Detailed, accurate estimates are a critical part of construction, and professional estimators are in demand. Learn the estimating skills that construction managers use to build budgets, get approvals, and hire workers.
Explore the terminology and tools used in construction estimating.
Create takeoffs, extensions, bid recaps, and change orders.
Learning Construction Estimating with Christopher Randall
Creating high-quality, accurate estimates is a critical part of construction. Learn what it takes to get started as a professional estimator.
15m 22s • COURSE
Construction Estimating Takeoff with Christopher Randall
Learn how to develop a takeoff sheet, including materials, quantities, and measurements, in this construction estimation training course.
23m 23s • COURSE
Construction Estimating Extension with Christopher Randall
Get step-by-step instructions for developing a price extension (aka cost estimate) sheet—a critical construction document.
17m 22s • COURSE
Construction Estimating Bid Recap with Christopher Randall
Review the bid recap process. Learn how to pull together all of the information and documentation from construction estimation, including takeoff, extension, taxes, and labor rates, into a professional bid proposal.
33m 4s • COURSE
Construction Change Orders with Christopher Randall
Changes are an unavoidable and essential part of the construction process. Learn how to price and negotiate change orders with clients, so jobs can proceed.
38m 30s • COURSE
Construction Management: Reading Drawings & Specifications with Jim Rogers
Learn how to read construction drawings. Explore the different components that make up construction plans, and learn how to approach title blocks, line types, views of the work to be built, and more.
2h 20m • COURSE
You'll learn construction estimating skills with these experts!
Chris Randall is the chief estimator and project manager at Ridley Electric Co., Inc. in Syracuse, NY.
Chris has over 25 years of experience in large construction. He provides training and supervision to junior estimators and project managers. His field supervisory experience, as well as involvement with other types of external organizations, gives him a well-rounded understanding of the construction industry.
When he isn't building things, Chris volunteers as an EMT, firefighter, and first aid and CPR instructor.
OSHA-certified educator Jim Rogers has 25+ years in construction, labor relations, and occupational safety.
Jim Rogers has over 25 years of experience in areas including construction project management, labor relations, occupational safety, and health training and education. He has developed his skills and expertise though a unique career path that has afforded him many nontraditional opportunities for learning and advancement. Jim has held senior management roles in industry, director-level and senior consultant positions with industry trade associations, and faculty and director positions in the Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). He established the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at ASU and produced and delivered many of the center's courses in construction and general industry. Jim's interests are focused on continuing education for the construction management professional and the integration of safety, productivity, and quality into the workforce.