The Importance of Certification

construction-hand-shakeThe construction industry is growing. Construction Managers are needed to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project. They work with the conceptual design team and remain present through every step until the project is complete. Construction Managers are responsible for oversight of deadlines, budgets and quality. Certification is an indicator of expertise.

With construction technologies and management practices evolving, construction management has become an increasingly complex and demanding job. The Construction Manager leads the team, unifying architects, engineers, designers, project managers, facility managers and other contractors for the successful completion of the project. Working with so many teams requires negotiating different points of view, deadlines and demands. Understanding how projects are financed and maintaining budget goals demands constant communication across teams. Recognizing potential risk means a Construction Manager must know finance, management and regulatory procedures and requirements.

The Construction Manager is a facilitator and a problem solver.

Certification indicates knowledge of every phase and function in construction management. Owners and project developers know that a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) is an industry expert and leader. A CCM is essential for many projects.

Many projects require a CCM for project bids. From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Pennsylvania State University to the Chicago Housing Authority, big and small, private or public businesses and institutions increasingly recognize the improved outcomes of having a CCM onboard.

What’s the advantage of being certified? “The Certified Construction Manager designation is representative of an individual’s commitment to excellence in program/construction management, career advancement and an ongoing pursuit of knowledge.”*

Becoming certified shows that you are:

  1. committed to excellence
  2. success-oriented
  3. always learning and improving

In order to pursue your CCM designation, you will need to satisfy minimum education or experience requirements. Be prepared to  show that you have basic work experience at every phase level of construction projects: pre-design, design, procurement, construction and post-construction. Additionally, make sure that you have practiced skills across functions including project oversight, cost, quality, time, and safety management as well as contract administration.

Getting a graduate degree in Construction Management fulfills all the requirements needed for certification. The faculty at NEIT designed the Master’s program in Construction Management (MSCM) consistent with the requirements of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) to ensure students are qualified to sit for the certification exam.

Recognizing that many students are already working, NEIT provides the MSCM degree online. Successful completion of the program has no residency requirements so that students can continue to work. Optional courses are available on location, while many students value the freedom of taking courses and collaborating with colleagues at a distance. The MSCM degree gives you the opportunity to improve – don’t let working get in the way of expanding your skillset. Receive the education you need for certification while you work!

Earning a Certificate of Construction Management shows your dedication, knowledge and quality. Get certified by completing NEIT’s MSCM program. Build a better future, and apply today.

*CMAA website. http://cmaanet.org/faqs

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