Dates and booking
Live online training
Bristol training centre
Reading training centre
Building on basic concepts teaches the use of features, commands and techniques for becoming more productive when creating, annotating and printing drawings in AutoCAD.
- advanced drawing techniques,
- using macros for customisation,
- using system variables,
- dynamic blocks,
plus many more. Click here to see the full course syllabus.
In-class or online
Our centres are open for in-class training, with full safety measures implemented. Where numbers allow, you’ll sit at a desk without anyone sitting next to you.
All courses are available in our popular live online format.
Upcoming course dates
Who should attend?
This course is for existing AutoCAD users who want to take their use of the application to the next level.
Is the training industry-specific?
The AutoCAD drawing techniques taught are generic, relevant to all industries. You will be able to apply them to whatever you’re going to be doing in the application.
Our trainers draw on exercises from a variety of disciplines.
Accredited AutoCAD training
Armada is an Autodesk authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our AutoCAD Intermediate training courses are accredited by Autodesk.
AutoCAD Intermediate training is hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors, with vast experience of using the application professionally. For details, see Expert trainers.
How will I learn?
AutoCAD Intermediate 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.
There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.
AutoCAD Intermediate training guide and certificate
- A practical AutoCAD training guide, to refer to during the course and use as a refresher after. Choose from a printed, bound guide or a PDF – whatever suits you best. If you’re participating online and you choose a printed guide, we’ll post this to you.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited AutoCAD Intermediate training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
AutoCAD certification exams
When you attend AutoCAD training, you’re not assessed and there is no exam to sit. We teach you practical skills you can use in the real world, not prepare you to sit a test.
If you want to gain an industry-recognised credential in AutoCAD, we offer Autodesk certification exams that you can sit on a future date.
Exams can be sat at our Bromsgrove centre, on online. For further details, see Certification exams.
After course support
Following AutoCAD Intermediate training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their AutoCAD trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
You should be familiar with the fundamentals of AutoCAD, i.e. have attended AutoCAD Essentials training or have equivalent knowledge through other means.
Training is based primarily on AutoCAD 2023. It is relevant to users of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, version 2018 and later, running on a Windows computer.
If you’re using AutoCAD LT, you’ll be able to actively participate in around 80% of the topics covered in this course. A small number of techniques covered not supported in LT, so you’ll have to observe these.
This course is not suitable for users of AutoCAD for Mac.
Our guarantees to you
- A price guarantee that you’re getting the best value for money.
- A training guarantee that you’ll learn the concepts and skills you need.
On-request AutoCAD training available
AutoCAD Intermediate training is also available on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group, hosted at one of our centres, your venue or online.
On-request AutoCAD training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing. Please contact us for a quote.
Payment for AutoCAD 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.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months. For further details, see Staged payments.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies or public sector organisations.
Cancellations and transfers
You can cancel a booking on a scheduled training course, or transfer to a later course, without penalty providing you give us 10 working days’ notice. Any fees already paid will be refunded.
If you cancel a booking on a scheduled AutoCAD Intermediate course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, or request a transfer to a later course, a cancellation/transfer fee is payable. The fee charged depends on the notice period given. For details, see cancellation terms.
Different terms apply for the cancellation or postponement of an on-request course (one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group). For details, see course cancellations.
Terms and conditions
Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.
AutoCAD Intermediate training courses are hosted by:
- Stewart Cobb
- Carl Portman
- Martin McCann
- Shaun Bryant
- Rod Cleasby
- Andy Roe
- Simon Oliver
- Kevin Bateman
- Nebille Al-Wahid
- Michael Sean Nugent
- Calum Fischer-Keogh
- Philip Madeley
- Lee Brown
Stewart began his working life as a junior draughtsman, and progressed through to Design Director leading a studio of designers working on both 2D and 3D projects.
He then worked for himself for over 25 years, completing around 100 design projects per year for a myriad of clients, including household names such as Vauxhall and McDonalds.
