CDT Exam Study Class

Construction Specification Institute’s CDT program has provided foundation training in construction process, roles and responsibilities, and construction documentation for architects, contractors, contract administrators, specifiers, and manufacturers’ representatives for decades.

This study class will provide you a complete understanding of how projects unfolds from conception to delivery and the documentation involved while helping you prepare for the CDT exam.  It can also be a good study aid for taking the architecture license exam.

The class provides a conceptual understanding of the entire construction process, and concrete skills in construction documentation development and administration, specification writing and enforcement, product research and sourcing, communication with the design and contracting teams.  Each class is taught by industry leaders from both the A/E and Product Representative Community.  Classes include power point presentation followed up with quizzes that will help to reinforce the content of the session.  The last class includes a practice exam to replicate the CDT exam.  Attendees get exposure to industry leaders as teachers that are willing and able to answer questions.


Class Dates: Mondays, January 7 - March 18, 2019, 5:30pm - 8:00pm (Class does not meet February 18, 2019.)
Location: HACIA 650 W. Lake Street, Suite 415, Chicago
Continuing Education: 15.0 AIA/CES for those who attend at least 8 classes
Class Fee: $150 to CSI Chicago members, $300 for non-members
Optional Study Guide: $99 for CSI Chicago members, $129 for non-members

Project Delivery Practice Guide (PDPG), second edition, is the recommended study guide for this course.  The book can be bought through the CSI store and shipped directly to you or you can order with your class registration and it will be delivered to you at class.



Registration for the 2019 CDT Study Class will open in the fall of 2018.


Learning Objectives:
    1. Examine planning and pre-design, sustainability, types of projects and delivery methods.
    2. Summarize CSI format, Project Delivery Guide, methods of specifying, specification language and specification practices.
    3. Review submittals, modifications, warranties, bonds and insurance, post construction, and facility management.
    4. Specify procurement requirements, conditions of the contract, General Requirements, coordinating and interpreting drawings and specifications.

See week-by-week class topic list.

Parking: At expense of individual.  Options in the area include:
  • Meter Parking is available on DesPlaines and Union Streets
  • Fulton DesPlaines Parking Garage located at 650 W Fulton and Union streets the rate is $4.00 after 3pm.  Pre-purchase parking (external link).

Questions about the CSI Chicago Study Class?
Contact: Larry Nordin, CSI, CCS, AIA, Nolan Day, CSI, CDT, and Paul Fogarty, CSI, CDT | Certification Co-Chairs of the Chicago Chapter
E: certification@csichicago.org 



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