Residential Estimating

Designed for the field adjuster, desk examiner and restoration contractor handling all levels of dwelling damage estimating.

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Course information



2 weeks

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September 19 - 30, 2022
October 10 – 21, 2022 (Week 2 offers live option)
November 7 – 18, 2022
December 5 – 16, 2022

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This two week course is part 2 of the 3 week Property Adjusting course. The best value is to enroll in the full 3 week course.

Vale is now offering select courses with a live/hybrid option.

We offer the Residential Estimating course with a live/hybrid option once per quarter. The format allows for the initial portion to be virtual with the final week to be classroom-based. The live classroom sessions will be hybrid. We will broadcast all live sessions to participants following our current virtual delivery protocols. This reflects interest in travel cost savings, learner scheduling challenges and the efficiency of having some production time retained by the virtual attendees.


For students traveling to our facility, we will offer over 2 hours of instructor mentoring each day. These daily mentoring sessions will focus on a unique claim and will allow for one-on-one time with our instructor along with a graded assignment. Additionally, these students will be provided access to Vale’s Learning Sparks Library – a collection of online assessments with feedback available as part of the Labs experience at the close of the class to reinforce learning for 30 days following the completion of the course. The library includes hundreds of assets. It will be made available to classroom learners. The cost for the lab will be $595.

Designed for: Designed for the field adjuster, desk examiner, public adjuster and restoration contractor handling all levels of dwelling damage estimating.

Key Learning Objective: This two-week class teaches students how to scope and prepare thorough and accurate estimates on residential dwelling damage using their choice of leading automated estimating systems. All phases of residential construction are introduced including framing, windows and doors, interior and exterior finishes, roofing and mechanical systems. Class discussion includes material identification, nomenclature, measurement, damages, repair versus replacement, and unit cost analyses. Hands-on scoping and estimating exercises are incorporated into the instruction.

The emphasis is on learning to prepare complete, detailed and accurate estimates on damaged dwellings. After successfully completing this course, the student will have the skills and knowledge to prepare a complete and accurate electronic estimate for minor to moderate interior and exterior residential dwelling damage.


Attendees must be capable of operating Windows-based programs. Sponsors will need to indicate estimating program selection at the time of Registration.


Definitions, Estimating, Scoping 
Diagramming, Trades, Tools 

Rough Carpentry
Floors, Walls, Roofs 

Plaster, Drywall, Ceilings, Paneling 

Trim, Cabinets, Countertops, Stairs

Doors, Windows, Glass
Types and Materials 

Wood, Tile, Vinyl, Carpet 

Paint, Wallpaper 
Restoration, Deodorizing 

Siding, Trim, Soffits 
Gutters, Fences 

Roof Styles, Materials 

Concrete, Block, Brick 
Chimneys, Stucco 

Types, Insulation, Ductwork 

Rough and Finish 
Water Heaters 
Supply, Containment, Drain 

Service, Fixtures 

Estimating exercises that cover damages resulting from fire, water, wind, hail, hurricanes, collision and ensuing losses. 

This course uses the latest versions of:


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