The Professional Certificate in Construction Estimating provides an excellent overview of basic and advanced principles of construction estimating and bidding in the construction industry. No entrance exams are required. Course times are scheduled year-round to be compatible with your work commitments. Each course meets online for ten weeks. Discussions using an online bulletin board afford the opportunity to examine everyday construction challenges shared by others in the construction industry.

American Society of Professional Estimators logoEndorsed by the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators.

 

The Certificate
To earn the certificate you are required to receive a passing grade in five of the six courses. This certificate can be completed in 3 months. All courses should be completed within two years of starting the program.

Courses available include: Introduction to Construction Estimating, Essential Construction Math, Construction Blueprint Reading, Estimating and Bidding I, Estimating and Bidding II, and Construction Materials and Processes.

 

Courses (complete any five of six) 19SP I 19SP II 19SU 19FA
ENGR 0034 Introduction to Construction Estimating 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0035 Essential Construction Math 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0033 Construction Blueprint Reading 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0021 Estimating and Bidding I 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0022 Estimating and Bidding II 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24
ENGR 0018 Construction Materials and Processes 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24

 

Why this certificate?
Provides an excellent overview of basic and advanced principles of construction estimating and bidding in the construction industry. No entrance exams are required. Course times are scheduled year-round to be compatible with your work commitments. Each course meets online for ten weeks. Discussions using an online bulletin board afford the opportunity to examine everyday construction challenges shared by others in the construction industry.

Enrolling in the Program
Enroll in the program at any time, even before registering for a course. It’s free, and offers many benefits:

  • Secure your curriculum (should the requirements change in the future).
  • See upcoming courses when you log into your student account.
  • Track your progress.

Enrolling in a program doesn’t mean you’re registered for courses. You still must register and pay for each course you wish to take.

 

Location of Classes
This certificate program is held online. Consistent access to the Internet is required.

Associated General Contractors of America logo
Courses are offered in cooperation with the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.

This program is authorized by SDSU's College of Engineering. Students earn three professional development units per course.

Workplace Benefits

  • Proven techniques from experts in construction specialties
  • Practical on-the-job skills you can use right away
  • The knowledge you need to move into supervisory roles

To read answers to frequently asked questions, please see Online Construction Certificate FAQs. To contact the Student Services Coordinator, please email construction.ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-0845.

Courses

2018 Fall2019 Spring2019 Summer
2019 Spring
ENGR 0018 Construction Materials and Processes

Examines the materials used to construct a variety of structures, highways, utilities, and residential buildings. Includes terminology; interpretation of plans; and specifications to assure that correct materials are ordered, applied, and utilized. Methods of identifying materials delivered to the job site, methods of handling, quality control procedures for testing, and inspection of private and government work will be emphasized. Special emphasis will be given to the relationship of each material to the Uniform Building Code.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
ENGR 0021 Estimating and Bidding I

Students will learn estimating problem-solving in general conditions, civil work, concrete, and masonry (excavation, backfill, grading, paving, landscaping, etc.). Hands-on estimating with quantity take-off, pricing, and bidding is stressed. Uniform cost index categories one-four will be covered.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
ENGR 0022 Estimating and Bidding II

This course features hands-on estimating and quantity take-off activities associated with metals, wood, doors and windows, finishes, electrical, and mechanical estimating.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
ENGR 0033 Construction Blueprint Reading

This course is designed to provide you with that foundational knowledge and enough practice at reading blueprints to get you started. Mastery of blueprint reading will come with practice and with using blueprints on the job on a regular basis.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
ENGR 0034 Introduction to Construction Estimating

After completing this course, students will understand the different types of estimates and how to organize an estimating document. Levels of estimates, quantity take-off techniques, materials pricing methods, and labor productivity rates will be addressed. Students will learn how to determine profit and overhead mark-up and how to determine construction costs.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
ENGR 0035 Essential Construction Math

This class is intended to develop mathematical skills that can be applied to the construction trade through practice and application. This course is an introduction to other courses in construction. While this class is not a prerequisite for any other classes, it does provide a foundation for them.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24

San Diego Workforce Partnership - Creating Workforce SolutionsThe College of Extended Studies is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Investment Act for this program.