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*SOLD OUT* Estimating Material Takeoff (30-hour course) | LIVE, ONLINE Training

Multi-day Course:
Location Title: Live, Online, Instructor-Led Training
Cancellation Period: Before Monday, January 11: Full Refund of Registration Fee. After Monday, January 11: NO Refunds, NO Substitutions. NO Transfers. *Due the limited number of seats, and extensive coordination required to deliver hard-copy materials, Estimating Material Takeoff is subject to different cancellation and refund policies than other VICA training. This enables us to ensure the course isn't cancelled, and all students have the required materials to succeed.*

January 13 Update | SOLD OUT

This course is now sold out. We'd like to know if you're interested in seeing this course offered again in future - please email Chenelle Falconer, Manager Training & Education if you'd like to see this course offered again.Thanks!



This is a stand-alone course, but it flows directly into a follow-up course in March 2021- Construction Estimating: Role of an Estimator. Both courses are based on the same small commercial project. In the Estimating Material Takeoff, students complete a full project takeoff for the project. In Construction Estimating: Role of an Estimator, students will continue with the same project, and complete a full estimate, culminating in a mock tender closing as a class. More info on the follow-up course HERE.

This 30-hour course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare more accurate & successful cost estimates and schedules for construction projects. Course material will cover quantity material takeoffs required in excavation, site services, structural, interior, and exterior finishes.

This is an interactive, practical course and students will get hands-on experience preparing a project take-off with pricing and summary. Students will examine plans for a small commercial project and as they prrogress through the course will work on completing a full project take-off for submission as a final project.

By the end of the course, you will be able to/you will learn:

  • The importance of estimating
  • The different types of estimating
  • The Importance of organized documentation and consistent formatting
  • Quantity take-off techniques
  • How to estimate costs for specific tasks
  • How to estimate costs not associated with specific tasks
  • How to estimate costs of work by others
  • How to produce a more accurate and successful construction estimate 

Recommended Prerequisite

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel is recommended. You should be able to navigate within the program independently and use basic formulas.

Course Materials:

  • Students will need to supply their own calculator, scale, pencil, and eraser
  • Hard Copy student materials will be shipped directly to students, including a comprehensive course manual and a full set of construction plans.

Course Format

  • Live, Online, Instructor-led training with a maximum class size of 12 students.
  • This is a concurrent virtual and in-person course delivery. Up to 8 students will be physically present in the classroom at the Southern Interior Construction Association in Kelowna. At the same time, the instructor will be engaging and managing virtual students in the Zoom platform. *Please note – this is not a passive virtual session where a camera is set up at the back of the room and streamed to virtual students. The instructor will be equally engaged with virtual students via Zoom as with the in-person participants.
  • Eight (8) sessions (4 hours each) over four weeks, on Mondays and Wednesdays:
    • Day 1: Monday, January 18: 2:00-6:00pm
    • Day 2: Wednesday, January 20: 2:00-6:00pm
    • Day 3: Monday, January 25: 2:00-6:00pm
    • Day 4: Wednesday, January 27: 2:00-6:00pm
    • Day 5: Monday, February 1: 2:00-6:00pm
    • Day 6: Wednesday, February 3: 2:00-6:00pm
    • Day 7: Monday, February 8: 2:00-6:00pm
    • Day 8: Wednesday, February 10: 2:00-6:00pm
  • *Please note that If a student misses a class session, we are unable to transfer registration or provide a partial refund of the registration fees.

Homework & Final Project

  • The amount of homework time will vary based on individual experience and aptitude. During each live instruction session, you will be working on your project takeoff. If you are unable to complete the daily coursework, you will need to spend additional time on your own to complete that session’s coursework before the next session.
  • To successfully complete this course, you will be expected to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning objectives.  This will be done through a project takeoff submitted as your final project. As the course progresses, you wil be building the takeoff in-class along with your instructor's help. In order to pass, your project takeoff must be within 5% of the total estimate.

Course Requirements (Technology & Participation)

This course requires full face-to-face interaction and participation from both the instructor and students. In order to attend, you must have the following:

  1. Computer or laptop with webcam (webcams are mandatory): This course will involve 100% on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, you must have a webcam and use a full computer/laptop, and we do not permit students to attend using a tablet or cell phone.
  2. A quiet space with minimal distractions: Please plan to be fully engaged in the class, and clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program.

This course is offered in partnership with the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA), and you will be participating in a cohort with peers from both regions.


Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
5 Gold Seal Credits
Course Instructor Information

Karl Laursen, GSC Estimator, GSC Project Manager. With more than 40 years of experience in ICI construction, Karl is committed to lifelong learning. After starting his career with a four-year Architectural Blueprint Reading degree in 1965, he retired in 2019 having earned dual Gold Seal designations in both Estimating and Project Management. His extensive experience includes ownership of a General Contracting business in the Okanagan, roles in facility operations and construction for Hallmark Farms Poultry, Owner’s Construction Manager for Okanagan Hatchery, and General Superintendent, Project Manager, and Estimator at Walter Cabott Construction in Port Moody. Throughout his career, Karl has been an active contributor to the BC construction community, holding positions as former Board Chair of BCCA and a CCA director. Karl has been a member of the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) for 25 years, serving on the SICA board for 10 years, including a term as Board Chair.

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