In the construction field, a crucial part of any successful bid is accurately calculating the total cost of the job so your company makes the desired profit when the work is completed. Although some of the skills needed for this critical position can be picked up through on-the-job training, cost estimators often learn their jobs through formal programs offered by associations involved in the construction industry.

Construction Estimating Institute

Founded in 1982, the institute offers training in estimating for both commercial and residential construction, as well as continuing education seminars and project management instruction. Courses in cost estimating include blueprint reading and estimating roadwork costs. Links to this school and the others listed in this article can be found in the Resources section of the article.

Associated General Contractors of America

The Associated General Contractors of America, created in 1918, operates within the construction industry for the improvement of the industry. It holds a yearly Advanced Estimating Academy for estimators who want to take their career to the next level. Online courses also cover many topics related to cost estimating, and the association offers introductory courses for those considering a career in cost estimating.

New York University

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University offers a hands-on program that leads to a certificate in construction cost estimating. The course covers all facets of cost estimating, from reading blueprints to calculating the amount of bonding and insurance that will be needed for projects. Students must pass three required courses and one elective to receive the certificate. The school also offers continuing education courses in cost estimating.

Construction Classes Dot Com

Formed in 1994, Construction Classes Dot Com uses the Internet to provide online courses for the construction industry. The school offers both self-paced and instructor-directed courses covering all aspects of cost estimating. Certificate programs cater to those just starting in the industry as well as experienced estimators who want to improve their skills.