Simpler Route to Professional Certification as a Construction Project Manager at WOU

Being a Certified Construction Project Manager (CCPM) is believed to be one of the most important roles of any construction personnel in the future.

Adj. Prof. Ir. Dr. Muhammad Arkam Munaaim, a Registered Professional Engineer Malaysia and Certified Construction Project Manager (CCPM) of Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) was speaking at the virtual talk on CCPM’s qualification awarded by CIDB. About 35 participants attended the event organised by WOU’s School of Science and Technology (SST) on 6 August 2022.

An introduction of the talk on CIDB’s CCPM Level 6 Programme.

He introduced Mega Jati Academy, a Certified Training Provider for the Ministry of Finance (MOF) Malaysia, which is collaborating with WOU to map two programmes in a way that avoids the need for additional assessments and classes for candidates.

At Mega Jati Academy, the rubrics are developed through the domain, Bloom’s taxonomy (a framework for defining and separating the various stages of thinking, learning, and comprehension in people), as well as modules and programme outcomes.

Prof Arkam explains about the process of the outcome based programme.

He emphasised the advantages of becoming a CCPM, including recognition from clients and the industry. “Besides holding a master’s programme, you are also a Level 6 CCPM, making them separate but significant certifications,” he said.

Prof Arkam said it will benefit the individuals because they will be qualified as a signatory in the Uniform Building By-Laws (UBBL), that was recently established in December 2021 and it is currently in demand on-site.

One of the benefits of being competent is having the industry and client recognition.

UBBL is the primary prescriptive by-law that guides and influences construction designs in order to safeguard the lives, health and safety of individuals who will eventually occupy the structure or building after the completion.

An example of the UBBL form.

“Furthermore, practical standards are integrated into the curriculum by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) at WOU, thus in addition to your academic transcript, you will also earn a competency transcript from the Construction Skills Qualifications Framework (CSQF),” he highlighted.

This collaboration also aligns with the framework through the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), which equips individuals for interconnection and global mobility at an international level.

The speaker, Prof Arkam.

During Q & A, Prof Arkam asserted that the programme offered by this collaboration falls under Mode 1 (training and assessment), which is recognised by the Construction Industry Competency Standard (CICS). The training provider will request that the candidate return for corrections if they obtain poor marks in the grading system.  

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