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: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 30

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City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term1 2016

Course Contact: Matthew Sweeney

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4105

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Course Description

In this course you will cover the outcomes required to read and interpret plans and specifications applicable to low rise residential and commercial projects in order to inform estimation, planning and supervisory activities.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications


3  Locate and identify key features on a site plan.   3.1  Building site is identified from location drawings.   3.2  True north and building orientation are identified from details provided on site plan.   3.3  Key features of site plan are identified.

5  Correctly read and interpret specifications.   5.1  Provisional sum (PS) and prime cost (PC) values are identified and correctly applied.   5.2  Customer variations to standard specifications are identified.   5.3  Correct interpretations of essential elements are applied to estimation, planning and supervisory tasks and are communicated.   5.4  Building codes or standards affecting the work to be undertaken are identified, including references to Australian standards and the National Construction Code (NCC).

4.1  Key features of plans, elevations and sections are identified.   4.2  Client requested variations to standard plans are identified on drawings.

2. Apply commonly used symbols and abbreviations.

2.1  Commonly used symbols and abbreviations on drawings are identified, understood and applied   2.2  Common building and construction terms used on drawings are identified, understood and applied


6. Identify non-structural aspects to the specification.

6.1  Key features of products included in the specification  are identified, including the design, purpose, aesthetics and cost relati

1 Identify types of drawings and their purposes.

1.1  Purpose and advantage of different types of drawings  are identified.   1.2  Different aspects of drawings  are identified.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written, oral, practical tasks and activities.Students will be asked to personally demonstrate to the teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals. 

Assessment Tasks

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


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Assessment 3

Project 2

Assessment 4

Project 3