Education Courses 

The WRLA offers online and in-classroom training for member companies and their employees.   

  • Manual Estimating - Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3
  • Principles of Yard and Warehouse Operations
  • Operator Safety Training 

In-Classroom courses are offered in the Sping and Fall, check the course calendar for upcoming dates and locations.  Operator Safety Training is available year-round by our preferred trainer, CERVUS Equipment. 

New Online Courses - Manual Estimating

We recognized the opportunity to transform our highly successful Estimating Fundamentals workshop to an online format to address several issues: the cost of travel from remote locations; valuable time spent away from the store and offering a learning experience for those staff already engaged in the internet.    

The Estimating Fundamental On-Line project is a collaboration of the Building Material Council of Canada (BMCC) made up of the Building Supply Industry Association of BC (BSIA), the Western Retail Lumber Association (WRLA), The Lumber and Building Materials Association of Ontario (LBMAO), and the Atlantic Building Supply Dealers Association (ABSDA).  Under the direction of the BMCC, Stan Burkholder, a well-respected BMCC and industry facilitator, has worked with one of Canada’s leading developers of on-line programming to translate the two-day classroom Manual Estimating Fundamentals Course to this online platform. Our vision is for the online course to match in intensity, and relevance, what the classroom course provides.  

We have eliminated the time and cost to travel to a learning center to participate in the traditional 2-day Estimating Fundamentals Workshop. While containing the same information as the workshop, this new platform delivers a learning experience lasting approximately 8 hours that is accessible anywhere, anytime, from a desktop, laptop, or tablet.

This course is ideally suited to any building supply retail staff member either directly or indirectly involved in the estimating process for decks, sheds or garages.

  • Module 1: The Sales Process
  • Module 2: The Deck Estimate
  • Module 3: The Garage Estimate Part 1
  • Module 4: The Garage Estimate Part 2
  • Deck Exam
  • Garage Exam

The modules and exams should take no longer than 8 hours to complete once you sign in and pay. There is no time limit.  

The cost of this online program is $425.

Click here to register online NOW!

**Note: The Building Materials Council of Canada (BMCC) is an umbrella organization comprised of four regional and provincial dealers’ associations across Canada. 

WRLA Manual Estimating Program - Classroom

The program is structured on a progressive basis, starting with Estimating Fundamentals - Decks and Garages, Estimating for Residential Construction and ending with a Advanced Estimators Forum. There will be an exam and certificate awarded at the end of each level. Upon completion of the three core courses the student will be awarded a "Professional Estimator" certificate.


WINNIPEG, MB: April 23 – 27, 2018 Manual Estimating Level 1, Level 2, and Principles of Yard and Warehouse Operations

RED DEER, AB: April 30 – May 4, 2018 Manual Estimating Level 1, Level 2, and Principles of Yard and Warehouse Operations

To Register for Classroom Courses, please contact:
Wynne Au, WRLA Member Services Manager
Direct: 204-953-1691 | TF: 1-800- 661-0253 | Email:
Level 1: Estimating Fundamentals - Decks and Garages (2-day course)   See more info

Course outline:

  • Applying math to estimating - thought processes
  • Estimate vs. Quotation
  • Dimensional lumber and basic building material components
  • Decks
  • Understanding roofs and pitch
  • Detached garage material estimating
  • Understanding hip roofs or hip roof basics
A step-by-step workbook is included and is yours to keep for future reference. There will be a examination at the end of this course.


Level 2: Estimating for Residential Construction (2-day course)   See more info

To participate in this course, you should have completed the Estimating Fundamentals or should have experience with small project estimating at the customer service counter, or job-site experience in residential construction.

Course Outline:

  • Quotations vs. Estimate
  • Disclaimers
  • Structural Specifications
  • Math Skills Review
  • Understanding roofs
  • Calculating waste factors
  • Reading and understanding blueprints
  • Getting started with your "take-off"
  • Checklist of building materials for take-off
  • Foundation, Beam, Floor system, Stairs, Exterior walls, Interior walls, Roof system
  • Exterior finish and Interior components
  • Qualifying your customers
  • Estimating strategies
  • Estimating tables and charts
A step-by-step workbook is included and is yours to keep for future reference. There will be a examination at the end of this course


Level 3: Advanced Estimating (1-day course)   See more info

To participate in this course you must have completed Estimating for Residential Construction.

Advanced house estimating covers various advanced scenarios that an estimator will encounter in the field. This course gives the student estimators an open forum to discuss “tricky” house plans and general concerns in the field. Practical exercises will be completed on the various sections for hands on training purposes.

A step-by-step workbook is included and is yours to keep for future reference. There will be a examination at the end of this course.


Principles of Yard and Warehouse Operations

A one day course to focus on the principles to successfully operate a building center yard or warehouse.

Learn the key principles of efficient inventory management, logistics, customer service, yard layout, equipment and safety.

Course outline:

  • The Yard and Warehouse Setting and Job Description
  • Principle One: Professional leadership
  • Principle Two: Customer Service
  • Principle Three: Inventory Management
  • Principle Four: Yard Layout
  • Principle Five: The Business Side
  • Principle Six: Equipment Management
  • Principle Seven: Safety and Compliance

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Enhance employee morale and company safety culture

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