DBIA remains in the forefront as the premier deliverer of high quality design-build education by working closely with industry experts to improve our objectives-based instructional material systematically and continually. This process includes the continual refinement of existing course materials, ongoing revitalization of previously administered courses, and development of new courses based on practitioner demand and changes in the industry and/or business environment.


DBIA’s “core courses” are the cornerstone of our educational program. These courses are required of all candidates of the Designated Design-Build Professional™ – DBIA professional designation program, as well as a requirement for the “Certificate of Mastery” program.

    This online-only course – an update of our previous course entitled “Fundamentals of Design-Build Project Delivery” – provides a general overview of the attributes of all the major project delivery systems, procurement methodologies, and contracting approaches. It sets the stage for DBIA’s other two core courses. (4 CEU’s)*
    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 CEU’s)*
    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 attend for anyone utilizing integrated project delivery. Emphasis will be placed on 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 CEU’s)*
    This course, introduced in 2010, is a must for anyone who has taken DBIA’s core courses and who is now ready to move on to a clear understanding of managing the design-build process. It 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 CEU’s)*

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This instructor-led, one-day refresher course is specifically designed to help prepare you for the DBIA™ designation examination. Course content includes an overview of concepts learned in DBIA’s three core courses, with emphasis on the eight domain areas covered in the examination including:

  • 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, as well as consider real-life experiences in preparing for the exam. (6 CEU’s) *

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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)*

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*Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are AIA approved.


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 design is complete. At the end of this course students will be able to: (6 CEU’s) *

  • 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.

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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.

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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 other benefits of design-build. This workshop provides a high-level overview of the synergistic elements critical to a successful acquisition strategy. (8 CEUs)*

It focuses on:
• Performance-based requirements, including how to determine functional/operational requirements, goals and restraints, and correlation of goals to performance characteristics;

• Provides 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.

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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 has spent the last year engaging in extensive research and development with owners and industry experts on this first-ever, 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. At the end of the course, students will be able to: (12 CEU’s) *

  • Explain the difference between performance-based and design requirements;
  • 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

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An effective source selection is one of the key elements of successful design-build projects delivery. In a competitive process where lowest cost is not the sole criteria – 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. At the end of the session attendees will be able to: (6 CEU’s) *

  • Describe the key elements involved in qualifying a firm during phase one source selection;
  • Describe the steps involved in a two-phase selection and the key actions necessary to ensure success;
  • Identify the typical components of a “request for qualifications” documents;
  • Select key members needed for an effective evaluation team;
  • Determine appropriate evaluation factors and processes for the project;
  • Assess the appropriate number of evaluation factors for a particular project;
  • Describe various methods for scoring proposals including numerical, color scoring or adjectival rating

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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. (6 CEU’s) *

In traditional design-bid-build, contracts often contemplate only failure, with provisions and clauses that address what the aversive 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. At the end of this course attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the basic structure of a design-build contract;
  • Define and delineate between award fees and incentives;
  • Describe the mechanics of incentive and award fee arrangements;
  • Identify various clauses and checklists used in incentive contracting.

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