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 amongt 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.

Fall 2020 Exam Cycle

Early Registration: August 3 - 31, 2020
Standard Registration: September 1 - 30, 2020
Late Registration: October 1 - 30, 2020
Exam Window: November 2 - December 4, 2020
Results Notification: January 2021 via email

New!  Two (2) testing options.

  1. In-person at Prometric testing center.  Required to bring your own mask and wear it during the exam.  Testing center hours and appointments vary by region with reduced occupancy to assure safe social distancing within the exam seating.
  2. Remote Proctored Testing (RPT). Secure, virtual, online monitored exam from your home office. Technical and space requirements must be confirmed.

Registration for Fall 2020 Exams is Open!

  Dates Member Non-Member
Early 8/3 - 8/31 $375 $625
Standard 9/1 - 9/30 $460 $795
Final 10/1 - 10/30 $545 $935
(CDT® only)
All dates $165 
Exam Window November 2 - December 4

Have 10 or more certification applicants within your organization? For group pricing and registration, please contact Themica McBee, Membership Manager at
Another possible resource for CDT prep can be found below:

18 years ago, CDT One Day at a Time! was born. Over 10,000 candidates have subscribed to this FREE program.  It's been used in-house in some of the nation's largest AE firms. Building product manufacturers have enrolled their product representatives. It's found its way to India, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore, the UK, and Australia.

We've just finished an update. Cross references have been checked. Questions verified and tweaked. And it's time for Spring 2020 candidates to sign up for the exam and start studying.

Please do your colleagues a favor and encourage them to consider pursuing Construction Documents Technology certification. It's the best program in the industry for improving project communication, reducing misunderstandings and disputes, and making our work go more smoothly each day. More information on CDT can be found at

SpecGuy's CDT One Day at a Time! is intended to encourage a modest amount of study each day for at least 60 days prior to the exam. This approach is consistent with what we've learned over the years about adult education. The dozens of thank you notes we've received from successful CDT candidates keep us enthused about providing this program and improving its content.

Send your colleagues to our website to register for this study aid. And drop by our website yourself to see what else we do!

CDT Chapter Information

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