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Incorporating NAHB Professional Designations into a University Residential Construction Management Specialization

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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Construction Curriculum Development

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25.761.1 - 25.761.10



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Eric A. Holt Purdue University

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Eric A. Holt is a Graduate Instructor at Purdue University in the Building Construction Management Department. Holt earned a B.S. in building construction technology and spent 19 years in the residential construction industry. His career includes construction material sales and marketing, building inspector, customer home project management, and architectural design for homes and remodel projects. He earned a M.S. in technology from Purdue University, in construction management. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in construction management, focusing on experiential learning within construction education. He is a certified instructor for the National Association of Home Builders and teaches the Certified Green Professional (CGP), Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Residential Construction Superintendent (RCS), and Universal Design Build courses.

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Scott Kelting California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Scott Kelting is an Assistant Professor in the Construction Management Department within the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Kelting earned a B.S. and a M.S. in industrial technology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include the areas of educational facilities, decision-making, housing, and education.

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Incorporating the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Green Professional (CGP) Designation into a University Residential Construction Management SpecializationThis paper presents the incorporation of the Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation from the National Association of HomeBuilders (NAHB) into the curriculum at a major university. Incorporating the CGP curriculum and professional designation, notpreviously provided at the university level, has many challenges, not the least of which are anticipation of the career aspirations of thestudents enrolled and the expected educational outcomes by the industry. The addition of the CGP curriculum and professionaldesignation into construction technology education, the contractual relationship between the university and NAHB, the requirementsof the educators delivering the courses, and the integration and administration of NAHB industry curriculum into an undergraduateresidential construction management program are discussed. The CGP Designation from the NAHB has been recognized nationally inthe residential construction industry for leading the way in green building and enhancing the professionalism of the residentialconstruction industry. A survey was conducted to obtain the students’ perspectives about the course. The results of the studentsurveys are presented and discussed. The authors discuss the challenges, lessons learned, and future course planning.

Holt, E. A., & Kelting, S. (2012, June), Incorporating NAHB Professional Designations into a University Residential Construction Management Specialization Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21518

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