Construction Estimating - The Art of Estimating

Construction Estimating - The Art of Estimating

Date(s): November 29 & November 30, 2022

Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Duration: Two eight hour sessions

Format: In-Person (134 Eileen Stubbs Ave. Unit 103 Dartmouth, NS  B3B 0A9)

Member Price: $700.00 + HST

Non-Member Price: $910.00 + HST

This course is Gold Seal accredited (2 Credits)

Overview: This workshop will teach valuable tools, tips and techniques about estimating from the perspective of a general contractor obtaining work through the competitive bid process. 


  • History of estimating and networking groups/designations available
  • Bid/No Bid process that all firms should have in deciding to bid or not to bid an opportunity
  • Overview of project documents (specs, drawings, instruction to bidders, bid forms, etc) and how to maneuver within these documents to be as efficient and thorough as possible. Hints/tricks, etc on what to look out for, previous experience, different versions, etc
  • Understanding/expectations of closing a bid
  • Intro to insurance/bonding
  • Types of estimates
  • Classes of budgets
  • Types of contracts
  • Types of take-offs
  • What makes up an estimate?
  • Importance of your proposal document
  • Numerous group activities throughout both days
  • Sample project with specifications and drawings that attendees will be working with while searching through specifications, performing quantity take-offs, applying unit rates to their quantities, etc

Who Should Attend: Those who wish to learn the basics of construction estimating or update their existing estimating skills

Facilitator: Peter Riley, GCS, CEC

Cancellation Policy

-Cancellations must be received no later than 10 business days prior to the course date to be eligible for a 75% refund of registration fees.
-No refunds will be issued after this date.
-If you register for the course and do not attend, you are liable for the full registration fee unless you cancel according to the terms stated above.
-If you are unable to attend after registering you may send a substitute up to and including the day of the course. Please provide a name and email address for name tag and records.
-CANS reserves the right to cancel any course and will, in such an event, provide a full refund of registrations fees. Every effort will be made to give registrants a reasonable notice of cancellation.
-No liability is assumed by the organization for changes in course dates, content, speakers, or venue.