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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 25

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this blueprint reading training:

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New York State, Pace University is extending the remote learning period on all campuses, including New York City, Pleasantville, and White Plains, through the end of the spring semester. While in-person class sessions will not be held, classes will meet via an online format. Students should check their Pace email, read Blackboard announcements, and contact their instructor for further direction.

This introductory course provides a base level of knowledge in the reading and understanding of architectural and construction blueprints. This course is intended for true beginners, as it will provide a thorough exploration of the basic concepts required to read and understand construction drawings. 

Concepts and theories covered by this course will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Orthographic projection
  • Plans, elevations, sections, and details
  • Symbols, line, dimensions, and notations
  • Architectural and engineering scales
  • Architectural, construction, and engineering drawings

Participants will receive a Pace University Certificate of Completion.

Program Topics 

  • Understand architectural and engineering scales, dimension and area drawings
  • Understand different drawing types and their usage
  • Understand the differences between a floor plan, section, and elevation, and how to read each layout’s specific elements
  • Understand the concept of orthographic projection and its usage in drawing reading and development
  • Understand how to use symbols, notations, abbreviations, and material schedules
  • Have experience reading drawings for dimensions, finishes, and details
  • Understand in general terms the design process and the role of design professionals
  • Be able to find trade information using blueprints
  • Be able to answer basic construction questions related to the layout and installation
  • Be able to identify elementary problems or short comings of the blueprints

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

Cancellations made 3 or more business days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

Please note that enrollment is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. No registration will be accepted until payment has been received. This requirement applies to all participants.  

Registrants who cancel their registration by the Wednesday of the week prior to the start of class will receive a full refund. No refunds will be granted after that date. Pace University reserves the right to substitute instructors, change the day or time a program meets, or cancel programs due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen events. If a class is canceled, a full refund will be issued.

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Question from Anonymous
I'm into general construction such as carpentry, electrical, etc. Is this for general construction?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Yes, this introduction to blueprint reading class is focused on general construction blueprints and the textbook that accompanies this class is a construction textbook. However, this is an introductory level course and assumes that the student is coming in with very limited knowledge of blueprint reading. As a result, this course may not go as deep into the specific details of certain elements because the course goals are much broader in scope.
Question from Asif I.
What materials and/or books do I need to bring to class?
Answer from Kyna N. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
There is a textbook for the course but it is provided in class and the cost of the book is included in the course fee. While not required, if you have a scale ruler, it might help you in class to bring one along. You should also bring along your preferred note-taking method like a tablet, laptop, or notepad and pen.
Question from Anonymous
It is listed as 3 separate sessions. Do I need to take all 3 sessions to get credit or is it 3 separate dates the classes are offered. I am very interested in this class and would further my career with the Department of Energy. If it is only 1 session for the cert I will have multiple people interested. We work for Fluor Marine Propulsion Corporation in upstate NY.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! It's 3 different dates that the class is offered. You can choose one of those dates and you'll receive a certificate of completion.
Question from Jordan
I have absolutely no knowledge of construction or blueprints, but am considering a career change in this area and being able to read building plans is a pre-requisite for most entry-level jobs. Is this course suitable for me, or will it go over my head? Thank you
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hello, Jordan! The Introduction to Blueprint Reading class is meant for beginners and assumes that the student has limited or no experience with blueprints. While many of our students do come from the construction field and will have more experience than a beginning student, the class is geared for students at all levels. Hope this helps!
Question from Anonymous
Do you guys give this class in Spanish?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there!I'm so sorry but the school does not offer this course in a Spanish language format.
Question from anonymous
Will this class allow me to work independently with shop drawings from this course or would I need more classes?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Pace University said, "It’s difficult to gauge what “work independently” means. But I can say that the Introduction to Blueprint Reading course is, as the name suggests, an introductory course that does not necessarily confer mastery or expert status upon completion. To that end, we offer intermediate and advanced courses for students seeking to deepen their knowledge of blueprint reading. For somebody seeking to bring their knowledge from Pace’s Introduction to Blueprint Reading course into the independent application- either as a contractor or for a personal project- further study, either at Pace or elsewhere, would be recommended."
Question from Ashley
What class is recommended to take after completing this one? The overall goal is to be educated in construction estimating.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Ashley! If you wish to become educated in Cost Estimating, the school would recommend you follow up the Blueprint Reading course with the Cost Estimating in Building Construction course. Here's the link so you can check:
Question from Lincoln
Is this certificate course?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
All of the courses within the continuing education department are non-credit certificate courses.
Question from Brenda L.
Hello the class will have 7 sessions please explain the times
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi, Shevon! You will have 7 classes in 7 days, date and time indicated below. You just need to follow the class time indicated for you to complete the 7 sessions for this class. Hope this helps!
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Reviews of Classes at Pace University CPE (265)

(265 Reviews)
Introduction to Construction Blueprint Reading Cert
Reviewed by Anonymous on 11/11/2019
Involved instructor
Introduction to Construction Blueprint Reading Cert
Reviewed by Robin S. on 11/11/2019
Instructor was well versed with the material. I completed the course with a basic knowledge of reading blueprints as the course intended. Classroom was insufficient for blueprints (tiny desks).
Introduction to Construction Blueprint Reading Cert
Reviewed by Andres V. on 4/8/2019
Great course
Introduction to Construction Blueprint Reading Cert
Reviewed by Natalie D. on 4/8/2019
The class was great, the teacher was energetic and kept the class on pace. It never felt boring and I walked away feeling like I learned something useful towards my career goals.
Introduction to Construction Blueprint Reading Cert
Reviewed by Fisnik Z. on 3/13/2019
Mike was an awesome professor he helped me learn a lot.

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