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Commercial Blueprints

Learn how to efficiently navigate commercial blueprints, interpret construction drawings, and apply these concepts on a real job with carpenter and builder, Elly Hart.


  • Access to course material for 30 days.
  • Train with a Pro

  • Spanish Subtitles Available

  • Mobile Access

  • 12 In-depth Lessons

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Practical Resources

Lesson Plan

12 Video Lessons · 1H 2M

  • 1. Course Overview

    Welcome to the course! Meet your instructor, Elly, a carpenter and site lead in Vancouver, as she shares her journey with you and discusses the importance of being able to read commercial blueprints.

  • 2. Residential vs. Commercial Drawings

    Residential blueprints and commercial blueprints have a lot in common and plenty of differences. Elly teaches you the basic distinctions between them.

  • 3. Title Sheet and Project Statistics

    The title sheet lays out the what and the why of a project, the context, and the scope of work. Learn to read this crucial and often-overlooked page.

  • 4. LEED and Built Green Requirements

    Built Green and LEED are environmental standards that are increasingly applied to commercial builds. Learn to navigate these requirements and the tradeoffs associated with them.

  • 5. Window Schedule

    Schedules provide detailed information about specific building components like walls, doors, windows, and hardware that may appear multiple times throughout a building.

  • 6. Door Schedule

    Learn even more about how schedules function on a commercial build with this deep dive into doors.

  • 7. Site Plan

    The site plan is a bird's eye view of everything contained within the property lines of your build, and contains critical information that will be especially helpful during pre-construction.

  • 8. Demolition and Retention

    Demolition and retention drawings are used in renovations: they show you what gets demolished and what stays in place.

  • 9. Floor Plans

    Floor plans are often considered to be the most consequential drawings in a set of blueprints. Elly shows you how to navigate them and use them as the basis for surfacing and solving problems on your build.

  • 10. Reflected Ceiling Plans

    Reflected ceiling plans, or RCPs, give you additional context about ceiling construction than is often included in the floor plans.

  • 11. Sections

    Section views show you a building from the side, as though it were sliced like a layer cake. This useful perspective can help you understand how the whole building fits together.

  • 12. Detail Drawings

    Detail drawings show you how specific elements of the building should be constructed. Here, Elly demonstrates how to find the information you need to build a key component of commercial builds: the exit stairs.

Who it's for: This course is for those beginning in the trades, or anyone who wants to brush up on reading blueprints. We recommend having a strong foundation in Residential Blueprints.

Key Topics

  • Differences between residential and commercial prints

  • How to read environmental standards

  • How to make demolition tradeoffs

  • How to read reflected ceiling plans

  • How to navigate floor plans

  • How to read schedules

4.8 Out of
5 stars

Overall rating of 30 students

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Common Questions

  • What is MT Copeland?

    MT Copeland helps you further your career in the building industry with expert-led online education that will make you a better, smarter tradesperson.

    Our training courses give you a foundation in construction fundamentals and trade skills with real-world applications and best practices to help you grow on the job.

  • What do courses include?

    Online courses include professionally produced videos taught by leaders in the trades and supplementary learning material such as quizzes, assessments and downloadable materials to help you acquire new skills. Watch anywhere, always at your own pace. We keep lesson videos short so they’re easy to watch after work or on your lunch break. You can finish a course in one sitting, or space it out over a week or two.

  • Can you learn with MT Copeland outside of the u.s.?

    Yes! You can take MT Copeland courses from anywhere in the world. Our courses are online, so if you have access to the Internet, you can watch our training videos. Courses are taught in English, with English captions and Spanish subtitles available.

  • Where did the name MT Copeland come from?

    MT Copeland was named after a legendary educator who promoted the idea that training in a specific trade paired with a knowledge of general business principles opens up a whole new world of career possibilities. We believe in the same powerful combination of skills and knowledge.

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