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PFC 101 - Blueprint Reading for Residential Construction

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Blueprint Reading for Residential Construction


Learn to read blueprints. "Blueprint" is the historic name for construction documents. Contractors build the design and follow the drawings included in the set of "blueprints."

This Introduction to Blueprint Reading course is taught by a licensed architect. Starting at the very beginning, you will learn about drawing types, scale and the interrelationships between drawings and how project information is conveyed in a set of construction documents.

Many people in the construction industry can benefit professionally by learning how to read a set of blueprints, also known as construction documents (CDs).

VDCI encourages a strong online engagement. Participate in group discussion forums. Connect with your instructor and message your classmates. Join us in the VDCI Student Lounge, where our current students and alumni share information and help one another.

This blueprint reading course is designed to help trades professionals, journey people, drafters, designers and architectural & engineering interns. By the conclusion of this class, students will be able to walk themselves through a set of construction documents.



Training Time

10 Clock Hours


Course Type

Lecture Based





Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of Construction Documents (blueprints).
  • Analyze different drawings and see how scale is presented throughout a set of Construction Documents.
  • Evaluate the similarities between all sets of blueprint construction documents submitted for building permits.
  • Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Document in this online blueprint reading course.


Here is the course outline:

Welcome & Resources

Jan 1

Topic 1: Blueprint Reading Basics

Jan 1

Topic 2: Title Sheet & Floor Plans

Topic 3: Elevations, Sections & Schedules

Topic 4: Wall Sections & Details

Topic 5: Structural Drawings

Topic 6: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing

Topic 7: Title Sheet

Topic 8: Architectural Site Plans

Topic 9: Floor Plans

Topic 10: Building Sections & Elevations

Topic 11: Interior Elevations & Roof Plan

Topic 12: Details, Schedules & Electrical

Course Completion Survey and Certificate


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

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