Construction Management Certificate Programs in San Diego, CA

There are at least two schools within 15 miles of San Diego that have construction management certificate programs. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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San Diego Schools for Construction Management Certificates

This article looks at two schools within a half-hour of San Diego that offer construction management certificate programs. These programs are for students who are interested in positions coordinating, planning and organizing activities at construction sites. Individuals who are looking for a school can compare important information such as enrollment and costs with the table that is found at the end of this article.

  • San Diego Mesa College is about seven miles from downtown and offers a construction management certificate program.
  • Almost 14 miles away in Chula Vista, Southwestern University also offers a certificate program in construction management.

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Comparison of Schools

Students considering a school need to look at many factors. This table offers information about several important aspects of these two schools.

San Diego Mesa College Southwestern College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 24,159* 19,000*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees 2015-2016 $1,142 in-state
$4,670 out-of-state*
$1,336 in-state
$5,452 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 67%* 78%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2014) 68% of full-time students* 71% of full-time students*
Graduation Rate (students who began in 2011) 23% (18% transfer-out rate)* 19% (12% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College boasts one of the highest student transfer rates in the state. A construction management certificate can be earned through the architecture program.

Certificate of Achievement in Building Construction Technology

Students in this program can learn the fundamental elements of the construction business, including administrative and technical skills. A combination of architecture and building construction courses make up the 29-credit curriculum. Program graduates receive a certificate of achievement and should be qualified to pursue residential and commercial construction management jobs. Students who finish the program can complete additional courses in general education studies to earn an Associate in Science with a focus in construction management.

Courses in this program can help students develop essential communication and interpersonal skills. Topics covered in the curriculum include appropriate construction materials selection, project cost estimating and building zones. Students can also learn technical skills in drafting and computer-aided design.

Southwestern College

Southwestern College was established in 1961 and has been accredited since 1964. Students interested in construction management can choose from certificate and associate's degree programs.

Certificate of Achievement in Construction Management

The certificate program in construction management at Southwestern College is designed to provide a strong foundation of knowledge in all aspects of construction management, including building materials, cost analysis, scheduling and professional interaction with other construction workers. Coursework includes computer-aided design software, construction surveying, soil engineering and structures. The program is intended to be completed over the course of four semesters. A total of 37 credit units must be completed to earn this certificate.

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