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Construction Estimating - VILT

NEW START DATE - March 5, 2024

This instructor-led course is delivered live and online in ten 3-hour sessions via Zoom.

This 30-hour course is the third and final course in our Estimating Series: 

  1. Construction Document Reading (CDR)
  2. Estimating Material Takeoff (EMTO)
  3. Construction Estimating (CE)

It specializes in the function of estimating and the role of an estimator.    

Learn the essential skills to prepare a complete cost estimate and bid submission by utilizing previous knowledge of blueprint reading and material takeoffs, understanding the construction processes, technologies, business, and relationships within the industry.  

The first measure of a successful project hinges on an accurate estimate and successful bid.

Course Content:  

  • Introduction to estimating and bidding basics
  • Characteristics of an estimate and a bid
  • To bid or not to bid criteria
  • Estimating costs
  • Preparing a bid
  • Assessing costs associated with risk management
  • Code of ethics
  • Putting estimates into action, estimating redesigns and revisions (addenda)
  • Mock bid submission

Recommended Prerequisites:

  • CDR or experience in blueprint reading
  • EMTO or experience in material takeoffs
  • Knowledge of MS Excel

Course Requirements (Technology & Participation):

  • Computer or laptop with webcam, speaker and microphone are mandatory. (Cellphones are not allowed)  This course will involve 100% on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates.
  • A quiet space with minimal distractions.  Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program.
  • Imperial/Standard and metric scale
  • Assorted colored highlighters
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Red pen

Course Dates:  

  1. March 5, 2024 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM 
  2. March 7, 2024 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM 
  3. March 12, 2024 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM 
  4. March 14, 2024 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM 
  5. March 19, 2024 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM 
  6. March 21, 2024 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM 
  7. March 26, 2024 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM
  8. March 28, 2024 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM
  9. April 9, 2024 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM 
  10. April 11, 2024 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM 

No Classes:  April 1 - 5 (This time has been allotted for Mock Tender assignment)

Attendance and participation in all ten sessions is mandatory for course completion.


  • Construction Estimating only - 2+ Registrants - SAVE $50.00 each...or
  • Estimating Series (3 courses) - SAVE $300.00

Course Credits: 

  • CCA Gold Seal Credits
  • 60 BC Housing CPD Points
  • 30 Non-core LUs


Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
AIBC (Architectural Institute of BC) Credits:
30 Non-core LUs
Other Credits:
60 BC Housing CPD Points
Course Certificates

Upon successful completion of this course a digital copy of your Certificate will be delivered to your registered email address.

Course Instructor Information

Marshall Azama, ABT, CEC, GSC Estimator & Project Manager


Marshall is a Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) professional accredited by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS).  He received his diploma in Architectural and Building Technology (ABT) through BCIT and has been working in the industry as an Estimator and Project Manager since 2004. Marshall is also a Gold Seal Certified Project Manager and Estimator.


Over the years Marshall has achieved a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of construction and construction methods to estimate and project manage the various stages, methods and types of construction.  He is really looking forward to sharing his industry experience and knowledge with you in the classroom.



In Marshall’s spare time he enjoys coaching youth soccer and playing slow pitch softball.  FUN FACT:  Marshall is a die hard fan of the NFL Dallas Cowboys!


Course Contact Information

Leanne Hendrickson
Director of Education

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