Reading and understanding plans


To gain an understanding of architectural drawings and their uses, particularly for managing access into and within buildings.

Course dates

The course is running on the following dates in 2023:

  • Next dates are to be confirmed. Please email to register your interest for this course. 

About the course

The course is most relevant to facilities and building managers, access officers, prospective access auditors as well as anyone planning building alterations who have little or no previous experience of using or reading plans, and those looking towards possible future NRAC accreditation.

The course will run from 10:30am to 3:30pm and will cover:

  • How to read and understand architects’ plans
  • The key information found in architects’ plans, including symbols and scale
  • Types of plans – layouts and elevations
  • Planning and building control processes
  • Assessing plans against access standards.


The course fee is £390.

Need more information?

Please contact us if you have any additional questions or require more information about this course.


The Centre for Accessible Environments reserves the right to change, postpone or cancel any event with reasonable notice. Please do not confirm or finalise any travel arrangements or accommodation bookings until you have been given confirmation by the CAE that the course will go ahead as planned.

In case of force majeure, CAE has the right to alter or cancel the event without prior notice, however, a notice of the occurrence shall be given by CAE as soon as reasonably possible.