NEW: BCT is now offering a part-time Certificate in Sustainable Building Construction and some of our professional education courses can be taken at the UMass Amherst Mount Ida Campus in Newton, MA.

UWW Professional Education (Formerly Known as CPE)

DSC_4574Interested in taking our courses as a working professional without being a full-time UMass student? This is possible through a per-credit fee-based process through UMass’ University Without Walls (UWW) system. Anyone not enrolled at UMass or the Five Colleges can sign up for one of our Professional Education courses (see list below) as a non-degree undergraduate or graduate student.

We are also now offering a 15-credit, part-time Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Building Construction for those that want to gain a valuable credential without needing to enroll into a full graduate program.

Currently enrolled UMass students can also sign up for these courses, but costs for UWW (CPE) sections are usually in addition to their regular tuition. This can make sense for those that seek to complete a summer course to catch up on credits or requirements. Also, Five College students can enroll into our regular courses through this process.

Why Take Our Courses?

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Advance your knowledge in sustainable building construction and expand your professional horizon, one course at a time.

Enjoy Flexibility

Attend conveniently scheduled in-person courses or learn online at your own pace. You can even use our courses towards a certificate or degree.

Get Paid To Study

Our full-semester courses are very affordable. Check with your employer for tuition reimbursement programs.

Current Professional Education Courses in BCT

These are either online, hybrid (blended online & in-person), or in-person courses that we currently offer through UWW (formerly called CPE) from our Amherst and Mount Ida (Newton, MA) campuses. You can learn more about course modality on the UWW website using the link below.

You can always find our current courses and enroll at this link (search for BCT or ECO under “Subject”):

Find Courses and Enroll

These courses are offered in some of our regular terms:

  • Fall Term (Sept-Dec)
  • Winter Term (Dec-Jan)
  • Spring Term (Feb-May)
  • Summer Term (May-Jun or Jul-Aug)

Examples of our UWW courses:

  • BCT 314 – Construction Estimating
  • BCT 320 – Introduction to CAD & BIM in Construction and Architecture
  • BCT 397X – Communicating Building Science and Sustainability
  • BCT 414 – Sustainable Building and LEED GA Certification
  • BCT 525 – Solar Energy Systems and Building Design
  • BCT 597BE – Introduction to Building Energy Modeling
  • BCT 597N – Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process
  • BCT 597Q – Living Labs: Solving for Carbon Neutrality with High Performance Buildings
  • BCT 597W – Understanding Wood and Wood Products
  • BCT 597X – LEED AP Exam Accelerator
  • BCT 597Z – International Construction
  • ECO 620 – Studies in Building Information Modeling
  • ECO 692C – Sustainable Building Systems Seminar
  • ECO 697DL – Sustainable Building and Smart Growth Systems

Not all of these are offered each semester. Check the UWW website for availability. Learn more about these courses here.


  • Anyone can take a regularly scheduled BCT course as a UWW course (if space is available) via the non-degree student process by following these instructions. For a list of what we offer, visit the BCT course page.
  • Anyone can pursue a faculty-led UWW independent study or practicum on a topic of interest via the non-degree student process by following these instructions. Contact the appropriate faculty member in BCT to get their permission for enrollment and then register through CPE.

Find Courses and Enroll

We are always working on increasing our in-person and online professional education course offerings. Sign up for our email notifications so that we can remind you when we post new courses.


For questions regarding individual courses, contact BCT. You can also contact faculty directly here.

For questions regarding enrollment, contact the UWW (formerly CPE) Registrar’s Office here: – (413) 545-2424 or (800) 922-8211