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Plan Reading Course

This course is designed to provide you with the skills needed to read and interpret the various types of building plans.

About this course

The skills and experience to confidently and correctly read and interpret plans associated with planning, building, certification and construction are essential for a range of professionals in regulation and building. Reading and interpreting plans correctly ensures consistent, high quality outcomes in all sectors where plans are used and safeguards against incorrect costing, quoting and certification.

This course provides participants of all levels the knowledge needed to actively engage with the plan reading process. It is designed to provide you with the confidence to read and interpret the various types of plans used in local government and the building certification sector. The course draws on a variety of teaching methods from presenters with over twenty years of experience. You  will be provided with practical activities, ensuring a hands-on experience in reading, measuring and interpreting plans.

Course structure

The following content will be covered during this course:

  • The importance of plan reading and correct terminology
  • Interpreting plan scales
  • Understanding contours
  • Interpreting site plans, floor plans, elevations plans, section plans etc.
  • Subdivision plans and 88b instruments
  • Interpreting overshadowing diagrams
  • Reading specialised plans: engineering details and bushfire plans.

Learning outcomes

By the completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand the importance of reading and interpreting plans correctly.
  • Identify some of the common industry problems in plan reading and develop skills to resolve these issues.
  • Gain practical skills in understanding ‘scales’ and ‘contours’ on plans
  • Gain experience in reading and interpreting a variety of plans including:

- Site plans  /  Floor plans  /  Elevation plans  

- Subdivision plans and Section 88b instruments

- Section plans  /  Shadow diagrams  / Engineering plans.

Delivery style

This course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

In-house training solutions

This course can also be customised and delivered in-house. Find out more >

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via Zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone who is looking to develop their plan reading skills including administration staff, council customer service staff, trainee and graduate planners and building surveyors.







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