The continued and steady growth of design-build project delivery has been clearly documented via research findings as well as numerous changes in local and state legislation expanding owners’ ability to utilize this and other integrated methods. As the use continues to spread, owners look to industry to be knowledgeable and current on best practices and trends related to design-build project delivery. As the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, DBIA has a responsibility to prepare both current and future industry leaders to compete in the marketplace.
One clear distinction of experienced design-build professionals is our certification program. Earning this credential through a combination of core curriculum and experience can give emerging professionals a significant leg up when they graduate and seek employment in the marketplace. DBIA’s University Program is geared towards providing students with the core component needed for certification while they are still in school.
DBIA educational programs are developed to teach practical "how to" courses about design-build and to advance the education, public awareness, understanding and utility of design-build. Courses and programs developed and delivered by DBIA utilize interactive learning strategies to teach topics ranging from an introduction of design-build techniques to advanced application of design-build concepts. All are designed to impart practical learning which can be utilized in the office and on the job.
DBIA's four "core courses" are the cornerstone of our educational program and DBIA™ certification. The four courses include: Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management and Post Award Design-Build. Through coursework and testing, individuals demonstrate an understanding of best-practices in every phase of design-build project delivery, from proposal preparation to substantial completion.
Any approved construction, architecture or engineering college professor can use the DBIA Core Course Curriculum received from DBIA in their class(es) if they have first attended the Design-Build Educator Workshop or one of the regular public DBIA courses. The goal is to ensure that the Core Course Curriculum course is taught consistently across every college program and in accordance with what is taught to industry. The DBIA University Program is for full-time students and faculty only.
For more information and/or to receive an application packet, please email DBUniversity@dbia.org