Construction Estimating

The Anoka Technical College Construction Estimating certificate is a 26-credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills relating to the field of construction cost estimating, quantity surveying and building materials.

In addition to estimating skills, the student receive training in related areas such as plan reading, residential/commercial construction, specifications, construction scheduling and building HVAC and electrical systems.

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Although prior knowledge or experience is not necessary to succeed in this program, prospective students should have a high school diploma or GED. A background in construction, drafting, algebra/trigonometry and computers can be helpful.

See Graduation Requirements.


 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number Course Title  Credits 
 ARCH1000  Residential Construction
 ARCH1002  Construction Print Reading         2
 ARCH1015  Commercial Construction
 ARCH1031  Building Systems
 ARCH1035  Green Building Strategies
 CEST1000  Construction Estimating I
 CEST1010  Construction Estimating II
 CEST1020  Computer Estimating
 CEST1030  Project Management for Estimators
 CEST1040  CAD Applications for Estimators 2
 TOTAL    21
 General Education Requirements

 COMP1002  Computer Technologies for Communications
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communications
 TOTAL    5

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title Credits 
 ARCH 1000  Residential Construction
 ARCH 1002  Construction Print Reading
 ARCH 1035  Green Building Strategies 1
 CEST 1000  Construction Estimating I 3
 CEST 1030  Project Management for Estimators 2
 COMP 1030  Computer Technology for Communication 2
 Spring Semester
 ARCH 1015  Commercial Construction
 ARCH 1031  Building Systems
 CEST 1010  Construction Estimating II 3
 CEST 1020  Computer Estimating 2
 CEST 1040  CAD Applications for Estimators 2
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications 3

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

The Anoka Technical College Construction Estimating certificate program has credit transferability to the Architectural Technology diploma and associate in applied science (AAS) degree programs.

 To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Anoka Technical College Construction Estimating certificate graduates learn skills and technology that can be applied to a wide variety of construction industry employers including construction subcontractors, lumber suppliers, home improvement centers and construction material suppliers.


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Jay Boyle

“I’ve always loved sketching and architecture and after my husband and I designed and built our home, I knew what I wanted to do. I initially chose Anoka Tech because of the location but after meeting with the Architecture program instructor, I knew this would be a good fit to get my career underway without the huge price tag. It focused on the important aspects of my chosen field and the great staff helped me get there.”