May 02, 2013

The Importance of CM Certification

Owners of capital construction projects, wherever in the world they are located, are embracing CMAA’s Certification Program as a reliable means to certify managers of the construction process, assuring successful delivery of vital projects. CMAA is working steadily to deliver training and other support that enhances professional practice and strengthens the CM’s ability to contribute to national and regional prosperity. Our certification program receives ever – wider global acceptance, and interest in CM certification overseas is rising steadily.

CMAA’s Certification Program through CMCI is widely recognized as the best way to identify practitioners who have demonstrated their knowledge, experience and judgment. The Association’s administration and promotion of the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation both enhances the status of the profession and expands business opportunities for CCM designees. Following is a testimonial from a key state transportation official and graduate of CMAA’s Certification Program, speaking to the benefits of certification:

CCM at the Virginia Department of Transportation

In 2009 the Virginia DOT’s State Construction Engineer and nine District Construction Engineers launched a systematic initiative to build the Department’s knowledge, skills and abilities in construction management. This continues to be a critical need as the VDOT program grows and evolves while resources remain challenged.

VDOT selected the Certified Construction Manager credential as the best structure through which to accomplish these professional goals.

The CCM curriculum captures the construction management Standards of Practice in all project phases from pre-design to post-construction. It applies to all delivery methods including design-bid-build, design-build, construction manager/ general contractor, and CM-at-risk.

This SOP-based curriculum supports VDOT’s CMs in building their skills in executing design-bid-build projects and preparing to use the other delivery methods, especially design-build.

As a construction management practitioner for more than 25 years, and one of the first CCMs in the Department, I found great value in the classes and in the certification process.  I routinely use the curriculum texts in my current practice as the State Construction Engineer.  There are currently 35 Certified Construction Managers working for VDOT.

Mark E. Cacamis, PE, CCM
State Construction Engineer, Construction Division
Virginia Department of Transportation