Intro to Building Material Sales & Blueprint Estimating

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
8:00 AM (EDT)
to Friday, June 21, 2024 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Category: Education



This one-day class provides your entry-level personnel, sales support staff, and employees who have limited industry knowledge with a basic understanding of building material operations, product usage in residential construction, and customer service basics. 


Topics Covered:

Building material terminology

Abbreviations, formulas, measurements

Margins, board footage, price conversions

Product usage on the job site – boards, plywood, floor, walls, trusses, roofing, soffit/siding, moldings, interior      finish stair parts, doors, windows, insulation, and builder’s hardware

Customer relations and practical selling skills

Knowledge of how profits are made (and lost)




A two-day course of instruction and discussion of residential construction methods, blueprint reading and material take-off.  Attendees will receive hands-on experience figuring an actual set of working drawings.


Attendees will learn basic blueprint reading by identifying lines, symbols and details while developing an understanding of elevations, floor plans, framing and sectional views. Students will be introduced to various residential construction methods and estimating formulas while working on a basic single level home with a trussed roof.


Topics Covered:

Blueprint Reading                        Wall Framing

Scale Usage                                   Siding & Exterior Trim

Estimating Formulas                    Roof Systems

Material Applications                  Floor Layout




This one-day course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of residential framing as well as increased efficiency in completing material estimates.  This workshop will go beyond basic house design and focus on the difficult areas of completing framing take-offs. This is an advanced course – attendees should be familiar with interpreting plans, residential construction methods, and fundamental material take-off concepts. 


Topics Covered:

Vaulted walls and ceilings, rake framing

Stick-framed roofs including hips, valleys and jack rafters

Irregular floor and roof layouts

Multi-pitched roofs, intersecting rooflines with over framing

Birmingham AL
DoubleTree Birmingham Perimeter Park

June 18  Intro to Building Material Sales
June 19-20  Basic Blueprint Estimating
June 21  Advance Blueprint Estimating

Click the REGISTER NOW button to register your team today!

Lunch is each day is included in the registration fee.  Overnight accommodations and all other meals are on the attendee's own. 

Looking for other dates/locations?
October - Oklahoma
November - Louisiana
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Cates Mock

Cates Mock

Construction Suppliers Association

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