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Plan Reading Course



01 December


On Campus (Sydney)


1 day


8 hrs

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Lead Presenters

Stephen Krimmer

Stephen Krimmer
Senior Building Surveyor

Stephen is an accredited certifier and supervisor with over twenty years' local government experience, with a specific focus on swimming pool assessment, inspections and education. He delivers engaging swimming pool training courses to assist both local government organisations and accredited certifiers.

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Craig Squires

Craig Squires
Environmental Health and Building Surveyor

Craig is an environmental health and building surveyor with almost twenty years' of experience in local government. He has taught at the University of Western Sydney and at TAFE and works at Penrith City Council.

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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, participants should:

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

-  Site plans, floor plans and elevation plans

-  Subdivision plans and Section 88b instruments

-  Section plans, shadow diagrams and 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.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and 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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Fri 01 Dec 2023 -
Fri 01 Dec 2023
Expert: Stephen Krimmer, Craig Squires
  • UTS City Campus. Click on the underlined sessions and hours total link below to reveal specific session details.
  • On Campus (Sydney)
  • 1 session, 8 hours total

Enrolments close 9am Friday 1 December 2023 AEDT or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first.

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Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.