Estimating and Bidding 1

Estimating and Bidding Online Training Program

This course features hands-on estimating and quantity take off activities associated with General Conditions, Site Work, Concrete and Form Work, and Masonry Estimating. Each week focuses on a different estimating topic with two weeks focused on concrete. Bids are submitted for residential and commercial projects. 


Learning Objectives

  • Estimate the cost of general conditions
  • Prepare quantity take off of excavation and back-fill
  • Prepare a quantity take off of concrete, and form work
  • Use unit prices to price your estimate
  • Prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of masonry work



To do well in this estimating and bidding course you should already have the following skills:

  • Know how to read blueprints
  • Know how to use a spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel
  • Have a basic knowledge of construction estimating subjects including:
    • Basic math skills
    • Estimating terminology (quantity take off, unit price, production rate, etc.)
    • Use of the calculator and architectural scale
  • Be able to organize your work so it can be easily understood by others

Note: Take Introduction to Construction Estimating and/or Construction Blueprint Reading  if you feel you need more information in these areas before taking this class. You will need skillful blueprint reading and basic construction estimating skills to be successful in this class.



Construction Estimating Using Excel 3rd Edition
by Steven Peterson, MBA, PE and Frank Dagostino
ISBN: 978-0134405506

Comes with construction plans for two commercial and one residential building projects.


  Materials Needed

  • A calculator
  • An architectural scale
  • A couple of colored pencils
  • A spreadsheet program


Class Organization and Grading

Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed before the following Monday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance and posted in the Critical Course Information.

Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in at least two class discussions. Class discussions count as 1/3 of the overall grade and are a very important part of this course. Students should provide at least three contributions to the class discussions each week to gain the maximum points.

Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.

You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.


Access / Completion Time:
10 weeks / 45 hours

Session Schedule

Jan 16 - Mar 27, 2023

Apr 10 - Jun 18, 2023

Jun 26 - Sep 3, 2023

Sep 11 - Nov 19, 2023

When you register, you will automatically be enrolled in the next upcoming session. Late course registrations cannot be accepted.


Construction Experts Inc.
Offered through our partnership with Construction Experts Inc.