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Continuing Education

Construction Estimating and Administrative Controls


The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

The Construction Estimating and Administrative Controls (CEAC) certificate is a rebuild of the Construction Technology certificate, which has a long history of providing professional development and re-training for the Alberta construction industry. To update this certificate, we engaged industry partners, associations and subject-matter experts to develop courses that focus on the needs of industry today and into the future.

CEAC offers 3 industry-specific certificate options, each focused on providing a solid understanding of the fundamentals of construction, including estimating, project management and administrative control functions.

These courses are useful for all levels of construction employees, from entry level workers to junior and intermediate project management supervisors. This certificate will be of particular interest to project managers, superintendents, estimators and owners of construction companies.

If you wish to request a Recognition of Prior Learning for past education or work experience, please email ced_ast@nait.ca.


Please refer to the Construction Estimating and Administrative Controls (CEAC) program map (pdf) for the course progression details.

Students must successfully complete all required courses within the certificate of their choice to be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement. Students must apply for the certificate by completing a Request for Certification form (pdf) and returning the completed form to ced_ast@nait.ca.

If you wish to request a Recognition of Prior Learning for past education or work experience, please email ced_ast@nait.ca.


NAIT is seeking Gold Seal accreditation by the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) for the following courses.

Please refer back to this section in the future for additional information on the accreditation status.

There are 2 other certificate options available to students:

Construction Estimating

An accelerated and focused selection of courses specific to building your abilities for participating in construction estimating activities.

Construction Administrative Controls

An accelerated and focused selection of course specific to building the necessary skills for participating in construction management activities.

What to Expect

The Construction Estimating and Administrative Controls certificate offers the full spectrum of courses to build your knowledge and abilities to participate in both the estimating and management of construction projects. As these 2 primary areas are linked throughout the full life-cycle of any given project, it is important to understand both aspects.

Each CEAC course includes 2 sessions per week: one face-to-face session in a classroom, and the other online in an on-demand format.

Online classes will be held two evenings after the face-to-face classes. Students are not required to log into the online course during the time noted in each course section; however, an instructor will be available during the listed online hours for support.​

It is recommended that students register for courses at least one (1) week prior to the start date; however, registrations are accepted until one day prior to the start of class.

Career Opportunities

In today’s job market, there is a high demand for qualified construction managers, estimators and technologists. Graduates will find courses in this program to be directly applicable to their construction career. Having a Construction Estimating and Administrative Controls certificate in your toolbox will widen your career choices and overall employability.