Construction Budget Estimating Processes

This course will provide the participant with a comprehensive overview of various processes and procedures used to establish budget estimates for construction projects.

**Note: this course focuses on the principles of budget estimating and is not a training course to teach how to use MS Excel or other software tools in construction estimating.

This course is worth 4 Gold Seal Credits

Construction Budget Estimating Processes will help you:

  • Clearly define construction budgeting
  • Identify and categorize several types of construction budgets
  • List several budget estimating processes and procedures
  • Differentiate between common processes in budget estimating
  • Understand timelines with respect to budget development
  • Implement the use of basic budget estimating tools


CCA Member $499 (+GST) Non-Member $699 (+GST)

October 16, 17 & 18, 2024 - 9:00am-1:00pm

3 Virtual 1/2 Day Sessions

Additional Details

This course will provide the participant with a comprehensive overview of various processes and procedures used to establish budget estimates for construction projects.

This course will cover:

  • Defining and categorizing construction budgets
  • Reasons for accurate construction budgets
  • Establishing feasibility Hard vs soft costs
  • Various budgeting techniques
  • Cost planning, cost analysis and lifecycle cost comparisons
  • Value engineering
  • Analogous, Parametric and Elemental Processes
  • Uniformat & CIQS elemental formats
  • Class of budget estimates as established by Canadian contract documents Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, participant will be able to:

  • Clearly define construction budgeting.
  •  Identify and categorize several types of construction budgets.
  • List several budget estimating processes and procedures.
  • Differentiate between several common processes.
  • Understand timelines with respect to budget development.
  • Implement the use of budget estimating tools.

Ralph Lembcke, P.GSC

Ralph’s construction career has taken him from estimator to project manager, then to self-employed contractor, and finally to a 30-year career as a professor with the Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology at Fanshawe College in London, ON, where he still teaches part-time. He was a 25-year member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyor (PQS – Professional Quantity Surveyor) and is currently a charter member of the Construction and Design Educators Council of Canada (CDECC). Ralph sits on the board of advisors for the CDECC as well as for an Ontario-based construction company. Ralph holds a certificate in Construction Engineering Technology and Management from Fanshawe College, a teaching certificate from St. Clair College and a Professional Gold Seal certification from the Canadian Construction Association.


  • Live, Online, Instructor-led training.
    • This course is facilitated by the instructor on the Zoom platform. Access information will be provided to you in advance of the training.
    • You will be expected to have your webcam on during the class and participate in group discussions and other activities with your instructor and classmates during the course.
  • This course is delivered in partnership with local construction associations. You will be participating with a cohort of industry peers from multiple regions.

This workshop requires full face-to-face interaction and participation from both the instructor and students.

Please make sure you have the following:

  • Computer or laptop with webcam: This course will involve 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, we recommend that you have a full computer/laptop set-up and don’t recommend using a cell phone or tablet to attend the training.
  • A quiet space with minimal distractions: plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program.

Cancellation Policy:

Payment is non-refundable for cancellations made within 5 business days of the course, or non-attendance on the day. Complimentary substitution of another member of your company is accepted. If CCA has to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, CCA will refund the registration fee or, if possible, the attendee may choose to move to an identical session in the future. Unless otherwise stated, every person able to see, hear, and observe the virtual course sessions must be a paid participant. Non-compliance of this requirement will result in removal from course. Refunds will not be issued to students who are removed from the course for non-compliance of this requirement.


Did you know!!  Eligible employers can get government funding to help employees access training opportunities. The Canada-Alberta Job Grant will give you up to 2/3 of the registration fee (up to $10,000/employee/fiscal year) for training. Whether taking one course or a combination of courses, the total training must be a minimum of 21 hours and be completed within 52 weeks.