Construction Certificate Programs in CT with Course Descriptions

Research construction programs in Connecticut, which currently has six schools offering education in the field. Read an overview of program options and tuition info for three of these schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Undergraduate certificate programs in construction, which require 30 credits for completion, are offered at a few community colleges in Connecticut. Also available are associate degree programs. Students have the chance to gain the technical knowledge and business skills necessary to pursue entry-level construction careers in such areas as building inspection or construction estimation. Read on to learn about the community colleges offering construction training as well as the programs they have available.

Naugatuck Valley Community College

Waterbury-based Naugatuck Valley Community College offers a certificate program in construction technology. The program is appropriate for students new to the field as well as construction professionals who wish to expand their skills. This 30-credit program introduces students to the basics of construction, including plumbing, heating and cooling, framing and electrical work. Students also learn to create construction renderings with coursework in computer-aided drafting (CAD) and CAD modeling. The school's job placement center can assist students with finding employment as estimators, construction managers or inspectors.

Norwalk Community College

Located in Norwalk, the Department of Art, Architecture and Design at Norwalk Community College offers an associate's degree in construction technology. Students can develop entry-level construction skills and are prepared for further postsecondary education in construction management.

Students in this program must complete a minimum of 65 credit hours of coursework. Coursework is divided between general education requirements and construction-specific topics, such as blueprint reading, construction documentation, structures and surveying. The program can help students gain an understanding of structural systems/methods and materials of construction. Students also become familiar with the business aspects of the industry and learn about the communication skills necessary to work as managers in the construction field.

Three Rivers Community College

At Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, students can choose from a construction management certificate or an Associate in Science degree program in construction technology. Students in either program can learn the basic skills necessary for entry-level work in the construction industry, including project management and computer-aided drafting.

Students in the certificate program are required to complete 30 credit hours of coursework. The program provides a broad introduction to the construction industry along with training in accounting and management. Additional coursework covers building materials, CAD, construction graphics and building codes. Graduates can pursue entry-level jobs in construction or continue their education in a degree program.

Students must complete 68 credit hours of coursework to earn the associate's degree in construction management technology. Students learn how to utilize principles of mathematics in construction and incorporate concepts of land usage through courses in site analysis and surveying. Additional coursework covers economics, contracts, accounting and management.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Construction Programs Available Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Naugatuck Valley Community College 2-year; public; midsize suburb Construction Technology Certificate $4,072 in-state; $12,136 out-of-state*
Norwalk Community College 2-year; public; small city Associate of Science in Construction Technology $4,052 in-state; $12,116 out-of-state*
Three Rivers Community College 2-year; public; small city Construction Management Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technology
$4,072 in-state; $12,136 out-of-state*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

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