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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Friday, December 16, 2022 
9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST (including two 30-min. breaks)


Presented by
Robert Secrest

Defining the Scope of the Project and the Estimate
Control estimate small commercial building project
Project timeline
Purposes of estimate
Estimating team
Estimating resources

Estimating Construction Materials and Services
Earthwork and excavation
Estimating construction materials for wood and steel frame options

Estimating Labor, Equipment, Overhead and Profit
Estimating labor costs
Estimating for construction equipment costs
Estimating overhead costs
Estimating profit

Estimating Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
Electrical systems
Mechanical systems


 Webinar Instructions
All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 Non-HSW CE Hours
6.5 AIA LU| Elective

International Code Council:
.65 CEUs (Administration)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.5 continuing education hours for licensed architects in most states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130).

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 LU| Electives (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Practicing Institute of Engineering has evaluated and approved this course for 6.5 PDHs for engineers and architects licensed in New York.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Administration (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


Robert Secrest, PE CCE EP2 PMP LEED AP MBA


Mr. Secrest is a highly decorated Public Works and Capital Projects Cost Estimator and executive working throughout Southern California and around the world in the fields of utilities infrastructure, facilities, transportation, heavy civil, rail, bridges, residential, commercial, and military, including asset management and maintenance and operations. His accomplishments include Registered Professional Civil Engineer, P.E., Certified Cost Engineer, C.C.E., Certified Asset Manager, MIAM, and Master of Business Administration (MBA). As the first ever Director of Assets inside a major public works entity, Mr. Secrest leads cost estimating on several remarkable public works infrastructure programs for the U.S. Military, public works departments, and local water districts including several large scale construction projects such as the $150 million Point Loma Fuel Farm Replacement Project, the $8 Billion Westside Purple Line Extension, an Underground Subway Project for LA Metro, and a $3.4 Billion Fire and Police Station Construction Program while stationed in-country during Operation Enduring Freedom in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a Federal Service Medal Recipient. He has also had the opportunity to lead several large-scale construction projects throughout his 25 year career such as the $8 Billion East Span of the Oakland to San Francisco Bay Bridg (OSFBB), the $2.3 Billion Sunrise Power-Link Project and the $150 Million Sound Transit Link Light Rail. Mr. Secrest is lauded for his remarkable accuracy in cost estimating having achieved within 1-3% of general contractor sealed bids on several projects in California. He has delivered engaging presentations at the AWWA, WEF and CMAA annual conferences and has also presented before City Council on numerous occasions.

Registered Professional Civil Engineer, P.E.
Certified Cost Engineer, CCE
Certified Project Management Professional, PMP
Certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,
Accredited Professional, LEED A.P.
Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, LSSBB
Certified Contracting Officer Representative, COR
Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Developer, QSD
Certified Asset Manager, MIAM
Master of Business Administration, MBA
Licensed Class B+ Skipper (ocean yacht racing) 5-time Season Champion.
Licensed FAA Aircraft Pilot, 17 year consecutive FAA Exceptional Pilot Safety Award Recipient (annual award). Demonstrating Exemplary Pilot Safety Performance.
Licensed REALTOR and Property Manager

Member: AWWA, APWA, WEF, CWEA, CASQA, ASCE, CMAA, SAME, AACEi, PMI, Project Management Institute, U.S. Green Building Certification Institute, USGBCI, former member, American Society for Quality, ASQ, AGC, ACSM, Toastmasters.

Voted Vice President, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Construction Cost Estimating Workshop: Estimating a Small Commercial Building

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5-hour course provides the necessary tools and information to assist learners in their construction cost estimating of small commercial buildings.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to define the scope of the project and the estimate, establish a project timeline, and assemble and estimating team and resources.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to estimate construction material and services, including earthwork and excavation, pavements, foundation, wood and steel frames, floors, roofing, interiors, and finishes.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to estimate labor, equipment and overhead costs, as well as profits.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to estimate mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity renewable energy systems

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/20/2025

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.