CSI Certification

Portland Chapter Certification Resources

The CDT is the basic foundation in industry knowledge in construction processes, contractual relationships and document procedures and organization. Getting your CDT 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. This registration is for the class series only. To register for the exam and for more information, go HERE.

We offer classes with experienced instructors to help you understand the material needed to pass the exam. This 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.

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, Use of construction documents, and the construction process as a whole. Advanced exams are available for a more in-depth review of Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA); Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR).

Spring 2018 Sessions:

Study classes will be held at the offices of LSW Architects, 610 Esther Street, Vancouver, WA, on February 7, 13, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 28, and April 3. Class time will be 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Community Room, First Floor (next to the elevator).


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. 

  • Members $150
  • Non-members $200

You must purchase your own Project Delivery Practice Guide (new version available on the Institute website on January 8, 2018) and pay your own exam registration fees.


The sessions will be taught by Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT, SCI. 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 the immediate past president of the Portland Chapter of CSI and Director-At-Large for CSI.

The course is based on CSI’s PDPG - Project Delivery Practice Guide.


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.

Need to Renew your certification?

Individuals who hold the 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. Those holding the Construction Document Technology (CDT) certificate do not renew. Instructions for renewing on line, complete with screenshots, are available.

To learn more about requirements for renewal or fees, visit our National CSI site

Please contact Cherise Lakeside for more information.

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.



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