DBIA Virtual Certification Workshop - June 16-18, 2021

  • Registration Closed

A three-day intensive program including the three DBIA core courses required for certification plus access to the conde of conduct and exam prep webinars. We advise attendees to take the code of conduct webinar before the workshop.

Code of Conduct Webinar (Pre-Workshop)
Day 1: Principles of Design-Build Delivery & Procurement
Day 2: Post Award: Executing the Delivery of Design-Build Projects
Day 3: Contracts & Risk Management

Exam Prep Webinar (Post-Workshop)

FormatVirtual

The DBIA Virtual Training classroom is not an “online” experience, but instead a true “virtual” experience. It allows remote attendees a real-time participant experience, fully engaged with their instructor and others in the classroom.In the case of DBIA Certification Workshops in particular, this full engagement is critical. Full attendance at the workshop is a requirement for those seeking certification. As such, the following is required for those joining the classroom virtually:

  • You MUST have video/camera capability on the computer you will be using;
  • You MUST keep your video/camera on during the entirety of the training (you may turn it off during breaks and lunch). Each participant is expected to be visible as a class participant throughout the training, just as it would be if you were physically in the classroom;
  • Please find a quiet location that will have minimal distractions/disturbances;
  • Please Mute your microphone when you are not speaking; and
  • Remain in the virtual classroom during class activities as they, too, will take place virtually and you are expected to participate.

DBIA instructors and staff will actively monitor your attendance and reserve to right to decline issuance of a certificate of completion should virtual attendees not actively participate based on the rules above.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Education@dbia.org.

Craig H. Unger, FDBIA

Principal, Unger Security Solutions, LLC

Craig is Principal and CEO of Unger Security Solutions, LLC, providing consulting services for acquisition management; project delivery; and advisory services within the security, intelligence and detention environment.  Mr Unger founded the business upon his retirement from the Federal Government.

Mr Unger was appointed by the United States Attorney General, to serve as the Justice Department's Federal Detention Trustee.  As a career civil servant with over 26 years of service, Mr Unger achieved the highest leadership role (Senior Executive Service – Agency Head) before retiring as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.

Additionally, Mr Unger served as President of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA 2003 – 2004) and is regarded as a leader of the integrated project delivery design-build movement in the public sector.

Mr Unger has an extensive background in various alternative disputes resolution (ADR) techniques to include Facilitating numerous Partnering Workshops, Mediation Services, and a current member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority Disputes Resolution Board.

Mr Unger is a nationally recognized lecturer throughout the industry and has authored numerous articles and publications, including US Congressional reports and testimony.  He received a BA in Accounting from Bloomsburg University; an MBA from West Virginia University; and attended Harvard University for post graduate work.  He is also a Veteran of the US Marine Corps.

DBIA granted Craig with the Institute’s highest honor in 2015, presenting him with the Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award – the highest honor DBIA bestows.

In 2018 DBIA elevated Craig to “Fellow” as a member of the inaugural Fellowship class elected by a jury of their peers.

Craig is Principal and CEO of Unger Security Solutions, LLC, providing consulting services for acquisition management; project delivery; and advisory services within the security, intelligence and detention environment.  Mr Unger founded the business upon his retirement from the Federal Government.

Mr Unger was appointed by the United States Attorney General, to serve as the Justice Department's Federal Detention Trustee.  As a career civil servant with over 26 years of service, Mr Unger achieved the highest leadership role (Senior Executive Service – Agency Head) before retiring as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.

Additionally, Mr Unger served as President of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA 2003 – 2004) and is regarded as a leader of the integrated project delivery design-build movement in the public sector.

Mr Unger has an extensive background in various alternative disputes resolution (ADR) techniques to include Facilitating numerous Partnering Workshops, Mediation Services, and a current member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority Disputes Resolution Board.

Mr Unger is a nationally recognized lecturer throughout the industry and has authored numerous articles and publications, including US Congressional reports and testimony.  He received a BA in Accounting from Bloomsburg University; an MBA from West Virginia University; and attended Harvard University for post graduate work.  He is also a Veteran of the US Marine Corps.

DBIA granted Craig with the Institute’s highest honor in 2015, presenting him with the Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award – the highest honor DBIA bestows.

In 2018 DBIA elevated Craig to “Fellow” as a member of the inaugural Fellowship class elected by a jury of their peers.

Rich Benton

President of SR Benton & Associates, LLC

Rich Benton is a consultant to the engineering and construction industry providing consultant services and training to owners, design professionals, and contractors; focusing on design-build best practices, acquisition strategy, proposal development, contracting for public works projects, and leadership development programs.  

Previously he was a Senior Vice President for the Pernix Group (formerly Telesource International, Inc.), an international construction company focusing on design-build projects for the US State Department and other Federal agencies.  During his tenure they completed a $48 million design-build US Embassy project and pursued projects around the world.  Previously he had served 10 years as a senior executive with Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc, a general contractor with over 45 offices across the United States, providing primarily job order contracting and design-build construction services nationwide. Rich’s responsibilities at Centennial included championing the utilization of design-build project delivery; leadership and management education; training and development; preparation of cost and price proposals; risk management; legal review; coordinating with sureties; managing the small business subcontracting support program; policy and procedure development, implementation and enhancement; and strategic planning.  Prior to entering the private sector, Rich served with the US Army Corps of Engineers for 23 years where he served in a multitude of positions, both domestically and internationally, in construction, combat engineering, contracting and teaching assignments. His facilities management experience includes cost effectively maintaining multi-million dollar construction and administrative support equipment.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Past President of the National Capital Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and National Society of Professional Engineers.  Rich is an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of George Mason University teaching courses in Construction, Project Management, and Design-Build.  He’s also on the Board of the Civil Engineering Institute of George Mason University, which has a mission of supporting the expansion of civil engineering programs at the university.  Rich is on the editorial board for the ASCE quarterly Journal of Management in Engineering and previously served on the founding editorial board of the ASCE quarterly Leadership and Management in Engineering.  He also serves as Chairman of the nationwide Leadership Committee for the DBIA and on a committee of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) writing and testing professional engineer examination questions.   Rich is a Life Member of the Society of American Military Engineers, Army Engineer Association, Disabled American Veterans, and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.  He also has been listed in numerous versions of Who’s Who in America since 1994.

