Associate Design-Build Professional® (Associate DBIA®)

The Assoc. DBIA® does not require hands-on design-build experience and accepts different types of similar experiences. Applicants typically fall into one of the following categories:

  • Developing professionals with educational background in the A/E/C industry
  • Experienced professionals new to design-build project delivery
  • Professionals involved in design-build pre-award activities such as business development and acquisition/procurement

Associate DBIA applicants submit the designated sections of the application to the DBIA’s Certification Department. No references or electives are required for the Assoc. DBIA®.

Application Requirements

Read Certification Guidelines & Requirements for full details.


Applicant must have the following:

Educational Background

  • Option 1 — Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university in architecture, engineering, construction management or DBIA approved field of study.
  • Option 2 — For candidates not holding a degree in an approved field of study or no degree. Functional resume is required (see Certification Guidelines & Requirements for further details).

Applicant must verify required years of substantial, documented, direct hands-on project experience. Please provide a minimum of three (3) projects that were completed or are currently being constructed. If more than three (3) projects are needed to demonstrate the applicant’s experience, the applicant shall complete the required form for each additional project.

  • For Educational Background Option 1: Three (3) years total of substantial direct hands-on experience.
  • For Educational Background Option 2: Six (6) years total of substantial direct hands-on experience.

Core Courses

All candidates must complete the following core courses:

  • Code of Conduct webinar
  • Principles of Design-Build Delivery & Procurement
  • Post Award: Executing the Delivery of Design-Build Projects
  • Contracts & Risk Management

To register for courses, visit our Certification Workshops page.