Certificate in International Construction Management

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6 month course
This course provides you with all the skills and knowledge to plan, develop and execute construction projects whether in foreign markets, with international or national partners, and the opportunity to understand how to gain membership to the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.
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The growth of globalisation means that more enterprises and governments are taking on international projects. In construction this is seen through more international movement and increasing investment across national borders in infrastructure and property.

To reflect the increasingly international nature of the sector and to provide construction professionals with the knowledge and skills in global construction management best practice, the CIOB has produced a programme on construction management best practice.

The programme combines content on operating in international markets or with global partners with the fundamentals of project management best practice. In the course, there are 3 technical modules running over 6 months. . Using the CIOB Code of Practice on Project Management and Best Practice as a basis, you will learn the fundamentals of each stage of a construction project and the practical skills to co-ordinate and manage building projects. Content on international environments will be useful for those working globally and also for those wanting to gain insight into international practices and considerations. In addition, the course will also contain a short module with essential information on the CIOB and how to become a member or fellow of the institute.

In summary, the course will provide you with all the skills and knowledge to plan, develop and execute construction projects whether in foreign markets or with international or more local partners, and the opportunity to understand how to gain membership to the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.


The next available start date for this course is:

20th April 2021



By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the International Construction environment and project management practice
  • Compare and contrast practices of international economies
  • Engage with international business clients in global economies and make informed decisions
  • Work effectively with foreign clients
  • Understand and implement the practices required of international investors
  • Internationalise construction management practices
  • Apply international project Management best practice
  • Prepare for leadership of international projects
  • Communicate, negotiate, and participate with multi-national team

At the end of each module, delegates will be able to:


Module 1

  • Acquire and analyse data from a range of information sources to develop an understanding of international markets
  • Articulate the complexity of international projects using examples of companies/professionals working with local partners.
  • Apply international project and market knowledge in practical business situations
  • Demonstrate their ability to work with different cultures in achieving international project objectives
  • Evaluate the sources and nature of laws and regulations that impact on the project management of construction, including industry standards and codes of practice, within different jurisdictions internationally.
  • Justify the need for specialist human resource advice and support in order to implement best practice in employment of international and local labour.
  • Conduct risk assessments and personal research into a local international project environments
  • Brief senior executives prior to commencing a project in a new country.

Module 2

  • Evaluate the role of project management throughout the lifecycle of the project
  • Define the duties and responsibilities of the Project Manager
  • Write a job description, and set up the recruitment, interview and selection procedures.
  • Appoint a competent and effective project manager (an individual or company)
  • Prepare a presentation for a client demonstrating the feasibility (or not) of a proposed project, including an environmental impact assessment and sustainability plan.
  • Prepare objectives for an international project and write a project brief to meet the client’s requirements.
  • Design project organisational structures suitable for a range of international clients
  • Prepare an overall commissioning plan for a complex project
  • Work collaboratively as a team with BIM to reduce project cost and time, improve sustainability potential and provide the client with information for facilities management
  • Lead a project as project manager or specialist manager to achieve an internationally recognised sustainability certification, such as BREEAM, LEED, or equivalent.

Module 3

  • Advise a client on the most applicable procurement and contract options
  • Prepare a design manager job description, select and appoint suitable applicant
  • Determine project design objectives for meeting the client’s requirements including handling design changes and constructability
  • Lead on risk management, identifying areas of risk, and completing/updating risk registers
  • Compare time management tools and appoint a time manager.
  • Develop a collaborative and open approach to progress reporting and record keeping
  • Ensure preparation of a project development plan and establish cost control procedures
  • Work with financial and cost consultants/managers to ensure completion within budget
  • Establish quality management procedures to achieve client’s requirements, and ensure adherence to local codes and regulations.
  • Ensure specialist advice is taken to meet local health and safety requirements, carry out risk assessments, identify areas of risk where action needs to be taken, and meet all local regulations
  • Communicate health and safety requirements to all personnel, and provide training where necessary.

