CDT Exam Study Class - Topics By Class


Week 1
Introduction to CSI and the Chicago Chapter CDT Prep Class

This session will introduce the course and expectations.  It will also inform the group about the resources available and the history of CSI in the industry.

This session introduces the contractual relationships between the Owner Team, Designer Team, Contractor Team, and Supplier Team. The impact of Life Cycle on design and budget considerations is explained.   CSI’s organization classes of Omni Class, Uni Format, and Master Format are defined and their impact on the preparation of construction documents is clarified.     

Week 2
Planning & Delivery/ Design
This session covers the activities required pre-design through the different phases of the design process.  Mainly focused on the A/E, the responsibilities of each member of the project team are clearly enumerated in relation to the design work.    

Week 3
Construction Documents 1&2
This session introduces the forms commonly used throughout the construction process.  The proper flow of construction documentation is explained as well as the interdependence of contract documents.  

Week 4
Construction Documents 3
This session defines the different methods of specifying project solutions.  It also establishes proper language and organization of written specifications and their correlation to drawings and other project documents. 

Week 5
This session focuses on the methods for proper procurement.  It explains the process, terminology, and considerations for appropriate pricing.  Addenda are addressed in terms of their effect on the contract.

Week 6
This session covers the various documentary elements of the construction process, including executed agreements and notices to proceed; the relevant preconstruction submittals; and defines the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders, i.e., owner, contractor, design professional, and subcontractor.

Week 7
Construction 1
This session explains the proper utilization of submittals throughout the construction process.  It also identifies the conditions of the construction contract and proper contract modification methods.  It further explains the roles and responsibilities of project team members throughout the construction process.

Week 8
Construction 2
This session clarifies proper contractual application throughout construction in terms of claims and disputes, correction of work, and payments.  

Week 9
Life Cycle Activities
This session explores numerous elements of a structure after construction, including commissioning and decomissioning, facility manager responsibilities, and facility operations and maintenance.

Week 10
AIA A201
This session directly reviews the AIA A201 Document which is the basis of a large majority of construction agreements.  

Week 11
Practice Exam
The class is solely set aside for the practice exam that is prepared by the Chicago CSI Chapter.  It is a full 100 question exam that will present the concepts covered in the actual CDT exam.