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Introduction to cost estimating

We have created this course to help those involved in preparing estimates of costs, time and duration.

1 day

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Members: £495 + VAT
Non-members: £595 + VAT

Course Location & Date
Introduction to cost estimating
£495.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£595.00 Plus vat


We have created this course to help those involved in preparing estimates of costs, time and duration.

The need for good estimating practice is fundamental to a business’ commercial viability as well as being a source of sustainable competitive advantage.

Throughout the programme, you will experience and practise a number of estimating methods and upon completion will be able to make an informed decision regarding the most appropriate technique to adopt in a range of scenarios.

You will develop a range of skills and techniques that may be applied to estimating tasks, whether they be simple internal tasks or complex programmes.

Who should attend?

This programme is suitable for engineers and non-engineers at all levels.

How will I benefit?

After the course you will be able to: 

  • Understand what an estimate is and why we estimate
  • Understand the business impact of good and bad cost estimating
  • Understand the different cost inputs
  • Select the appropriate estimating method for a given task
  • Estimate labour, materials and overheads
  • Understand the role of statistics in estimating
  • Understand the impact of risk and uncertainty
  • Effectively document the estimate


Contributes 7 CPD hours

Very good course, even for non-engineers. Guy Horsley very good trainer - would recommend.

Anna Ross, Horizon Nuclear Power

Key topics

  • Fundamental estimating principles
  • Estimate definitions
  • Accuracy versus precision
  • Classes of estimate
  • Cost and schedule estimating methods and techniques
  • Developing probabilistic estimates
  • Determining appropriate levels of contingency
  • Estimating good practices and lessons learned

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: B and C

  1. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’ For Incorporated Engineers ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’
  2. Responsibility, management or leadership - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: 'Provide Technical and commercial leadership’

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At a glance

  • Duration:
    1 day
  • Location:
    Coventry, London
  • CPD Hours:
  • Accredited:
  • UK-Spec:
    B, C

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22 Nov 2019
10 Jul 2020 10% discount available until 10 May
16 Nov 2020 10% discount available until 16 September

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