AutoCAD Architecture training
AutoCAD Architecture Essentials training

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Key details

Key details

Learn to use the AutoCAD Architecture toolset for architectural design. Available at our centres, or your venue.

Our AutoCAD Architecture Essentials course teaches the key commands for architectural design, and explores the resources and tools available to increase productivity in the design process.

The topics covered include:

  • Basic wall construction and wall openings.
  • Structural design.
  • Designing ceilings, stairs, railings, floors, roofs.
  • Drawing management.
  • Models views.

AutoCAD Architecture Essentials training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) AutoCAD Architecture courses. We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

As we’d be hosting this course exclusively for you/your group, the training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in AutoCAD Architecture.

Accredited AutoCAD Architecture training

Armada is an Autodesk authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our AutoCAD Architecture training courses are accredited by Autodesk.

AutoCAD Architecture courses are hosted by Simon Oliver, an Autodesk Certified Instructor, with vast experience of using the application professionally.

How will I learn?

AutoCAD Architecture training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running AutoCAD Architecture.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for AutoCAD Architecture, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited AutoCAD Architecture training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following AutoCAD Architecture training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their AutoCAD Architecture trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


Delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of standard AutoCAD, i.e. have attended AutoCAD Essentials training or have equivalent knowledge.

AutoCAD Architecture version

Training can be based on any version of AutoCAD Architecture to suit you.

General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for AutoCAD Architecture training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.


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Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request AutoCAD Architecture Essentials course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request AutoCAD Architecture Essentials course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Simon Oliver

AutoCAD Architecture trainer Simon Oliver

AutoCAD Architecture courses are hosted by Simon Oliver.

Simon studied Building and Civil Engineering and went on to work in a shop fitting drawing office where he gained expert knowledge of the AutoCAD Architecture application.

In the mid 1980’s, Simon joined one of the first Autodesk main dealers in the UK. There, he fulfilled a range of roles including CAD operator and trainer, as well as carrying out sales demonstrations and providing support to the companies’ AutoCAD client base in a range of industry sectors.

Since 1992, Simon has concentrated on carrying out training and providing support services to AutoCAD users. He has achieved Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI) status along with previously gained City and Guilds qualifications in training.

Course content

Course content

Introduction to AutoCAD Architecture

  • Understanding AutoCAD Architecture
  • The user interface
  • Viewing in 3D

Basic Wall Construction

  • Adding walls
  • Modifying walls
  • Creating curtain walls

Creating Wall Openings

  • Adding wall openings
  • Modifying wall openings

Structural Design

  • Creating column grids and columns
  • Modifying column grids
  • Annotating column grids
  • Working With structural members

Reflected Ceiling Plans

  • Creating ceiling grids
  • Modifying ceiling grids
  • Inserting ceiling fixtures

Vertical Circulation

  • Adding stairs
  • Modifying stairs
  • Adding railings
  • Modifying railings


  • Creating floor slabs
  • Modifying floor slabs
  • Editing slabs using Slab Tools


  • Creating roofs
  • Modifying roofs
  • Working with roof slabs
  • Modifying roof slabs
  • Roof Slab Tools

Fixtures, Furnishings and Equipment

  • Furnishing the building design
  • Adding blocks to the Tool Palettes

Introduction to Drawing Management

  • Project concepts
  • Using the Project Navigator

Building Model Views

  • Boundary and detail callouts
  • Elevations and building sections
  • Modifying callout objects
  • Using live sections


  • Drawing scale for annotation
  • Adding text and leaders
  • Dimensioning in AutoCAD Architecture
  • Other annotation tools


  • Adding door and window tags
  • Editing tag data
  • Creating schedules
  • Editing schedules

Remote training is available for our most popular courses. For a limited time, we’re offering discounts off the usual course price. See Remote training.