for in-class assignments and project work.

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Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program (also available part-time)
Delivery Sequence: Waterloo - September/2021 - Fall | Winter
Location: Waterloo
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 20


Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2020-2021 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2020 / 2021) for Construction Project Management - Program # 0895

Waterloo - Fall 2020 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2020-09-08)
Description Fall 2020 Winter 2021
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $20.95 $28.45
Administration Fee $18.40 $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75
CSI Association Fee $84.50 $110.00
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2907.00 $2907.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75
eText Fee $150.00 $148.00
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $30.00 $0.00
Capital Development Fee - Waterloo $48.00 $48.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $15.00 $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $3.50 $4.00
Locker Fee $0.00 $0.00
Alumni Services $0.00 $0.00
Student Spaces $0.00 $0.00
Graduation fee $0.00 $0.00
Academic Support Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $0.00 $0.00
Health and Wellness Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $0.00 $0.00
Career Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Career Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00 $5.00
Student Services $50.65 $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $0.00 $65.00
Session Total $3783.50 $3577.50
Year Total   $7361.00

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.

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. 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. 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
CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 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 simulation software.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

CONS8010 Construction Planning and Scheduling

Description: The course covers in detail project planning, scheduling and control. Topics covered include: project charter, developing work breakdown structure (WBS) and statement of work; developing project schedule; assign resource; perform resource and time constrained scheduling; estimate project cost and prepare project cost baseline; project monitoring and control; scheduling under uncertainty and computer application in project planning, scheduling and control.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

CONS8020 Construction Procurement and Contract Administration

Description: The first part of the course examines construction procurement processes and administration. Topics include: construction contracting methods, contractual relationship, types of contract, risk related to different contract type, request for proposal (RFP), bid invitation, bid evaluation, contract negotiation and award, contract administration. The second part of the course reviews practical application of basics of contract law as related to construction topics include: contract law, contract changes, payment delays and claims, surety bonds; warranty, construction insurance; construction liens, labour law and union contract, construction dispute resolution.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

CONS8060 Development Economics

Description: This course primarily is concerned with the property development, investment and finances. Topics covered are development processes, site analysis and selection, market studies, estimating development cost, developing integrated financial cash flow, land development, lease, buy or build analysis, project economics during construction, financial modelling using MS Excel, risk analysis. The course also reviews the different types of project finance and delivery methods.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

CONS8120 Quantity Takeoff and Measurement

Description: The course covers fundamentals of blue print reading, specifications, master format divisions and material takeoff. The takeoff methods of materials will be demonstrated using residential and commercial building.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

CONS8210 Construction Job Site Management

Description: The course covers construction job site management from contractor's point view. It introduces students to duties and responsibilities handled by construction superintendent, construction engineer throughout the project progress from start to closeout. Topics covered are: site team roles, field office mobilization and administration, construction documents on the jobsite, and record keeping at the jobsite, jobsite layout and control, meeting, negotiations and dispute resolution, jobsite labour relations and control, managing time and materials, jobsite equipment use, operation, and maintenance, personnel and safety management, sustainable construction practices, changes and claims, progress payments, and project closeout. The course will have regular site visits (every three weeks) in order students to observe and see jobsite management in practice.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

Level 2
CONS8030 Cost Estimating and Bidding Procedures

Description: The course provides students the principles and methods in preparation of unit costs for materials, labour and equipment and preparation of total tender price. Topics covered include: methods of approximate estimating, the cost of resources, contract clauses and their effect on estimate, the calculation of unit rates and total project cost, contractual arrangements and documentation, bid preparation and closing.
Hours: 42
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: 42
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: 42
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: 56
Credits: 4

CONS8250 Professional Exam Preparation

Description: The course reviews the different project and construction management professional certifications related to the courses taken in the program. It mainly focuses on guiding students in the preparation of Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Gold-Seal Certified (GSC) and Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) certifications. Enrollment in this course is limited to students who are in their final semester of the program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

MGMT8200 Leadership in Project Management

Description: This course addresses essential leadership skills such as: human resource management, communication management and leadership styles and skills in project management. Students will learn skills and techniques of organizational planning, staff acquisition, team development, team motivation and evaluation, conflict resolution, negotiations, effective communication and personal productivity skills.
Hours: 42
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. Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using the Ontario International applicant portal. Please note that not all programs are open to international students; check the list of open programs on our International Student Programs web page before applying.
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