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Our instructor-led training provides:

  • Experience professional insight: valuable insight, stories and real-world examples from our instructors;
  • Adaptability: teachers can hone in on any problem areas by tailoring the lesson plan to the specific training needs of the classroom Dialogue with the instructor;
  • Ability to stop and ask questions, clarify misconceptions and have an open dialogue with seasoned industry professionals;
  • Networking opportunities: real face-to-face interaction amongst peers

Listed below are our current instructor-led course offerings.  Don't see what you're looking for? We always offer customized training and consulting to suit any your needs. Visit Company Based Training for details. 

Instructor Led-Offerings
(Elective Courses)
​​DBIA Member ​$375
Owner Member ​$275
Non-Member $675​
​Owner Non-Member ​$375

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 BIM Execution Planning For Design-Build Projects


This course will focus on execution planning for Building Information Modeling (BIM). Different use cases for implementing BIM will be discussed (e.g., authoring the design, cost estimating and 4D modeling), but the course will not focus on how to create any specific model. In other words, this will not be a computer modeling course, but instead it will focus upon what model content should be developed and shared throughout the project lifecycle, as well as focusing on the process for managing the information flow.

 (8 CEUs)*   Course Code - BIM


 Certification Exam Prep Course


​This instructor-led, one-day refresher course is specifically designed to help prepare you for the DBIA certification examination. Course content provides an overview of concepts learned in DBIA's four core courses, with emphasis on the eight domain areas covered in the examination:
• Project delivery
• General attributes of design-build
• Project team organization
• Procurement
• Estimating/specifying
• Contracts and legal
• Project management
• Ethics/professionalism

This course is intended as a refresher only. Candidates should also study materials from DBIA's core courses and consider real-life experiences in preparing for the exam.

 (6 CEUs) - Course Code - EXAMPREP


 Conceptual Estimating


One of the hallmarks of design-build project delivery is early knowledge of costs. This course will introduce the fundamentals of conceptual estimating and how you go about assessing risk and calculating costs before the design is complete. At the end of this course students will be able to: Describe the role of the estimator in design-build; describe the various influences affecting building costs; describe the various types of estimates; describe how estimates are organized using standard estimating formats; explain how to use an estimating manual; describe how unit prices are developed; explain the fundamental concepts of value engineering; explain how to manage and control costs throughout the design process; describe the various checks and balances needed to ensure the reliability of the estimate.

 (6 CEUs)* Course Code - CONCEST


 Design Management Fundamentals


​Effective integration of the distinctly different design and construction processes is a critical management responsibility for a successful design-build project. This new course, along with DBIA's Design Management Guide, explores the fundamental aspect associated with successful management of design within an integrated delivery framework.

(8 CEUs) - Course Code - DESIGNMGMT


 Performance Requirements: The Key to Effective RFPS


(part of "Owners' Boot Camp")

Well-developed performance requirements are the key to successful design-build project delivery. Until now, however, most courses available have been oriented toward the service contract industry, not design and construction. DBIA spent a year engaging in extensive research and development with owners and industry experts on this one of a kind course. This newly created “hands-on” workshop will walk students through the writing of performance-based requirements. Working on a fictitious project, students will actually work under the guidance of skilled facilitators in a brainstorming session to determine functional/operational requirements, goals and restraints and correlation of goals to performance characteristics.

 At the end of the course, students will be able to:

 • Explain the difference between performance-based and design requirements

 • Explain the benefits of performance-based requirements;

 • Describe the role of performance-based requirements in the design-build model;

 • Employ a process to identify functional requirements and convert them into performance-based requirements;

 • Complete a risk assessment based on functional requirements;

 • Assess the advisability of prescriptive design requirements;

 • Integrate the functional, performance-based, and design requirements into a requirements document for solicitation and source selection.

(8 CEUs) - Course Code - PERFREQ


 High Performance Contracting

(part of "Owners' Boot Camp")
Design-build project delivery proves more than any other method that “ordinary people can do extraordinary things.” Writing contracts that are successful at effectively motivating people, however, is central to making this happen. Successful motivation requires a well-written contract that provides appropriate awards and incentives. In traditional design-bid-build, contracts often contemplate only failure, with provisions and clauses that address what the adverse consequences will be once failure occurs. This presumption of failure results in contracts that do not contemplate how the contracting parties might appropriately reward one another for success and excellent performance.
The most powerful design-build contracts, on the other hand, are written to include things such as award fees and incentives to promote cooperation, teamwork and collaboration. Combined with the effective use of performance requirements, these “aspirational contracts” help the contracting parties to achieve extraordinary success.
At the end of this course attendees will be able to:
• Describe the basic structure of a design-build contract;
• Define and delineate between award fees and incentives;
• Describe the mechanics of incentive and award fee arrangements;
• Identify various clauses and checklists used in incentive contracting.
(6 CEUs) - Course Code - HIGHPER


 Super-Charged Source Selection


(part of "Owners' Boot Camp")

An effective source selection is one of the key elements of successful design-build projects delivery. In a competitive process where cost is not the sole criterion – such as best-value source selection – the selection process varies dramatically from traditional design-bid-build practices. Unfortunately there is little training which teaches techniques and skills essential to making that process achieve its potential for success. This course will serve as a primer, providing an overview of the two-phase design-build source selection process – the initial down select to identify the most highly qualified firms, as well as the final down select to choose the ultimate winner. At the end of the session attendees will be able to: Describe the key elements involved in qualifying a firm during phase one source selection; describe the steps involved in a two-phase selection and the key actions necessary to ensure success; identify the typical components of a “request for qualifications” documents; select key members needed for an effective evaluation team; determine appropriate evaluation factors and processes for the project; assess the appropriate number of evaluation factors for a particular project; describe various methods for scoring proposals including numerical, color scoring or adjectival rating.

 (6 CEUs) Course Code - SUPERCHAR