More recently, Stewart’s focus has been on training. He has been an Autodesk Certified Instructor since 2010, hosting courses in AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, AutoCAD Plant 3D, Civil 3D and SketchUp.
In between courses, Stewart uses these applications professionally when carrying out project work for clients. Using the applications regularly helps him to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices. He also specialises in the production of photorealistic rendered images and visualisations using renderers including V-Ray.
Outside of work, Stewart enjoys music (he runs the sound desk for a number of local bands), reading and playing with any new piece of technology he can lay his hands on!
Carl Portman has been an Autodesk-accredited instructor for 25 years, a College Lecturer (City and Guilds 3D modelling) for 15 years and a CAD consultant for 35 years.
Carl’s background is in engineering. He has vast design experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace and medical, and he continues to carry out project work for a range of clients. Projects that Carl has completed include designing complete car plants for Jaguar Land Rover.
Carl has expert knowledge of:
- A wide range of 3D design applications used in engineering, including AutoCAD, Alias, Fusion 360, Inventor and SolidWorks.
- Machining, CAM and CNC.
Away from work, Carl’s passion is motorsport, and until recently he raced motorbikes. He knows Silverstone and Brands Hatch like the back of his hand, and he has the scars to prove it.
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.
Shaun Bryant is an Autodesk Certified Instructor in AutoCAD and Revit, with over 33 years of industry experience.
Shaun has worked as a consultant, trainer, CAD manager, and user, with the earlier years of his CAD career in sales, pre-sales, and business development. He is an Autodesk Certified Instructor ACI and world-class LinkedIn Learning author of numerous AutoCAD and Revit online learning courses. He is also the owner and author of the reputable CAD blog, Not Just CAD!
He has been a director on the board of Autodesk User Group International (AUGI), and is a seasoned Autodesk University (AU) speaker and mentor. Shaun was the AutoCAD expert at the inaugural Autodesk University London in June 2017, he is an Autodesk Expert Elite and AutoCAD Influencer, and he’s the author of the recent Wiley title, ‘Tinkercad For Dummies’.
Away from training, Shaun is known to dabble in a bit of rock ‘n’ roll as an established singer/songwriter.
Rod has over 25 years’ experience working as a designer, visualisation expert and artist. His specialist areas include architecture, interior design and the production of photorealistic 3d virtual environments.
AutoCAD, 3ds Max and SketchUp have been the mainstay of Rod’s professional work for 20 years. He is also an expert in various related tools and technologies, including Photoshop, and he has expert knowledge of a wide range of renderers, including V-Ray, ART, Arnold and LightUp.
Rod has extensive experience training experience. He has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster on their Computer Visualisation course, and he is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor.
Away from his professional work, Rod is an accomplished artist and musician, and a prolific writer of novels, novella, poetry and prose.
Andy has worked in CAD for over 30 years in roles including Draughtsman, CAD System Manager, Project Manager and Design Engineer.
In recent years, Andy has focused on developing and delivering training courses. He is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), and he focuses primarily on Autodesk applications including AutoCAD, Inventor, Fusion 360, 3ds Max and Sketchbook, as well as Dassault Systemes SolidWorks.
Andy continues to undertake project work to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices. He specialises in modelling complex 3D designs from prototype to production, including the development of visuals and animations for a range of engineering projects.
Industries in which Andy has significant experience include aerospace, defence and automotive.
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-on such as AEC and AutoCAD Architecture.
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 toolset. He is is a long-standing Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), and has City and Guilds training qualifications.
After initially training as a draughtsman on a drawing board, Kevin now has over 30 years of AutoCAD experience, in roles including end user, CAD manager, CAD Developer and Technical Support, as well as training.
Kevin set up his own business in 1996, primarily offering tailor-made courses and acting as a CAD consultant to a number of blue-chip clients, advising on the most effective way of utilising CAD software to streamline the production of their drawings.
