Commercial Estimating

Commercial Estimating

Estimating is a vital part of your business and growth.  Poor estimating practices, such as inaccurate quantity take-offs and unit pricing, and deficient spreadsheet management, could be the difference between taking a loss or making a profit. With our Basic and Advanced Estimating courses, we take the “guessing” out of estimating by building a solid foundation of knowledge.  By using real world conditions taught by a seasoned Senior Estimator, students will see the value in our Professional Estimating courses. 

Discover how to maintain and grow your company’s profits!  See our course descriptions below.

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Date: Mon, Wed 4/3/17-5/10/17 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Location: NWCOC
Member: Tuition: $405.00 Lab Fee: $53.00 Registration: $30.00 Total: $488.00
Non-Member: Tuition: $405.00 Lab Fee: $76.00 Registration: $30.00 Total: $511.00


This course builds a foundation of knowledge that the student will use while estimating virtually any construction assembly or project type. The estimating course is designed to teach the “art” of estimating commercial construction projects using MS Excel. Students will become proficient and productive estimators by focusing on proven estimating techniques and concepts that emphasize takeoff detail and accuracy.
You Will Learn:

  • Quantity take off techniques

  • Calculate labor and equipment, material quantities, unit costs and man-hour production rates

  • Complete accurate estimate take off and summary sheets

  • How to organize estimate spreadsheets

  • Understand the types of estimates

  • Research and price alternate materials

  • Pricing techniques

  • Adjusting the estimate for a variety of variable factors

  • Profit and overhead markups

  • Understand basic bid requirements



Date: Mon, Thr 5/22/17-6/15/17, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM and Fri 6/16/17, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM No Class Mon, 5/29.
Location: NWCOC
Member: Tuition: $270.00 Lab Fee: $53.00 Registration: $30.00 Total: $353.00
Non-Member: Tuition: $270.00 Lab Fee: $76.00 Registration: $30.00 Total: $376.00


This course is designed to assist students, who have basic estimating skills, to understand of all phases of the estimating process, from identifying bidding opportunities to transferring a successful bid to the project management team.  The class explores in detail several significant areas of importance, such as, a company’s estimating capabilities, identifying bid opportunities, evaluating potential project success, and recognizing hidden costs in bid documents.  In addition, the students participate in a bid mock-day to demonstrate actual bid day procedures and conditions learned during the coursework.  Finally, students are exposed to various popular computer estimating software demonstrations by vendor representatives.

This course builds on the Basic Commercial Estimating class and covers several key advanced processes and strategies including:

  • Project selection for success

  • Understanding different prime contracts

  • Bid team selection and set-up procedures

  • Analyzing bid requirements and criteria

  • Document interpretation and analysis

  • Take-off assembly and formatting

  • Strategy and criteria for subcontractors and supplier selection

  • Bid day procedures and requirements

  • Bid day analysis process

  • Post bid procedures and project buyout

  • Post bid analysis for future bid success

  • Post project estimate analysis for future project success

  • Establishing and maintaining estimating databases