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.
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 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
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.