Applied Construction Management

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

The Applied Construction Management graduate certificate program is a one-year program that prepares students with knowledge and skills required to work in construction management. This program trains students to work in project planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and evaluating construction projects from start to finish according to schedule, specifications, and budget. This program encompasses principles of construction site management, construction project management, construction materials & methods, and construction estimating. Construction site management involves competitive bidding processes, preconstruction activities, and managing the construction process. Construction project management involves teamwork to develop and plan commercial building projects using industry best practices. Construction materials & methods delves into site work, temporary facilities, building construction envelopes, and finishes. Construction estimating includes quantity surveying and cost estimating for residential and commercial buildings. 

The curriculum requires students to simulate various construction-related activities, creating an experiential learning environment. Students also construct scale models and participate in simulated projects, group work, and virtual site visits while applying industry practices and problem-solving.

This program provides opportunities for students to learn and use industry best practices, software, and related technology. Through classroom theory, hands-on activities, group simulations, and tutorials, students learn to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate construction projects from start to finish. Graduates of this program will be well-prepared for a variety of career paths in the construction industry.


The requirements for this graduate certificate may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • Diploma in Engineering Technology (any discipline), Degree in Engineering (any discipline), or an equivalent combination of education and work experience in engineering disciplines such as civil, electrical, mechanical, and building industries.

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of this program gain employment in a wide range of construction management positions such as a project coordinator, project manager, site superintendent, construction inspector or construction estimator. Graduates of this program may also work independently or gain employment as home building and renovation managers.

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    Specific Considerations

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Construction Drawings and Specifications
    • Building Information Modelling
    • Construction Estimating
    • Procurement and Contract Administration
    • Project Planning and Scheduling
    • Job Site Safety and Management
    • Resource Management
    • Project Cost Control
    • Construction Quality Control
    • Project Performance Monitoring
    • Construction Methods
    • Industry Software Applications

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course provides an overview of construction management activities completed after the award of a commercial contract and before construction begins. The course includes planning activities required for the management of scope, cost, schedule, quality, and safety during the construction phase.


    • CNST1036A
    • CNST1034A

    This course simulates contract administration activities through the construction of a scale model building. The construction of physical models creates unique issues and dynamic outputs for each learner group. Learners must manage scope, cost, schedule, quality, resources and teams, report progress, and make adjustments while following industry procedures for the administration of construction contracts.


    • CNST1028A
    • CPTC1139A

    This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to prepare quantity surveys and cost estimates for commercial construction projects. Through the analysis of contract drawings and specifications, learners establish a project’s construction requirements, associated activities, and costs as they pertain to the MasterFormat Divisions: Div. 03 Concrete, Div. 04 Masonry, Div.05 Steel, Div.31 Earthwork, Div.32 Exterior Improvements, and Div. 33 Utilities.

    This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to prepare quantity surveys and cost estimates for commercial construction projects. Through the analysis of contract drawings and specifications, learners establish a project’s construction requirements, associated activities, and costs as they pertain to the MasterFormat Divisions: Div.01 General Requirements, Div.06 Wood Plastics and Composites, Div.07 Thermal and Moisture Protection, Div.08 Openings, Div.09 Finishes, and Div.10 Speciality Equipment.


    • CNST1030A

    This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to apply spreadsheet and quantity takeoff software to the detailed estimating workflow used in a construction project. Learners will be using software applications to estimate divisions of work and construction costs introduced in previous courses.


    • CNST1031A

    This course is designed to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from CNST1030, CNST1031, and CNST1032.  Learners prepare a commercial building cost estimate and subsequent tender submission. This involves performing quantity takeoffs for architectural and structural building components, obtaining bids for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) work, preparing an estimate summary, preparing a bid, and managing estimate documents.


    • CNST1032A
    • CNST1036A

    This course uses Microsoft Project Professional to develop and use critical path construction schedules. Learners are introduced to construction scheduling procedures and how schedules are used during construction to manage a project.


    • CNST1028A

    This course examines the relationship between building design, energy consumption, carbon emissions, and alternative energy sources. Learners will evaluate net-zero construction alternatives and their associated financial impacts.


    • PROJ1112A
    • CPTC1136A

    This course examines competitive bidding processes used in private and public construction contracting. Learners will examine standard form documents, procedures, and regulations on public tendering and private bidding. Learners gain the knowledge and skill to solicit subcontractor bids, prepare public tender submissions, evaluate competitive bids, and award standard form construction contracts following industry best practices.

    This course provides learners with the knowledge to apply the principles of sitework, cast-in-place concrete, masonry, and steel frame construction methods used in commercial buildings. This course covers MasterFormat Divisions 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Steel, 31-Earthwork, 32-Exterior Improvements & 33-Utilities.

    This course provides learners with knowledge of cold-climate building envelope construction. Topics include air/weather barriers, bulk water controls, vapour controls, and thermal conductivity within wall and roof assemblies. This course covers common cold-climate building envelope assemblies and materials, as well as Division 07 – Thermal & Moisture Protection and Division 08 – Openings.


    • CPTC1135A

    This course provides learners with knowledge of common interior finish systems and construction site logistics planning. In addition, the types, applications, and installation methods of various commercial interior building finishes are examined. Learners participate in the planning of a jobsite layout, including temporary facilities and environmental measures for a local construction site.


    • CPTC1135A

    This course explores common mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEPF) systems found in building construction. This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills required for identifying the major components of MEPF systems for cold-climate building system installations.


    • CPTC1135A

    This course reviews various theories and strategies for developing and managing project teams where complex contractual relationships exist in the workplace. This course combines lectures, discussion groups, role play and case studies dealing with various management situations.


    • CNST1029A

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities.

    This course explores activities performed during the pre-design phase of a new construction project including pre-construction services offered by construction managers. Activities include document management, establishing the owner’s requirements, conceptual design oversight, contract management, preliminary cost estimating, and client approvals.

    This course provides a competitive environment for teams to develop code-compliant schematic designs for a mixed-use low-rise commercial building. Teams will develop a multistory building concept with each level being an independent BIM model. During the design, individual models will be linked to a federated model where learners will coordinate design efforts. The federated model will be periodically reviewed by the client and for constructability parameters.


    • PROJ1110A
    • SAAL1881A

    This course provides the opportunity for teams to create a project management plan for their schematic designs created in PROJ1111A-Schematic Design Coordination. Planning activities will include cost estimating, scheduling, procurement planning, quality planning, and risk analysis using Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) workflows.


    • PROJ1111A
    • CNST1034A

    This course provides the opportunity for learners to prepare a project plan for the renovation of an existing building. Learners explore issues unique to renovations and plan the phased construction of a renovation project in an owner-occupied building considering existing conditions, hazardous materials, occupant safety, and logistics within the context of a construction management contract.


    • PROJ1112A

    This course is an introduction to drawing interpretation and Autodesk Revit Building Information Modeling software. Additionally, this course integrates practical skills in drawing interpretation and utilization of Autodesk Revit Building Information Modeling software, providing learners with the knowledge and skills to translate 2D PDF construction drawings into comprehensive Building Information Models (BIM) using Revit.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    NOC Codes

    22233 - Construction inspectors
    22303 - Construction estimators
    70010 - Construction managers
    70011 - Home building and renovation managers

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