Certification Programs

Gold Seal Certification Credits

This course allows you to earn credits towards Gold Seal Certification Program, subject to approval upon review. Keep in mind that 6 hours of learning equals 1 Gold Seal credit. You can see the course hours in the curriculum section on this page. This course is also part of our Entry Level Bundle, which earns you 17 credits towards the GSC Program, with a minimum passing mark requirement of 75%.

Upon completion of this course you will:

Understand the various types of drawings, use scales and perform measurements.

  • Type of Construction Drawings

    Many of us think of construction drawings as issued for construction drawings. There is a lot more happening in the process of design development before the design gets to the point of construction-ready drawings. And some more during and after the construction phase.

  • Dimensions and Scales

    Any cost estimator should have a basic understanding of dimensions as they relate to the various parts and components of a project. This knowledge is applied during the quantity measurements, purchasing planning, cost estimate rates for various assemblies, and much more.

  • Basic Measurements Knowledge

    What do you measure, what is the unit of measure, how many items you measure, how do you sum them up, and much more? Each discipline, civil, architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical, has specific ways of what needs to be measured to be used in the cost estimate development.

A few more words...

The blueprint reading ability is at the core of cost estimating skills.

A significant portion of the time we spend on the development of a cost estimate is allocated to the measurement of quantities. Thus, we need to do it right and smart. Right means that we know what we are looking for on the drawings, based on the type of drawings, the discipline, the procurement plan, etc. Smart means we can do it accurately and efficiently and within the time allocated to complete the cost estimate.

Course curriculum

Estimated time to complete this course: 20 hours.

    1. 2.0 Introduction

    2. 2.1 Preliminary Drawings

    3. 2.1 Preliminary Drawings - Quiz

    4. 2.2 Presentation Drawings

    5. 2.2 Presentation Drawings - Quiz

    6. 2.3 Issued for Tender Drawings

    7. 2.3 Issued for Tender Drawings - Quiz

    8. 2.4 Issued for Construction Drawings

    9. 2.4 Issued for Construction Drawings - Quiz

    10. 2.5 Shop Drawings

    11. 2.5 Shop Drawings - Quiz

    12. 2.6 As-built Drawings

    13. 2.6 As-built Drawings - Quiz

    14. 2.7 Module 2 Review Assignment

    1. 3.0 Introduction

    2. 3.1 Types of Dimensions

    3. 3.1 Types of Dimensions - Quiz

    4. 3.2 Types of Scales

    5. 3.2 Types of Scales - Quiz

    1. 4.0 Introduction

    2. 4.1 Civil Engineering Drawings

    3. 4.1 Civil Engineering Drawings - Quiz

    4. 4.2 Architectural Drawings

    5. 4.2 Architectural Drawings - Quiz

    6. 4.3 Structural Drawings

    7. 4.3 Structural Drawings- Quiz

    8. 4.4 Mechanical Drawings

    9. 4.4 Mechanical Drawings - Quiz

    10. 4.5 Electrical Drawings

    11. 4.5 Electrical Drawings - Quiz

    12. 4.6 Other Design Disciplines Drawings

    13. 4.6 Other Design Disciplines Drawings - Quiz

    14. How are we doing so far?

    1. 5.0 Introduction

    2. 5.1 Civil Works Measurements

    3. 5.1 Civil Works Measurements - Quiz

    4. 5.2 Structural Measurements

    5. 5.2 Structural Measurements - Quiz

    6. 5.3 Architectural Measurements

    7. 5.3 Architectural Measurements - Quiz

    8. 5.4 Mechanical Measurements

    9. 5.4 Mechanical Measurements - Quiz

    10. 5.5 Electrical Measurements

    11. 5.5 Electrical Measurements - Quiz

    12. 5.6 Other Measurmenets

    13. 5.6 Other Measurmenets - Quiz

    1. 6.1 Course Highlights

    2. 6.2 Completion Assignment

    3. 6.3 Completion Certificate & Assignment Self-evaluation

About this course

  • $225.00
  • 58 lessons

Collaboration is essential

The benefit of timely feedback.

Our course features a dedicated discussion section for each lesson, allowing you to ask questions, interact with other students and your instructor, and review previously answered questions. With our engaging learning community, you don't have to navigate the learning journey alone, and can have all your questions answered in a timely manner.

A word from the training program creator

Doina Dobre, P.Eng., GSC

It takes a lot of focus and attention to detail to complete an accurate quantity take-off. Even if we use on-screen digitizers, it could be a very time-consuming task. And I should not forget to mention that having the knowledge of WHAT needs to be measured is key. We assign quantities to construction activities and assemblies in a cost estimate. Some are obvious on the drawings, some not so much. So, do not be surprised to learn that while you will be doing measurements off of the drawings, you will also review the technical specifications for clues of what else needs to be quantified; no need to be discouraged now. The intent of this course is to give you an idea about the topic. In other courses included in this program, we will have a chance to dive deeper into details and practice the principles of quantity measurement.