Education Courses

New - Manual Estimating Courses - Online

The CRBSC 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 Canadian Retail Building Supply Council (CRBSC) 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), the Quebec Hardware and Building Supply Association (AQMAT) and the Atlantic Building Supply Dealers Association (ABSDA).  Under the direction of the CRBSC, Stan Burkholder, a well-respected CRBSC and industry facilitator, has worked with one of Canada’s leading developers of on-line programming to translate the two-day classroom CRBSC 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 that 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 Canadian Retail Building Supply Council (CRBSC) is an umbrella organization comprising of the five 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.


  • October 23 – 27, 2017    Manual Estimating Level 1, Level 2, and Principles of Yard and Warehouse Operations             Calgary, AB 
    Online Registration will open August 15, 2017

  • November 6 – 10, 2017    Manual Estimating Level 1, Level 2, and Principles of Yard and Warehouse Operations              Winnipeg, MB 
    Online Registration will open August 15, 2017

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.

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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

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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.

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Forklift DriverOperator Safety Training Courses 2017

Reduce equipment, product and facility damages

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Enhance employee morale and company safety culture
 

Jobsite training includes complete worksite-hazard assessment training, equipment inspection training and CSA/OHS compliant course material.

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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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