Capital Improvement Certificate

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Gain a foundational understanding of capital improvement programs including financing principles, site plans and project management.




The Capital Improvement Certificate provides the learner with a foundational understanding of capital improvement projects, financing of capital improvements, site plans for capital projects, and project management. This program uses a case study that illustrates how capital improvement projects are done from planning to completion. Downloadable takeaways, such as a project plan template are also provided designed to help you organize capital improvements.

Upon successful completion of this certificate program, you’ll receive a certificate issued by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University.

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Course Schedule

This program allows for complete flexibility. You may take a couple of months or up to a year to complete the program. The Eppley Institute recommends that you complete one course and all companion assignments each month to ensure maximum retention and connection of material.

Course Progression:

  • Course 1: Introduction to Capital Improvement Programs
  • Course 2: Creating a Capital Improvement Program
  • Course 3: Financing for Capital Improvements
  • Course 4: Site Planning for Capital Projects
  • Course 5: Project Management for Capital Projects

The certificate program includes the following elements:

  • Five self-paced, self-study e-courses
  • Companion assignments, which allow you to apply what you have learned in the courses and are reviewed by course instructors, with substantive feedback provided
  • A Virtual Classroom site for storage of work and feedback

Be able to:

  • Define the steps involved in the capital improvement planning process
  • Identify criteria (e.g., needs and priorities) that inform a Capital Improvement Program
  • Describe revenue sources and finance mechanisms for capital improvements
  • Create a site plan using public opinion and the five feasibility components
  • Complete a Capital Improvement Project Plan implementing project management practices

Recommended Background

The course will be most beneficial for professionals in parks and public lands agencies, or individuals who work in a non-profit organization that desires to learn about capital improvement project planning.


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