Blueprint Reading Basics

In our Blueprint Reading Basics course, you will start at the very beginning to learn about the drawing scale. In lessons that are thorough and detailed, you will learn how blueprint drawings are organized, and how information is referenced throughout a set of construction blueprint drawings. In this blueprint reading course, you will also review architectural and engineering blueprint drawings, as well as project specifications during this blueprint training.

By course completion, you will have...

3 Months / 30 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES3098

What you will learn

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of construction documents
  • Evaluate the similarities between all sets of blueprint construction documents submitted for building permits
  • Gain experience understanding how 3D model presentations within a set of construction documents makes the construction documents easier to understand the project

How you will benefit

  • Develop skills needed to read and understand construction documents on both residential and commercial projects
  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between construction documents, the quantity takeoff, and the construction process
  • Obtain an understanding of important terminology and jargon used in the construction industry

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 30 course hours
  1. Blueprint Reading for Residential Construction
    1. Blueprint Reading Basics
    2. Title Sheet & Floor Plans
    3. Elevations, Sections & Schedules
    4. Wall Sections & Details
    5. Structural Drawings
    6. Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing
    7. Title Sheet
    8. Architectural Site Plans
    9. Floor Plans
    10. Building Sections & Elevations
    11. Interior Elevations & Roof Plan
    12. Details, Schedules & Electrical
  2. Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction
    1. Cover Sheet & Floor Plans
    2. Elevations, Sections & Wall Types
    3. Enlarged Drawings & Occupancy/Egress
    4. Interior Design & Civil
    5. Structural
    6. Mechanical
    7. Electrical
    8. Plumbing
    9. Technology & Project Specifications

This course is designed to be self-paced and does not involve any live classes. Instead, students will have access to various self-learning resources, including video materials, practice projects, e-books, and other materials available within the course modules. Although there is no direct interaction with an instructor, students can seek help from an industry expert by submitting questions via email.


There are no prerequisites to complete this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.12 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 3 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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