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Organised by the Association of Electrical Contractors (Ireland) in association with EPCAMS Estimating and Training, the Electrical Estimating training seminars will equip electrical contractors with a basic knowledge and means of developing the skills of estimating/pricing electrical work.

Courses include information on identifying and calculating the true cost of the service they provide, realising the cost of waste and factoring all their costs into charge out rates. Attendees will also learn the following:

– Understanding the need for profit.

– Illustrate ways and provide hands-on practice of measuring and pricing electrical work.

– Pricing preliminaries.

– Understanding the structure of tender documents and filling them in.

– Understanding a synopsis of some contracts.

Courses, which are taking place until June at locations around the country, are delivered in three modules over a three-week period and provide about 10 hours of training.

Module 1, ‘Working towards Profit’, is four hours long, while Modules 2 and 3, ‘Estimating Electrical Work’, range from three to three-and-a-half hours each.

Module 2 includes specific information on tender procedures and contract conditions, tools required for estimating and how to structure or breakdown your estimate. How to measure electrical works on “take off” sheets will also be covered, as will how to apply overheads and profit to tenders and understanding how electrical work is awarded/assigned.

There are two weeks between Modules 2 and 3 to allow participants to carry out the measuring and pricing of a small project in their own office/workplace. Content will focus on comparing participants priced ‘take offs’ with estimators ‘take offs’; reflecting on the various cost components from Module 1 and applying to estimate; understanding preliminaries and how to price; and how to calculate appropriate overheads’ value to each job.

The AECI says this training is of particular benefit to newly- set-up electrical contractors, anyone intending setting up, or, electrical contractors who want to brush up on their rate costing and estimating skills. Courses for AECI members cost €285 for three modules and €360 for non-members.

Established in 1960, the aim of the AECI is to protect and promote the interests of members in any way concerning their trading. The Association’s Executive Council – which is elected each year – is constantly working to obtain benefits for Association members in the pursuance of their business.

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