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Gain Construction Management Skills With the Construction Management Certificate Program at Aims

Certificates offer the chance to explore a subject and build skills in less time than it takes to complete a degree program. You can also study a specific technique to build new career skills by earning a certificate.

Aims offers six construction certificates covering different aspects of building construction and systems oversight, including a carpentry certificate and a green and sustainable building certificate.

These certificates can also serve as a starting point to begin an associate degree in construction management program at Aims. 

Basic Structural Properties Certificate

This construction management certificate program teaches you mathematical principles and applications in construction. Gain skills in technical mathematics and material statics and strengths.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides an algebra-based investigation of concepts in statics and strengths of materials. Topics include a study of fundamental mechanical properties of materials, single planar forces, properties of sections, and two-dimensional free body, shear, and bending moment diagrams. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MAT 108 or MAT 121 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Covers mathematical material designed for career and technical students. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vectors. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor.  Four credits.

4
Total Credits for Certificate 7

Basics of Construction Management Certificate

Gain skills to prepare for work as a construction manager. Study construction project management principles, including project tracking and control methods and budget and cost analysis and learn various construction project scheduling methods.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements Credits
required

Investigates building construction management principles including a study of systematic scheduling techniques, project tracking and control methods, and budget and cost analysis control. Three credits.

3
required

Discusses various methods or project scheduling. Emphasis will be placed on critical path method techniques and strategies. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 6

Basics of Construction Methods Certificate

Learn basic methods of construction management. Gain skills in building materials, construction techniques, blueprint reading, construction equipment, and basic construction management and scheduling principles.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Examines building materials and construction techniques. Topics include a study of soils, concrete, brick, masonry, steel, timber, and plastics and a study of types of building structural systems and components. Principles of interpreting light commercial construction drawings (blueprints) for structural and trade information are also introduced. Three credits.

3
required

Investigates construction equipment capabilities, requirements, and associated methods. Also focuses on basic management and scheduling principles and procedures. Two credits.

2
Total Credits for Certificate 5

Construction Fundamentals Certificate

Gain basic knowledge of how to read and interpret blueprints while becoming familiar with different types of building materials and construction techniques. Topics include a study of soils, concrete, brick, masonry, steel, timber, and plastics and a study of types of building structural systems.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Covers the interpretation and reading of blueprints and related documents as used in the building trades industry and architect's office. Three credits.

3
required

Examines building materials and construction techniques. Topics include a study of soils, concrete, brick, masonry, steel, timber, and plastics and a study of types of building structural systems and components. Principles of interpreting light commercial construction drawings (blueprints) for structural and trade information are also introduced. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 6

Project Estimating Certificate

Gain skills in blueprint reading and cost analysis related to construction management. Learn how to interpret blueprints and other building trades and architecture documents and study estimating techniques used to verify the cost and time requirements for building construction projects.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements Credits
required

Covers the interpretation and reading of blueprints and related documents as used in the building trades industry and architect's office. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on estimating techniques used to establish and verify costs of materials, equipment, and labor and the time requirements related to building construction projects. Emphasis is placed on preparation of an estimate of construction costs of a commercial building. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

AEC 107 with a grade of "C" or better

3
Total Credits for Project Estimating Certificate 6

Green/Sustainable Building Certificate

Learn about construction management in the fields of renewable and sustainable design and construction. Study solar, geothermal and wind renewable energy construction, LEED certification, passive thermal architecture, super insulation and tight envelopes.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements Credits
required

Introduces solar construction techniques, terminology and construction materials in detail. Covers moisture and air quality in tight construction as well as an overview of the building shell and interior walls. Four credits.

4
required

Allows students to understand sustainable design including building design, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and building auditing. Topics include green building, passive thermal architecture, super installation, tight envelopes, renewable energy sources for heating, cooling and electrical power. Four credits.

4
Total Credits for Green/Sustainable Building Certificate 8

Basics of Carpentry Certificate

Build knowledge and skills to help you find an entry-level job in the construction industry. Gain skills including carpentry for construction sites, safety, and using hand and power tools.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides a basic introduction to construction work for all crafts. This course specifically applies to construction sites. One credit.

1
required

An overview of safety concerns and procedures in the construction field. One credit.

1
required

Focuses on basic hand and power tools including stationary tools. Emphasizes a hands-on approach to proper and safe use of these tools as it applies to the construction environment and is taught in conjunction with a lab or framing class. One credit.

1
Total Credits for Certificate 3

Carpentry Certificate

Learn a wide range of carpentry and construction methods with this comprehensive certificate. Students will learn proper installation techniques as well as how to use tools, read blueprints and more.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides a basic introduction to construction work for all crafts. This course specifically applies to construction sites. One credit.

