Applied Quantity Surveying & Material Take-offs

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Product Overview

The terms “quantity surveying or quantity surveyors” in North America are synonymous with construction estimating or construction estimators. Even the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyor’s (CIQS’s) website, describes a quantity surveyor as “construction cost consultants/cost estimators [who] work for either the client or the contractor and
can be based in an office or on-site. They make sure the costs of large construction and infrastructure projects are accurately estimated based on initial requirements and project specs.” The actual discipline of quantity surveying first involves the quantification of construction materials required in order to meet the job requirements – a skill set in
and of itself. This course focuses on that discipline by applying the processes and procedures required in order to complete accurate and consistent material “take-offs” for pricing or even ordering purposes.

This Course Covers

  • What is Quantity Surveying
  • Practices and Procedures
  • Identifying Items for quantification
  • Methods of Measurement
  • Setting up the Take off
  • General Rules and Units of Measure
  • Quantification of Excavation & Backfill
  • Quantification of Concrete & Formwork
  • Quantification of Concrete Masonry Units

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify the origin of the items for quantification in a general contractor environment.
  • Describe the various standard practices and procedures used in the quantity surveying discipline
  • Identify 10 steps to a successful take off.
  • Explain the mathematical principals behind basic quantity surveying processes.
  • Complete a detailed and comprehensive quantity survey for items of work including earthwork, substructure and superstructure for a small commercial structure.
  • Understand how the quantity survey dovetails to the eventual estimate.

Who should attend?

New construction estimators, field engineering staff or supervisors required to order materials as part of their responsibilities, those considering a career as a quantity surveyor or industry professionals who want to learn how a quantity survey is completed will all benefit from this course.

Industry Credits

  • This course is a CCA Gold Seal Certified Course. Students will recieve 4 Credits towards the program.
  • This course is worth 16 Informal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits as approved by BC Housing.

Course Format

  • Live, Online, Instructor-led training. This is a highly interactive course facilitated by the instructor on a video platform.
  • You will be expected to have your webcam on during the whole class and participate in break-out rooms, small-group discussions, and other activities with your instructor and classmates during the course.
  • Course access information will be provided to you in advance of the training by your instructor
  • Full attendance and participation in all sessions is mandatory for course completion. If a student misses a class session, we are unable to transfer registration or provide a partial refund of the registration fees.

Course Requirements (Technology & Participation)

This course requires full face-to-face interaction and participation from both the instructor and students. In order to attend, you’ll must make sure you have the following:

  • Computer or laptop with webcam (webcams are mandatory): This course will involve 100% 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, you must have a webcam and use a full computer/laptop, and we do not permit students to attend using a tablet or cell phone.
  • A quiet space with minimal distractions: Please plan to be fully engaged in the class, and clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program.

Refunds or Transfers: 

  • Five (5) or more business days before the course start date: Full refund of registration fees or can be transfers to a different course date.
  • Less than five (5) business days before the course start date and course no-shows: No refunds or transfers to future course dates.
  • For a complete document on the NRCA Education Policies, click here. 

Other Policies

  • Substitution of another member of your company/team is permitted up to the course start date for no additional fee.
  • 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 the course. Refunds will not be issued to students who are removed from the course for non-compliance of this requirement.
  • If the NRCA has to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, NRCA will refund the registration fee or, if possible, the attendee may choose to move to an identical session in the future.