Commercial Estimating

College-Approved Certificate (6 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 6423X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

If you are interested in learning how to prepare a commercial tender, this College Certificate program goes beyond the basic estimating principles. Students examine working plans and commercial tender documents, and explore the stages of the tender process from estimating, budgeting and bidding to the fundamentals of managing a construction project.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are looking to advance their careers in the construction industry in estimating.
  • Have the ability to see the "big picture".
  • Like building teams that are working towards common goals.
  • Enjoy balancing competing demands.
  • Thrive on the challenge and stress of overseeing large projects.
  • Appreciate having tangible results from their work.

Your Career

The knowledge and skills acquired in this program position graduates for increasing levels of responsibilities in the completion of small to medium scale construction projects.

Graduates may find employment in a variety of construction management-related positions, such as project manager, site superintendent, construction manager and estimator taking into account graduates' previous industry experience.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Mark Mazerolle, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 7519 or


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameSummer
CON510245.0Commercial Plan Reading and Construction MethodsOnline Learning
CON510355.0Commercial EstimatingOnline Learning
CON510432.0Construction Contracts and DocumentsOnline Learning
CON510645.0Project AdministrationOnline Learning
CON510745.0Bid Procedure: Simulated Construction Tender CloseOnline Learning
CON511145.0Construction BudgetingOnline Learning


CON5102 Commercial Plan Reading and Construction Methods

Knowledge of the materials and methods used in construction is a necessity for working in the construction industry. Students learn to read and interpret commercial construction plans and specifications by examining and interpreting complete working drawings including line-type, symbols, scales and various drawings within a set of construction plans. Students also explore the variety of materials and construction methods used in commercial construction projects.

CON5103 Commercial Estimating

A systematic approach to estimating the components of a commercial project is essential. A proper estimate enables successful planning and implementation. Students are introduced to proper measurement techniques of construction items and components found in a commercial project. Emphasis is placed on accuracy of measurement, quantity take-off concept, sound estimating principles and construction materials. As a hands-on learning activity, students complete an estimate of a commercial project.

Pre-requisites: CON5102

CON5104 Construction Contracts and Documents

As projects become more complex it is important that all the parties involved (owner, architect, engineer(s) and general contractor construction) have a proper understanding of contract documents and their relationship to the entire project. This understanding of contract documents is essential to prevent or minimize disputes and claims, which can be very costly. Students are introdced to the documents that form a construction contract. The course builds upon the principles of law and introduces the most commonly used standard forms of construction contracts issued by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee and the Canadian Construction Association. Basic building law, contractual responsibilities and obligations are explored.

CON5106 Project Administration

The constant challenge in the construction industry involves ensuring that all administrative functions of managing the project are in place and followed. Using common approaches and tools, students obtain an understanding of the different parties involved in commercial construction, types of services offered, certain CCDC and CCA contract documents and the tendering process. Students also learn day-to-day administration activities, such as change orders, shop drawings, job costing reports and progress claims.

CON5107 Bid Procedure: Simulated Construction Tender Close

To be successful in winning profitable jobs, it is essential to prepare accurate and competitive bids. Students are introduced to the definition of bidding and submitting a tender offer, basic estimation methods, different types of competition and contract types along with advantages and disadvantages. Students learn about the components of a typical bid package, determining the contingency and risk of a construction project, using UNIFORMAT coding for the bid package, principles of competitive bidding and negotiating in a competitive bidding environment.

Pre-requisites: CON5103

CON5111 Construction Budgeting

No matter what size of the construction project, it is important to know the amount of funds required to complete the job successfully. Using common approaches and tools, students learn about the components of a construction project budget. Students are introduced to the construction tendering process, Masterformat and UNIformat coding conventions, unit pricing, productivity factors, subcontractors tender price analysis, and calculating risk, contingency, overhead and profit. As a final assignment, students develop a budget for a commercial project.

Pre-requisites: CON5103