This exclusive Level 6 Construction Management Certificate consists of 17 in-depth modules, as outlined below:
Module 1 - Construction Management - An Introduction
The course begins by presenting candidates with a detailed overview of the construction sector, examining both the size and importance of the market worldwide. Some of the key features of the construction industry are also discussed, along with the role of the construction supervisor and the importance of effective construction management.
Module 2 - Organization of Construction Projects
An introduction to the fundamentals of construction project organisation follows in the second module, in which candidates study a detailed breakdown of the project lifecycle. Additional topics covered include project phases and processes, investment appraisal, project statutory clearance, schematic design and project procurement.
Module 3 - Understanding Work Breakdown Structure
The role and importance of a good work breakdown structure are discussed in Module Three, in which candidates are guided through the process of creating and assessing the effectiveness of a work breakdown structure. The potential consequences of an ineffective or inefficient work breakdown structure are also discussed.
Module 4 - Estimation Process and Aligning Resources for a Project
A series of tools, techniques and resources for increasing estimation accuracy are presented in the fourth module, in which candidates consider the importance of accurate estimations. Course content also covers task dependency type, the identification of task dependencies and the consequences of inadequate estimation processes.
Module 5 - Effective Project Planning
The criticality of effective and efficient planning in construction management is discussed in Module Five, in which candidates learn how to use a variety of project planning tools and techniques. Several different types of network diagrams are introduced, along with how to create a network diagram, the critical path method, PERT vs. CPM and more.
Module 6 - Project Risk Management and Communication Plans
Risk management in the construction sector is explored in Module Six, in which candidates are introduced to the concept of uncertainty and the importance of proactive risk management. Good practice guidelines for effective risk identification are presented, along with how to monitor and control various types of risks in construction.
Module 7 - Cost Estimation
The art of producing accurate and reliable cost estimates in the construction trade is examined in the seventh module, introducing candidates to several different types of estimations. Course content covers estimating for planning and scheduling, estimations during feasibility studies, estimations for variations and estimating for revisions of project budgets.
Module 8 - Preliminary Site Investigation and assessment
Essential factors and features that must be accessed when considering the suitability of a potential site are discussed in Module Eight. Key topics covered include the different types of buildings, engineering geology, factors that can affect site exploration, flood plains, flood protection, Environmental Impact Studies and zoning.
Module 9 - Site Organisation in Construction industry
Module Nine considers the extent to which effective and efficient site organisation contributes to overall project performance. Major factors and considerations when determining site layout and organisation policies are discussed, along with the provision of essential accommodation, office space and utilities for the workforce.
Module 10 - Construction Equipment Planning
Planning for construction equipment is brought into discussion in Module 10, in which candidates consider the advantages and disadvantages of leasing equipment over purchasing it outright. Product features and attachments are also discussed, along with equipment productivity, tips for appropriate equipment selection and long-term maintenance costs.
Module 11 - Management of Construction Equipment
The management and maintenance of construction equipment then follows in Module 11, which also discusses the establishment of a spare parts inventory. Stock planning is also touched upon, along with field repairs and maintenance facilities, the importance of effective inventory planning and more.
Module 12 - Management of Construction Materials
Learners then consider how material management plays a role in all successful construction projects, along with the potential consequences of inadequate material management. Course content covers material and equipment handling, quality specification, planning for material management and several common issues affecting material management.
Module 13 - Human Resources Management
A crash-course introduction to HR management in the construction sector follows, in which the primary roles and functions of HRM departments and personnel are discussed. The objectives of manpower planning at construction sites are also examined, alongside the importance of effective recruitment and deployment policies.
Module 14 - Storage Management
Essential storage considerations for construction managers are presented and discussed in Module 14, which familiarises candidates with several popular storage systems and procedures. Additional topics covered include material purchasing systems, the elements of purchasing, management of receipts and more.
Module 15 - Purchasing and Vendor Management
The importance of establishing and maintaining good relationships with vendors, contractors and service providers is considered in Module 15. Vendor registration and development is discussed, along with how to assess the suitability and competitiveness of vendors using a variety of established vendor rating methods.
Module 16 - Quality Control for Construction Works
Learners then consider the criticality of consistent quality control throughout all types of construction projects from start to finish. The advantages of proactive quality control are discussed, along with contractor quality control and the strategic use of incentives and penalties to maximise the quality of a construction project.
Module 17 - Legal Aspects of Contracting
Concluding the course, Module 17 provides an important overview of contractual law within the construction industry, including when and why contractual disputes may arise. Candidates are also familiarised with competitive bid contracts, unit price contracts, combined lump sum contracts, insurance contracts and more.