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In today's increasingly competitive environment, you need to stand apart from your competition. Prove you know more—advance to the next level by getting your CDT or other certification within your field of expertise. Whether you specialize in specifications, contract administration, or product representation, there's a CSI certification program tailored to you! Only CSI's CDT and other certifications benefit all disciplines in the commercial and industrial building design and construction industry. That's because CSI is the only organization to represent all the members of the construction team. Certification is achieved by passing a certification exam. These exams are designed and administered by CSI periodically. Classes are conducted by the Indianapolis Chapter in the Spring and Fall of each year. For information about this years Certification Study Classes, see below.

The Construction Documents Technology (CDT) Program provides a comprehensive overview for anyone who writes, interprets, enforces, or manages construction documents. Project architects, contractors, contract administrators, material suppliers, and manufacturers’ representatives are all realizing the advantages of being Certified Construction Documents Technologists. By being able to understand and interpret written construction documents, CDTs perform their jobs more effectively. By understanding the roles and relationships of all participants, CDTs improve communication among all members of the construction team.

CSI’s CDT program has provided foundation training in construction documentation for architects, contractors, contract administrators, specifiers, and manufacturers’ representatives for decades. Starting on July 1, 2018, the Construction Documents Technology (CDT) program will transition from a certificate to a certification. For more information, please see csiresources.org and pay particular attention to the prerequisites for each certification. The CDT Certification allows you to take the other certifications without additional 3 years experience.



Early registration for the fall exams opens June 26 to July 10, 2018. The registration deadlines and costs are listed on csiresources.org)

Exams will be offered September 25 to December 10, 2018. It is the candidate’s responsibility to arrange their exam date and time with Prometrics Testing Center near their location. Please refer to the Institute’s website (csiresources.org/certification) for specifics and verification of deadlines and costs. If you deferred your spring exam to the fall, you must still register again for fall.

The Indianapolis Chapter CSI will offer study classes for those exams that are requested. The classes for CDT and CCS will be for the five Saturdays in March 2018. The classes for CCCA and CCPR will be arranged through the teachers once we have received a request for them. The classes for CDT, CCS, CCCA, and CCPR will ONLY be offered if we receive requests for them by August 17, 2018. Provided there are candidates that request the classes for CDT or CCS AND they are willing to attend the classes at the class location (Schmidt Assocs., Indianapolis) webcasting of those classes may also be available to candidates outside of Indianapolis. At this time, no webcasting of CCCA or CCPR classes will be available. There is a one-time fee of $30 for the total of classes per each exam (CDT, CCS, CCCA, and CCPR) including the webcasting for CDT and CCS. If you are a member of a Great Lakes Region chapter other than Indianapolis, notify your chapter Certification Chair or those listed below in the Indianapolis Chapter to find if the webcasting will be offered.

Each monthly chapter meeting will have more information. This website will be updated as more specific information becomes available.


Please consult the Institute website (csiresources.org) for details, but basically, those taking the CDT will need a copy of The CSI Project Delivery Practice Guide, access to MasterFormat 04 through 12, Section Format and Page Format, and access to an AIA A201 General Conditions for the Contract for Construction – 2007. For those taking the Certification Exams, you will need the appropriate Practice Guide specific to your exam and other required resources indicated on the Institute website.


Go to csiresources.org/certification for exam costs, required references, etc. Please contact one of the individuals listed below if you have registered for an exam and intend to attend the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Study Classes. We need to know who and how many will be attending the classes. If you have additional questions, please contact Chuck Thompson, cthompson@schmidt-arch.com or Jack Morgan, MORWALSOP1@gmail.com.

Updated 12/13/17

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