Understanding Construction Documents

Course Description

An understanding of the how to read and understand the various forms of construction documents.


Ability to analyze drawings of the various trade disciplines and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents.


Knowledge of the inter-relationship between the various disciplines included in sets of Construction Documents (blueprints) from a simple duplex through a more complicated school addition.

Insight into how inconsistencies are treated and resolved in construction documents.


Meet your Lead Instructor

Kieth Vandenbergh

Course Curriculum

Who Should Attend?

This course is structured for the tradesperson who is just entering the field, or for the person that is transitioning into a position that requires a good understanding of how construction documents are related to each other. The class will also demonstrate how the different disciplines correlate with other trades.


The Understanding Construction Documents program lasts a total of 5 weeks.

Week 1: Overview of the Construction Documents, Terminology, Site plans
Week 2: Site plans (cont’d), Foundations, Building Framing
Week 3: Framing (cont’d), Building Enclosure, Partitioning
Week 4: Interior Finishing, Chasing the Details
Week 5: Plumbing, Mechanical & Electrical plans, Specifications, Bid Manuals