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Estimating Costing and Pricing for Construction Projects

Facilitated by Theuns Eloff

Accredited Live Interactive Webinar

Course Cost: ZAR 4499

The option to pay for this course in installments is available.

In 2023, we will start accommodating international professionals by offering course options in their local time zones based on location. For more information, go to the 'Request Quotation' page. 

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What's the importance of CPD Points and why should you earn them.

Tacit Skills offers courses that are accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, which are a way to measure and demonstrate your commitment to professional development. These points are often required by professional organizations and regulatory bodies to maintain your membership or certification. By completing CPD activities, such as taking courses, you can gain new skills, knowledge, and expertise that can help you perform your job duties more effectively and efficiently. Earning CPD points also shows that you are committed to staying current and engaged in your field, and can be used as evidence of ongoing learning when seeking promotions or new job opportunities. Overall, CPD points are an important tool for helping professionals maintain their competence and provide high-quality services.

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Why Evening Sessions

Tacitskills is a company that caters to busy professionals by offering live interactive courses that take place in the evenings between 19:00 and 22:00. This allows professionals to continue working on important projects during the day and complete the course in the evenings. To make the most of their time, the courses are split into 3 hour sessions per evening, rather than requiring professionals to take time off work to attend full-day training sessions. Tacitskills understands that times can be tough and is committed to accommodating professionals by working around their schedules.

Attending International Professionals

For international professionals attending our courses, we have taken timezone differences into consideration and designed a schedule based on your location to accommodate the time differences

About This Course

This course is accredited and approved by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). On completion professionals will earn 2 ECSA CPD Points. PMI Certificate holders will be eligible to claim 7 PDUs from the Project Management Institute (PMI)  In this course, you will learn about the various techniques and principles involved in estimating, costing, and pricing construction projects. This includes gaining knowledge of the different types of estimates used, from the conceptual stage to the final detailed estimate, and understanding how to use these estimates to progressively estimate project costs and schedules.

You will also learn about the contextual framework and general principles of estimation, as well as the importance of measurement and quantification in the process.

In addition, you will learn about quantity estimating, including how to accurately measure and quantify materials and resources.

You will also learn about client costing, including how to determine the costs of a project for a specific client, and tendering pricing, including how to prepare a competitive bid for a construction project. Finally, you will learn about contract completion, including the various stages involved in finalizing a construction project and how to manage scope, time, resources, and cost effectively throughout the process.

Upon completing this course, professionals will be able to:

  • Upon completing this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Confidently estimate project timelines and costs, including resource management plans

  • Identify, assess, and manage risks related to schedule, cost, scope, and resources

  • Understand the principles of measurement, including how to accurately estimate quantities and costs

  • Prepare competitive pricing for tenders and manage cash flow effectively

  • Gain practical insights into various facets of estimation and pricing, including cost management.

  • By mastering these skills, you will be able to effectively plan and execute construction projects, ensuring that they are completed on time and within budget.

Obtain your certificate and differentiate yourself from others

Additionally, earning a certificate in Estimating Costing and Pricing for Construction Projects can help you advance your career and potentially open up new job opportunities. Many employers prioritize hiring candidates with advanced training and certifications, and having a certificate in Estimating Costing and Pricing for Construction Projects can make you a more attractive candidate for these positions. Overall, earning a certificate in Estimating Costing and Pricing for Construction Projects can be a valuable investment in your career and can help you stand out to prospective employers.

A detailed look at the course contents that will be covered:

Chapter 1: Welcome and Introduction

  • This chapter provides an introduction to the course and covers the basics of planning, scheduling, and programming. It explains what these concepts are, why they are important, and how to go about planning and scheduling effectively. It also covers the essentials of planning, including the steps involved, when to plan, and who should use planning. The chapter also discusses the role of education and experience in planning, and what makes a good planner. Finally, it provides definitions of key terms and concepts related to planning and scheduling.

Chapter 2: Contextual Framework

  • This chapter covers the contextual framework for planning and scheduling, including the role of different players, standards and uniformity, procurement and tendering, types and forms of contracts, pricing and contracting strategies, and specifications and quality requirements. It also discusses the program and available software for planning and scheduling.

Chapter 3: General Principles

  • This chapter covers the general principles of planning and scheduling, including the establishment and role of planning and scheduling, securities and insurances, escalation, pricing data and standard units, and the schedule of quantities (BOQ). It includes definitions and activities related to the BOQ.

Chapter 4: Measurement

  • This chapter covers measurement in planning and scheduling, including field investigation, units of measurement, rules of measurement, coding, numbering, and the preparation of the schedule of quantities (SoQ). It includes activities related to these concepts.

