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​DBIA offers two types of Certification. Which is right for you?

Attaining the DBIA™ requires from two to six years of hands-on experience of pre and post-award design-build. Credential holders who display “DBIA” after their names come from traditional design and construction backgrounds; they are private or public sector architects, engineers and construction professionals. Some attorneys and academic practitioners who specialize in design and construction generally and design-build specifically may also fulfill the DBIA™ requirements.
 
 
Unlike the DBIA™ credential, obtaining the Assoc. DBIA™ does not require hands-on field experience. Instead, this credential is focused on three key types of individuals who possess a different type of experience: (1) pre-award professionals focusing on critical aspects of the design-build process such as business development and acquisition/procurement; (2) seasoned professionals who are new to design-build project delivery, but not new to the design and construction industry; and (3) emerging professionals such as recent college graduates with relevant educational background in the AEC industry.
 
Changing from Assoc. DBIA™ to DBIA™
Professionals that hold the Assoc. DBIA™ credential interested in applying for the DBIA™ certification will need to complete a new certification application in its entirety (along with $150 application fee) demonstrating three to six (3-6) years of hands-on design-build field experience for Board approval. As an Assoc. DBIA™ credential holder, the core courses and exam requirement has been fulfilled, so the candidate will not need to retake courses or exam. However the candidate will need to fulfill the 18 hours of elective credits requirement.
 
In addition, candidate will need to provide three (3) professional references from the design-build projects reflected on application. Please note the references listed on the certification application will need to answer a few questions via DBIA’s online reference form on the candidate’s behalf as it relates to the design-build projects submitted. The candidate will need to contact reference(s) and provide the link listed above. Please note that one of the three references must be from an owner. The Board will review the new application along with the references to determine if the candidate meets the design-build requirement. Upon approval from the Board and completion of the elective credits requirement, the candidate will receive the DBIA™ credential.

The requirements for obtaining each credential are further down on this page. If you have any questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the certification department at 202-682-0110. 

General Steps to Certification

Step 1: Submit for Board approval a completed Certification Application, including agreement to abide by the DBIA Code of Professional Conduct for approval.
Step 2: Demonstrate the required educational background in your application. 
Step 3: Complete the required Core Courses (see two ways to do this below).
Step 4: Successfully pass the Comprehensive Exam.
* DBIATM certification also requires 18 hours of elective credit and three professional references.

**For a detailed review of the certification process and FAQs, click here.

Two Ways to Complete Core Courses
 

1. Workshop 
A three-day intensive program including three of DBIA's four core courses required for certification and access to the online Fundamentals of Project Delivery course (remaining core course) and the exam prep course. 
 
Workshop Schedule - 8:00am-5:00pm
 (includes breakfast and lunch each day
 
Day 1: Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery
Day 2: Post-Award Design-Build
Day 3: Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management
 
 View the Schedule-at-a-Glance to find and register for the next certification workshop.
Certification Workshop Pricing ​
​​DBIA Member Price ​$2,100
DBIA Owner Member Price​ $1,200​
Non-Member Price
​$3,100
​DBIA Non-Member Owner Price ​$1,500
 
  
2. Take the courses A-La-Carte

The three core courses may be taken individually at separate times, however, they are only ever offered as part of a workshop or bootcamp. To take a course a-la-carte, you would join the workshop or bootcamp for only the day of that course. The prices vary and are available under the A-La-Carte Courses tab here.

 

Design-Build Professional™ (DBIA™) Requirements

 

 Education

 

​Baccalaureate degree in an approved field from an accredited college or university in architecture, engineering, construction management, or Certification Board approved field of study. Approved fields of study listing. 

-OR-
 Master’s degree in a concentrated design-build university level program approved by the Certification Board.

-OR -
Candidates with Baccalaureate degree in non-approved field of study (business, communications, etc.) .

-OR-
Candidates not holding a degree may still qualify.  Additional Experience required - See Experience tab.

