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Instructor-Led Courses

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Instructor-led training has multiple benefits and may be the best fit for you. The combination of lecture, demonstration, practice and interactivity makes this face-to-face learning mode one of the most robust options available.
All courses are "hands-on" and are delivered by industry experts from the design and construction industry.

Our instructor-led trainings provide:

  • 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;
  • An 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

For those seeking DBIA Certification, we offer intensive Certification Workshops. This programs provides all the core curriculum required for certification. Don't see what you're looking for? We always offer customized training and consulting to suit any your needs. Visit In-House Training for details. 


 Certification Training

*For a detailed document explaining the certification process and FAQs, click here.
For further details explaining the courses that are required for DBIA Certification, please click on the tab titled “A-La-Carte Courses”
​​DBIA offers an intensive Certification Training format, the three-day Certification Workshops.


Certification 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 (remaining core course) and 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
Owner Non-Member Price $1,500
Please review additional certification requirements here

 A-La-Carte Courses


The following three courses and the online Fundamentals of Project Delivery are required for DBIA Certification. They may be taken A La Carte or all at once as part of a workshop. Prices below are for A La Carte courses. Please view the Certification Training tab for Workshop prices.

Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery.  This course addresses the use of design-build as a project delivery method, focusing on essential concepts and characteristics, as well as critical elements of the RFQ/RFP process and overall project management. It is an interactive, problem-solving course where students can take part in a structured team-learning environment.
(8 CEUs)
  • Distinguish the unique essential elements of design-build project delivery.
  • Understand key teaming concepts and how to make the “mental shift” needed to transition from traditional design-bid-build to design-build project delivery.
  • Describe the key players on a design-build team and the primary roles, responsibilities and tasks of each of these players.
  • Explain the concept of “best value” and how the design-build procurement process works.
  • Explain the importance and use of performance requirements and describe the performance specifying process.
  • Explain the key components of writing a successful RFQ and RFP.
  • Describe how to respond to the RFQ and RFP such that there are no gaps between what the owner expects and what the design-build team delivers.
  • Describe design-build project management relative to design, cost, schedule and quality (overview).
Post-Award Design-Build
This course will provide an overview of the construction and design-build contract management processes that are important as the construction phase ramps up. Attendees will discuss typical project schedules and discuss possible risk areas and ways to avoid delays. Instructors will discuss the design/construction interface and the responsibilities of each party (designer, builder, contract manager, user) in a design-build contract. In addition, the course includes a basic overview of the commissioning, testing and turnover phase of work.
(8 CEUs)
  • Navigating the transition from procurement to project.
  • Affirming the project team.
  • Managing critical design-build interfaces.
  • Finishing well.
  • Identifying and implementing best practices.
Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management. 
This course focuses on applying effective contracting language as well as insurance, bonding and surety products and strategies to successful design-build project delivery. Key issues relevant to public and private sector owners and design-build entity teams are addressed, making this seminar a must for anyone utilizing integrated project delivery. The course emphasizes providing relevant legal, contracting, insurance and risk management knowledge with strategies for applying this knowledge to the evaluation of your existing risk mitigation measures.
(8 CEUs)
  • Understand basic legal and risk management principles affecting construction projects.
  • Understand the liability in delivery systems.
  • Learn about the legal aspects of design-build teams.
  • Learn about key contract issues affecting all participants to the design-build process.
  • Learn the basics of insurance and bonding.
Practitioner Owner/Gov't Agency Student
Member $375 $275 $250
Non-Member $675 $375 $250

 Additional Courses

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)* 
  • Understand the impact of implementing BIM on a design-build project, with a particular focus on the synergies of design-build and BIM.
  • Understand the value of implementing a structured, standard procedure for planning BIM implementation on a project using a collaborative approach.
  • Implement the four-step BIM Project Execution Planning procedure on your next project.
  • Understand best practices for successfully implementing BIM on a design-build project.
  • Assist an owner in the development of BIM needs on your next project.


2018 Schedule: Mar. 15, Oakland, CA; Aug. 23, Honolulu, HI; ​Oct. 5, Washington, DC

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.
(6 CEUs)
  • 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.

