Electrical Estimating Course 1 (Basic)

Electrical Estimating Course 1 (Basic)

Gold Seal: 2 Credit

Live online events


2 days, 07:00 AM PDT - 03:30 PM PDT


  • GS Credits: 2
Presented by John F Wiesel M.E.
  • Member Rate $1,040.00 excl. GST
  • $1,090.00 excl. GST


Are you confident in your estimating skills for today's competitive market? Attend the Electrical Estimating Course 1 and learn how to systematically put together an accurate bid for electrical work. 

This two-day, hands-on course will take you right from the start of an estimate to the final bid price. Your estimates will be done in a systematic way. The forms that are supplied are easy to follow and will guide you step by step. Errors are easy to find. All materials are listed, and a labour unit is applied to each item. 

You will finalize a tender and will add overhead and all other job costs. Adding the profit will be your final step. The labour manual will go home with you for continual use. 

Suderman Electrical Estimating Course 1 is an intense hands-on course designed to introduce the basic principles of Electrical Estimating and its applications. 

This course will cover:

 1.   Estimating Fundamentals

  • Role of an Estimator
  • Setting up to Estimate
  • Methods of Estimating
  • Estimating Tools and Forms
  • Labour Manual and use
  • Pricing

2.     Detailed Takeoff

  • Review Drawings and Specifications
  • Organization of Estimate
  • Measuring and Counting
  • Use of Forms
  • Reviewing of Addendums 

3.     Pricing, Labouring and Summarizing

  • Listing of Material
  • Pricing, Labour Units and Extension
  • Summarizing
    • Labour Cost
    • Non-Productive Labour
    • Job Expenses
    • Mark-up and Profit
    • Job Closing
    • Sales Techniques

4.     Phases of a Job, Layout and Estimate for:

  • 110 volt Receptacle Outlets for an Office
  • Lighting Fixtures and Switches for an Office
  • Lighting and Outlets for a Plant
  • Distribution and Feeders
  • 400 amp Service Entrance

NOTE: Discounted combo pricing is available when purchasing Courses 1 and 2 together. Click here to register for the combo and save



This is a two-day instructor-led virtual workshop that runs from 7:00am – 3:30pm PT each day.

There is no opportunity to re-schedule or for a partial refund if a student cannot attend both sessions.



Delivery Method: Virtual Session - Zoom Platform.  

Course Fee Includes: Access to the course, course materials, and a digital certificate upon completion. 


This course is delivered in partnership with local and provincial construction associations across Canada. You may be participating with a group of industry peers from multiple regions.

Sharing a single registration between two or more individuals is not permitted. Please register each person that will be in attendance.


There are no prerequisites for this course.   

Technical Requirements

  1. Computer or laptop

    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cellphones may not be adequate

    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS. 

  1. Webcam (Mandatory)– in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class

  2. Microphone (Mandatory)

  3. Internet connection- For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. The minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.

  4. A quiet space with minimal distractions –The microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.

  5. Comfortable chair