So you’re interested in planning, coordinating, and overseeing building projects? We’ve got some good news: Now is the perfect time to begin a construction management career.
The Ontario government says construction managers have an above-average outlook between 2021 and 2025, with as many as 15,000 job openings expected across the province.
With the right training, you can be ready to take advantage of that demand.
But there are so many construction management programs to choose from, at both the university and college levels.
How can you find the best fit? What should you look for when comparing options?
Here are 5 things to consider.
1. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT DIPLOMA VS. DEGREE
One of the first things you need to decide is what type of credential to get.
Construction management is unique among the skilled trades because both degree and diploma programs are available.
☑️ Bachelor’s degree programs in construction management generally take about 4 years to complete.
They include a broad range of courses not just in building science and administration, but also in humanities and the liberal arts. The point is to give students a well-rounded education.
If you earn a bachelor’s degree, you can pursue a job as a construction manager or continue your studies in a master’s program.
☑️ Diploma programs in construction management take much less time. Some can be completed in just 12 months.
They’re much more condensed, focusing on practical skills rather than theory. The point is to help students get ready for the workforce quickly.
With a diploma in construction management, you can qualify for entry-level jobs like junior construction project manager. Over time, you can work your way up to more senior positions.
The bottom line: A degree includes more theory and can help you become a construction manager more quickly, but it requires spending 4 years in university.
A diploma is shorter and more streamlined. It offers the fastest route to an entry-level job in construction project management.
2. COMPREHENSIVE COURSE CONTENT
Regardless of whether you opt for a diploma or a degree, you’ll want to make sure the program covers everything you need to know to get started in the field.
A good program includes training in all areas of construction management, including:
☑️ Planning and organizing construction projects
☑️ Estimating project costs and creating budgets
☑️ Purchasing materials and controlling inventory
☑️ Hiring and managing workers
☑️ Creating work schedules
☑️ Overseeing accounting and payroll☑️ Following health and safety standards
Read the course descriptions carefully so you understand exactly what you’re getting.
3. REAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Nothing beats practical experience when it comes to landing a construction management job. That’s why it’s a good idea to look for a construction management course that includes a guaranteed work placement with a local company.
An internship is your chance to strengthen your skills, make valuable contacts, and get actual work experience for your resume even before you graduate.
That can help smooth your path from training to employment.
4. A HIGH GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT RATE
You want to make sure the school you choose is respected among employers. That’s reflected in the graduate employment rate—that is, the percentage of students who find jobs after completing their training.
Every school collects this data, but not all of them make it easily visible. If you can’t find it on the school website, be sure to ask admissions.
A good school will have a graduate employment rate of 80% or better.
5. ASSISTANCE WITH FINDING A JOB IN A CONSTRUCTION OFFICE
Construction management training is only the first step. Your ultimate goal is to land a job, so you should check to see what kind of career services are available through the school.
How much support do they provide to help you get hired?
Look for a school that offers:
☑️ Assistance with crafting your resume and cover letter
☑️ Help with finding and applying to construction office jobs
☑️ Job interview coaching to help you get ready for common questions
☑️ Connections to local unions
A CHECKLIST OF QUESTIONS TO ASK ADMISSIONS
Once you've found a few construction management programs that appeal to you, your next move should be to contact the admissions team at each school you’re considering.
Here are some questions you should get answers to:
☑️ What specific areas does the construction management program cover?
☑️ How long is the program?
☑️ Is an internship included?
☑️ What percentage of the school's graduates get hired?
☑️ How long has the school been operating?
☑️ What kind of career support do students get?
☑️ How much does the program cost?
☑️ Are loans, grants, or scholarships available?
☑️ What is the course schedule?
☑️ How soon can you start?
EXPLORE THE CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AT HERZING COLLEGE
Herzing’s Construction Management diploma program can get you ready to start your career in only 12 months.
Students get thorough training in coordinating construction projects and managing a construction office. They also get real work experience through an included 4-week internship.
When they graduate, they’re fully qualified for entry-level jobs on construction management teams.
Click below to get complete details on the program and chat live with an Admissions Advisor who can answer your questions. We’re here to help!