Carter School of Estimating

Learn to Estimate Commercial

Drywall or Painting

90-Day Access - At Your Own Pace

Drywall - includes taping, metal framing, insulation and ACT.

Painting - includes commercial painting

Our Construction Estimating Courses Solve Problems

I have trouble reading plans.

Okay, so let's change that! Our 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.


Take our courses 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!

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. No more worrying that your daily work will get in the way. Our classes are available 24/7.

90-day access

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! 


 Feeling energetic one day but a bit laid back the next? No problem. Learn at your own pace on your own time.

what will you learn?

Your Course Includes

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.

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.

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

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.

We use our experience to create yours

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