Part-time Certificate 6530cert

Overview

Construction estimators require an understanding of the construction process, technologies, business, and relationships within the industry. They are responsible for preparing and pricing tender packages to obtain construction contracts for their companies to keep them in business, and keep them profitable. The Certificate in Construction Estimating will give you the essential skills necessary to work as a junior to intermediate estimator in a building and/or civil construction firm. With this foundation, graduates will have the ability to meet the growing demand for skilled construction estimators.

The program will appeal to someone who:

  • Is looking for a career in the construction industry other than as a designer, project manager, site supervisor, or tradesperson
  • Wants to transition from a field position into an office environment
  • Is already working as an estimator, but wants an industry recognized professional designation
  • Is trained outside of Canada, but needs local training to improve employment opportunities.

This is a 50.0 credit program that will be offered exclusively through part-time studies to provide a flexible schedule for students who may already have other career and/or family commitments.

Industry Recognition

The Certificate in Construction Estimating program is the first program of its kind in Canada to be fully-accredited by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) as meeting the academic requirements for a Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) designation.

Canadian Institute of Quality Surveyors

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants intending to register for Level 1 courses are recommended to have the following:

  • Strong math skills. Math 12 is recommended for successful completion of this program. If you do not have Math 12 or have not completed it recently, it is recommended that you take MATH 0002 or MATH 0004 (as applicable) to ensure success in the Application of Estimating Techniques courses, which have a math component.

    Alternatively, you may assess your skills by taking the BCIT Trades Pre-entry Test administered through the Trades Learning Centre.

  • Construction industry experience. It is recommended that applicants have at least six months of working in some capacity in the construction industry. Applicants who are completely new to the industry are recommended to take BLDC 1200 / BLDC 1205 in order to gain familiarity with construction.

  • For applicants who have worked in construction but have little or no experience reading construction documents, it is recommended that you take a blueprint reading course such as BLDG 0004 – Residential Blueprint Reading.

Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, program declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper program declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most Part-time Studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Courses

Program delivery

This part-time studies program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing you the flexibility to complete courses in any order, provided that any required course prerequisites have been completed. It is strongly recommended you complete all courses within each level prior to moving onto the next.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses:
Level 1
Credits
  BLDC 1050 Materials and Methods 1 3.0
  BLDC 1500 Building Code: Part 9 (SFD) 3.0
  BLDG 1830 BC Building Code: Part 3 Introduction 3.0
  BLDT 1021 Construction Drawings 3.0
  BLDT 1031 Site Processes in Construction 3.0
and
Complete one course from the following:
  BLDC 1300 Estimating 1 3.0
  or
  BLDT 1041 Basic Estimating with Computer Applications 3.0
and
Complete one course from the following:
  BLDT 1051 Technical Writing and Communications 3.0
  or
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
 
Level 2 Credits
  BLDC 2050 Materials and Methods 2 3.0
  BLDC 2300 Estimating 2 3.0
  BLDC 3300 Estimating 3 3.0
  BLDT 2011 Construction Documents and Contracts 3.0
  BLDT 2061 Computer Applications in Construction 3.0
  ECON 1150 Economic Issues 3.0
and
Complete one course from the following:
  BLDC 3050 Building Envelope Performance 3.0
  or
  BLDG 1137 Building Envelope Solutions 3.0
 
Level 3 Credits
  BLDC 3150 Materials and Methods 3 1.5
  BLDG 3840 Computer Construction Estimating 3.0
  CIVL 3230 Civil Construction Estimating 2.5
 
Level 4 Credits
  BLDC 3400 Pricing and Bidding 1.5
 
Total Credits: 50.5

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Estimated completion time is 2-3 years. It may be possible to complete the program in two years if students take three courses per term.

All program requirements must be completed within seven years as per BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF].

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Since the program draws many of the courses from other existing programs, students who would like a second certificate can apply a portion of the credits earned in the Certificate in Construction Estimating program towards obtaining:

Alternatively, credits can be applied from these other certificates towards the program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Graduates of the Certificate in Construction Estimating program will be able to:

  1. Assume the roles and responsibilities of an estimator within the construction industry.

  2. Determine the different types of estimates used in the development and construction process.

  3. Generate accurate material quantity take-offs in preparation for pricing using CIQS standards.

  4. Develop and maintain a database of labour crew rates and equipment unit rates.

  5. Act within the tendering process and conduct a simulated bid closing.

  6. Interpret construction drawings to determine the extent of the scope of work.

  7. Prepare monthly cost forecasts and applications for payment.

  8. Evaluate the effect technological advances in materials and methods have on productivities.

  9. Balance the interrelationship between the estimate and the construction schedule.

  10. Communicate in a professional manner in written documentation and in personal presentation.

  11. Apply relevant parts of the British Columbia Building Code.

  12. Assess how the global market economy affects local business decisions.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Professional associations

Graduates seeking professional certification and membership as a CIQS Construction Estimator Certified will be responsible to ensure they meet any additional requirements of the CIQS including passing the relevant CIQS Test of Professional Experience (TPE). This TPE is conducted outside of BCIT and is not part of the Certificate in Construction Estimating.

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James Iversen, Program Head

Theresa Udevi, Program Assistant

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