Construction Industry Training Network (CITN)

Applied Quantity Surveying/Material Take-offs (Live Online Training)
Tuesday, May 9th - Friday, May 12th, 2023
Registration Deadline
Monday, May 8th, 2023
Event Description

Quantity surveying starts with determining the construction materials required to meet the job requirements by performing a materials take-off, which is a skill set in and of itself. This course will teach you how to apply the processes and procedures required to complete accurate and consistent material take-offs for pricing or even ordering purposes. 

Using the example of a small commercial structure, attendees will complete a detailed and comprehensive quantity survey/material takeoff for items of work including earthwork, substructure, and superstructure. This isn’t a course where attendees sit back and listen – you’ll be expected to actively participate, and ‘learn by doing' under the guidance of your course instructor. Your instructor will provide direction and examples of the various material take-offs, and then you’ll get to practice!


Equipping learners with takeaway reference material, including practice files and a reference workbook to use beyond the classroom.


Course content will also cover:

  • What is a quantity surveyor and what does he or she do
  • Proper practices and procedures of quantity surveying
  • General rules and methods of measurement of construction works
  • How quantity surveys are organized and structured
  • How the MasterFormat® system is used by quantity surveyors
  • How items of construction are identified for quantity surveying
  • Applied quantification of items of earthwork
  • Applied quantification of items of concrete
  • Applied quantification of items of formwork
  • Applied quantification of items of concrete masonry units

 *Please note that this course focuses on the basic principles of quantity surveying and not about how to use excel/software to perform takeoffs. Attendees will be provided with an excel spreadsheet to use in completing exercises, which they can also choose to print and complete manually on paper. 


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the origin of the items for quantification in a general contractor environment.
  • Describe the various standard practices and procedures used in the quantity surveying discipline
  • Identify 10 steps to a successful takeoff.
  • Explain the mathematical principles behind basic quantity surveying processes.
  • Complete a detailed and comprehensive quantity survey for items of work including earthwork, substructure, and superstructure for a small commercial structure.
  • Understand how the quantity survey dovetails with the eventual estimate. 
  • What is a quantity surveyor and what do they do? 

Delivery Method: Virtual Session – Zoom Meeting           


Course Fee Includes:  Access to the course, course materials, and a digital certificate upon completion.


This course is delivered in partnership with local and provincial construction associations across Canada. You will be participating with a group of industry peers from multiple regions.


Sharing a single registration between two or more individuals is not permitted. Please register each person that will be in attendance.



Blueprint Reading: You should have a working knowledge of blueprint reading before taking this course.

Math: Students will be provided with a sample set of blueprints, and you should be comfortable with/prepared to calculate areas and volumes based on information you locate in the blueprints.


Who Should Attend

New construction estimators, staff who assist with take-offs, field engineering staff or supervisors required to order materials as part of their responsibilities, industry professionals who want to learn how a quantity survey is completed, or those considering a career as a quantity surveyor will all benefit from this course. 


Contact & Support

For support or inquiries, please email or call 604-293-2339.

All prices in Canadian dollars
Ticket Price
Attendee Registration for Webinar
BC Road Builders Member $949.00
CITN Member $949.00
ICBA Member $949.00
Non-Member $1199.00
Day 1    Tuesday May 9, 2023
8:00am - 12:00pm
Webinar Day 1
Day 2    Wednesday May 10, 2023
8:00am - 12:00pm
Webinar Day 2
Day 3    Thursday May 11, 2023
8:00am - 12:00pm
Webinar Day 3
Day 4    Friday May 12, 2023
8:00am - 12:00pm
Webinar Day 4
Additional Information
  1. Computer or laptop
    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cell-phones may not be adequate.
    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS
  2. Webcam  This is mandatory! In order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class
  3. Microphone - This is mandatory!
  4. Internet connection - For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. Minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.
  5. A quiet space with minimal distractions - microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.  
  6. Comfortable chair 
Cancellation &
Refund Policy
Cancellations received at least 5 business days prior to the webinar date will result in a full refund.
Registrants who do not attend/log into a webinar, and/or who do not notify CITN of cancellation at least 5 full business days prior to the course date will be assessed the full cost of the webinar. There will be no refunds or credits in this case.
Substitution of attendees is permitted up to and including the day of the webinar.
CITN may have to postpone or cancel webinars due to insufficient enrolment, in which case CITN's liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.
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