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The Center for Continuing Studies’ Construction Management Program enables today’s construction industry managers to put principles and theories into immediate action on the job. Complete your projects on time and on budget. Earn our Certificate or take just the courses that interest you.  To earn the certificate, you must complete all 4 courses. (For students already enrolled in the certificate program, please contact CCS at for information on completing the coursework.)

Core Courses (all required for the certificate):

  • Materials, Methods, and Systems of Construction and Blueprint Reading
  • Construction Cost Estimating
  • Construction Change Orders and Claims/Contract Law
  • Construction Project Management, Specifications and Contracts
  • OSHA 30 for Construction (optional)


In today’s hectic design and construction process and with unforeseen conditions, it is rare to find projects that do not require “change to contracts” or change orders. This course discusses the means and methods of preparing change orders, scopes, pricing of work, and methods of negotiation. Impacts of Change Orders on the Project Schedule/Completion will be reviewed. The avoidance of claims, preparation of claims, and their resolution are also discussed. 

Discuss public and private bidding procedures, offers, counteroffers, acceptance, contract terms, negotiation, and execution of written contracts. Examine construction contracts, letters of credit, letters of intent, bonds and disputes, change orders, amendments, and common pitfalls. UCC provisions, remedies, breeches and resolutions will also be discussed. 

NCABT-CS023-01/ cost: $480 

Dates Mar 29-Apr 21         Time 6:30-9:30pm 

Sessions 8                          Instructor Joseph Scillieri, P.E 

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A successful project is built on the foundation of an accurate and dependable estimate. Knowing the lifetime the maintenance cost of your building, how much It cost to build a specific building type in different locations across the country and globe, and if the estimate from which you are basing a major decision is accurate are all imperative for the building owners, project managers, and facility managers. This course provides the student with the knowledge and tools required in estimating the direct and indirect cost of a project from inception to completion. Students are challenged by problem-solving practices. Learn expert techniques for precise and reliable detail estimating.

Pre-requisite: “Materials, Methods, and Systems of Construction and Construction Blueprint Reading”

Textbook required: Available in college bookstore: RS Means “Building Construction Cost Data”

Please note: Drawings & Specifications used during the teaching of this course will be the same drawings used for the Blueprint Reading Course.

NCABT-CS021-01 / 4.8 CEU / cost: $960  

Dates Jan 25-Mar 17  Time 6:30-9:30pm  

Sessions16  Instructor Joseph Scillieri, P.E.  




These classes are for general contractors who are seeking to advance their careers and become New Jersey State Inspectors for local municipalities. The New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs (DCA) offers tuition reimbursement for qualified applicants. The information below lists the courses Mercer County Community College will offer this term. All course work within a particular discipline must be taken in the appropriate sequence (i.e. RCS, ICS, HHS). For a complete list of the courses offered statewide, see the DCA website at

 For hybrid courses that have an online component students must have a computer with speaker and microphone and Chrome browser and a valid email address.

 Please note: After successfully completing the required courses, contractors also need to pass National Exams. Students that need additional material and training for the national exams or having questions about requirements or textbooks should contact the DCA Licensing Unit 609-984-7820 or go to All UCC courses will use the current New Jersey Uniform Construction Code textbook. Students are responsible for purchasing the required books.

Building Inspector ICS-remote

This course covers the administrative, plan review and inspection requirements for structural, energy, radon, and mechanical systems applicable to Class III structures. Textbook Required: 2018 International Residential Code.

NCUCC-CS005-01 / 7.5 CEU / cost: $825 

Dates  Jan 18 – Mar 22 Time  5:30-9:30pm 

Sessions 19  Instructor  James Strang 


Building Inspector HHS-REMOTE 

Prerequisite: Residential and Small Commercial Specialist (RCS), and Building Inspector (ICS) 

This course covers the administrative, plan review and inspection requirements for structural, energy, accessibility, radon, mechanical and fire protection systems applicable to Class I structures. This is a online  course that meets for 15 sessions for a total of 60 hours, which includes a mandatory field trip and has additional online work as well. Textbooks: 2019 International Building Code, 2018 International Mechanical Code, and the 2018 International Fuel Gas Code. 

NCUCC-CS007-01 / 6.0 CEU / cost: $660 

Dates  Mar 29 – May 17  Time 5:30-9:30pm 

Sessions  15   Instructor  James Strang 


Electrical Inspector HHS-REMOTE 

This 45-hour course covers: system design, electrical service design and sizing, branch circuit and feeder design, appliance and motor circuits, plan review and field inspection, systematic plans analysis, material requirements, installation methods, basic inspection, report writing, violation notices, inspection and recordkeeping, Uniform Construction Code organization and content, electrical subcode, and other relates ICS. This is a course that meets online.  

NCUCC-CS008-01 / 6.0 CEU / cost: $660 

Dates  Jan 24 –Mar 14 Time 5:30-8:30pm  

Sessions 15  Instructor: Scott Borsos 

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