Online Courses in Construction Project Management

Jan 16, 2020

Online construction management programs address the continuing education needs of management professionals. Courses are generally offered at the graduate degree or certificate level.

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Essential Information

Degree Level Graduate certificate or master's degree
Degree Field(s) Building construction management or civil engineering
Course Formats Some schools require limited on-campus interaction but course work is online
Experience 5+ years required for some program admission
Job Outlook (2014-2028) 10% growth
Median Annual Salary (2018) $93,370 (for construction managers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Prospective construction managers can find online courses through colleges and universities. Some programs require students to have a bachelor's degree in a related construction field as well as up to five years of construction management experience. Students can earn a graduate certificate, Master of Science in Building Construction Management or Master of Civil Engineering. Some schools require limited on-campus interaction with faculty and fellow students prior to an online program. Construction project managers can find employment with architectural and engineering firms.

Online Construction Project Management Courses

Let's explore some commonly-offered construction management courses

Introduction to Construction Project Management Course

This introductory course provides a broad overview of construction project management issues, such as bidding procedures, realistic cost analysis, budgeting, construction planning and scheduling. Students also learn other processes of the industry, including construction monitoring, record keeping and accounting procedures, and insurance and safety concerns. The roles of the owner, architect and contractors are also explored.

On-Site Construction Project Management Duties Course

The role, responsibilities and specific tasks of the project manager on a construction site are central to this course. Instruction includes location analysis, preparation and logistics, providing temporary office and housing facilities, and procuring temporary water and electrical services. Other on-site construction management lessons include field reporting, record keeping and maintaining good working conditions and worker morale.

Construction Project Management Safety Issues Course

This course delves into a detailed examination of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and principles construction managers must abide by to ensure the safety of all involved. Students learn to analyze and devise minimum safety standards to guarantee secure on-site working conditions.

Financial Risk in Construction Project Management Course

Students in this course examine the theories, procedures and practices necessary to develop accurate and reliable construction estimates and final bids. Topics include subcontractor bid comparisons, unit and volume pricing, direct and indirect construction costs and overhead. The risks of financing locally and internationally, as well as the functions of purchasing bonds and insurance are covered.

Construction Project Management Law Course

Students in this course are introduced to the legal issues of the construction industry. They examine the conditions and regulatory implications of construction contracts, sub-contracts and labor laws. Other legalities this course addresses include ethical and professional obligations as they relate to changes in agreements, delays, mistakes and early termination.

International Construction Project Management Course

The development of the World Trade Organization (WTO) treaty allows construction project managers to work outside the United States. For students interested in working internationally, this course provides an overview of the global industry and the standards by which it operates. Students also examine the social, economic and political ramifications of working abroad.

Fundamental Principles of Building Construction Management Course

This course includes a survey of construction management history. Additionally, students are introduced to the primary responsibilities of construction managers on both residential and commercial property projects. The course also discusses current issues and events in construction management, such as environmental policy and regulations.

Employment Outlook

Construction managers earned a median pay of $93,370 as of May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The projected growth of employment is 10%, which is about as fast as average. Online construction courses are available and cover subjects such as:

  • Project management
  • Safety issues
  • Financial risk
  • Law
  • International construction management
  • Fundamental principles of building
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