Construction Blueprint Reading Certificate

Enroll Now!  Class commences October 10, 2015!

Learn How to Read and Interpret Construction Blueprints

This course is designed to provide knowledge of blueprint reading as it relates to the architectural and building industry.  This course will cover the theory of orthographic projections, reading floor plans, section and elevation drawings, symbols and notations, scaling and dimensioning practices, reading blueprints for structural formation, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing drawings.  Participants will receive a Pace University Certificate of Completion.


Construction; Blueprint reading; Project management; PMP; construction
Topics include:

  • Understand architectural and engineering scales
  • Convert engineering dimensions to architectural
  • Dimension and area drawings
  • Different drawing types and their usage
  • Know what a floor plan, section, and elevation are
  • Understand symbols, notations, abbreviations, and material schedules
  • Work with drawings on dimensions, finishes, details
  • Area calculations

Learn More about our NEW Advanced Construction Blueprint Reading Class.


The reading of construction blueprints is a foundational skill in construction.   All construction professionals, regardless of whether they are working in the field or in the office, must know how to read blueprints.  Blueprint reading is not terribly difficult but it does require practice and some basic knowledge of blueprints.   

This course is designed to provide you with that foundational knowledge and enough practice at reading blueprints to get you started.  Mastery of blueprint reading will come with practice and with using blueprints on the job on a regular basis.


By the end of this course, you should:

  • 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

  • Be able to find trade information using blueprints

  • Be able to answer basic construction questions related to the layout and installation of materials at the jobsite

  • Be able to identify elementary problems or short comings of the blueprints you are using


construction project management; cost estimating; blueprint reading; architect; facilities management; green building designE. Dominique Paraison has over 14 years of experience in program/project management, architectural/design, construction, and site safety management with firms and institutions as McKissack & Associates (Philadelphia), Verizon Corporation (Design & Construction- Real Estate Portfolio Management), JW Consulting Engineer (Construction Site Safety Management/ Construction Management), City of New York Department of Design & Construction (Public Works- Design & Construction), private practice, teaching architectural and construction management & safety at university level. Mr. Paraison has extensive expertise in managing complex programs and demanding projects while maintaining daily business operations for public and private facilities.  Projects   include development of major project commitments – University Campuses educational, medical, engineering, laboratory, and teaching facilities, residential buildings and hotel/commercial mixed use complexes, Utilities & Telecommunication, and MTA Transits Projects – from initial concept through programming, design, and construction, to occupancy.  

His extensive background has involved program- project- and construction- management- safety management: master planning, programming, design, bidding and award, and construction; development of program-wide contracting strategy; bid packaging and award; owner/designer/ contractor coordination; contract administration; code & zoning ordinance, quality assurance/control; constructability, biddability and value engineering; best practices; quality management, safety and security, facility operations and maintenance management; arbitration and dispute resolution.


  • "I have just finished the blueprint reading and construction project management courses with Prof Paraison. This was truly an amazing adventure. The man is dynamic in his delivery and made me love every minute of the classes. He gets 10 out of 10 any day." - T. Williams

  • "Great class, eight hours felt like three. As a person who never had any blueprint training, I was given an opportunity in a industry that requires me to have knowledge of blueprints.  I feel quite comfortable that I will gain the tools I need to succeed at the end of my course. Within one day I learned about elevations, the breakdown of an architects' rulers, the equations on the scale, plots/lots the alphabets of drawings and a lot more." - H. Haughton

  • "Overall I thought that the class was great. Professor Paraison did a great job at communicating with the class clearly as well as keeping us engaged. After just one class I feel like I understand the basics of reading a blueprint. I feel like this class is going to be of great step forward in my architectural career. Thank you for making this possible." - C. Sanchez

  • "Overall, this was the BEST class that I have ever taken." - M. Smith


FALL 2015 Course Schedule

Section 1:
Pace University Midtown
551 Fifth Avenue at 45th Street
New York, NY

October 10, 17 & 24, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $595   (includes all materials)
Course# 90024



Section 2:
Pace University Downtown Campus
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY

Tuesdays & Thursdays
November 10 - November 24, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuition: $595   (includes all materials)
Course# 90052



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