CDT Overview 

The Construction Documents Technology (CDT®) certification provides a comprehensive program of study for anyone seeking to enhance and demonstrate knowledge of writing, interpreting, enforcing and managing construction documents.

Who should sit for the CDT®?
Project architects, contractors, contract administrators, material suppliers, and manufacturers' representatives are all realizing the advantages of being Construction Documents Technologists. 

What does it mean for me?
Pass the Construction Documents Technology exam (CDT®), and you'll join an elite group of professionals known in the industry for their comprehensive knowledge of the writing and management of construction documents. 

Earning your CDT® means: 
- Adding "CDT" after your name, to your LinkedIn, business card and your resume 
- Respect from your peers as a result of your understanding of how a project unfolds from concept to delivery and the roles and relationships of all participants.  
- Understanding the documentation involved – which drives effective communication amongst all members of the construction team

High school diploma or equivalent. 
Two (2) years’ experience in construction management and/or completion of college-level coursework is highly recommended.

Note: If you are interested in bulk purchasing for the CDT exam, please contact Tracy Petrillo at

Spring 2020 Certification Registration
(CDT® only)
Exam Window: April 20 - May 22, 2020
Early Registration: February 19 - March 19, 2020
Late Registration: March 20 - May 20, 2020
Results Notification: June 2020 via email*

Registration Opens February 19, 2020

Member Rate Non-Member Rate
Regular Late Regular Late
CDT Certification $375 $545 $625 $795
Student Registration $165 with valid ID/transcript stating current term


Chicago Chapter CDT Resources

The Chicago Chapter offers a 10-week study class to help you prepare for the CDT exam.  It can be a great training tool for new industry members  and can also be a good study aid for taking the Architect Registration Exam.

Please use the links below to learn how you can benefit by taking the class, apply for a scholarship (which includes one year CSI Chicago membership) and show your support of the certification program by sponsoring a class.

Contact the Chicago Chapter Certification Team at