Code of Ethics

The CMAA Code of Professional Conduct represents the aspirations of the profession relative to clients, owners, colleagues, and the public.

“Construction Managers” as used in this Code is a term that applies to CMAA members in performance of their services as Construction and Program Managers. Construction Managers provide a broad range of services to their clients and employers that encompass program, project, and construction management and also serving as owner advisors or representatives.

The code is rooted in the historical values of the profession and linked directly to the CMAA Statement of Values and Policy Framework.

Four fundamental principles form the foundation of the code: Ethical Practice, Professional Excellence, Responsibility to the Public, and Client-Centered Practice.

As a member of CMAA, I/we adhere[i] to the following Code of Professional Conduct:

Ethical Practice

1. Construction Managers should be guided in all their relationships by the highest standards of integrity and honesty.

2. Construction Managers should conduct themselves honorably, responsibly, ethically, and lawfully so as to enhance the honor, reputation and value of the profession.

3. Construction Managers should avoid conduct or practices that deceive the public or represent a real or perceived conflict of interest.

4. Construction Managers should respect the rights of others and should not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation nor knowingly violate any law, statute, or regulation in the performance of professional services. Construction managers should strive to create a diverse workforce.

5. Construction Managers should have a zero-tolerance policy for any form of harassment including sexual harassment and bullying.

Professional Excellence

6. Construction Managers should perform services only within their areas of competence and qualification.

7. Construction Managers should contribute to the advancement of the program, project, and construction management profession by using best practices, continuing their professional education, and contributing to the development of the future workforce.

Responsibility to the Public

8. Construction Managers should hold paramount the health, safety, and welfare of the workplace and the public.

9. Construction Managers should guide and aid in defining and meeting objectives for environmental sustainability and resiliency throughout a project’s life cycle.

Client-Centered Practice

10. Construction Managers should ethically represent the best interests of the owner or client, as consistent with this code.


[i] The following is incorporated into internal, CMAA documents.

·       Currently, all CCMs are required to affirm their adherence to the Code of Ethics/Conduct when they renew their certifications.

·       Further, all CCM and CMIT applicants are required to affirm their adherence to the Code of Ethics/Conduct when they apply for the credential.

·       This practice continues with the stackable credential.

·       On April 24, 2020, the Board of Governors approved a motion to require at least 1 ethics or safety education PDH for renewal of the CCM. This is effective January 1, 2021.