Estimating and Bidding

Estimating and Bidding Online Training Program

This Estimating and Bidding online course features hands-on estimating and quantity take off activities associated with General Conditions, Site Work, Concrete and Form Work, and Masonry Estimating.

By the end of this class you should be able to:

  • 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
  • The Certificate in Construction Estimating program includes this class



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

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.



Estimating in Building Construction
by Steven Peterson, MBA, PE and Frank Dagostino

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

Students will receive their textbook by mail from Construction Experts Inc. (CEI) once their registration is complete.

  Materials Needed

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


Class Organization and Grading

It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind.  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.



Learn about the course, how to get a good grade, how to communicate with the instructor and how to use the course tools.

Meet your fellow classmates.  Learn what it takes to be an estimator and practice your spreadsheet skills.

Learn how to organize estimating information. You will prepare an estimate summary and a project fact sheet.  Learn how to avoid estimating errors and how to prepare the quantity take off.

Learn how to estimate general conditions.

We will practice the fundamentals of estimating and pricing labor and equipment.

Learn about dirt work and prepare an earthwork estimating assignment.

Learn about paving, underground utilities, and other site work.

Learn concrete estimating fundamentals and prepare an estimate of concrete foundations.

Learn quantity take off techniques and prepare a concrete slab estimate.



10 weeks / 45-50 hours

Jun 27 - Sep 4, 2022

Sep 12 - Nov 20, 2022

Jan 16 - Mar 27, 2023

Apr 10 - Jun 18, 2023

Jun 26 - Sep 3, 2023

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