Course Description

Our 36-hour Reading Plans and Specifications course is designed for individuals with some practical field experience in Construction, whether Residential or Light Commercial. The course is not intended to cover the complete background history of the development of blueprints, nor is it a course on how to draw or design blueprints—its purpose is to assist you in quickly learning how to interpret blueprints and the documentation required to do that properly. The information you’ll look at includes specifications and scope of work documents. This course will also focus on helping you to develop your interpretation skills from a two-dimensional drawing to visualizing the finished three-dimensional project. You’ll also develop and learn to troubleshoot potential issues to prevent costly rework and mistakes. 

All course materials are included and accessible in the Brightspace (D2L) learning platform from your personal computer.

Note: Registration for this course closes two days before the course start date.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • interpret the concept and principles of orthographic projection
  • interpret the paper language used to produce a set of blueprints 
  • interpret the information contained in the different pages in a set of blueprints 
  • interpret how specifications relate to the blueprints and other contract documents 
  • differentiate between residential and commercial requirements within a set of blueprints
  • evaluate the level of information on a set of blueprints.

You’ll demonstrate your skill and knowledge acquisition through one online discussion, four assignments and one case study. This online course is structured and guided. All coursework must be completed as per the course schedule and no later than the course end date.

To request a course outline, contact ConEdAdvising@sait.ca

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Section Title
Reading Plans and Specifications
Internet Paced - Online Asynchronous
Jul 02, 2024 to Sep 08, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $699.00
Potential Discount(s)
Required Software
There is no software required for this course. Note minimum technical requirements below to use the Brightspace (D2L) online learning platform.
Reading List / Textbook
All required course materials are included in tuition fees.
Section Notes

Course Start:

Follow the instructions to log in to Brightspace(D2L) on the course start date from your computer.


This course offers the option to purchase one, non-refundable course extension which gives you additional time to complete the course equal to half the original course duration. Contact the Continuing Education Advising team at 1.888.284.7051 a minimum of seven days before the course’s original end date. Payment by Visa or Mastercard is required at the time of the request. 

If you have any questions, contact ConEdAdvising@sait.ca.


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