PHRC Workshop

PCCA Workshop - RA 102: Basic Blueprint Reading and Understanding House Plans

The ability to read construction blueprints is a foundational skill in the code enforcement and construction industries. Code officials, whether they are working in the field performing inspections or in the office performing plan reviews, must know how to read blueprints. Blueprint reading is fundamentally simple but it requires basic blueprint knowledge and practice.

This one-day program is designed to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of blueprint reading through lecture and interactive learning exercises. The exercises are designed to test your skill level and knowledge. Mastering blueprint reading will only come with practice!

After attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  1. Have an elementary knowledge of blueprint reading as it relates to residential construction projects.
  2. Be able to find trade information using blueprints.
  3. Be able to answer basic construction questions relating to the layout and installation of materials at the job site.
  4. Be able to identify elementary problems with classroom blueprints.
  5. Be exposed to different types of blueprints from construction, floor framing, roof framing, elevations, HVAC layouts, electrical, etc.
  6. Be familiar with detail bubbles that reference larger details of schedules within a plan set.

Course Materials

None required. Continental breakfast and lunch included.

Course Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Instruction time


Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

Credit Hours

6 PA L&I Contact Hours

Registration Fee


Registration Link




The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304