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CSI professional credentials are evidence of proven knowledge, education, and experience with construction documents. Holding a certification demonstrates professional commitment, credibility and reliability to employers, colleagues, and clients. At CSI, we offer 4 certification levels.

  • Construction Documentation Technology (CDT) - CSI's CDT program has provided foundation training in construction documentation for architects, contractors, contract administrators, specifiers, and manufacturers' representatives for decades. As the cornerstone of CSI's certification program, it's also prerequisite to CSI's advanced certification exams. For more information, click here (
  • Certified Construction Specifier (CCS)
  • Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)
  • Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR)

Spring 2017 exam dates have not been announced yet.

Note: CCS, CCCA and CCPR exam candidates must pass CSI’s CDT exam before registering for the advanced certification exams

Exam Scholarships:

Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the exam. The scholarships do NOT cover the study classes. Click HERE for scholarship details.

Portland Chapter Certification Classes

Click HERE to register for the spring 2018 study classes!

The CDT is the basic foundation in industry knowledge in construction processes, contractual relationships and document procedures and organization. Getting your CDT means that you understand how a project unfolds from conception to delivery and you understand the documentation involved. Candidates can have any level of experience in any discipline in the built environment. This registration is for the class series only. To register for the exam and for more information, go HERE. Early bird exam registration for the lowest cost ends January 18, 2018.

We offer classes with experienced instructors to help you understand the material needed to pass the exam. This seven-class series is useful for anyone in the A/E/C industry who is interested in understanding the process, roles/responsibilities, and project delivery from cradle to grave. This class is also beneficial as an additional resource to the textbook for preparing for the CDT exam. Through CSI’s Certification Program, you can develop 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

The CDT exam (Construction Documents Technologist) is the foundation course for all construction individuals. Studying for the exam will help you learn about contractual relationships, Use of construction documents, and the construction process as a whole. Advanced exams are available for a more in-depth review of Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA); Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR).

Register HERE for the spring 2018 classes!


Study classes will be held at the offices of LSW Architects, 610 Esther Street, Vancouver, WA, on February 7, 13, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 28, and April 3. Class time will be 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Community Room, First Floor (next to the elevator).


The cost of the class does not include the exam registration or the Practice Guide. CDT candidates are encouraged to obtain a copy and read the AIA-A201 General Conditions, the CDT Study Guide and Addendum from the CSI-Institute webpage, located under the “Certification/CDT/Exam Prep” tabs, and become familiar with the CDT exam requirements. 

  • Members $150
  • Non-members $200
You must purchase your own Project Delivery Practice Guide (new version available on the Institute website on January 8, 2018) and pay your own exam registration fees.


The sessions will be taught by Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT, SCI. Cherise is a specifier with LSW Architects of Vancouver, WA.  She has experience with many facets of the project team including construction, MEP engineering and primarily architecture in her 30+ year career.  Cherise has worked extensively in multiple areas of the industry including Specifications, Standards, Business/Financial Management, Marketing, Contract Administration, Quality Control, Project Delivery Education, Speaking, Blogging, Social Media and the Lets Fix Construction Podcast. Her passions include emerging professional development and LetsFixConstruction.com which she co-founded with Eric Lussier. She is currently the immediate past president of the Portland Chapter of CSI and Director-At-Large for CSI.

The course is based on CSI’s PDPG-Project Delivery Practice Guide.


The PowerPoint presentations of each class are included with your registration. You will also need resource materials found on CSI’s National website For extra CDT study notes, follow #CDTStudyNotes on Twitter.

Need to Renew your certification?

Individuals who hold the Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), or Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) Certifications are required to renew their Certification once every 3 years. In the renewal year, CSI will send these certificants a Notice for Certification Renewal. Those holding the Construction Document Technology (CDT) certificate do not renew. Instructions for renewing on line, complete with screenshots, are available.

To learn more about requirements for renewal or fees, visit our National CSI site

Please contact Cherise Lakeside for more information.

Register for the Spring 2018 Study Classes HERE

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