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CSI Certification:
Knowledge is Everything

CSI professional credentials are recognized throughout the industry as evidence of a proven level of education, knowledge and experience in construction documents. CSI Certification is a benchmark of technical knowledge.

These credentials demonstrate professional commitment, credibility and reliability to employers, colleagues and clients. The more you understand a non-residential building project’s written documents, the better job you can do concerning that project – regardless of which construction discipline you’re in.  

When you earn a CSI certification you’ll know how the documents work.

How do I become Certified?
Each certification designation requires the successful completion of a comprehensive multiple choice examination based on a core body of knowledge drawn from the guides below as well as other source materials.  
  • The new Project Delivery Practice Guide (CDT)
  • The new Construction Specifications Practice Guide (CCS)
  • The  new Project Representative Practice Guide (CCPR) 
  • The new Construction Contract Administration Practice Guide (CCCA)

Further information regarding these exams and registration information, once available, can be found on Institute's certification webpage.  Exams are held at local testing sites in spring and fall.

11-Week CSI Chicago CDT Exam Prep Class
Runs from early January through mid-March in preparation for the spring CDT exam each year.  Registration for the study class is through the Chicago Chapter.   Individual scholarships are available.  Company class sponsorship is also available.
More information on the class, scholarships, sponsorship and registration>>

About CSI Certifications:
The Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) Program acknowledges those who have demonstrated their knowledge of construction documents’ fundamentals and formats.  The CDT certificate is the prerequisite for CSI’s three advanced certifications (see below).

The Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) Program recognizes people who have the experience and demonstrate the knowledge and skill in preparing written construction documents. 

The Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) Program affirms a product representative’s ability to use construction documents and his or her understanding of the building design and construction process.  They’re the keys to getting the right construction products specified.

The Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) Program recognizes practitioners who’ve demonstrated excellence in administering all phases of construction contracts.

Questions about the exam? Contact CSI Member Services at csi@csinet.org or 800-689-2900.

Questions about the CSI Chicago Study Class?
Contact: Dan Smith, CSI, CCPR or Larry Nordin, CSI, CCS, AIA
Certification Co-Chairs of the Chicago Chapter
E: certification.chicago@gmail.com 


Resources for this section

  • CDT Study Class Scholarship
    Class Scholarships are available to select emerging professionals with less then 10 years of experience.
  • Register for Certification Exams
    Registration information will be posted on this link when registration is open. Register and pay online for the CSI Certification exams to be given electronically at National Testing sites.
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