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. For Spring 2021 most of our courses will be online, however.

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 not covered by 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?

Learn More

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 on-campus, online, or hybrid (blended online & 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 here (search for BCT or ECO under “Subject”):

Find Courses and Enroll

Fall Term (Sep-Dec):

  • Introduction to Building Energy Modeling
    Online (Mount Ida Campus option) | BCT 597BE
    Instructor: Peter Levy | 3 credits | Course details
  • Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process
    Online (Mount Ida Campus option) BCT 597N
    Instructor: Steve O’Neill, Esq. | 3 credits | Course details
  • Understanding Wood and Wood Products
    Online (Amherst Campus option) | BCT 597W
    Instructor: Alex Schreyer | 3 credits | Course details
  • Sustainable Building and Smart Growth Systems (LEED, Well,…)
    Online (Mount Ida Campus option) | ECO 697DL
    Instructor: Paul Wolff | 3 credits | Course details

Winter Term (Dec-Jan):

  • Sustainable Building and LEED Certification
    Online | BCT 414
    Instructor: Ho-Sung Kim | 3 credits | Course details

Spring Term (Jan-May):

  • Living Labs: Solving for Carbon Neutrality with High Performance Buildings
    Online (Mount Ida Campus option) BCT 597Q
    Instructor: Paul Wolff | 3 credits | Course details
  • Studies in Building Information Modeling
    Online (Amherst Campus option) | ECO 620
    Instructor: Alexander Schreyer | 3 credits | Course details

Summer Term (May-Jun or Jul-Aug):

  • Sustainable Building and LEED (GA) Certification
    Online | BCT 414
    Instructor: Ho-Sung Kim | 3 credits | Course details
  • LEED AP Exam Accelerator
    Online | BCT 597X | 3 Credits
    Instructor: Paul Wolff
  • International Construction
    Online | BCT 597Z | 3 credits
    Instructor: Fernando Romero Galvao De Moraes


  • 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