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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.

Program delivery mode: blended

  • This program will be delivered for the coming semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning. While some of your coursework will take place online, there will also be in-person sessions.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 information for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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.

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Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

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.

Contact Us

Theresa Udevi
Program Assistant
Tel: 604-412-7411

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