This course details how an agency should determine its needs and priorities in the development of a capital improvement program. The benefits of developing a capital improvement program are described as are strategies for determining an agencies capital improvement needs. The course ends by exploring how an agency prioritizes its needs and plan when capital project will occur.
This course is part of the Capital Improvement Certificate program although a student may take the course individually without enrolling in the Verified Online Capital Improvement Certificate. The course culminates with a multiple choice assessment quiz and an assigned writing piece that will be added to your Capital Improvement Certificate program portfolio. Participants who successfully complete all elements of the program will receive proof of completion of the program. Additionally, participants who enroll in the certificate program will receive individual feedback via electronic means from course Instructors.
If you are taking the course outside of the certificate program, you will be assessed only via the multiple choice quiz. You are welcome to work on the portfolio assignment, but you will not be able to upload your assignment for expert review.
This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed. This course includes the following elements.
- Benefits of Developing a Capital Improvement Program
- Determining Need
- Prioritizing Needs
Be able to:
- Describe how master plans inform the Capital Improvement Program
- Describe how component life cycles inform the Capital Improvement Program
- List the qualities of an effective survey
- Discuss how staff involvement determines agency needs
- List criteria that should guide prioritization
The course will be most beneficial for professionals in parks and public lands agencies, individuals who work in a non-profit setting or organization that desires to learn about capital improvement programs.