1
required

Focuses on basic hand and power tools including stationary tools. Emphasizes a hands-on approach to proper and safe use of these tools as it applies to the construction environment and is taught in conjunction with a lab or framing class. One credit.

1
required

Introduces blue-print reading and how they apply to the construction site. Includes in-depth introduction to site layout (materials and methods). One credit.

1
required

Covers materials and methods for concrete forms and foundations. Includes various reinforcement methods such as re-bar and weld-wired fabric. One credit.

1
required

Covers application techniques and estimation of asphalt and wood roofing products and accessories including gutters and flashing. One credit.

1
required

Utilizes hands-on techniques to illustrate basic framing methods and materials. Floor/Wall/ and Roof framing will be discussed/demonstrated and taught. There will be extensive utilization of modern and western residential framing methods. The course will also include 10 hours of OSHA approved safety instruction, which will qualify the student for their “10 hour safety card”. Four credits.

4
required

Continues to build upon the principles that are expected to be understood by students in the construction discipline. 0.5 to six credits.

0.5 to 6
3 Credits      (Students must take a 3 credit CAR 170 course)
required

Describes the various types of windows, skylights and exterior doors and provides instructions for installing them. Includes instructions for installing weather-stripping and locksets. One credit.

1
required

Covers conversions of attic and basement spaces to usable living spaces and additions for renovation to existing residential structures, including kitchens and baths. Examines materials scheduling, estimation, and construction methods. Four credits.

4
required

Covers the safe use and care of stationary, hand and portable tools. Develops skills through tool utilization to pass competency and safety tests for each tool. Four credits.

4
required

Covers installation and finishing of hardwood floors, laminate/engineered floors and tile. Includes discussion on advantages and disadvantages of various choices available. One credit.

1
required

Continues to build upon the principles that are expected to be understood by students in the construction discipline. 0.5 to six credits.

0.5 to 6
3 Credits       (Students must take a 3 credit CAR 171 course)
Total Credits for Certificate 25

Introduction to Carpentry Certificate

Students receive an introduction to construction work for all crafts. This will give students a general overview of carpentry methods as they prepare for jobs in carpentry and construction.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements Credits
required

Provides a basic introduction to construction work for all crafts. This course specifically applies to construction sites. One credit.

1
required

An overview of safety concerns and procedures in the construction field. One credit.

1
required

Focuses on basic hand and power tools including stationary tools. Emphasizes a hands-on approach to proper and safe use of these tools as it applies to the construction environment and is taught in conjunction with a lab or framing class. One credit.

1
required

Introduces blue-print reading and how they apply to the construction site. Includes in-depth introduction to site layout (materials and methods). One credit.

1
required

Continues to build upon the principles that are expected to be understood by students in the construction discipline. 0.5 to six credits.

0.5 to 6
2 Credits      (Students must take a 2 credit CAR 170 course)
Total Credits for Certificate 6

Carpentry Applications Certificate

Students complete a Construction Lab Clinical which will provide hands-on training that continues to build upon the principles learned within the construction discipline.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Continues to build upon the principles that are expected to be understood by students in the construction discipline. 0.5 to six credits.

0.5 to 6
6 Credits      (Students must take a 6 credit CAR 171 course)
Total Credits for Certificate 6

Carpentry Materials and Safety Certificate

Students learn hands-on carpentry techniques including foundation, roofing and framing. Students will also earn their "10-hour safety card" with OSHA approved safety instruction.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements Credits
required

Covers materials and methods for concrete forms and foundations. Includes various reinforcement methods such as re-bar and weld-wired fabric. One credit.

1
required

Covers application techniques and estimation of asphalt and wood roofing products and accessories including gutters and flashing. One credit.

1
required

Utilizes hands-on techniques to illustrate basic framing methods and materials. Floor/Wall/ and Roof framing will be discussed/demonstrated and taught. There will be extensive utilization of modern and western residential framing methods. The course will also include 10 hours of OSHA approved safety instruction, which will qualify the student for their “10 hour safety card”. Four credits.

4
Total Credits for Certificate 6

Carpentry Renovation and Finishing Certificate

Students learn techniques to renovate existing residential structures as well as other finishing methods such as window, door and floor installation.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements Credits
required

Describes the various types of windows, skylights and exterior doors and provides instructions for installing them. Includes instructions for installing weather-stripping and locksets. One credit.

1
required

Covers conversions of attic and basement spaces to usable living spaces and additions for renovation to existing residential structures, including kitchens and baths. Examines materials scheduling, estimation, and construction methods. Four credits.

4
required

Covers installation and finishing of hardwood floors, laminate/engineered floors and tile. Includes discussion on advantages and disadvantages of various choices available. One credit.

1
Total Credits for Certificate 6