Preparing the Next Design-Build Generation

Students & Educators

Our industry is growing because design-build is the future

DBIA knows there’s a better way to build. That’s why we’re working with colleges and universities to train the next generation of Design-Build Done Right® professionals.

Student Competition

Providing Real-World Experiences

Each year college design-build student teams compete in a two-phase project development competition that tests the skills needed on a real-life design-build team.

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DBIA Student Chapters

As the design-build industry grows, so does the need for college graduates educated and enthusiastic about our industry’s future. That enthusiasm can be seen in the growth of DBIA’s Student Chapters on campuses nationwide.

Student Chapters
Educator Workshop Program

Teaching the Teachers Design-Build Done Right®

The architectural, construction and engineering industries are changing with the times and need young talent skilled in the collaboration and integration inherent in design-build. DBIA is proud to offer that curriculum and training to colleges nationwide.

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Austin Marshall, J.D., Clinical Professor, College of Engineering at the University of Texas

“The Educator Workshop was fantastic. The presenters were great and brought a wealth of experience. I recommend this program to everyone in our field!"

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We encourage university educators in architecture, construction and engineering to pursue Design-Build Done Right® training and become a DBIA Designated Design-Build Professional™.

Certification Courses

DBIA instructors are leaders in the industry, with real-world experience in the delivery of successful design-build projects. Take the first step to becoming a Certified Design-Build Professional™ today.



DBIA certification exams are offered at more than 300 testing centers nationwide. The 100-question certification exam measures a candidate’s mastery of design-build best practices and application. It covers eight main topics including:

  • Project management
  • Contracts and legal
  • General attributes
  • Project delivery
  • Estimating/specifications
  • Teaming and team organization
  • Procurement
  • Ethics/professionalism
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Certification Requirements

Academia has an alternative way to certification based on demonstrated evidence of research and teaching. Specifically, they must:

  • Provide evidence of active research in design-build project delivery such as peer-reviewed published word on the topic of integrated delivery or supporting skills such as conceptual estimating, etc. Work must have been published within the past 3 years.
  • Provide evidence of active teaching of at least one university-level course where a minimum of 50% syllabus is devoted to project delivery lessons
  • Hold a doctoral degree recognized as the terminal degree for your field by your university
  • Have attained the rank of tenured Associate Professors.

References for academia may include leaders from local or national organizations engaged in advancing integrated project delivery.

For more information, contact DBIA Certification.

DBIA University Program

Delivering Design-Build Curriculum to Universities

DBIA’s higher education curriculum includes practical “how to” courses about design-build. Courses utilize interactive learning strategies to teach topics ranging from an introduction of design-build techniques to advanced application of design-build concepts. All are designed to impart practical learning which can be utilized in the office and on the job.

DBIA’s four “core courses” are the cornerstone of our educational and certification programs and include: Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management and Post Award Design-Build.

Any approved construction, architecture or engineering college professor can utilize the DBIA Core Course Curriculum if they have attended the Design-Build Educator Workshop or one of DBIA’s instructor-led courses. Our goal is to ensure that the industry’s Design-Build Done Right® education is taught consistently to students nationwide building a foundation for future success.

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New Design-Build Research Details Industry Growth and Project Success

FMI research shows design-build is the fastest growing delivery method in the nation. The most comprehensive market research in decades provides design-build data by regions, sectors, project type and satisfaction.

Design-build is the best performing delivery system for both schedule and cost.
CII/Pankow has revisited the nation’s seminal design-build performance research 20 years later. Design-build continues to out-perform other delivery systems in cost, schedule, growth measures, construction and delivery speed.

FMI Report CII/Pankow Report