AutoCAD Architecture training
AutoCAD Architecture training

3 days
In centre:
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Live online:
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Key details

Key details

Training in the AutoCAD Architecture application, teaching key techniques for architectural design.

Our AutoCAD Architecture course teaches architectural design using the AutoCAD Architecture application. Sessions include:

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

AutoCAD Architecture 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.

In-class or online

This course is available in-class at eight centres or live online.

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.

AutoCAD Architecture 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. 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 by:

  • Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
  • Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.

Purchase orders

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request AutoCAD Architecture 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 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 trainers

Expert trainers

AutoCAD Architecture training courses are hosted by:

Simon Oliver

Simon Oliver Autodesk Certified Instructor

Simon studied Building and Civil Engineering and worked for a short while in a shop fitting drawing office. This gave him a good background for when he started to work with AutoCAD and Autodesk’s architectural add-ons.

Simon became a CAD operator at one of the first Autodesk main dealers in the UK in the mid 1980’s, and soon progressed to carrying out sales demonstrations, hosting training and providing support to companies in a wide range of industry sectors.

Since 1992, Simon has focused on training, continuing to specialise in AutoCAD and the AutoCAD Architecture specialised toolset. He is is a long-standing Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), and has City and Guilds training qualifications.

Martin McCann

Martin McCann Autodesk Certified Instructor

Martin McCann qualified as an Architect in 1986, and he holds a teaching certificate (further and adult education).

He is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), a capacity in which he has taught thousands of professionals, including Architects, Structural Engineers and Mechanical Engineers, for over 20 years.

Martin has expert knowledge of Revit, NavisWorks, ReCap, AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture, amongst other Autodesk applications.

He has been commissioned by Autodesk on multiple occasions to host sessions for them at locations including New York, Chicago, Moscow, Milan and Munich. He has trained Autodesk’s staff and many other Autodesk Certified Instructors, and has operated as a visiting Lecturer at the University of Northumbria and Cambridge School of Art.

Martin is the author of the McCann’s BIM Guides series of published Revit training manuals.

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
Live online training

Live online training

Online training lets you participate in a live AutoCAD Architecture course from your place of work or home.

We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer, and the other delegates participating in the course…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Watch our trainer demonstrate techniques in AutoCAD Architecture.
  • Interact by speaking, or using chat.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to take control to explain something.

Like our in-class courses, online AutoCAD Architecture courses…

  • Are presented by Autodesk Certified Instructors.
  • Give you plenty of opportunity to carry out assisted, practical exercises using AutoCAD Architecture.
  • Offer 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

All you need is an Internet-connected computer with…

  • AutoCAD Architecture installed. If you don’t have a current subscription to AutoCAD Architecture, you’re entitled to a 30-day trial that’s ideal for participating in training. We’ll send you a link to this. If you’ve already used your trial, we can lend you a license for the duration of your course.
  • A webcam and audio capability. If your computer running AutoCAD Architecture doesn’t have these, you can use a second device, such as another computer or tablet. See Hardware recommendations for live online training for further details.

If there’s anything you’re not sure about we’ll do our best to help you. We won’t be able to assist with your AutoCAD Architecture installation, but we can provide details for Autodesk support who’ll be able to help you with this.

We provide everything else…

  • Links to download the files, resources, etc. you’ll use in your course.
  • A training guide. For most courses, you can choose from a printed copy that we post to you, or a PDF.

In the week before your course, we’ll send you an email containing everything you need to prepare for and participate in the training. Then, a couple of days before your course, we’ll give you a courtesy call to make sure you have everything in place and answer any questions you may have.

Please note that we are not able to record scheduled online courses for privacy reasons.

When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time