 
Candidates must provide proof of bachelor's degree.
 

 Experience

 
Two to six* years of substantial, documented direct project experiences in a hands-on responsible position in design-build project delivery. Candidates must demonstrate a minimum of 67% experience in design-build project delivery.  The remaining experience may be demonstrated through other forms of integrated project delivery (CM@R, IPD, ECI, Lease/Lease back, etc.)
 
*Two years       Approved master's degree with design-build concentrations
 Three years     Bachelor's degree in an approved field of study
 Six years          Bachelor's in a non-approved field of study or NO degree
 

 Core Courses

 

All candidates must fulfill the following four core courses:

  1. ​​Fundamentals of Project Delivery (online only)
  2. Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery 
  3. Post-Award Design-Build 
  4. Design-Build Contract & Risk Management 

To Register visit Instructor-Led Curriculum, and View the Schedule-at-a-Glance to see when you can begin taking certification classes.

 

 References

 
​​List three (3) professional references attesting to the candidate's design-build experience and knowledge on your application. One must be an owner/client reference from one of the design-build projects listed on the submitted certification application. Candidates will need to provide this link www.dbia.org/certification/references to listed references to complete our online reference form.
 

 Electives

 
​Candidates must fulfill 18 hours of elective credit. Credits can be earned through DBIA courses, conferences, webinars or DBIA Regional programs.  Visit the Education Page for options.
 

 Exam

 
The purpose of the certification exam is to measure candidates’ comprehensive mastery of best practices in integrated design and construction and their knowledge of its proper application. Successful completion of the exam is one of the final requirements of the Design-Build Certification program.
 
About the Exam
DBIA has partnered with Prometric, offering the most extensive, professional and secure testing network in the country with over 300 testing centers nationwide. Candidates have a maximum of two (2) hours to take the exam.

This certification exam consists of 100 questions and covers eight domains. Those domains are:
  • Project management
  • Contracts and legal
  • General attributes
  • Project delivery
  • Estimating/specifications
  • Teaming and team organization
  • Procurement
  • Ethics/professionalism
 
Results are given immediately upon the completion of the exam (Pass/Fail only). Candidates must pass with 62% or better.

The cost of sitting for the examination is $400.00 (this fee is included in the cost of registering for a Certification Workshop or University Boot Camp)

To Register for the Exam requires the CANDIDATE to have a unique Eligibility Number for online registration access.
 
In order to receive this number you must have fulfilled the following program requirements:
  1. A Board approved Certification Application on file; and
  2. Completion of core courses.

Candidates will receive their unique number via confidential email from a DBIA Certification staff member.

To Register

Please visit http://www.prometric.com/DBIA/ with your Eligibility Number.
 

 Application

 
​​All candidates must complete the full application and submit it to the DBIA Certification Department. If the candidate's application is complete (including receipt of al references), it is then forwarded to the Design-Build Certification Board (DBCB) for review and approval. DBIA will notify candidates of this date. The DBCB will make its recommendation to either advance to candidacy or deny candidacy. This review process generally takes up to 30 days.  For application go to the Forms tab.
 

 Code of Conduct

 
Since DBIA’s inception in 1993 our members have been dedicated to the highest level of ethical conduct, professionalism and service. With the increased use of design-build project delivery and the increased recognition of DBIA™ certified professionals, the professional conduct of DBIA members has become more important than ever. Those holding the Designated Design-Build Professionals™ (DBIA™) and Designated Associate Design-Build Professionals™ (Assoc. DBIA™) have an even greater responsibility to adhere to the highest principles of ethical conduct in the performance of their professional duties.

As such, DBIA has adopted a Code of Professional Conduct (the “Code”) for all individuals that hold the DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™ credentials. The Code will become effective June 1, 2017, at which time all current and new credential holders will be held to the provisions set forth in the Code. All DBIA members are expected and encouraged to comply with the Code; however, only those holding the DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™ will be subject to the enforcement of the Code and possible disciplinary action resulting from violations.
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​Associate Design-Build Professional™ (Assoc. DBIA™) Requirements

 

 Education

 
Baccalaureate degree in an approved field from an accredited college or university in architecture, engineering, construction management or Certification Board approved field of study.    Approved fields of study listing.

