Three sources for online blueprint-reading courses are the websites for the American Society of Professional Estimators, Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and the AGC Education Foundation. In addition to basic architectural and construction blueprint reading, related courses are available, such as blueprint sketching, project estimating and bidding, building commissioning and construction materials.
A basic blueprint-reading course, such as the one offered by the American Society of Professional Estimators, typically covers blueprint lines and symbols, civil drawings, plumbing and electrical, foundations, interior and exterior finishes, superstructure and the design process. The various course lengths range from 3 to 10 weeks, and the majority of the courses are paced, with weekly assignment submissions required.
A foundational skill in the construction industry, blueprint reading is a key factor in determining costs, choosing the proper materials and identifying potential issues before construction begins. Both worksite and office personnel can benefit from a thorough understanding of the many details included in blueprints.