CSI Certification

Portland Chapter Certification Resources

Are you interested in furthering your professional education and providing better services to your clients? Then get CDT (Construction Documents Technologist) certified in the spring of 2019 with the support of the Portland’s CSI Chapter. We offer classes with experienced instructors to help you understand the material needed to pass the exam.

CSI professional credentials are evidence of proven knowledge, education, and experience with construction documents. Holding a certification demonstrates professional commitment, credibility and reliability to employers, colleagues, and clients.

This nine-class series is useful for anyone in the A/E/C industry who is interested in understanding the process, roles/responsibilities, and project delivery from cradle to grave. This class is also beneficial as an additional resource to the textbook for preparing for the CDT exam. Through CSI’s Certification Program, you can develop a conceptual understanding of the entire construction process.

The CDT exam (Construction Documents Technologist) is the foundation course for all construction individuals. Studying for the exam will help you learn about contractual relationships and documents organization/procedures. Getting CDT certification means that you understand how a project unfolds from conception to delivery and you understand the documentation involved. Candidates can have any level of experience in any discipline in the built environment.

Spring 2019 CDT Study Classes - Classes begin February 6th!   REGISTER NOW HERE

SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR: PAE Engineers has graciously agreed to let us use their technology so we can also offer this series via live webinar for those that have a difficult time making it to the class (product reps who are traveling, live out of the PDX area, etc.)  While physical attendance is always best so you can ask questions and collaborate with other attendees, we recognize that this is difficult for some.

Something to Consider: Become a Portland CSI Member!  The difference in costs for Member vs. Non-Member more than cover a Portland CSI Membership.  Why not get certified AND have access to incredible industry education and events all year long.  Trust me, you will thank me later!

Study classes will be held at the offices of PAE Engineers 522 SW 5th Avenue, #1500 Portland, Oregon 97204 (Main doors lock at 6pm.  You must arrive prior to that time), on Wednesdays - February 6, 13, 20, 27 - March 6, 13, 20, 27 - April 3. Class time will be 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Cost (CDT Class Only - In Person or Via Live Webinar):

The cost of the class does not include the exam registration or the Practice Guide. CDT candidates are encouraged to obtain a copy and read the AIA-A201 General Conditions, the CDT Study Guide and Addendum from the CSI Institute website, located under the “Certification/CDT/Exam Prep” tabs, and become familiar with the CDT exam requirements. You must purchase your own Project Delivery Practice Guide and pay your own exam registration fees. To register for the exam and for more information, go HERE.

  • Members $150
  • Non-members $250
  • Students (Student ID required) $75
Note: Please indicate whether you are registering for the Live Webinar or the In-Person Class, be sure that you can access the email address that you provide. Class information and dial-in information will be sent weekly.

Additional Information:

  • 18 AIA LU's are available for the entire course except for the final review class.
  • You may bring a snack or dinner to class provided it is not disruptive, you clean up after yourself and take your garbage with you. Hungry people don’t learn as well!


The PowerPoint presentations of each class are included with your registration. You will also need resource materials found on CSI’s National website For extra CDT study notes, follow #CDTStudyNotes on Twitter.

Materials you will Need for the Class:

  1. Project Delivery Practice Guide 2nd Edition located HERE
  2. AIA A201, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, 2007 Edition
  3. Free Exam Candidate Handbook located HERE
  4. There are other materials that are not required for the class but will help your knowledge building. You can review the list HERE


Please review the Exam Overview AND download the Free Exam Candidate Handbook for information about the exam HERE.


The sessions will be taught by Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT, SCIP. Cherise is a specifier with LSW Architects of Vancouver, WA.  She has experience with many facets of the project team including construction, MEP engineering and primarily architecture in her 30+ year career.  Cherise has worked extensively in multiple areas of the industry including Specifications, Standards, Business/Financial Management, Marketing, Contract Administration, Quality Control, Project Delivery Education, Speaking, Blogging, Social Media and the Lets Fix Construction Podcast. Her passions include emerging professional development and LetsFixConstruction.com which she co-founded with Eric Lussier. She is currently Director-At-Large for CSI.

Please contact Cherise Lakeside for more information.

Need to Renew your certification?

Individuals who hold the Construction Document Technology (CDT), Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), or Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) Certifications are required to renew their Certification once every 3 years. In the renewal year, CSI will send these certificants a Notice for Certification Renewal. Instructions for renewing online, complete with screenshots, are available.

To learn more about requirements for renewal or fees, visit Institute's National website HERE.

CSI Certification

CSI is the construction community's authority on communication and construction documentation.  Through CSI's Certification Programs, you can develop both a conceptual understanding of the entire construction process and concrete skills in:


  • Construction documentation development and administration
  • Specification writing and enforcement
  • Product research and sourcing
  • Communication with the design and contracting teams

CSI's Construction Document's Technologist (CDT) certificate is a prerequisite to CSI's Certifications:  Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA); Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR).

CSI offers the CDT, CCCA, CCPR and CCS examinations twice annually in the Spring and the Fall.

Registration Information

Registration for Fall 2018 exams is now closed.

Your professional success is CSI’s top priority! Demonstrate your knowledge, skill and industry commitment with a CSI certification.

CSI certifications are offered during spring and fall testing windows each year.

Spring 2019 CSI Certification Exams: CSI CDT Certification only
Registration, Feb 11 – Apr 10          $375 member/$625 non-member
Late registration, Apr 11 – Apr 30   $545 member/$795 non-member
Student registration                          $165 with valid ID

Exam Window: April 15 – May 24, 2019 (CDT only)

Pass/Fail notification: Late June/early July 2019*

The CDT will be offered at testing sites in the United States and Canada for Spring 2019.

CCCA, CCS, and CCPR will take a hiatus to undergo critical program research and exam review.  Plan now to sit for the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) with revised exams during the Fall 2019 testing cycle (dates below).

Fall 2019 CSI Certification Exams: CDT, CCCA, CCS, CCPR
Registration, July 8 – Oct 9         Rates will be posted Feb 2019
Late registration, Oct 10 -31

Exam Window: Oct 14 – Nov 22, 2019

Pass/Fail notification: January 2020*

Based on demand, international sites may be scheduled in Fall 2019. Please contact certification@csinet.org to request an international testing site (additional fees will apply).

*= Beginning in Spring 2019, CSI certification exams will undertake a new approach to passing score analysis for the full population of test takers. This means notifications for pass/fail status will be sent to each candidate about six weeks after the testing window closes.