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Short course - Introduction to Project Estimating

This course provides participants with an understanding of the activities, roles and responsibilities within the project estimating process and the contribution of estimating to successful project planning and delivery. Participants will explore the techniques for estimating time and cost, the inputs and outputs of an estimate, and the challenges in estimating for a project.

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Course Overview

Designed to build an awareness of estimating techniques and how these develop throughout the stages of the project life cycle, this course equips participants with the understanding and confidence to contribute to the estimating process.

A highly interactive one-day course, participants will have an opportunity to practise the different elements of preparing an estimate through a series of case study exercises.

Introduction to Project Estimating can be delivered online or in-person over one day. The course is available to all individuals working in a project or programme environment and is particularly useful to those who are new to the profession.

On this course you will...

  • Contribute to the project estimating process
  • Explain the importance of project estimating
  • Understand and define different estimating techniques including comparative, parametric, and three-point estimating
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Course Structure

What you will learn

A one-day awareness course, Introduction to Project Estimating explores the following topics:

Day one
  • Use of estimates
  • Contents of an estimate
  • Estimate planning
  • Cost estimates – inputs and outputs
  • Cost elements
  • Estimating in relation to scope and schedules
  • Estimating techniques
  • Problems with estimating
  • Whole life costing
  • Estimating software systems

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