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Basic Construction Estimating Construction Estimating

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

As one of the largest sectors of the Canadian economy, the construction industry is currently facing a shortage of professionally trained construction estimators. If you have strong analytical skills and are detail-oriented, consider a career that’s in high demand with convenient online training through SAIT’s new construction estimating program.

Whether you are an experienced estimator looking to gain confidence in your skills with professional credentials or are new to the field, SAIT’s construction estimating training will prepare you for success with new curriculum developed by industry experts, knowledgeable instructors and exercises that emphasize real-world, practical applications.

Learn how to analyze costs and prepare precise estimates required for all types of construction projects in commercial and residential sectors, civil engineering and specific trades. Upon completion of the program you will have the knowledge, communication and technical skills required to study, interpret and quantify the information in construction contract documents to deliver accurate construction project estimates.

Through this program, you will develop competence in:

• Understanding quantities and measurements and general construction practices used in the construction industry

• Interpreting blueprints

• Analyzing a complete project scope through contract documents

• Developing accurate take-offs

• Using spreadsheet applications for estimation

• Demonstrating research techniques for industry-specific information

• Planning and scheduling construction projects

• Delivering precise estimates

• Interacting effectively in written, verbal, and interpersonal environments

This online program gives you convenient access to learning anytime, anywhere. It allows you to maintain employment while accelerating your career through professional certification at SAIT’s School of Construction.

Upon successful completion of all eight required courses, learners will receive a SAIT Certificate of Achievement. Learners may also register for individual courses of interest.

Careers: Junior Estimator, Cost Planner, Project Administrator 

Professional Designations and Certifications

A number of the courses in this program have been approved for education and training credits towards Gold Seal Certification.

A number of courses in this program may be used towards the Canadian Institute of Quality Surveyors (CIQS) Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) Designation and the Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) Designation.


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1301 16 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2M0L4, Canada

  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Certificate *
  • Length 1 Year(s)
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education Only
  • Distance Learning

* Certificate of Achievement

Admission Requirements

There are no requirements for admission. However, registration for all non-credit courses and certificate programs require a student account.

If you need a new student account:

To register for a continuing education course or certificate program of your choice:

  • Log into your student account as an existing user from the student login page
  • Go to the course or certificate program’s page and add it to your shopping cart**
  • Click on the shopping cart icon and fill out the required registration form
  • Make your payment to complete the registration

*Once you've set up your student account, you can log in as an existing user to make purchases, such as registering for courses and programs. Your account also provides access to your student profile, including enrolment history and course schedule. You'll receive further instructions on how to access mySAIT and Brightspace (D2L), as well as a Student ID number.

**If you are working toward a certificate, you must apply from the certificate program page. Your student record will be updated making it easier to monitor your progress, check your graduation requirements or transfer credits in the future. At the time of certificate completion, we will automatically audit your courses to ensure all requirements have been met.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated July 29, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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