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Introduction to Estimating for Plumbers

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Introduction to Estimating for Plumbers

Course Overview | Outcomes and Recognition | Fees and Subsidies | Upcoming Courses

Course Overview

This is a non-accredited three-day course intended as an introduction to the art of estimating.

This unique classroom-based course, delivered by plumbers for plumbers, is an ideal setting for those looking for a guided, practical hands-on entry into estimating in the plumbing industry.

The course covers:

  • Current information relating to estimating and costing work;
  • The outcomes required to estimate materials, labour and time requirements;
  • The requirements to establish costs for the provision of services and or products;
  • Gathering information;
  • Reading and understanding plans;
  • Performing material take-offs;
  • Estimating of time;
  • Calculating labour rates and other associated costs; 
  • Reviewing an estimate and preparing a submission letter; and
  • A brief introduction to industry-leading digital tools used in estimating and job/project management.


There are no prerequisites for this course but it is recommended for plumbers and gas fitters.

Unique Student Identifier

Student must also possess a valid USI.

From 1 January 2015 all learners undertaking Nationally Accredited Training must possess a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI is a specific number which allows learners to access their training records and results at any time. If learners do not possess a valid USI while undertaking accredited training they will be unable to receive a Statement of Attainment.

For more information about the USI, and to create your USI please click HERE or contact MPAQ on 07 3273 0800.

Course Delivery

This course is delivered over 24 hours (generally 3 consecutive 8-hour days) face to face in a classroom setting. 

Outcomes and Recognition

Course Outcomes

On successful completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Identify sources and gather information relevant to estimating and costing plumbing services.
  • Calculate materials, labour and time requirements to complete plumbing work using information sourced from the work site or provided drawings and specifications, including the use of proprietary estimating software.
  • Identify safety requirements relevant to plumbing work, its effect on work methods and cost of completing work.
  • Cost plumbing projects taking into account materials, labour, overhead costs, contingencies and required mark-up percentages.
  • Develop documentation relating to estimating, costing and presentation of tenders/quotation to the client.

Course Recognition 

On successful completion of this course learners will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.

Fees and Subsidies

Course Fees

Small Business Funded (MPAQ Member): $250* (inc. GST)

Small Business Funded (Non-Member): $500* (inc. GST)

Non-Funded (Members and Non-Members): $750 (inc. GST)

*This course is eligible for funding under the CSQ Small Business Program. Click here to view the eligibility requirements for this funding. Evidence and ID must be submitted upon registration.

For any further queries about this funding, please contact MPAQ on 07 3273 0800.

Additional Fees

Additional fees may apply for the use of Estimating software that may be discussed during this course.

Upcoming Courses

Date & Time Location
Monday 26 - Wednesday 28 September 2022
8.30am - 4.30pm
Plumbing Industry House
11/243 Bradman Street
Acacia Ridge Qld 4110

Download and complete an enrolment form or call 07 3273 0800!

Please send completed enrolment forms to training@mpaq.com.au.

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