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)*
  • Introduce estimating fundamentals in general.
  • Describe the various influences affecting building costs.
  • Describe the various types of estimates.
  • Explain the fundamental principles of conceptual estimating.
  • Describe the role of the estimator in the design-build team.
  • Describe how estimates are organized using standard estimating formats.
  • Explain the fundamental concepts of value engineering.
  • Describe the various checks and balances needed to ensure the reliability of the estimate.
  • Use of conceptual estimates in proposal evaluations.
  • Explain how to manage and control costs throughout the design process.


2018 Schedule: Feb. 15, Fairfax, VA; Mar. 2, Philadelphia, PA; Mar. 13, Spokane, WA;
Apr. 19, Union City, CA; Sep. 14, Houston, TX, Oct. 15, Worchester, MA; 
Dec. 13, Honolulu, HI​

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)
  • The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of the practical tools, information and advice needed to successfully fulfill the obligations of the role of design manager on a design-build project.
  • This course is integrated with The Design Management Guide for the Design-Build Environment Version 1.0.


2018 Schedule: Mar. 8, Rochester, NY; Apr. 10, Virginia Beach, VA, Apr. 10, Honolulu, HI; May 17, Oakland, CA; June 14, Jacksonville, FL

Developing An Acquisition Strategy in Design-Build
An owner’s choice of project delivery system and procurement approach strongly influence project results. When choosing design-build, an owner must implement a procurement/acquisition plan that enhances collaboration and the other benefits of design-build. This workshop will provide a high level overview of the synergistic elements critical to a successful acquisition strategy. It will focus on performance-based requirements including how to determine functional/operational requirements, goals and restraints, and correlation of goals to performance characteristics; provide an overview of the two-phase design-build source selection process – shortlisting to the most highly qualified teams, as well as the final selection of the best team for the project; and how design-build incentive contracting promotes cooperation, teamwork, collaboration and helps parties achieve extraordinary success.
(8 CEUs)
2017 Schedule: Dec. 8, Honolulu, Hawaii

2018 Schedule: Mar. 16, Worchester, MA; May 10, Birmingham, AL; ​Sep. 5, Philadelphia, PA; Sep. 20, Oakland, CA; Sep. 25, Denver, CO; Oct. 24, Charlotte, NC; Nov. 29, Milpitas, CA
Performance Requirements: The Key to Effective RFPs
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.
(8 CEUs)
  • Explain the difference between performance-based and design requirement.
  • 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.


High Performance Contracting:

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.
(6 CEUs)

  • Describe the two-phase design-build selection process.
  • Understand the synergistic effect within the design-build model between requirements, contract incentives and source selection particulars.
  • Describe techniques that maximize the effectiveness of the model.
  • Describe the fundamental structure of design-build and design-bid-build contracts.
  • Understand the role incentives play in effective implementation of the design-build model.


Super-Charged Source​ Selection:

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.
(6 CEUs)

  • Describe the design-build model and process and the role source selection plays in them.
  • Describe the steps involved in a design-build two-phase competitive process, i.e., source selection and the key actions necessary to ensure success.
  • Identify the typical components of a “request for qualifications” document.
  • Describe the key elements involved in qualifying a firm during Phase I source selection.
  • Select key members needed for an effective evaluation team.
  • Determine appropriate Phase II evaluation factors and processes for the project.
  • Describe various methods for scoring proposals including numerical, color scoring or adjectival rating.


​​DBIA Member ​$375
Owner Member ​$275
Non-Member $675​
​Owner Non-Member ​$375

 In-House Training

​Any combination of these courses can be customized for your in-house training needs. Click here for some of our most popular in-house training programs and for instructions on how to request additional information for your organization

 Education and Training


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 Certification Workshops


May 22-24
​Spokane, WA

June 4-6
​Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

June 11-13
Boston, MA

June 18-20
Honolulu, HI

June 27-29
Sacramento, CA

July 16-18
Fairfax, VA​

August 27-29
Raleigh, NC

September 11-13
Virginia Beach, VA

September 17-19
St. Louis, MO

September 17-19
San Diego, CA

October 2-4
Cheyenne, WY

October 15-17
Chicago, IL

October 17-19
Portland, OR

November 14-16
Tampa, FL

December 4-6
Washington, DC