Please note:

This program does not lead to employment as an estimator.

About the program

This program is designed to improve the knowledge and skill levels of persons working or wishing to work as estimators in the construction industry. Individuals who previously learned estimating skills on the job or individuals wishing to enter the construction industry would benefit from this program. Areas to be covered include the role and responsibilities of the estimator, use of tendering documents, cost planning/control, surveying, material quantities and unit costs, review specifications and take-off quantities, and preparation of bid forms. The program includes construction project site management knowledge to inform and refine future estimating approaches.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
  • To be successful in this program, students should have a general knowledge of spreadsheet software.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Program outcomes

  • Conduct a take-off using drawing and specifications to establish quantity of materials, equipment and labour required to erect a structure.
  • Describe how legal concepts such as building codes, standards, statues, regulations, contracts, safety, union labour agreements inform the bidding process.
  • Perform a post project cost analysis to inform and refine future estimating approaches.
  • Describe roles and responsibilities of the General Contractor, Estimator, Project Manager, Suppliers, and Sub-Contractors and how they interact during the preparation and submission of a bid.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming registrations

Mark your calendar with our registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Spring registration: Opens March 11, 2024
Fall registration: Opens July 22, 2024