CDT Courses 2020

January 16, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Tennessee Board of Regents
1 Bridgestone Park
Nashville, TN 37214

Study Classes:  The Nashville Chapter of CSI will again host CDT Study Classes for the Spring 2020 Exams.  Theclasses will also include AIA document review, which will be of interest to those preparing for CCS, CCCA and CCPRexams as well as breakout sessions focused on those advanced exams.  CCS, CCCA and CCPR breakout sessions will be scheduled at times and locations as appropriate.

Class Location: Tennessee Board of Regents, 1 Bridgestone Park

                                      (Briley Parkway @ Lebanon Road)

You may park anywhere (except reserved spaces).  Come to the Main Entrance and additional directions will be at the Security Desk. 


Cost:  FREE and CEU’s / PDH’s / LU’s will be offered.

When:  Thursday’s from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm starting on January 16, 2020 and run for 10 weeks.  

Whom:  Classes are open to anyone with a desire to gain a better understanding of construction contract documents. Beingregistered to take a CSI exam or being a CSI member is not a requirement to participate. All are welcome.

Study Materials:  The classes and the exams will be based on the Project Delivery Practice Guide – Second Edition. You should have access to the PDPG-2, either hard copy or an electronic copy for the class.  The class will coverMasterFormat, UniFormat, GreenFormat SectionFormat, PageFormat and other standards of our industry.  We will also use AIA documents, particularly the AIA A201 2017 General Conditions.

CDT Certification:  Starting on July 1, 2018, the Construction Documents Technology (CDT) program has transitioned from a certificate to a certification.  Please check the CSI National for more details at the CSI website:  click or Certification then CDT.  This website is also the location to sign up for the National CDT Certification Exam and to obtain documents. 

If you sign up for the National Exam you will receive The CSI CDT Exam Candidate Handbook.  The handbook is available free at the above website.  Classes will generally follow the Exam Outline in the handbook, see study class outline below.

Nashville Study Class Sign Up:  Sign-up for our Nashville study class is required as there are a limited number of seats available. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend. For questions or to sign-up, email: Carl Manka at [email protected] or Lynn Jolley at [email protected]  If you will be preparing for an exam please let us know which one (Including ARE).

National Exam Sign Up:  The nationwide exams for CDT CCS, CCCA and CCPR will be a computerized test and will be offered May 4 – June 5, 2020 Check out the details of the certification programs and register for the national exam at  then click on  Certification.   If you intend to take an exam you will want to sign up during the early registration (significantly a lower cost).  Check the website for details, costs and dates.

Summary CSI CDT & Certification Study Classes – 2020:  Study classes will be held for 10 weeks by the Nashville Chapter of CSI. The focus in the first 4 sessions will be primarily toward the CDT exam and a refresher for anyone taking other exams. Weeks 5 & 6 will focus on the AIA General Conditions. The AIA General Conditions play a significant role in all of the CSI Exams. Weeks 7 - 9 will include continued review for the CDT Exam and mentoring for the CCS, CCCA and CCPR exams upon request.   The final session will be a Mock CDT Exam.

As the CDT Certification exam is the basis for the advanced certification exams and a significant part of the certification exams will depend on knowledge covered in the CDT exam - ALL exam candidates are encouraged to attend all classes.

Classes will be led by:  Carl Manka CSI CCS RA NCARB (CM),  

Lynn Jolley CSI CCS CCCA AIA (LJ),  

Jerry Preston FCSI CCS RA (JP), 

Cheryl Crosby CSI CCCA (CC), and  

Kevin D. Corkern FCSI CCS CCCA (KC)

Course materials are: CSI – Project Delivery Practice Guide – Second Edition.  Please have a copy of this Guide for class – either hard copy or electronic copy.  Other documents include:

AIA A201 - 2017 General Conditions, and other related industry documents and study guides. 

Week 1 - January 16, 2020

CM    Overview of CSI – CDT, CCS, CCCA and CCPR Certification Exams

LJ     Domain 1 - Fundamentals

CM    CSI & Formats & Principles

Week 2 - January 23, 2020

CM    Domain 2 - Project Concept and Delivery

LJ     Domain 3 – Design Process

Week 3 – January 30, 2020  

LJ     Domain 4 – Construction Documents

KC    Domain 5 – Procurement

Week 4 – February 6, 2020

CC    Domain 7 – Construction

Week 5 - February 13, 2020

JP     AIA A-201 General Conditions

Week 6 - February 20, 2020

JP     AIA A-201 General Conditions

Week 7 – February 27, 2020

KC    Domain 6 – Preconstruction (Bidding / Negotiating / Purchasing)

CM    Domain 8 – Lifecycle Activities – Facilities Management

Week 8 – March 5, 2020

CM    Delivery Methods, Agreements, Change Orders, Bonds

BIM – Integrated Project Delivery – PPD Format and Specifications Language

Week 9 - March 12, 2020

CM & LJ  CDT - Review – Principles, Division 1, Formats and Exam Overview

Week 10 - March 19, 2020

CM & LJ  Mock Exam - CDT

Mentoring to be scheduled upon request during the 10 Weeks as appropriate

KC  LJ  and others:   CCS, CCCA & CCPR Certification Exam Preparation

All National CDT, CCS, CCCA & CCPR Exams will be at a Prometric Testing Center