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CERT Member Wins

CERT Director Katy Abraham collecting the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) 2019 Industry Award Best Project Winner on behalf of her company Construction Cost Management, Inc. at the 2019 ASPE National Summit in Kansas City Thursday June 20th. Congratulations Katy and Construction Cost Management, Inc!

CERT Members Presenting

Steve McCune and David Battle presented to HalfMoon Education, Estimating and Scheduling, May 29,2019 – Arlington, Texas

Lou Farallo CPE, LEED AP, CDT

Lou Farallo is the sole proprietor of Farallo Professional Estimating (FPE) located in San Diego California. FPE provides estimating services to contractors and as an estimating expert for construction defect litigation. Lou has over 39 years of construction experience, including 20 years of field experience and 19 years of estimating related experience.

Lou Farallo CPE, LEED AP, CDTlfarallo@gmail.com858-361-17214459 Piute Place, San Diego CA 92117

CERT Hosts Successful Annual Conference

CERT hosted its annual conference on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22-23, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport in Dallas, Tex. Over the two-day conference, attendees heard presentations from industry professionals, an attorney and members on various timely topics affecting consulting estimators and the profession. The program provided an ideal opportunity for members, estimators and vendors to gather, network, hear educational presentations, socialize and discuss challenges confronting their practice and how they deal with them. Members and guests were treated to a pre-conference private tour of The Star, the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and training facility in Frisco, Texas.

“The event was very successful,” said David Battle, FCPE of Pre Construction Services and President of CERT. “The speakers were excellent, the topics were very relevant and the venue was ideal. We also welcomed new members who attended and enjoyed the conference.”

CERT thanks all the speakers for volunteering their time and efforts to advance the profession, all those who attended the conference, and the generous sponsors of the conference: Event sponsors, Gordian/RS Means and 14Fathoms; and program sponsors, Blundall Associates, Inc.; Custom Services Company, LLC; and McCune Estimating Services, Inc.; and the sponsor of the tour of The Star, McCune Estimating Services, Inc.

Special Offer For CERT Members!

Gordian/RS Means has provided a significant corporate sponsorship of CERT. As part of this new relationship, CERT is offering a 30% discount to its members on all RSMeans Costing Material materials (books and electronic publications) until the end of the year. CERT members have the opportunity to earn money from RSMeans by validating its productivity rates. The savings are substantial, particularly now that membership in CERT is prorated from now until the end of the year, costing only $150. Take advantage of this significant member benefit and join CERT today, or contact David Battle at 405-812-6565 for more information.

The Developing Trend of Hiring Independent Consulting Estimators

The trend of hiring independent consulting estimators is gaining momentum. While many construction companies are now subcontracting their estimating projects to independent firms, others choose to integrate the consulting estimator into their in-house teams.

By Rifka Malik, CPESC, CPE




Recent News: Special Offer, New Members, and More

Welcome to our newest members SDJ Resources, LLC and Preferred Construction Management!

Congratulations to CERT President David Battle and his firm, Pre Construction Services, Inc. for receiving a prestigious one-year validation from CERT! Members can take advantage of CERT’s special validation offer that is available only until Nov. 1, 2018, for a discounted fee of only $125 and two client references. For additional information about the offer and the program, please see the CERT validation homepage.


Consulting Estimators Round Table Presents its 2018 Fall Southeast Conference

The Dynamics of Estimating Consulting in Construction

The changing profession of estimating consulting requires estimators to be knowledgeable of the latest practices and trends in architecture, engineering and construction. Attend the annual CERT conference where members, professional estimators, industry colleagues, officials, attorneys and other professionals will gather for educational programs, networking and to share their experiences on these issues and more. Dynamic programs will be presented by interesting speakers on a range of topics, including:

  • Estimating concrete projects
  • Professional liability insurance for consultants
  • Construction law and policy for estimators
  • Technical issues in estimating consulting
  • Best Practices roundtable discussion
  • And more…

October 22-23, 2018
Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport
2334 N. International Pkwy.
DFW Airport, Texas

Cost includes admission to breakfast and lunch and educational programs and seminars. Attendance at programs is eligiblefor professional development credit.

Cost: $200 per member; early-bird discount for members only: $175, if registration and payment received by Aug. 31, 2018. Registration required by Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Make your own reservation today, for only $199 per night, exclusive of taxes and fees, using the special hotel passkey. (Room and other charges are in addition to conference fee.)

Please register and pay by Wed., Oct. 10, 2018


 Thank you to our event sponsors Gordian and 14Fathoms!