Online course FAQs

The AGC Education Foundation is pleased to provide online training in coordination with Construction Experts, Inc.:

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) for potential students so you can get an understanding of the online learning environment. Class participation, attendance, class access, communication with instructors, and staying informed are all covered below. If you have additional questions, contact our office at at 206.284.4500.

How does the online course work?

Most of the classes are paced classes. Each week a new module will be released. The module contains online written lectures, assignments, and a quiz. You will have all week to complete the assigned tasks. All work is due the following Sunday.

If you are enrolled in one of the self-paced classes (101: Introduction to Construction Estimating or 102: Essential Construction Math only) a new module will open once you have taken the quiz for the prior module. You have access to Module 1 upon receiving class access. For example, once you take the quiz for Module 1, Module 2 will open.

Each class has an instructor. The instructors are construction professionals with decades of specialized experience in estimating, building, civil site work, supervision, and project management.

How do I register for a class?

View the list of Estimating and Related Courses or the Supervisory Training Program (STP) courses to register.

Once you have completed the registration process, you will be issued a password to get started in the course.

When do I receive access to the class?

Students enrolled in paced classes are sent class access one week prior to the start of class. As soon as you receive an email with your login information you can access your online class(es). Students enrolled in self-paced classes are sent class access within one to two working days of registration.

When do I have to attend class?

Classes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Log in several times throughout the week to contribute to and keep up with the online discussions. When you log in is up to you.

Most of the courses require about four to five hours per week of effort on your part.  You can expect to log into the online classroom early in the week when the weekly module is released.  Then, log in several times throughout the week to keep up with the discussions.

How will I interact with the teacher?

We know how important it is for the teacher to be available to the student.  The in-classroom message system works best for all teachers.

How do students learn in an online classroom?

Students learn by being actively involved in the course.  Participate in discussion groups where case studies, industry problems and other topics are discussed.  Submit your response to a discussion question by using the classroom discussion board.  Respond to what another student has submitted.  Work out the solutions to problems, discuss applicable construction experience or ask questions if you do not have an experience to share, and study your textbook.  Use the instructor-selected resources at the end of each lesson to further your education.

Do you have a demonstration course I can look at before registering?

View the online demo tour where you can see class module, lesson, discussion board, quiz, grade sheet, and messenger system.