He has a M.S. in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management) and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Applied Thermodynamics), both from Stanford University.  His B.S. degree in Engineering is from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He is licensed as a Professional Engineer by the Commonwealth of Virginia and a designated Design-Build professional.

James Ropelewski, JD, DBIA

JD, DBIA

Jim is a senior executive with 30 years of varied experience leading Federal organizations in the areas law, procurement, budget, audit resolution, human resources, facilities management, and information technology. He has guided significant improvement efforts in long-term strategic planning, design-build program development and implementationand dispute resolution. 

Jim spent the first half of his career with the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons in both legal and operational positions. As an attorney, he specialized in government contracts law and construction litigation and finished his Bureau career as >span class="TextRun SCXW122914228 BCX0" xml:lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US">Deputy General Counsel, directing eight diverse legal practices. In between those positions, he oversaw >span class="TextRun SCXW122914228 BCX0" xml:lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US">Federal prisons, as the Section Chief of Construction Contracting, and later served as the Deputy Branch Chief for all of the Bureau’s procurement and property management operations.  In those roles Jim led the development and implementation of the Design-Build program for all new Federal prison construction. 

After the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Jim joined the U.S. Department of Education, serving as the agency’s Director of Contracting, Senior Procurement Executive, and lastly as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Management and Operations. In those roles, he oversaw over $2 billion in annual contracts, procurement policy, indirect cost negotiations, internal controls, and suspensions and debarments. 

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Jim holds a B.A in Economics and Political Science from Binghamton University and earned his Juris Doctor from William and Mary Law School. 

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Pre-Workshop Webinar
DBIA Code of Professional Conduct Webinar
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Certificate of Completion - DBIA Code of Professional Conduct Webinar
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
Day 1 - Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery & Procurement
Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery & Procurement
06/16/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  420 minutes
06/16/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  420 minutes Please launch class directly through the portal using the yellow button to the right. If you are having trouble launching the class via the button on the right you can use the meeting information below and you will also need to contact DBIA at Education@dbia.org. Meeting ID: 856 4404 5034 Passcode: 964033 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcfZeN2lom
Survey - Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery & Procurement
10 Questions
Certificate of Completion - Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery & Procurement
8.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
8.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
Day 2 - Post Award: Managing the Design-Build Process
Post Award: Managing the Design-Build Process
06/17/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  420 minutes
06/17/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  420 minutes Please launch class directly through the portal using the yellow button to the right. If you are having trouble launching the class via the button on the right you can use the meeting information below and you will also need to contact DBIA at Education@dbia.org. Meeting ID: 856 4404 5034 Passcode: 964033 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcfZeN2lom
Survey - Post Award: Managing the Design-Build Process
10 Questions
Certificate of Completion - Post Award: Managing the Design-Build Process
8.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
8.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
Day 3 - Design-Build Contracts & Risk Management
Design-Build Contracts & Risk Management
06/18/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  420 minutes
06/18/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  420 minutes Please launch class directly through the portal using the yellow button to the right. If you are having trouble launching the class via the button on the right you can use the meeting information below and you will also need to contact DBIA at Education@dbia.org. Meeting ID: 856 4404 5034 Passcode: 964033 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcfZeN2lom
Survey - Design-Build Contracts & Risk Management
10 Questions
Certificate of Completion - Design-Build Contracts & Risk Management
8.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
8.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
Post-Workshop Webinar
Design-Build Certification Exam Prep Webinar
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Certificate of Completion - DBIA Certification Exam Prep Webinar
4.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
4.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available

What is the Credential?

The Designated Design-Build Professional© certification program is the premier credential for design-build professionals.

Through a combination of education, experience and testing, the DBIA certification program sets a recognized standard for design-build knowledge and expertise.

DBIA offers 2 types of certification

• DBIA©
The DBIA© certification requires from two to six years of hands-on experience of pre and post-award design-build.


• Assoc. DBIA©
The Assoc. DBIA© certification does not require hands-on field experience, however it requires a different type of experience:
Pre-award professionals (business development and acquisition/procurement)
Seasoned professionals new to design-build project delivery; and
Emerging professionals (AEC industry college graduates)

What are the Requirements?

Associate DBIA©
• Approved application
• Bachelor’s Degree in an approved field of study. 
Degree not in an approved field of study? No degree? Candidates may qualify through additional experience.
• Three to six years of experience in design and construction industry. 
• Completion of DBIA core courses
• Pass certification examination.

DBIA©
• Approved application
• Bachelor’s Degree in an approved field of study. 
Degree not in an approved field of study? No degree? Candidates may qualify through additional experience.
Three to six years of experience in integrated project delivery (67% must be design-build experience). 
• Completion of DBIA core courses and Code of Conduct Webinar
• 18 hours of approved elective credit
• Three references (one must be an owner)
• Pass certification examination.