Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome.
About the course
In this course you will learn the fundamentals of estimating construction projects costs from concept to completion, including types of cost estimates, the tendering process, costing site overheads, and final assembly of tender. The roles of estimators and industrial cost engineers will be explored as well as value engineering and cost control processes and techniques. Cost risks inherent to Alberta conditions will also be discussed.
Course at a glance
- Recognized by CIQS, Gold Seal, and Blue Seal both as required education for accreditation and continuing professional development (post-accreditation maintenance).
- Aimed at a wide range of construction workers, including tradesmen and journeymen, managers and supervisors, administrators, contractors, consultants, architects, and construction business owners.
- Comprehensive content that includes risk analysis specific to the Alberta construction industry, covering topics such as earned value performance analysis, value engineering, risk analysis, and lifecycle costing.
- Learning materials available through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Understand how a construction tender estimate is produced from a set of drawings and a cost database.
- Prepare and interpret cost reports and identify costing trends over a number of reporting periods.
- Understand the scope of conceptual estimates for construction projects and how these are produced and presented.
- Discuss various methods of tendering construction contracts.
- Understand the role of the construction estimator within the organization of a typical construction contracting company.
- Identify items of particular cost risk for construction projects in western and northern Canada.
- Course assessment includes group work, individual assignments, and exams.
- This course includes computer-based activities, as Excel will be extensively used in class and for assignments. Our learning spaces are Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) enabled, with wifi available to students and numerous USB/electrical outlets distributed throughout common areas outside the classrooms. For students attending class without their own devices, instructors will have access to the Faculty of Extension's suite of laptops.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.