21 Hour Drywall and Metal Framing
Commercial Estimating Class
Who should take this course?
Our 21 hour Commercial drywall estimating course is geared toward students who have little or no estimating experience. Areas covered are drywall, taping, metal framing, insulation and ACT. Many companies send their people to this class because it is a great way to get them the knowledge that they need in order to make a transition towards becoming an estimator. This class is better suited to the person who has a company support system once class is complete. Classes usually average 21 hours and in some cases may end a bit earlier or later, depending on the pace of students, how many questions are asked, etc.

What will students learn? 
This intent of this course is to teach the fundamentals of print reading, takeoff and bid pricing procedures. All areas of Commercial drywall estimating are covered in a quick paced but in depth, highly interactive manner. Students will take this class in the comfort of their own home or office and can be given keyboard and mouse control. This is as real as it gets. Students will learn how to use proven production rates, height factors, difficulty factors. They’ll also learn how to price odd items etc. Sections that will be covered are painting and wall coverings.

What are the benefits?
There are numerous benefits to taking this course. Students will learn to feel if their bid price is right. They will begin to think like estimators. They will start to spot errors that were once hidden by lack of knowledge. Students will be able to spot bad jobs before they bid them. Perhaps the biggest benefit of this class is the peace of mind that students get. There is a huge difference between wondering if a bid is correct and knowing that it is.

What you’ll learn in this class

Plans and Specifications

How to interpret plans and specs

How to discover details that are relevant

How to perform a quality takeoff

How to properly price a job

How to check for bid accuracy


Man Days and Production Rates

How to apply proper production rates

How to figure man days

How to figure overhead and profit

How to figure worker wages and selling prices

How to price odd shaped objects



Office to Field

How to get everyone on the same page

How to time workers on particular tasks

How to adjust based on field feedback

How to know when field supervision is inaccurate



Wins and Losses

How to bid the proper jobs

How to learn if a job isn’t right for you

How to spot errors before your bid is submitted

How to know if you’re winning or losing too many bids

How to utilize and track historical data