The Construction Documents & Services (CDS) exam is an application of project management and professional practice knowledge and skills, including the preparation of contract documents and contract administration. As of July 2010, Construction Documents & Services will reference 2007 AIA Documents. Application of project management and professional practice knowledge and skills, including the preparation of contract documents and contract administration.
EXAM APPOINTMENT TIME
The total appointment time allowed for this test is 4 hours, including:
15 minute – intro time
2 hours – multiple choice (100 question)
15 minute – break
15 minute – intro time
1 hour – graphic testing (Building Section)
15 minute – exit questionnaire
CDS GRAPHIC VIGNETTE TUTORIAL
BUILDING SECTION. Define a building section from plans to code. Provide correct firewalls, foundation, bearing walls, MEP coordination, structure and schedule coordination. Delineate a building section that integrates structural, mechanical, and lighting systems and incorporates life safety considerations.
CODES & REGULATIONS
Incorporate building codes, specialty codes, zoning, and other regulatory requirements in construction documents and services.
Incorporate sustainable design principles, adaptive reuse concepts, alternative energy systems, new material technologies, and hazardous material mitigation in construction documents.
CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS & PROJECT MANUAL
Prepare and coordinate construction drawings including building systems, product selection, and constructability. Prepare, coordinate, and review general and supplementary conditions and technical specifications.
PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Prepare estimates of probable construction cost. Consider cost implications of design decisions.
Scheduling & Coordination
Prepare and manage project schedule and coordinate all contract documents including those of consultants.
Project Delivery (including submittals)
Establish project delivery method. Provide contract administration documentation and services.
Contracts & Legal Issues
Review and administer professional services and construction contracts. Consider issues pertaining to practice including risk management and professional and business ethics.