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*Cancelled* Introduction to Blueprint Reading | VICA Victoria

Single-day Course
  • 2020-01-30 08:30:00 | 2020-01-30 16:00:00
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Location Title: VICA Victoria Training Centre
City: Victoria
Cancellation Period: Course Cancellations & Substitutions: 5 Business Days before the Course: Full Refund of Registration Fee. Less than 5 Business Days before the course/Day of the course: Complimentary substitution of another member of your company/team. No refunds or transfers of registration fee.

January 23 Update - Cancelled Session

Sadly, we had to cancel this course due to low registrations. Thanks for your interest! If this is a topic that interests you, let us know. Email Chenelle Falconer, Manager, Training & Education,  (education [at]



Exclusive VICA Member Pricing: Pay only $299/registration (SAVE $300!) when you register more than one person! Call us to register and receive this special discount: 1-877-847-6471


What our students say: 

  •  "Gave me an opportunity to better understand how plans fit into the day-to-day work of my team members."
  • "Instructor did a great job of bringing real work experience to explain concepts."
  • "Answered my questions about how to interpret the elements and symbols in construction drawings." 
  • "Learning how to read structural plans has improved my skills in providing sales quotes to customers."
  • "Now I feel more confident looking at drawings and finding information."


Who should take this course?

Introduction to Blueprint Reading covers the basics of blueprint reading and is perfect for those with minimal experience. Course attendees come from a wide range of backgrounds and include estimators, design professionals, operations and administration staff,  roofing and window sales professionals, building supply professionals, job seekers, and many others!

What will you learn?

This course is a comprehensive overview of blueprint reading, ideal for those with little or no experience. By the end of the day, you will be able to use blueprints to find trade information and perform simple material take offs. Course topics also include an overview of the design process and the role of design professionals, architectural and engineering scales, floor plans and elevations, and much more!

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Have an elementary knowledge of blueprint reading as it relates to building construction projects
  • Understand in general terms the design process and the role of design professionals
  • Understand how Building Codes and Bylaws impact blueprints
  • Understand specifications and the contractual hierarchy
  • Be able to find trade information using blueprints
  • Be able to answer basic construction questions related to the layout and installation of materials
  • Identify elementary problems or shortcomings of the blueprints you are using
  • Be familiar with architectural, civil, electrical and mechanical drawings, and how they fit together
  • Understand and be able to use architectural & engineering scales
  • Understand how to convert engineering dimensions to architectural dimensions
  • Know what a floor plan, section and elevation are
  • Understand symbols, notation, abbreviations and material schedules
  • Work with drawings to obtain basic information on dimension, finishes, details, area calculations, and the ability to do simple material take offs
  • Be familiar with both commercial and residential blueprints

Course fee includes: Lunch, digital certificate provided upon successful course completion, and course material provided by the instructor in-class.

Course Format: One day of in-class instruction with course instructor.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How hard will the course be? It has been a few years since I attended a course.
    • VICA's courses are designed for working professionals just like you! Our training programs are for your professional development, and focus on increasing your knowledge as well as helping you improve on-the-job skills. This is not a rigorous academic course.
  • When do I get my course certificate?
    • Course certificates are typically emailed to students up to 4 weeks after the course is completed. If you are a Licensed Residential Builder taking the course for CPD, please make sure to take this extra time into account when planning to report your CPD.


Partner Discount Pricing:

Are you a member with one of our partner associations below? Call us directly to access partner pricing on our courses. Make sure to tell us which association you belong to when you call! (1-877-847-6471)

  • ECABC (Electrical Contractors Association of BC)
  • VRBA (Victoria Residential Builders Association)


VICA Member Discounts:

VICA members, please log in to the website before you register in order to receive your VICA member price on registration OR Call us directly to register (1-877-847-6471).

  • Exclusive VICA member discount: pay only $299/registration (SAVE $300) on this course when you register more than one person! Call to receive this special pricing.


Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
1 Gold Seal Credit
Other Credits:
Licensed Residential Builder CPD: Pre-approved for 7 CPD points, Informal
Course Certificates
  • Printable, digital, course certificate will be emailed to students on successful course completion.
  • Gold Seal Certification: 1 Gold Seal credit
  • Licensed Residential Builder CPD: Pre-approved for 7 CPD points, Informal 
Course Instructor Information

Introduction to Blueprint Reading is delivered in partnership with BGC Partners Inc., a premier industry provider of construction training courses and services.


Tim Williams, MBA, B.Econ., CPA, GSC, President of BGC Partners Inc. As a Gold Seal Certified project manager with over twenty years of experience, Tim is a sought after trainer that works with construction owners, managers, and construction industry associations across Western Canada.


Chad Brechin, AScT, President of Integrity Design Studios Inc. For over twenty years, Chad has been designing commercial, industrial and high end residential construction projects. He is an experienced trainer that has taught technical drafting and AutoCAD 3D (BIM) at a University level.

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