MS Excel for Construction Estimating

The ability to produce cost estimates efficiently and accurately is a critical step in many construction career paths, and a high-demand skill throughout the construction industry.

Computer software has become a popular tool for estimating, and Microsoft Excel is the most widely-used option. In this one-day course, learn how to produce your estimates more quickly and accurately by harnessing the power of Microsoft Excel.

The course is worth 2 Gold Seal Credits

MS Excel for Construction Estimating will help you:

  • Use Excel formulas for typical construction estimating tasks
  • Create takeoff sheets for use as templates
  • Learn handy shortcuts to streamline estimating
  • Link information in worksheets and workbooks
  • Accurately calculate profit, overhead, markups, and taxes
  • Generate graphs to visually display work product
  • Use features such as VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP to access an MS EXCEL Database
  • Print work product to PDF
This course is delivered in partnership between your local construction association and other associations throughout Western Canada. You’ll be participating in a cohort with industry peers from across these regions.


CCA Member $350(+GST) Non-Member $450 (+GST)

July 24, 2024 - 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Virtual Instructor Led Training

September 18, 2024 - 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Virtual Instructor Led Training

October 17, 2024 - 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Virtual Instructor Led Training

Additional Details

  • A general understanding of project management concepts
  • Basic skills with any Windows operating system

This course is for anyone who uses (or is considering using) Microsoft Excel for construction estimating. Whether you’re a novice or experienced Excel user, you’ll get practice using basic and extended features of Excel for a variety of typical estimating tasks. This course is for contractors and subcontractors in all segments of the construction industry.

Phil Perry of Perry Educational Services Ltd has 30 plus years in the Construction Industry, most of which was Project Managing Industrial Projects for General Contractors. He has been teaching Post-Secondary Construction Management Courses for the last ten years for organizations such as the Edmonton Construction Association, Calgary Construction Association, Winnipeg Construction Association, Ontario Roadbuilders Association, University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He has been facilitating Better SuperVision programs since 2009.  In his spare time, Phil is a Master Course Facilitator for a National Sports Organization and chaired their National Coaching/Instructional Program for four years. He was the recipient of the 2018 IG Wealth Management Community National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Coach Developer Award.

  1. The desktop app should be used for the course – Office online is similar, but is really just meant for making basic edits and formatting changes, and does not have all of the features of the desktop apps – for instance, SmartArt in Word is not available online, and there are some functions and formulas in Excel that are not available online either. This can cause  a disconnect for students if discussing and practicing certain features that are not accessible. If student still wants to take the course, some things might not be possible or might look different.
  2. If using Office for Mac, there will be some differences as well
  3. Google Docs or Sheets, Pages for Mac, etc. Does Not Work. While these are the same types of programs (ie word processing or spreadsheet programs), they are not the same and won’t look the same or have the same features.
  4. All Microsoft courses include downloadable materials – a manual, exercise files etc. If student does not want to follow along with the manual that is ok, it is helpful to have the exercises downloaded so that they can “play along” during discussions and practice. The manual has proven very valuable to people after the course, it contains everything discussed in the course with step-by-steps, nothing needs to be memorized.
  5. Logging on prior to class start is recommended this allows time to sort out tech issues and download manual.
  6. Microsoft Office 365 versions 2016 & 2019 is recommended.
  7. Two monitors are preferred, one for following along and one for screen share of instructors screen.

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.