Estimating Fundamentals

Learn effective techniques for accurately estimating the costs of residential construction including labour, materials and general expenses.

Knowledge & Skill Building Areas

  • Document Review
  • Estimating Specific Elements (Site Work, Foundation, Framing, Mechanical & Electrical, Exterior, Drywall, Interior Finishes)
  • Incorporating General Expenses
  • Purchasing Strategies

Ideal candidates for taking this course are:   Designers, Drafts persons, Estimators, Trades, Suppliers, Support Staff, Purchasing Agents and Management. 

This course is required for the following certifications:  Residential Management,  Master Home Builder and Master Home Renovator.

Delivery method: This instructor-led course involves four days of classroom learning.

Course times:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Classroom locations:  This course is delivered by PHBI in Calgary and Edmonton.  Courses can also be held in other centers based on demand.

Exam & passing grade:  The exam for this course is closed book. The passing grade is 70% and 100% attendance is compulsory to qualify for PHBI certification.


For those new to the industry,  Construction Fundamentals or Residential Construction Site Management (RCSM) Level 1 and Plans, Specifications and Drawings must be taken prior to enrolment in this class.  This prior knowledge is necessary as students need to have an understanding of construction terminology and be able to read plans before attending this course.

Participants will also need to have a working knowledge of fundamental math calculations.  We will provide participant with access to a short online math tutorial that will prepare individuals with the math skills they need to know prior to entering the classroom  There is no additional costs associated with the online tutorial.