Electrical Estimating

Electrical Estimating

Gold Seal: 2-5 Credits * BC Housing: 15-16 CPD Points


Participants will develop skills and knowledge to estimate electrical construction projects and prepare a successful bid.  

At the end of the course participants will be able to:  

  • Calculate work quantities from engineering drawings. 

  • Adjust for material swell and shrink factors. 

  • Assemble efficient crews and determine productivity. 

  • Put into practice effective methods for determining job costs. 

  • Use essential formats for clearly estimating equipment, labor, material, and other service costs related to completing a project. 

  • Assess and decide how a variety of physical site complexities may affect the estimated cost of a project and use methods to counteract these variances. 

  • Better identify and interpret general site conditions, special conditions, and technical specifications associated with electrical projects. 

  • Analyze potential projects and decide on which ones to bid. 

  • Understand risk analysis and how to price this into a bid. 

  • Do competitor analysis and understand how this impacts the bid. 

  • Do client risk analysis and how to price this into bids. 

  • Record material and other prices and maintain contact lists. 

  • Formulate a bid strategy. 

  • Understand how to prepare an estimate and the estimating process. 

  • Become familiar with Construction Division Codes. 

  • Understand how to present a bid. 

  • Be familiar with how to use the bid depository. 

  • Understand the requirements for bonding and insurance. 

  • Understand the post-bidding process. 

  • Communicate with project managers to pass on knowledge of the bid prior to mobilization. 

This course consists of a blend of 16 hours of instructor-led sessions plus an online/exam portion involving research, reading, and answering questions (7-8 hours) that will be marked by the instructors.  

To receive a 5 Gold Seal accredited certificate, you must complete the online portion after the 2 classroom sessions. 


Delivery Method: Classroom Session 

Course Fee Includes:  All books and materials, lunch, a digital certificate upon completion, and parking. 


There are no prerequisites for this course.  Please be aware that this course shares some common course material with the Site Surveying 101 session.  Participants taking both sessions may find the course material slightly repetitive.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for those interested in becoming electrical estimators and for workers with experience in construction that desire to improve their knowledge of electrical estimating.   

What Previous Participants Have Said

“I had a really great time with the instructors. I really appreciated their professionalism and personal experiences. It really added to the course.”