Project Cost Planning & Estimation

Building Construction Cost Estimation Training Course 

Building Construction Cost Estimation Course for training in Construction Estimating and Project Cost Planning.

Establish Systems to Develop and Monitor Building and Construction Costs.

CAS-BCM Centre for Advanced Studies in Building & Construction Management

Project Estimating is Essential to Building Construction Management

It allows for effective management of all project resources.

Cost Planning & Estimation is an essential activity undertaken by the Building Professional in order to achieve a successful outcome of a project.

Costing and estimating is a technical function that aims to accurately predict the cost of construction. 

Financial Feasibility & Viability is essential for a building project

It ensures & helps in determining if a profit can or could be made on a project. 

Building costs are influenced by a large number of factors, and it is essential to identify them and understand their impact if an accurate estimate of a project is to be achieved.

Course Overview

CAS-BCM course program in Project Cost Planning & Estimation helps participants to develop professional skills to provide cost estimate planning at any stage of a project from:
• Pre-Design
• Schematic Design
• Design Development
• Contract Documentation and
• Tendering Stages

Participants will learn to use precise methodology such as:
• Elemental Costs
• Approximate Quantities and
• Full Quantities

In determining estimates based on current construction costs applicable to both residential and commercial building projects. 

Course Program Outline

Program Code: CPE
Program Title: Project Cost Planning & Estimation


Duration: 4 weeks

12 Sessions Approx.

On-Line eLearning included

3 months min. to 10 months max. approx. for those wishing to undertake training in a workplace 

Times & Days

Mondays Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Option to Choose:

08:30am to 12:30pm

01:00pm to 05:00pm

05:30pm to 09:30pm 

Fee: $5,800.00

Level 1 Suite 9B
80 Keilor Road
Essendon North VIC 3041

Program Commencement Dates

Intakes are in
• Intakes for 2021 to be advised soon

Self-Study On-Line eLearning:
Open all year

Open all year

Note: Modes of Study are interchangeable e.g. Learners enrolled as Self-Study or Work-Based can change to Face-to-Face and vice versa if they choose to do so. 

Program Overview

This Module discusses the various types of building construction cost estimates and the methodologies used for their calculation.

Project Cost Management includes the processes involved in:
• planning,
• estimating,
• budgeting, and
• controlling costs 

CAS-BCM course program in Project Cost Planning & Estimation helps participants to develop professional skills to provide cost estimate planning at any stage of a project from: Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Contract Documentation and Tendering Stages

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to facilitate, implement and maintain a construction costing system in a building and construction organisation which is involved in either residential or commercial projects.

This course program supports the needs of building professionals, Registered Building Practitioners, senior managers within building and construction firms and other construction industry personnel responsible for administering the cost planning & estimation for coordinating and managing residential and commercial building or construction projects.

Industry Sectors:
Building & Construction
Building Design & Architecture
Real Estate & Property
Trades & Services

Occupation Roles:
Construction Estimator
Cost Planner

However; Students will be interviewed prior to commencement of course program. This interview will be used to determine suitability for undertaking the course including assessment of the experience which the student has in the Building and Construction Industry.

A Skills assessment for Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)
Students are required to be competent in written and spoken English and will undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test prior to enrolment being accepted by CAS-BCM. Students will be required to achieve a satisfactory result in a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment that will be conducted during the application process.

Entry Requirements
• Be over the age of 18
• Have Intermediate Language Proficiency in English
• Have Intermediate Proficiency in English
• Have Intermediate Numeracy Skills
• Have access to a computer hardware with internet access
• Be able to operate computer programs as email, word processor and spread sheet applications at a basic level 

Areas of Competency


CAS-BCM’s Project Cost Planning & Estimation Program helps develop and establish competencies in:
• Drawings & Specifications
• Costing System
• Cost Planning
• Cost Estimating
• Quality Control in Costing Systems
• Cost Budgeting
• Cost Control 

Element & Performance Criteria

The following unit of competencies are covered as part of the CAS-BCM’s Cost Planning & Estimation Program:

Delivery of Program

The program will be delivered as a blended learning program with the option to undertake the program as a Morning, Afternoon or Evening Program.

How it will be delivered (mode; face to face, online, on-the-job) 

Face to Face

Classroom-based learning Theory Session: underpinning knowledge

Independent Study

Self-Paced Learning including e-learning

Online Support

Learner Management System (LMS) including email, resources, research, eLearning, webinars and online consultation

Work Based

Work-Based Project Assignment: Knowledge Areas & Unit Outcomes

Assessment & Evidence Required for Competency

The assessment is conducted using a combination of realistic workplace tasks, projects, knowledge tests, response to case studies and feedback from supervisors.

The assessment methods used during this course are:

Knowledge Based Test

You are required to respond in writing to a range of questions and case study activities for underpinning knowledge.

Project Assignment

Project Case Study Response: required to provide a written response to a situation presented in a project case study scenario.
Project Research Tasks: required to undertake project research.

Practical Assessment Work Project

Learners are required to participate in a Practical Work Placement Program within an organisation or business within the Building & Construction Sector and are required to undertake project research within the workplace.


Learners wishing to undertake the Assessments will be awarded a
Certificate of Completion

All learner participants who attend the full program will be issued a
Certificate of Attendance’ 

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