Construction Industry Training Network (CITN)

Interpreting Blueprints & Specifications (Live Online Training)
Tuesday, May 9th - Friday, May 12th, 2023
Registration Deadline
Monday, May 8th, 2023
Event Description

Using an example three-story commercial project, this course will walk you through a complete set of architectural, mechanical, electrical, civil, and structural drawings. You will learn how to read and decipher a set of blueprints, including: plans, sections, elevations, plan details, and drawing conventions (standards, line weights, line types), and more!  In second half of the course, you will learn the components of the three-part National Master Specification (NMS). By the end of the course, you will learn how to create specification sections based on ARCAT website software. *Students will need a calculator and be prepared to complete some basic math exercises


By the end of this course, you will:


Interpreting Drawings

  • Understand what constitutes a “complete” set of drawings used in contract documents
  • Be able to scan an entire set of drawings (A, C, S, M, E, L disciplines) and evaluate the degree of errors and omissions
  • Learn how to cross reference plans, to building sections, to wall sections, to elevations, to details
  • Be able to read and apply material schedules found in drawings
  • Understand how tagging works to coordinate the information between material schedules and drawings


3-Part Specifications:

  • Understand the components of a 3-part MASTERFORMAT specification, Division 1 General Conditions, and Division 2-49 of Technical Specifications
  • Learn how to use the practical applications of ARCAT for specification editing
  • Be able to develop specification sections and apply correct formatting


Delivery Method: Virtual Delivery – Zoom Meeting           

Course Fee Includes:  Access to the course, course materials, and a digital certificate upon completion. 


This course is delivered in partnership with local and provincial construction associations across Canada. You will be participating with a group of industry peers from multiple regions.


Sharing a single registration between two or more individuals is not permitted. Please register each person that will be in attendance.



While there is no official prerequisite for this session students should be prepared to complete some basic math exercises. *Please note the course technical requirements asks participants to be equipped with a calculator.



Contact & Support

For support or inquiries, please email or call 604-293-2339.

All prices in Canadian dollars
Ticket Price
Attendee Registration for Webinar
BC Road Builders Member $649.00
CITN Member $649.00
ICBA Member $649.00
Non-Member $849.00
Day 1    Tuesday May 9, 2023
8:30am - 11:30am
Day 2    Wednesday May 10, 2023
8:30am - 11:30am
Webinar Day 2
Day 3    Thursday May 11, 2023
8:30am - 11:30am
Webinar Day 3
Day 4    Friday May 12, 2023
8:30am - 11:30am
Webinar Day 4
Additional Information



  1. Computer or laptop
    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cell-phones or tablets may not be adequate.
    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS
    • For a full list of Zoom’s requirements click here
    • Downloading of the Zoom app will ensure a much faster experience
  2. Webcam – in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class
  3. Microphone
  4. Internet connection - For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. Minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.
  5. A quiet space with minimal distractions - microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.  
  6. Comfortable chair 
Cancellation &
Refund Policy
Cancellations received at least 5 business days prior to the webinar date will result in a full refund.
Registrants who do not attend/log into the webinar, and/or who do not notify CITN of cancellation at least 5 full business days prior to the course date will be assessed the full cost of the webinar. There will be no refunds or credits in this case.
Substitution of attendees is permitted up to and including the day of the webinar.
CITN may have to postpone or cancel webinars due to insufficient enrolment, in which case CITN’s liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.
^ Back to Top