Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4274 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2012,
Term1 2013,
Term2 2014

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to read and interpret plans and specifications applicable to medium rise residential and commercial projects in order to inform estimation, planning and supervisory activities.
This unit of competency supports the needs of site managers, forepersons, estimators, builders, managers and other building and construction industry personnel responsible for ensuring the currency of plans and specifications and for reading and interpreting these for application to estimation, planning and related supervisory activities.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4012A Read and interpret plans and specifications


1. Identify types of drawings and their purposes.

2. Apply commonly used symbols and abbreviations.

3. Locate and identify key features on a site plan.

4. Identify and locate key features on drawings.

5. Correctly read and interpret specifications.

6. Identify non-structural aspects to the specification.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.