New in 2018

Updated Certification Core Curriculum and Exam

Updated DBIA Certification

The Demand for DBIA Certified Professionals Continues to Grow

DBIA will be releasing updated core curriculum and certification exam in September 2018 for those seeking DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™ certification. The new materials will help ensure our industry meets the growing demand for Design-Build Done Right® professionals well-versed in the full scope of design-build best practices.

To help us ensure the new coursework reflects the full scope of design-build practice and that the examination is defensible, psychometrically valid and fair, DBIA is offering candidates a significant discount for participation in the beta test of our new Certification Workshop and Exam.

Beta Test Dates

New Certification Workshop and Exam

Take the New DBIA Certification Coursework and Exam at a significant discount.

July 10-12, 2018
The National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

Beta Test Offer

50% Discount on Certification Course and Exam

It’s a win-win. Beta test participants receive their full certification training and exam at half-off while DBIA validates its new certification curriculum and test.

What's Involved

Beta test participants who take the new certification coursework and exam qualify for DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™certification, just as you would in any other course/exam scenario. What’s different is that the data obtained from the results of this beta test will be used to help establish the pass/fail score. Your participation helps DBIA determine this important cut score. For that, we will offer a deep discount to beta test participants.

Register to participate as a Certification Beta Course/Test Participant

Complete the Beta Certification Application by June 30, 2018

3-Day Certification Workshops

Standard Price
50% Off Discount Pricing (Beta Group Only)
DBIA Member Price
Owner Member Price
$ 600
Non-Member Price
Owner Non-Member Price
$ 750


The discounted fee covers the coursework, the application fee, and the initial test administration. The beta test is limited to 50 students who must also adhere to the Beta Test Agreement.

DBIA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this workshop if we do not achieve the 50 person minimum attendance.

Beta Test Agreement

  • Timing
  • Cost
  • Exam Details
  • Results
  • Appeal

DBIA must have your completed DBIA Certification Application no later than June 30, 2018.

Individuals are responsible for their own travel/lodging costs in addition to the reduced course fees detailed above.

DBIA Member Price:   $1,050
Owner Member Price: $ 600
Non-Member Price:     $1,550
Owner Non-Member Price: $ 750

The examination will be administered via paper and pencil immediately following the conclusion of Day 3 of training.

There will be no option for an exam prep course or online refresher.

Pass/fail results will not be available until mid-August.

There are no appeals processes for those who do not pass; in this instance, you must pay the standard fee to retake the exam after it is released in September.

Step 1


Reserve your seat to attend the July 10-12 Certification Beta Workshop and Exam


More Details


On September 1, 2018, DBIA will release revised coursework and updated examinations for those seeking DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™ certification. As the industry evolves and advances, it is important that a credentialing program keep pace with these changes. The updated curriculum and exam will help ensure that what is being taught is relevant to the body of knowledge needed for success in the field of study. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about the new coursework and exam. Additional questions should be directed to certification@dbia.org.

How long will the current version of the core curriculum and exam be available?

The current version of the core curriculum will be taught through August 31, 2018. Those taking the current version of the core curriculum will have until April 1, 2019 to take the exam associated with this curriculum.

What happens if I have taken the current curriculum but do not take the exam by April 1, 2019?

The current exam will phase out completely as of April 1, 2019. Those who do not complete the exam associated with the current curriculum by this date will need to take the new certification workshop and will be required to take the new exam.

When will the updated core curriculum and the exam be officially released?

DBIA will begin teaching the updated curriculum and administering the new exam on September 1, 2018.

If the new curriculum will not be released until September 1, why is there a “beta test” using the new curriculum on July 10-12?

The beta test is a way to ensure that the new curriculum and exam appropriately reflects the scope of professional practice in design-build, and that the examination is defensible and fair. The beta test will also provide statistical data needed to set the new exam cut score (passing score).

How will the new coursework and exam be different from the current version?

The new coursework and exam will still cover all the domains covered in the current versions. In addition, however, they will reflect updates to best practices as outlined in DBIA’s Design-Build Done Right® resources, including the recently adopted Code of Professional Conduct for credential holders.

Will there be a new examination prep course to help students prepare for the new exam?

Yes, a new examination prep course will be created after the July beta test. It is important to wait until after the beta test to make any necessary updates or changes to the course content prior to developing a prep course.

Will the new courses have the same title and be the same length?

The revised course titles will be:

  • Principles of Design-Build Delivery and Procurement
  • Post Award: Executing the Delivery of the Design-Build Project
  • Contracts and Risk Management.

Each course is a full day (approximately 8:00am–5:00pm). In addition to these in-person courses, those seeking certification will be required to complete a 90–120 minute webinar focused on DBIA’s Code of Professional Conduct.

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DBIA Code of Conduct

DBIA™ and Associate DBIA™ Professionals are expected to adhere to high standards of honesty and integrity as outlined in the DBIA Code of Professional Conduct. This Code consists of a series of ethical rules to which all Designated DBIA Professionals are expected to adhere, followed by commentary intended to serve as additional guidelines.

View the Code

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