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Understanding Construction Documents

This popular course provides an introductory understanding of how to read and interpret the various forms of construction documents for all areas of construction with an emphasis on architectural and structural trades.

Note: Understanding Construction Documents is now full. Registration will reopen for the Fall 2024 Semester. 

Make sure to join the WMCI mailing list to be notified when this course opens!

Course Description

Attendees will practice analyzing drawings of the various trade disciplines and see how information is referenced throughout a set of construction documents. The course highlights the inter-relationship between the various disciplines, included in sets of construction documents (blueprints) from a simple duplex through a more complicated school addition. Finally, attendees will learn how inconsistencies are treated and resolved in construction documents.

course details

instructor: Stan Elenbaas

Stan Elenbaas - The WMCI Understanding Construction Documents Instructor

VP of Estimating, Erhardt Construction

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.


  1. Overview of Documents, Terminology, and Site Plans
  2. Foundations and Building Framing
  3. Building Enclosure and Partitioning
  4. Interior Finishing and Chasing the Details
  5. Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical Plans
  6. Specifications and Bid Manuals

Understanding Construction Documents Registration Form

Understanding Construction Documents is now full for the Spring '24 Semester. 

If you have any questions or would like to be placed on the waiting list please contact Student Services & Continuing Education Specialist Jordyn Willick at jwillick@wmcinstitute.com.