What you will learn
About this course
In this series of Construction Management Fundamental courses, you will learn how a construction project is managed from start to finish.
In the second part of the Construction Management Fundamentals course series, you'll learn about cost estimating and scheduling concepts, earthwork estimating and contracts. There is an immense amount of information to absorb over a lifetime in construction. Kick off your career with a course proven to set you up for success in the industry. The fundamentals, the tips and tricks, terminology, the things that will give anyone a head-start in the industry.
Specific topics include breaking down an estimate, when to use different types of estimates, scheduling using the Activity on Node Method, earthwork volume calculations and contract fundamentals. Additionally, you'll learn the important project plans which must be in place and utilized. You'll also learn the typical tasks required to administer a project. Specific topics include safety plans, quality plans, site logistics plans, phasing plans, stormwater management plans, document control, submittals, RFI's, issue management and jobsite records. This course will set you up for success for the day-to-day requirements on a project.
VDCI encourages a strong online engagement between you, your instructor and your classmates. You will participate in group discussion forums, connect with your instructor and message your classmates. You are also invited to join us in the VDCI Student Lounge, where our instructors, staff, current students and alumni share information and help one another.
You will learn how people work together to successfully complete a construction project.
Senior Instructor, University of Colorado at Boulder
4.9/5.0 Instructor Rating
P.E., LEED AP
Owner & CEO, VDCI
4.8/5.0 Instructor Rating
Autodesk Certified Instructor
One-time payment, no fees or subscriptions
6 hours on-demand video
Access your course from anywhere, anytime
Create your own schedule around set due dates
Course includes PDF downloads
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I work at my own pace?
Yes. You can work at your own pace. Each course is 18 days long. You will have two weeks and three weekends to complete the course. There are set deliverable schedules which are addressed in the course syllabus. You can login to the Learning Hub at your convenience.
When does this course meet?
You do not need to log in at a specific time. You may log into the Learning Hub at any time to access your course materials, video lectures, and assignments.
If the course is pre-recorded/self-paced, then why do I need to take it during the course cycle? Why can't I start now?
The courses are self -paced but they do run during the scheduled course cycles, have set due dates and require interaction with your instructor and classmates.
I work full time; can I still take classes?
Yes! There are no set class times or required login times. Lectures and course materials are pre-recorded by our instructors and provided through the online learning hub on the first day of the course cycle. Lectures can be accessed as many times as you would like during the 18 day cycle. During the course cycle students have 24/7 access to the online Learning Hub, making it easy to schedule and work on the courses when you have time.
What is the refund policy?
You are eligible for a refund as long as you have not accessed the course in the Learning Hub. By signing the Cancellation & Refund acknowledgement, you will no longer be eligible for a refund for the individual course. Refunds for Training Bundles, Fast-Track Programs, and Technology Certificate Programs are calculated differently and offer partial and pro-rata refunds.
Will I be certified after I complete the course?
Students will receive a certificate of completion for each course passed with a 70% or higher. Autodesk software courses will also include a certificate of completion that comes directly from Autodesk. Additional certification exams can be purchased through testing organizations, and VDCI does not provide industry certification exams.
Will I have lifetime access to the videos?
You will only have access to course videos during the 18-day course. You can watch the videos whenever you'd like, and as many times as you'd like, during this time. You will also receive a complementary 7-day access period, which can be activated any time after completing the course.
Can I purchase the course for someone else?
Yes, all of our courses have the option to “Purchase for someone else.” This option can be found next to the purchase button at the top of the course page. When checked, the purchased course(s) can be transferred to another person with our without a VDCI Learning Hub account. If you are planning on taking the course yourself, you do not need to check the “Purchase for someone else” checkbox.
When a course is purchased for someone else, it can be transferred on the “Seats” tab in the purchase summary window. If the course is being transferred to someone with an existing Learning Hub account, they can be found by clicking the “Enroll” button. If the course is being transferred to someone without a Learning Hub account, the “Bulk Email” button can be used, to send one or more Seats to individual email addresses so that they can access the course.
If you have any questions about purchasing for someone else, placing a large or bulk order, or transferring a purchase to another user, please reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What language is this course taught in?
All VDCI courses are taught in English.
Can I enroll in a single course?
Yes! You can purchase any course individually. Training Bundles offer cost savings when purchased in full, and Fast-Track and Technology Certificate Programs offer free student software. Purchase this course at the top of the page to jump in at our next available start date!
I just finished my course; when can I start my next course?
You can start your next course at the next available start date! If it's after the 4th day of the course cycle we highly advise you do not to start a new course in the current cycle, since you will have missed the first due date and may not have time to complete the course material.
Is this course online?
Yes, all VDCI courses are 100% online, so there's no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings, and assignments anytime, anywhere via the web or your mobile device. You are also welcome to visit us anytime at our Student Lounge on the VDCI campus.
How can I communicate with my instructor and classmates?
VDCI encourages a strong online engagement between you, your instructor, and your classmates. You will participate in discussion forums, connect with your instructor and message your classmates. You are also invited to join us in the VDCI Student Lounge, where our instructors, staff, current students and alumni share information and help one another.
Here is the course outline:
Welcome & Resources
Topic 1: Cost Estimating Concepts
Topic 2: Bids & Proposals
Topic 3: Earthwork Estimating
Topic 4: Contracts
Topic 5: Scheduling Concepts
Topic 6: Project Administration & Productivity
Topic 7: Document Control
Topic 8: Safety & Quality
Topic 9: Site Logistics & Stormwater Plans
Course Completion Survey and Certificate
The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed: