Oregon Contractor Continuing Education: Estimating and Bidding for Success 8-Hour
Series A – 8 Hour Continuing Education Course
This eight hour course is an introduction to the construction estimating process. Although this course will be beneficial to junior estimators just entering in this field, it could also help architects, engineers and contractors become more familiar with how bids are prepared. The following material will explain the methods of construction delivery, different types of estimates, and the tools needed by the estimator to tender a bid. Being able to read and understand blueprints is also integral to the estimating process. Knowing how to apply and itemize costs for specific activities and materials, based on a set of plans and related professional resources, is key. The estimator who can visualize the project, and accurately determine its costs will become one of the most important persons in any construction company.
BIDDING AND ESTIMATING
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the features and advantages of at least five types of estimates. 2) Outline a properly constructed estimate that will encompass all the necessary components required for a successful and profitable project. 3) Identify the responsibilities of the bid team, and what bid day duties include. 4) Gain an understanding of the use of spreadsheets and/or software in structuring a bid program.
Methods of Construction Delivery – 10 minutes
1. General Contracts
2. Construction Management
3. Design Build
Types of Contracts – 15 minutes
2. Unit Price
3. Time and Material
Types of Estimates – 15 minutes
4. Square Foot
6. Detailed Cost
7. Unit Price
Bid Documents – 30 minutes
1. Invitation to Bid
2. Bid Form
3. Project Manual
4. Project Drawings
5. Bid Bonds
The Bid Team – 10 minutes
1. Owner’s Officer
2. Chief Estimator
3. Estimator’s Assistant
4. Subcontractor/Vendor Assistants
Structuring the Bid Program – 75 minutes
1. Identifying Work Scopes
2. Quantity Take-Off
3. Self Performed Work
4. Labor Costs
5. Project Overhead
7. Sub/Vendor Quotes
8. Request for Information
9. Substitution Request
10. Common Sources for Error
Assessment – 20 Questions – 20 minutes
*Learning Objectives: 1) Identify the various pages/drawings of a blueprint and recognize the symbols used. 2) Gain confidence in the ability to understand and accurately identify components of an architectural rendering. 3) Correctly formulate mathematical computations to measure materials required for a construction project. 4) Understand the need to be specific in all areas of plan reading.
Parts of a Blueprint – 30 minutes
1. Plans and Drawings
Reading the Plans – 75 minutes
1. Practice Questions
a. Linear feet
b. Cubic yards
d. Door assemblies
e. Exterior trim
Assessment – 5 questions – 5 minutes
GUIDELINES FOR ESTIMATING
*Learning Objectives: 1) Identify basic measurement standards and resources typically used in construction estimating. 2) Gain confidence in the ability to understand and accurately identify components of an architectural rendering. 3) Develop the skill required to apply production rates for varioius trades to reach an accurate estimate. 4) Understand the importance of structuring a bid that includes enough gross or clear profit to not only survive, but to prosper.
Estimating Self-Performed Work – 90 minutes
5. Thermal and Moisture Protection
6. Doors and Windows
9. Making a Profit
Assessment – 20 Questions – 20 minutes
FINAL ASSESSMENT- 30 Questions – 30 minutes
- This course is approved for eight credit hours in CCB Residential Continuing Education: Series A
- The Certified Training Institute is responsible for the content of this course.
- Students have six months to complete the course.
- To have access to our online courses students must have access to a high-speed internet connection.
- There are no attendance restrictions with full payment.
Course instructors will be available by email or telephone between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.
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