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.
Introduction to Blueprint Reading Includes Closed Captioning.
Many people in the construction industry can benefit professionally by learning how to read a set of blueprints, also known as construction documents (CDs).
Your instructor is licensed architect who works with blueprints on a daily basis, preparing construction documents for commercial, government and residential projects.
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.
- 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.
Certification / Accreditation
- State of California Approval - Our individual courses, training bundles and technology certificate programs are approved by the State of California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) for both online and onsite learning.
- National Accreditation - Our individual courses, training bundles and technology certificate programs are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). All of our courses are regulated and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
- PFC 101, Introduction to Blueprint Reading, is designed as a detailed overview of residential Blueprint Reading. All students are expected to have a working ability to read in English and an interest in learning about the process of putting Construction Documents (blueprints) together.
- You will need to have access to a computer which can run Adobe Reader, which is included in the Windows and Mac operating systems. You will also need access to 10 mbps Internet
- Adobe Reader
- There is no textbook for this course.
Can I work at my own pace?
Yes. You can work at your own pace. Each course is 18 days long. You will have two weeks and three weekends to complete the course. There are set deliverable schedules which are addressed in the course syllabus.
Bandwidth Access to the Internet
Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth with a download speed of 10 Mbps.
There are two discussion forums for the course, the Student Forum and the Graded Forum.
The Student Forum is for you to interact with your fellow classmates, to discuss issues you are having, and get to know one other much like you would in a classroom environment.
The Graded Discussion Forum requires an initial post and a response to another student. These will be part of your final grade. Your initial discussion post is due Monday, one week from the beginning of class, by 11:55pm Pacific Time. Your second discussion post must be a response to another student, and it is due by the end of the course.
VDCI Student Lounge
The VDCI Student Lounge is open to all VDCI Students and Alumni. In the Student Lounge, you are welcome to ask general questions to your VDCI colleagues. Instructors and VDCI staff regularly chime in. This is a great center of engagement for our VDCU students.
Students will receive a detailed syllabus once they are enrolled in the course.
Lesson 1 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students become familiar with the architectural drawings for a high-end residential project. Topics covered include: Scales and Scaling; Architectural Scales; Engineering Scales; How sets of Construction Documents are Organized; Cover Sheet; Regulatory Agency Requirements; Sheet Index; Maps; Symbols, Dimensions and How they are Used; Site Plans; Civil Drawings; Floor Plans; Elevations; Building Sections; Enlarged Sections and Details; Structural Drawings
- PROJECT: Blueprints (CDs) for Single Family Residential Project
Lesson 2 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students become familiar with drawings included within a set of residential construction documents plus an overview of occupancy loads and egress analysis. Topics covered include: Architectural Drawings - Title Sheet; Floor Plans; Finish Schedules; Roof Plans; Building Sections; Wall Sections; Exterior Elevations; Interior Elevations; Door and Window Schedules; Details
- PROJECT: Blueprints (CDs) for Single Family Residential and an occupancy and egress analysis for a mixed-use project.
Online Course Start Dates
Please click here to see the online course schedule. Online courses begin every three weeks, on a Friday and are 18-days long.