Training Services for Painting & Decorating Contractors

Tendering and Estimating Course for Painting Contractors


Some painting and decorating projects can be cost by estimating how many days a contract will take to complete and then making an allowance for materials. However, for many projects, the only way to accurately price is to measure the works and apply unit rates.Increasingly, Painting Contractors are being asked to price projects from drawings provided by the Architect or Principal/Main Contractor. The Painting and Decorating sub-contractor is expected to measure all the painting and decorating items of work from the drawings and calculate the overall tender price from the resultant bill of quantities. In the UK, all types of construction works, including painting and decorating, are measured in accordance with a set of measurement rules called Standard Method of Measurement (SMM7) or New Rules of Measurement (NRM2). It is therefore critical that Painting and Decorating sub-contractors are able to measure painting and wallpapering works in accordance with SMM7 or NRM2 from drawings either provided as ‘hard copy’ or electronic formats (pdf, dwg, dwf, CAD, tiff, jpeg etc.)

Some projects may be initially priced from a bill of quantities provided by the Client or Principal/Main Contractor, where the Painting and Decorating sub-contractor simply inserts his unit rates in order to calculate the overall tender price. Therefore, Painting Contractors need to understand how to calculate unit rates for all types of painting and decorating works.

Why Choose Us?

  • P&D Online is the only company to offer a Tendering and Estimating course that is specifically for Painting and Decorating Contractors.
  • With over 30 years experience working solely within the Painting and Decorating Industry we offer a unique blend of quantity surveying plus extensive knowledge and experience of the Painting and Decorating Industry.
  • Through our sister company (P&D Surveying Services Ltd), we are still working as quantity surveyors for painting contractors throughout the UK, so you can be sure that the information and knowledge you are receiving is ‘up to date’ and relevant to the ‘real life’ Painting and Decorating Industry.

Course Programme

  • How to price of all types and sizes of painting and decorating contract.
  • How to ‘take-off’/measure painting and decorating items of work from contract drawings in accordance with Standard Method of Measurement (SMM7) and New Rules of Measurement (NRM2)
  • Use of on screen take-off software to measure drawings.
  • How to calculate ‘all in’ unit rates for painting and decorating items of work.


This is a ‘one to one’ course, where we travel to your own office or home on a day and time to suit you. Courses are delivered on a very individual basis and are structured to meet the direct requirements of you and your company. We can even base the course delivery around a project that you are currently tendering for.


1 Day – 9.00am to 4.00pm

Course Fees

From £350.00 (excl V.A.T.)

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