CMAA's Mission is to promote the profession of construction management and the use of qualified construction managers on capital projects and programs. Our Vision is that all owners will realize capital project and program success by using professionally qualified construction managers.

CMAA was formed in 1982 as a way to establish a set of standards for managing capital construction projects. Construction management is rooted in traditional project management practices, however, it requires its own unique set of skills and professional knowledge to perform. One of CMAA's goals is to help the construction management profession further develop its own unique identity within the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry.

CMAA is a member society of ABET, and designated as the lead society for accreditation of CM programs by several academic institutions who felt their construction management programs needed a dedicated, distinct accreditation option. Working through ABET supports CMAA’s mission because the adequacy and quality of tomorrow’s professional workforce is among the most frequently cited concerns in the CM industry. CMAA is dedicated to career-long education and professional development, beginning with supporting more than 40 student chapters and continuing through the Construction Manager-in-Training (CMIT) program and up to the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) credential for the most accomplished CM practitioners. By helping to assure that undergraduate CM education effectively prepares students to enter the profession, ABET significantly compliments CMAA’s mission and vision. Moreover, both CMAA and ABET are delivery-system neutral, advancing professionalism regardless of specific delivery methods.

CMAA has nearly 16,000 members which include individual CM practitioners, corporate members, and construction owners in the public and private sectors, along with academic and associate members. CMAA also has 29 regional chapters and student chapters at colleges and universities across the country.