Chapter 5: Quantity Estimating

  • This chapter covers quantity estimating in planning and scheduling, including the level of skills required, different types of estimating, the accuracy of estimation, resource requirements, using the schedule of quantities (SoQ), dayworks, and common pitfalls.

Chapter 6: Client Costing

  • This chapter covers client costing in planning and scheduling, including change management, the accuracy of costing, fixed and variable costs, direct and indirect costs, hidden costs and contingencies, and practical costing. It includes activities related to these concepts.

Chapter 7: Tenderer Pricing

  • This chapter covers tenderer pricing in planning and scheduling, including site visits and investigation, keeping records and collecting information, production determination, profits and mark-up, time calculation vs. client requirement, and practical pricing. It includes activities related to these concepts

Chapter 8: Contract Completion

  • This chapter covers contract completion in planning and scheduling, including recording of information, cash flow, S-curves, and cost management.

The future Estimating Costing and Pricing for Construction Projects in the Construction Industry and why this is an important skill to have

Estimating, costing, and pricing are important skills in the construction industry, as they involve predicting and managing the costs of a construction project. These skills are essential for ensuring that a project stays within budget and is completed on time.

The future of estimating, costing, and pricing for construction projects is likely to involve a greater use of technology and data analysis to improve accuracy and efficiency. For example, there are already a number of software tools and platforms available that can help construction professionals create accurate estimates, manage costs, and price projects more effectively.

Additionally, as the construction industry becomes increasingly competitive, being able to accurately estimate, cost, and price projects will become even more important. This is because contractors who are able to accurately predict and manage project costs are more likely to be successful in winning contracts and delivering projects on time and within budget.

Overall, learning the skills of estimating, costing, and pricing is important for anyone working in the construction industry, as it can help them be more successful in their roles and contribute to the success of their projects.

Accreditation earned on completion of this course:

Earning ECSA CPD points is valuable for professionals in the construction industry as it demonstrates their commitment to staying current and continuing their professional development. By completing this course and earning ECSA CPD points, professionals can showcase their dedication to best practices and expertise in Lean and Agile Principles.


Upon completing this course, professionals will earn 2 ECSA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point and 14 Project Management Institute (PMI) Professional Development Units (PDUs) for PMP certificate holders. 

Recordings of the live sessions will be made available for attending delegates who miss a session due to load shedding. Please note that the course live sessions must be attended in order to qualify for your certificate. Recordings are only for review purposes.

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What's included in this course


2 ECSA CPD Points

Upon successful completion of this course, professionals will be eligible to earn CPD points from the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). These points are important for maintaining professional status and demonstrating a commitment to ongoing learning and development

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Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn a certificate that you can add to your portfolio and showcase to prospective companies looking to hire professionals. This certificate can demonstrate your skills and knowledge, and help you stand out in the job market.


Live Online Training

A live webinar training is an interactive course that is conducted online in real-time. It allows professionals to participate remotely and engage with the instructor and other attendees through audio, video, and text-based communication. This accredited course will provide attendees with 3 months of access to recordings for review purposes after the live session has ended

Instalment Option

The option to pay for this course in two installments is available for professionals. The full balance must be paid in full seven days prior to the start of the course. If the balance is not paid before the start of the course, the delegate will not be permitted to attend the course and no refunds will be issued. It is important to note that all installment options are non-refundable. Please note that the installment option is only valid for professionals who register for the course more than two months in advance. If you register for the course less than two months in advance and have only one month remaining until the start of the course, the installment option will not be available and you will need to pay the full price.


Your Instructor

Theuns Eloff

Theuns is a civil engineering graduate who started his career as a junior site agent with Raubex Construction. He worked his way up to the position of site agent, and eventually became one of the first site agents for an affiliate of Raubex called Road Mac Surfacing, where he worked on national road rehabilitation projects in South Africa. After four years with Raubex, Theuns joined Patula Construction, where he spent nine years and held various roles including safety officer, site agent, foreman, contracts manager, and quantity surveyor. In 2007, he started his own company called Construction Consultant, which focuses on helping develop small to medium-sized businesses in the construction industry. Since 2009, Theuns has worked as a presenter and facilitator for various organizations, including SAICE, Candidate Academy, EHI, ABC, Joshua West, Kurt Joshua, Amabhubesi, Umoja, Oxford Training, CPD Africa, DPWP Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and various municipalities. He has presented more than 500 courses on topics such as road construction, road maintenance, road rehabilitation, contract administration and management, pothole repairs, tendering, GCC, estimating and costing, SIPDM, planning, and tendering to over 8500 delegates in 15 countries. Theuns has also been a speaker at the African Roads Maintenance Seminar.

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