Continuing & Professional Education

Construction Management & Administration

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Accred­it­ed for the Gold Seal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, Blue Seal cer­tifi­cate, and Pro­fes­sion­al Quan­ti­ty Sur­vey­or and Con­struc­tion Esti­ma­tor Cer­ti­fied designations

The con­struc­tion indus­try is one of the largest eco­nom­ic dri­ving forces in Alber­ta and Cana­da. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta’s Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment & Admin­is­tra­tion Cer­tifi­cate explores the plan­ning, tech­ni­cal, finan­cial, and legal aspects of the con­struc­tion busi­ness to allow learn­ers to devel­op and expand their man­age­r­i­al skills and advance their careers. This pro­gram will be of val­ue to prac­tis­ing con­struc­tion pro­fes­sion­als and those wish­ing to tran­si­tion into the field.

If you work in the con­struc­tion indus­try and are seek­ing a com­pet­i­tive edge to fur­ther your career, the Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment & Admin­is­tra­tion Cer­tifi­cate will great­ly increase your abil­i­ty to com­pete and succeed.

Cours­es in this pro­gram are accred­it­ed for the Gold Seal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (Cana­di­an Con­struc­tion Asso­ci­a­tion) and for the Blue Seal cer­tifi­cate (Alber­ta Advanced Edu­ca­tion — Appren­tice­ship and Indus­try Train­ing).

Select cours­es with­in this pro­gram are rec­og­nized by the Cana­di­an Insti­tute of Quan­ti­ty Sur­vey­ors toward the Pro­fes­sion­al Quan­ti­ty Sur­vey­or and Con­struc­tion Esti­ma­tor Cer­ti­fied designations.


The instruc­tors pro­vid­ed us stu­dents with insid­er infor­ma­tion about the con­struc­tion indus­try that you will nev­er receive from a textbook.

Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment and Admin­is­tra­tion Certificate student

I real­ly enjoyed the flex­i­bil­i­ty to work and study at the same time. The evening class­es helped a lot.

Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment and Admin­is­tra­tion Certificate student

I enjoyed being able to net­work and talk to peo­ple who work in a sim­i­lar field to mine.

Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment and Admin­is­tra­tion Certificate student

Apply specialized knowledge and skills for enhanced job performance and career advancement.

Apply administrative and technical concepts, principles, and practices to the unique requirements and processes found in the construction industry.

Effectively deliver projects and plans, as well as manage schedules, staff, and budgets.

Be familiar with the numerous legal aspects of construction, from managing contracts to real estate law and land development regulation.

Perform cost-planning and budget analysis for building designs. Estimate and control costs, prepare bids, and minimize change orders.

Manage work with sub-contractors, clients, suppliers, architects, engineers, government agencies, and others.

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  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 1 year
  • Pay as you go
  • Currently open for enrolment

Only interested in taking a course? You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program – browse our Construction Management & Administration courses. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Certificate as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to earn the cer­tifi­cate. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or more courses. 

To enrol, you must have a min­i­mum of a high school diplo­ma (or equiv­a­lent) and two years of relat­ed work expe­ri­ence. If you attend­ed high school in Alber­ta, tran­scripts may be ordered from Alber­ta Edu­ca­tion at 7804275732; for high schools out­side of Alber­ta, con­tact the cor­re­spond­ing provin­cial depart­ment of education. 

You are still invit­ed to apply if you do not meet the admis­sion require­ments. Your qual­i­fi­ca­tions will be reviewed, and con­di­tion­al entrance may be grant­ed. For details, con­tact the pro­gram office at 7804927237.

The Construction Management & Administration Certificate is comprised of five 39-hour core courses, one 21 hour core seminar, and a minimum of 39 hours in elective courses, for a total of 255 instructional hours. This part-time program is typically completed within one to three years, but students have up to six years to fulfill their program requirements.

Courses are taught online. Some courses may have pre- or post-class assignments in addition to the scheduled face-to-face classroom work. Schedules are flexible and designed to accommodate the needs of those holding full-time jobs.

Your program requirements

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

Apply for Your Credential

To qualify for program completion you are required to submit a request to obtain your credential. For a breakdown of details and how to qualify, visit the program completion page.

Cred­it trans­fer agreement

If you have com­plet­ed a course from Edmon­ton Con­struc­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (ECA) or Build­Force Cana­da with­in the last five years that is applic­a­ble to the Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment & Admin­is­tra­tion pro­gram, you may qual­i­fy for up to a max­i­mum of 21 hours toward the 39 hours of Elec­tive Cred­it require­ment with­in our Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment & Admin­is­tra­tion (CST) Cer­tifi­cate program. 

Please note that this cred­it can only be obtained once. In oth­er words, even if you have com­plet­ed mul­ti­ple cours­es, 21 hours is the max­i­mum num­ber of hours allowed for indus­try train­ing recognition.

Cur­rent­ly rec­og­nized courses:

Edmon­ton Con­struc­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (ECA)

  • Con­struc­tion 101
  • CCDC Con­tracts 101
  • Design-Bid-Build


  • Ethics in Construction
  • First Lev­el Super­vi­sor Training

Have you already com­plet­ed any of the cours­es list­ed above? If so, then you can apply for trans­fer credit.


Blue Seal – Achieve­ment in Busi­ness Com­pe­ten­cies Program
Gold Seal certificate
Cana­di­an Insti­tute of Quan­ti­ty Sur­vey­ors (CIQS)e
Con­tin­u­ing Pro­fes­sion­al Development
  • Cours­es from the Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment & Admin­is­tra­tion Cer­tifi­cate may qual­i­fy for your association’s pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment require­ments. Please con­tact your asso­ci­a­tion for information.
  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Electronic course materials for web-enhanced courses will be available in eClass at no extra charge.

Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
Edmonton Construction Association (ECA) Award 

Students in the Construction Management & Administration Certificate program

$1,000 annually