Introduction to Modern Estimating

Construction estimating may be the single most valuable skill in the AEC world. Estimators are in demand at every step of the construction process. From initial design thru project completion, nothing can happen without a skilled estimator to provide quantity takeoff and pricing for every item and process on the job. ZenTek Consultants developed this course as a solid introduction to construction estimating concepts and procedures. Whether you’re a complete novice looking to move into the estimating field, or already working in the industry and looking to round out your education, this course can help you fully understand exactly how estimating fits into the practical construction process.

This eight (8) hour course is delivered in four (4), two-hour long sessions that students can attend online, right from their own desk. A live instructor will explain different estimating and construction procedures, and address questions as the class progresses.


Must attend all four sessions.

Course Curriculum 


Session 1 Construction Concepts

  • Project Workflow from Design to Completion

  • Construction Delivery Methods Overview

  • Design-Bid-Build

  • Design-Build

  • Construction Management

  • Integrated Project Delivery


Session 2Estimating Concepts

  • Order of Magnitude Estimates

  • Conceptual Estimates

  • Preliminary Estimates

  • Detailed Estimates

  • Assembly Estimates

  • SF and Unit Estimates

  • Model-Based Estimates

  • Comparison Estimates


Session 3The Estimator’s Role in Different Industries

  • Design Firm Estimating

  • Construction Management Estimating

  • Collaborative/Design-Build Estimating

  • General Contractor Estimating

  • Sub-Contractor Estimating

  • Manufacturer’s Representative Estimating

  • Project Management Estimating

  • Government Agency Estimating


Session 4Practical Application

  • Estimating Indexes

  • Order of Magnitude Estimate Example

  • Conceptual Estimate Example

  • Estimate Adjustment Using Indexes

  • Quantity Takeoff Software Concepts

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We also offer this training for individual firms who want to arrange a group session at a time that's convenient for them. Group rates are available. Contact us to schedule a group session.

ZenTek, LLC is approved by the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors to offer CPC (also known as CEC/PDH depending on your state) credits for Bluebeam training courses. 

Online Training Cancellation Policy

Registration may be modified or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours prior to the start of class. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the start of class will result in a cancellation fee of 50% of the quoted tuition. No refunds will be given once a class has begun. ZenTek reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a course for any reason.

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