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Project Management


The Project Management curriculum is designed to support training for construction project managers, introducing learners to key topics such as construction documents, cost control, document control and quality control.

This one-level curriculum also introduces learners to critical modern leadership skills, such as interpersonal skills, issues and resolutions, and continuous improvement.

Craft Snapshot

2019, 3rd Edition
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Introduction to Project Management
2.5 Hours

Module ID 44101: Introduces the role and responsibilities of project management, including technical and management skills. Presents an overview of the phases in a construction project and describes alternate project delivery methods.

15 Hours

Module ID 44102: Stresses the importance of job-site safety and identifies the project manager’s duties and responsibilities regarding safety. Covers loss prevention and creating a zero- accident work environment. Presents several checklists as references.

Interpersonal Skills
12.5 Hours

Module ID 44103: Discusses the values and expectations of the workforce, building relationships, and satisfying stakeholders. Describes the principles of effective communication, applying the management grid, and using relationship skills to create a leadership environment. Discusses behavioral and non- discriminatory interviewing, and professional development of personnel. Covers issues surrounding disabled workers, sexual harassment, gender and minority discrimination, child labor laws, antitrust laws, and copyright infringement.

Issues and Resolutions
15 Hours

Module ID 44104: Describes the key elements of successful negotiations and negotiating techniques. Explains how to recognize nonverbal signals, use negotiating tools, and apply conflict resolution strategies. Identifies symptoms and barriers to solving project-related problems and applying problem-solving techniques, brainstorming, and identifying root cause consequences.

Construction Documents
10 Hours

Module ID 44105: Emphasizes the importance of documentation and explains the types of documents, drawings, and specifications used on a project, and the best practices regarding revisions, obsolete drawings, and safeguarding drawing sets. Explains methods of obtaining work in the industry and types of contracts and insurance requirements. Describes the change order process and the documents required to close out a project.

Construction Planning
10 Hours

Module ID 44106: Discusses the importance of formal job planning and creating a performance-based work environment. Discusses the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) as the foundation that identifies deliverables, tasks, and time. Introduces the basics of quality control and defines the roles and responsibilities of an effective team and how to allocate resources.

Estimating and Cost Control
15 Hours

Module ID 44107: Emphasizes the importance of accurate estimating and summarizes the estimating process and the steps in developing an estimate, and the difference between parametric estimating and analogous estimating. Defines the purpose of a cost control methodology, explains how to perform simple cost analysis, and covers the project manager’s role in controlling cost and tracking rework cost.

15 Hours

Module ID 44108: Explains the basics of scheduling from simple to-do lists through bar charts, network diagrams, and methods of managing resources. Discusses the importance of formal schedules, job planning, and establishing priorities. Describes alternative scheduling methods.

Resource Control
10 Hours

Module ID 44109: Identifies resources that must be controlled, factors that affect production control, and production control standards. Explains the project manager’s role in the process. Defines production and productivity, and describes how to evaluate and improve production control and productivity.

Quality Control
5 Hours

Module ID 44110: Defines quality control and quality assurance, and stresses management’s concerns about quality. Explains project quality management and how to develop an effective quality control plan. Discusses how to identify, assess, and measure weaknesses to avoid rework.

Continuous Improvement
5 Hours

Module ID 44111: Describes the project manager’s role in creating a culture of continuous improvement. Explains the fundamentals of a continuous improvement program and how to identify the critical problems and processes that require improvement, implement a continuous improvement process, and measure results. Emphasizes the importance of satisfying internal and external stakeholders.

Contributing Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER’s Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others.

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Contributing Subject Matter Experts
Below is a list of subject matter experts for this craft:

Anthony Vazquez


Chris Harrington, Professional Safety Associates

Clint Sundt


Dan Barrow, Austin Industrial

Dennis Bausman, Clemson University

Douglas Wagner


G. Leroy Ehlers, Lincoln Educational Services

Gene Tibbs

Gregg Corley, Linc Network, LLC


Kelley Chisholm, FMI Corporation


Mike Mosley, Tansey & Associates, Inc.


Philip Copare, Hubbard Construction Company


Richard J. Goetz, M.C. Dean, Inc.

Rick Bubier, Construction Services Enterprise

Roger Liska, Sundt Construction


Sean Ray, Sundt Construction

Stephen Clare, Gaylor, Inc.

Steven P. Pereira, Zachry Construction Corporation


Tom Tansey

Instructor Resources

Instructor Toolbox

NCCER’s Instructor Toolbox provides easy access to important instructional resources for your training program. You’ll find downloadable course planning tools, examples of classroom activities and projects, and instructor tips and best practices to help you enhance your program.

Instructor Requirements

In addition to our standard instructor requirements, instructors must achieve the following education, training and experience requirements:

  • Completion of NCCER’s MTICTP or ICTP class

  • Verification and authorization by the ATS

  • Five years of verifiable experience in the area of instruction as outlined below:
    – Safety
    – Human Resources
    – Resource Controls