North Carolina students who aspire to work in construction management can gain the necessary knowledge and skills by earning a certificate in construction management or a related area, such as carpentry, plumbing, green building or construction estimation. Several technical and community colleges offer relevant programs. Below are short overviews of these schools and a table comparing programs, school settings and tuition costs.
Haywood Community College
Located in Clyde, Haywood Community College offers more than 50 programs of study, including a diploma and two certificate programs and an A.A.S. program in building construction technology. These programs are offered through the school's advanced technologies department and prepare students for careers in the construction management field. Students experience both classroom and hands-on training with cutting-edge equipment.
The certificate program in building construction technology requires students to complete 12 credits for the basic certificate and 18 with the intermediate. The certificates include coursework in blueprint reading, building codes and masonry.
Isothermal Community College
Spindale's Isothermal Community College offers three certificate programs through its building construction technology program. The elementary carpentry, advanced carpentry and basic plumbing certificate programs all qualify graduates for entry-level employment in the construction industry, with the potential to move into supervisory and managerial positions. The certificate programs all blend traditional classroom lectures with practical experience; each year, students in the program hone their skills by constructing a home. A degree program in building construction technology is also available.
Wake Technical Community College
Wake Technical Community College, located in Raleigh, is North Carolina's largest community college. The school's Construction Management Technology Department offers a basic certificate program and an A.A.S. program in construction management technology designed for construction professsionals looking to advance in the field. The 16-credit certificate program shows students the steps to managing a construction site from start to finish. Courses are offered in project planning, scheduling, blueprint reading, professional supervision and safety. Graduates are able to move forward in their pursuit of jobs as project managers, site superintendents or estimators.
Western Piedmont Community College
This 2-year, public school is located in Morganton and provides certificate programs to students who wish to build a strong foundation of construction knowledge and skills. Students can pursue certificate programs in construction carpentry or construction trades. These programs offer technical construction training along with the opportunity to sharpen communication and teamwork skills. Individuals learn about blueprint reading, building codes, plumbing, masonry and wiring. An A.A.S. in Building Construction Technology and Diploma in Light Construction may also appeal to students.
Wilkes Community College
Wilkesboro-based Wilkes Community College offers a 14-credit construction management certificate program through its industrial and workforce development division. Students develop entry-level skills through construction projects, as well as through coursework in construction materials and methods, building codes and estimating. Graduates are also equipped to analyze damaged structures and make repairs, invoice construction projects and use effective safety measures. Additional programs that might be of interest include an A.A.S. or Diploma in Building Construction Technology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Construction Management Certificate Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Haywood Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Building Construction Technology-Basic,
Certificate in Building Construction Technology-Intermediate
|$2,580 (in-state); $8,724 (out-of-state)*|
|Isothermal Community College||2-year, public; distant town|| Certificate in Elementary Carpentry,
Certificate in Advanced Carpentry,
Certificate in Basic Plumbing
|$2,542 (in-state); $8,686 (out-of-state)*|
|Wake Technical Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Basic Certificate in Construction Management Technology||$2,768 (in-state); $8,912 (out-of-state)*|
|Western Piedmont Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Construction Carpentry,
Certificate in Construction Trades
|$2,577 (in-state); $8,721 (out-of-state)*|
|Wilkes Community College||2-year, public; distant town||Certificate in Construction Management||$2,572 (in-state); $8,716 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator