Carter School of Estimating

Learn to Estimate

Welcome to the Carter School of Estimating, your premier resource for construction estimating education since 1976. Specializing in courses for drywall, metal framing, and painting, we offer comprehensive estimating classes and courses that have trained thousands of professionals for almost half a century.

Our training covers everything from plan reading and specifications to takeoff and bid pricing, equipping you with the skills to excel as a professional estimator. Choose the Carter School of Estimating for top-quality estimating courses to advance your career as a construction estimator.


Commercial Drywall, Metal Framing, Insulation and ACT


Commercial Painting

Our Construction Estimating Courses Solve Problems

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I have trouble reading prints.

Okay, so let's change that! Our construction estimating courses include plan reading, tailored to your trade. By the end of your course, you'll be able to distinguish between materials that belong to you and will have learned how to measure and count them for pricing.
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I have no previous estimating experience.

Join the club! Our courses are designed for the person who has little to no estimating experience. By the end of your course, you'll be armed with new estimating knowledge.
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I can't make heads or tails out of what my estimator presents to me.

Being at the mercy of an estimator that you hired can be a scary thing. But learning to "talk turkey" with an estimator is typically an immediate benefit of taking our courses.
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When bidding, I'm always high or low it seems.

A common problem with inexperienced estimators is not being consistently accurate with bidding. Learn our system and we're confident that you'll see the true values of each and every job that you price.
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We never make the profit that we figured.

Figuring one amount of profit but making another (usually less) is a very common thing amongst inexperienced (and experienced) estimators. They don't know what they don't know... it's that simple. Learn our system and start realizing more accurate profits.
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In the comfort of your home or office

Our courses can be taken anywhere that has a good internet connection. Please make sure it's a quiet place!
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90-day access period

You'll have plenty of time to take our courses because we have given you 90-day access to learning. This allows a student to go over course material as many times as they wish!
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At any time you want

That's right! Now, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from taking our courses. We've removed all the barriers for you.  Our classes are available 24/7.
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Feeling energetic one day but a bit laid back the next?
No problem. Learn at your own pace on your own time.
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What Will You learn

Plans and Specifications

How to interpret plans and specs
How to discover details that are relevant
How to perform a quality takeoff
How to properly price a job
How to check for bid accuracy
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Man Days and Production Rates

How to apply proper production rates
How to create unit prices
How to figure man days
How to figure overhead and profit
How to figure worker wages and selling prices  
How to price odd shaped objects
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Wins and Losses

How to bid the proper jobs
How to learn if a job isn’t right for you
How to spot errors before your bid is submitted
How to know if your win/lose ratio is off
How to utilize and track historical data
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From Field to Office

How to get everyone on the same page
How to time workers on particular tasks
How to adjust based on field feedback
How to know when field production is off
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Let's create your future!

Since 1976

The Carter School of Estimating is much more than an estimating school. We are a life partner to thousands of students who have come before you. Whether it’s a painting estimating course or a drywall estimating course that you’re looking for, look no further.

When you purchase a course from our estimating school, you purchase peace of mind. You purchase an estimating course that will help you in your estimating career. Your journey doesn’t end after your estimating course is finished, but rather…it begins!

And so, our promise to you is that we’re here for you long after your estimating course ends. If you ever have a question about what was covered in class…or are stuck on a particular detail of a job, we’ll help you, free of charge.

What other students have said

“Harry Carter is truly a miracle worker in terms of estimating education. Not only did his school greatly exceed my expectations, it also gave me a much broader understanding of overhead and other business expenses.”

Tyler Boutot

B&B Drywall, Inc.
“Harry Carter is a patient teacher and has the ability to make anyone a great estimator. He taught me that estimating is an art and that one needs to understand that, in order to excel in the field of estimating.”

Dan Gallagher

Shannon Corp.
“I loved Harry’s approach to blueprint reading for painting. His class was informative, educational and enlightening. Harry never rushed and made time for anyone who needed help. I highly recommend this class for everyone.”

Steve Grossman

If Walls Could Talk

Harry Carter

Carter School of Estimating
My estimating courses cover material, man days, production rates, difficulty factors, overhead and a whole lot more! Call (603) 263-0345 or write today and I’ll change the way you think about a lot of things regarding estimating. Estimating is an art. I’d like to think of myself as a great artist when it comes to estimating. Let me bring out the estimating artist in you.
855 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
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