College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Paul Redden, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The construction industry has a staggering amount of professional certifications available to those who want to prove experience and expertise. There is usually a financial reason behind this. The more certifications a person has, the more likely he will be promoted and be paid more. As Cal Poly seniors entering the job market, they share these same incentives, and luckily there are plenty of certifications available to them. However, there are too many to choose from and some are too expensive. The question then lies, which certifications should graduating seniors spend their resources on? To answer this simple question, an industry wide survey was issued to professionals with careers no older than ten years. The reason behind this was to establish a similarity between those being surveyed and graduating seniors with little experience in their careers. Specifically, those completing the survey were asked if certifications have had a positive impact on their career, if certifications were required by their companies, and were asked to rank eighteen entry-level certifications achievable for graduating seniors with no professional experience. The results of the survey provide keen insight from relatable industry professionals on whether graduating seniors entering the construction industry should spend their efforts earning certifications, and if so, which ones.