Extend a line along this force vector--this is the line of action, which is just a guide to find the perpendicular lever arm, which starts at the pivot point, and at the other end must intersect the line of action perpendicularly. In this case (but not always) the perpendicular lever arm corresponds to the physical object. The magnitude of the torque is the product of the lever arm distance (in m), and the magnitude of the force (in N). Since this force would rotate the object counterclockwise, then this is a counterclockwise torque.
Similarly there is also a Newton's first law for rotational motion, where all of the counterclockwise torques on an object would be balanced by all of the clockwise torques on an object, such that the object would either be stationary, or have a constant rotational motion. This is the equivalent statement of saying that all the torques acting on that object add up to zero.
If you are looking forward to a career in structural engineering, then welcome to the rest of your life--keeping buildings and other structures from collapsing is all about getting the torques (and forces) to balance out (or sum to zero). Good times.