Module 4

  • Understand the Royal Charter and Bye-Laws and all associated Rules and Regulations
  • Understand the routes to Membership or Fellowship of CIOB
  • Documentation required for the Professional Review leading to Chartered Membership (MCIOB) or Fellowship (FCIOB) of the CIOB.
  • Understand the importance of training to maintain personal competence and the need to evaluate and support the individual training and development needs of the candidate’s employees.


This programme is for construction professionals, normally qualified to at least first-degree level, or those with experience in the construction sector and need an in-depth understanding of how to manage a construction project. You do not need to be working with international partners or outside of your home country to gain from this course. the best practice tools and techniques taught are applicable wherever you work.


Each unit will deliver the content using the following resources in order to give a rich and informative experience:

  • Instructional videos
  • Course reading materials
  • Case studies and practical exercises.
  • Online forum for tutor and delegates
  • Live webinars at the end of each module.




There are four modules in this certificate programme:

  • Module 1. International Project Environment
  • Module 2. Project Management: Development and Construction Life Cycles
  • Module 3. Project Management: Delivery Models and Contractual Arrangements
  • Module 4. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)


Module 1. International Project Environment

  • International construction Environment
  • Perceived challenges about working in another country e.g. One Belt: One Road.
  • Differences between working in mature economies and developing economies.
  • Impact of local culture, religion and customs.
  • Managing relationships with local partners – joint ventures and contractual relationships
  • Research and obtaining information on working overseas (Data sources & review)
  • Access to codes and regulations.
  • Legal frameworks of international countries (UK) that form construction law, contract law, planning law, tort, commercial law, health and safety law, etc.
  • Anti-bribery policies and laws
  • International construction codes and regulations
  • Sources of regulation and codes, both from legislation and independent sources
  • Human resource planning and performance management
  • Equal opportunity legislation
  • Labour laws
  • Health and safety in employment
  • Labour gangs and forced labour
  • Forms of sub-contracting and labour organisation.

Module 2. Project Management: Development and Construction Life Cycles

  • An introduction to client Project Management
  • Stage 1 (inception) in the project life cycle
  • Stage 2 (feasibility) in the project lifecycle
  • Stage 3 (Strategy) in the project life cycle
  • Stage 4 (Pre-construction) in the project life cycle
  • Stage 5 (construction) in the project life cycle
  • Stage 6 (Testing) in the project life cycle
  • Stage 7 (Completion, handover and operation) in the project life cycle
  • Stage 8 (Post-completion review) in the project life cycle
  • The role of BIM in the project lifecycle at levels 2 and 3, and BIM 4D, 5D, 6D and 7D
  • Sustainability and environmental management through to international certification

Module 3. Project Management: Delivery Models and Contractual Arrangements

  • Procurement and project delivery models
  • Contracts – range and type
  • Contracts – Detailed study of one type (JCT, NEC, FIDIC)
  • Design management
  • Project risk management
  • Time management
  • Cost management
  • Quality management
  • Dispute resolution – alternative approaches
  • Health and safety and training

Module 4. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

  • Meaning and nature of professionalism in the construction industry according to CIOB
  • Principles and operation of the CIOB, including governance, code of conduct and ethics
  • Requirements for Membership & fellowship
  • Professional Review Process
  • CPD requirements and importance



At the end of the course, you will take a short assessment to test what you have learnt, and will receive a certificate of attainment upon passing.






John Hayes is a fellow of the CIOB and the RICS and is an accredited mediator with over 30 years’ experience as a quantity surveyor and commercial director. His key areas of expertise include:

  • Commercial management
  • Contract reporting
  • Quantum assessment
  • Conflict Management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Training
  • Claim and change assessment and negotiation

John has extensive experience of £multi-million global framework and construction projects in the UK, Europe and Australia working for £multi-billion construction companies and has extensive commercial, adjudication, arbitration and litigation experience.