-OR-
Master’s degree in a concentrated design-build university level program approved by the Certification Board.

-OR-
Candidates with Baccalaureate degree in non-approved field of study (business, communications, etc.) may qualify with 3 years of experience in the design and/or construction demonstrated through functional resume.

-OR-
Candidates not holding a degree may qualify with six (6) years of experience in design and/or construction demonstrated through functional resume.
 
Candidates must provide proof of bachelor's degree.
 

 Experience

 

​Bachelor's degree in an approved field of study; OR

Three to six years of experience in the design and construction industry demonstrated through functional resume.

 

 Core Courses

 

All candidates must fulfill the following four core courses:

  1. ​Fundamentals of Project Delivery (online only)
  2. Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery
  3. Post-Award Design-Build 
  4. Design-Build Contract & Risk Management
To register visit Instructor-Led Curriculum, and View the Schedule-at-a-Glance to see when you can begin taking certification classes.
 

 References

 
​​NO References are required.
 

 Electives

 
​No electives are required.
 

 Exam

 
The purpose of the certification exam is to measure candidates’ comprehensive mastery of best practices in integrated design and construction and their knowledge of its proper application. Successful completion of the exam is one of the final requirements of the Design-Build Certification program.
 
About the Exam
DBIA has partnered with Prometric, offering the most extensive, professional and secure testing network in the country with over 300 testing centers nationwide. Candidates have a maximum of two (2) hours to take the exam.

This certification exam consists of 100 questions and covers eight domains. Those domains are:
  • Project management
  • Contracts and legal
  • General attributes
  • Project delivery
  • Estimating/specifications
  • Teaming and team organization
  • Procurement
  • Ethics/professionalism
 
Results are given immediately upon the completion of the exam (Pass/Fail only). Candidates must pass with 62% or better.

The cost of sitting for the examination is $400.00 (this fee is included in the cost of registering for a Certification Workshop.

To Register for the Exam requres the CANDIDATE have a unique Eligibility number for online registration access.
 
In order to receive this number you must have fulfilled the following program requirements:
  1. A Board approved Certification Application on file; amd
  2. Completion of core courses.

Candidates will receive their unique number via confidential email from a DBIA Certification staff member.


To Register
Please visit http://www.prometric.com/DBIA/ with your Eligibility Number
 

 Application

 
​​All candidates must complete Sections A–C and Section F of the application and submit it to the DBIA Certification Department.
Once your application is complete (including functional resume, if required), it is then forwarded to the Design-Build Certification Board (DBCB) for review and evaluation. DBIA will notify you of this date. The DBCB will make its recommendation to either advance to candidacy or deny candidacy. This review process generally takes up to 30 days.
 
 

 Code of Conduct

 
Since DBIA’s inception in 1993 our members have been dedicated to the highest level of ethical conduct, professionalism and service. With the increased use of design-build project delivery and the increased recognition of DBIA™ certified professionals, the professional conduct of DBIA members has become more important than ever. Those holding the Designated Design-Build Professionals™ (DBIA™) and Designated Associate Design-Build Professionals™ (Assoc. DBIA™) have an even greater responsibility to adhere to the highest principles of ethical conduct in the performance of their professional duties.

As such, DBIA has adopted a Code of Professional Conduct (the “Code”) for all individuals that hold the DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™ credentials. The Code will become effective June 1, 2017, at which time all current and new credential holders will be held to the provisions set forth in the Code. All DBIA members are expected and encouraged to comply with the Code; however, only those holding the DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™ will be subject to the enforcement of the Code and possible disciplinary action resulting from violations.
 
For Additional Information: