GBCA Online Construction Courses

GBCA regularly offers the following online construction courses. These courses can be taken at your own pace within the time allotted. The 10-week courses are offered four times per year (please check the start date).

Introduction to Construction

Start anytime, 6 weeks to complete
Member $550, Non-Member $1,100

This self-paced, four-module Introduction to Construction seminar is an introduction to the construction industry, its parties, and processes.

Students will become familiar with the different types of construction, the diverse roles, stages, and processes of a construction project. Students will develop an awareness of safety regulations, safety inspection, construction documents and their uses. Students will develop a working understanding of construction project management topics including estimating, project management, scheduling, close out and pay out.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this online construction seminar you should be able to:

  1. Understand and use standard construction terminology
  2. Identify the primary professions engaged in construction and their roles in the construction processes.
  3. Identify different types of construction
  4. Develop an understanding of the materials and processes used in construction
  5. Develop an awareness of construction safety regulations and the role of OSHA
  6. Explain and discuss the various types of contract documents
  7. Become familiar with building codes, zoning, and inspection.
  8. Understand basic concepts of estimating, project management and scheduling
  9. Identify and ascertain information about the careers in construction.
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Introduction to Construction Estimating

Start anytime, 10 weeks to complete
Member $550, Non-Member $1,100

This self-paced online class which is the gateway to more complex and trade specific estimating courses.

This online course is designed to help estimators polish their estimating skills and learn the basic skills that are absolutely required to produce successful construction estimates.

Learning Objectives:

Students who successfully complete Introduction to Construction Estimating will learn the basic principles of construction estimating. Topics to be studied include:

  • organization of the estimate
  • types of estimates
  • elements of an estimate
  • quantity take off techniques
  • pricing techniques
  • adjusting the estimate for a variety of variable factors
  • estimating labor, materials and equipment
  • profit and overhead markups
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Construction Blueprint Reading

January 16 – March 27, 2023
Member $550, Non-Member $1,100

This online blueprint reading course is designed to provide you with that foundation knowledge and enough practice at reading blueprints to get you started.

All construction professionals, regardless of whether they are working in the field or in the office, must know how to read blueprints. Blueprint reading is not terribly difficult but it does require practice and some basic knowledge of blueprints. Mastery of blueprint reading will come with practice and with using blueprints on the job on a regular basis.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of Construction Blueprint Reading Online you should:

  • Have an elementary knowledge of blueprint reading as it relates to building construction projects.
  • Understand in general terms the design process and the role of design professionals.
  • Be able to find trade information using blueprints
  • Be able to answer basic construction questions related to the layout and installation of materials at the jobsite.
  • Be able to identify elementary problems or short comings of the blueprints you are using.

This class is 100% online. It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed by the following Sunday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance and can be found in the Critical Course Information under General Course Information. 

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Construction Equipment and Methods

January 16 – March 27, 2023
Member $550, Non-Member $1,100

This course introduces construction equipment and selected heavy civil construction methods, including economy, selection, and productivity of common construction equipment and construction procedures for heavy civil construction and site development.

The course will cover an introduction to equipment economics and utilization, determining earthwork quantities, equipment production rates, fundamentals of earth moving and excavating, loading and hauling equipment, cranes, compressors, pumps and much more.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this class you should be able to:

  1. Become familiar with construction equipment and their capabilities.
  2. Learn how to best utilize construction equipment on site work and heavy civil projects.
  3. Understand standard terminology, designations, sizes, and gradations of equipment.
  4. Properly select heavy equipment based on applications, utilization, productivity, and other factors.
  5. Understand the elements of equipment cost and evaluating investment alternatives.
  6. Utilize the CAT Handbook to determine production rates for heavy equipment
  7. Develop a basic understanding of unit price and earthwork quantities
  8. Demonstrate awareness of construction safety related to earth moving operations
  9. Describe the characteristics of heavy civil construction projects.
  10. Develop a structured estimating process in unit price estimating

This class is 100% online. It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed by the following Sunday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance and can be found in the Critical Course Information under General Course Information. 

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Construction Materials and Processes

January 16 – March 27, 2023
Member $550, Non-Member $1,100

This construction materials and processes online course will give the student an overall understanding of materials and methods.

Each week we will study one specific material category, one specific construction process, and an overall construction system. The student will have the opportunity to expand the studies to include materials and processes which are normally encountered by the student in his/her work place. In addition the student is expected to research and report on the session materials and processes with respect to sustainable or “green” construction.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this construction materials and processes online class you should:

  • Be able to recognize quality control procedures for various materials
  • Be familiar with material manufacturing processes
  • Understand the physical limitations of the materials we are studying
  • Understand how the materials we are studying are used in construction
  • Know where to find information about materials when needed
  • Understand the regulatory environment under which materials are manufactured and incorporated into new structures
  • Know the relevant history of each material
  • Know the important aspects of how each material is used in construction processes

This class is 100% online. It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed by the following Sunday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance and can be found in the Critical Course Information under General Course Information. 

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Estimating and Bidding 1

January 16 – March 27, 2023
Member $550, Non-Member $1,100

This Estimating and Bidding online course features hands-on estimating and quantity take-off activities associated with General Conditions, Site Work, Concrete and Form work, and Masonry Estimating.

Take Introduction to Construction Estimating and/or Construction Blueprint Reading if you feel you need more information in these areas before taking this class. Those courses are not prerequisites but they are a part of the Certificate in Construction Estimating. You will need skillful blueprint reading and basic construction estimating skills to be successful in this class.

By the end of this class you should be able to estimate the cost of general conditions, prepare quantity take-off of excavation and back-fill, prepare a quantity take-off of concrete, and form work, se unit prices to price your estimate, prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of masonry work. The Certificate in Construction Estimating program includes this class.

PREREQUISITES: To do well in this course you should already have the following skills:

  • Know how to read blueprints
  • Know how to use a spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel
  • Have a basic knowledge of construction estimating subjects including:
    • Basic math skills
    • Estimating terminology (quantity take off, unit price, production rate, etc.)
    • Use of the calculator and architectural scale
  • Be able to organize your work so it can be easily understood by others

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this class you should be able to:

  • Plan for and organize an estimate
  • Estimate the cost of general conditions
  • Prepare quantity take off of excavation and back-fill
  • Prepare a quantity take off of concrete, and form work
  • Use unit prices to price your estimate
  • Prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of masonry work

This class is 100% online. It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed by the following Sunday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance and can be found in the Critical Course Information under General Course Information. 

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Estimating and Bidding 2

January 16 – March 27, 2023
Member $550, Non-Member $1,100

This course is designed to provide you with hands-on estimating and quantity take-off activities associated with Metals, Wood, Doors and Windows, Finishes, Electrical, and Mechanical Estimating.

By the end of this class you should be able estimate the conceptual cost of structural metals, prepare a quantity take off and estate of rough carpentry, prepare a quantity take off of roofing and waterproofing, use unit prices to price doors and windows, prepare a quantity take off and estate various finishes, prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of mechanical systems, and prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estate of electrical systems. We will also focus on the preparation of work-place ready estimating documents. Participants should know how to read blueprints and have basic knowledge of estimating, although Estimating and Bidding 1 is not a prerequisite of this class.

PREREQUISITES: To do well in this course you should already have the following skills:

  • Know how to read blueprints
  • Know how to use a spread sheet software such as Microsoft Excel, Numbers (Mac)
  • Have a basic knowledge of construction estimating subjects including:
    • Basic math skills
    • Estimating terminology (quantity take off, unit price, production rate, etc.)
    • Use of the calculator and architectural scale
  • Be able to organize your work so it can be easily understood by others

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this class you should be able to:

  • Perform quantity take offs and conceptual estimating for structural and miscellaneous metals
  • Prepare quantity take offs and estimates for rough carpentry and framing
  • Prepare quantity take offs and conceptual estimates for waterproofing and roofing
  • Prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of various finish trades
  • Utilize conceptual estimating methods to arrive at mechanical and plumbing budgets
  • Utilize conceptual estimating methods to arrive at electrical budgets

This class is 100% online. It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed by the following Sunday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance and can be found in the Critical Course Information under General Course Information. 

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