Purpose of the DBIA Certification Program

The Designated Design-Build Professional™ program is intended to establish an accepted and recognized standard of design-build knowledge and experience. DBIA certifies design and construction practitioners as well as other professionals working in the design-build arena. Through coursework and testing, these individuals demonstrate an understanding of best-practices in every phase of design-build project delivery, from proposal preparation to substantial completion. DBIA certification is aimed at all members of the project team — from owner’s representatives and legal professionals to designers, contractors, and sub-contractors.

The program has been developed for and by professionals commissioning and contributing to public, commercial, civil and process projects. DBIA’s Certification Board endorses the program.

Which DBIA Credential Is Right for you?

Through DBIA certification, practitioners and professionals demonstrate their knowledge of design-build project delivery as well as their ability to deliver. No other organization offers a credential that is specifically designed to provide education and training in the design-build best practices that promote successful capital projects.

DBIA Offers Two Certifications

Individuals holding the Assoc. DBIA™ certification have demonstrated mastery of best practices in design-build project delivery. They have completed DBIA’s core education requirements and have passed the comprehensive DBIA Certification Exam. All individuals interested in pursuing or performing design-build work may stand for the Assoc. DBIA™ certification to show their commitment to design-build done right.

  • Emerging industry professionals, including recent graduates of design and construction schools, may hold the Associate DBIA credential while they acquire the two to six years of hands-on design-build project experience necessary to fulfill the requirements for the Professional DBIA™ credential.
  • Seasoned professionals including architects, engineers, general and specialty contractors new to design-build project delivery and interested in gaining an understanding of best practices seek Assoc. DBIA™ certification and may eventually obtain the Design-Build Professional™ certification.
  • Government acquisition specialists, as well as legal, marketing and business development professionals, are critical to the pre-award design-build team. These individuals seek the Assoc. DBIA™ certification as evidence of their familiarity with the entire design-build process in addition to the best practices pertaining to their areas of expertise. Recognized as design-build experts within their spheres, these professionals often see the Assoc. DBIA™ certification as an end in and of itself.

DBIA Offers Two Certifications

The Professional DBIA™

Unlike the Associate DBIA™, the Professional DBIA™ requires hands-on experience of post-award design-build and is the premier credential for design-build practitioners, identifying them to end users and the industry as experts in the design-build field. In addition to demonstrated knowledge of best practices gained through completion of core courses and examination, individuals holding the Professional DBIA™ have significant experience in the successful delivery of design-build projects.

Credential holders who display “DBIA” after their names come from traditional design and construction backgrounds; they are the private or public sectors architects, engineers and construction professionals. Some attorneys and academic practitioners who specialize in design and construction generally and design-build specifically may also fulfill the Professional DBIA™ requirements.If you are uncertain, which credential is best suited to your current and future career path, ask DBIA. Contact Managing Director of Certification Valexia Hall at