To practice what he preaches, when he is not training Kevin offers a bureau service to numerous clients in a variety of disciplines, from architecture to engineering to technical illustration.
Outside of work, Kevin is a keen golfer and dedicated football follower.
Nebille studied architecture at University, achieving a high-grade BSc and an MSc distinction.
Over the last 20 years, he has worked for architectural practices, local authorities and numerous blue-chip clients in the construction and related industries.
Roles Nebille has carried out include Architectural Technician, Visualiser/Animator, Revit/BIM Coordinator, Software Developer and Consultant. He specialises in project setup, family creation and team structures/collaboration.
Alongside his hands-on work, Nebille hosts regular courses in 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Revit and NavisWorks. He has been an Autodesk Certified Trainer since 2006.
Michael Sean Nugent
Michael is a multi-disciplined CAD designer, draughtsman and instructor with over 15 years’ experience.
He is an Autodesk Certified Instructor with specialist knowledge of a variety of popular Autodesk applications including AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Inventor and Revit. He’s also an expert user of Trimble SketchUp and PTC Creo (Pro Engineer).
When not hosting courses, Michael carries out CAD design work in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, architecture, construction and engineering.
Away from training and designing, Michael enjoys spending time with his dog, keeping fit, catching up on the latest TV series and socialising with friends and family.
As a registered architect, Calum has 30 years’ experience delivering technically challenging, multi-disciplinary design and construction projects using applications including AutoCAD and Revit.
Calum has lead implementation, development, sales and training teams in a CAD environment. He has a deep level of understanding of AutoCAD and Revit. As well as hosting training courses, he has significant experience presenting and demonstrating Autodesk’s solutions to clients at public events, advising clients on the implementation of Autodesk applications within their practices and troubleshooting issues that arise.
Away from training, Calum enjoys keeping fit by swimming, participating in watersports, running and hillwalking. When not participating himself, he supports his children in their competitive sporting activities.
Philip’s background is in Civil Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, and has worked as a Consultant in this industry for many years.
Philip is also a long-standing Autodesk Certified Instructor, with specialist knowledge of AutoCAD and related GIS applications such as Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D and InfraWorks.
Philip’s approach to training is practical. He loves to utilise his knowledge and experience to show delegates how they can make best use of the software on their own projects.
Away from training, Philip’s interests are photography, and watching rugby and cricket. He also does voluntary work, and describes himself as an all-round lover of life.
Lee Brown is an Autodesk Certified Instructor with 25 years’ experience working as a Draughtsman and Electrical Design Engineer.
He has numerous City and Guilds qualifications in subjects including AutoCAD 3D Design, Advanced AutoCAD System Management and Electrical Engineering.
Lee splits his time between training, and working as a Consultant. He specialises in the implementation, configuration of AutoCAD Electrical to company’s specific requirements. Industries in which Lee has implemented AutoCAD Electrical include Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Defence, Aerospace, and Building Services.
Lee has developed a range of courses for AutoCAD Electrical, and written the accompanying training guides.
He remains hands-on, carrying out regular Electrical System design and Control Panel design projects. Other tasks and project’s he’s undertaken recently include the administration of CAD databases, creation of drawing office standards, review of existing operating practices and workflows, and the management of a team of eight draughtsman.
Advanced drawing techniques
- Working with splines
- Creating advanced polylines
- Isometric drawings
Tables and table styles
- Creating a table style
- Importing from and exporting to tables
Working with reusable content
- Advanced tool palettes
* Using Macros for Customisation
Customising the User Interface
Using system variables
- Creating a dynamic block
- Adding an action
- Adding a parameter
- Creating multiple shapes in one block
- Creating parametric objects
- Using structural constraints
- Using AutoConstrain
- Using formulae
- Creating user-defined attributes
- Creating field-driven attributes
- Editing attributes
- Text fields
- * Data Extraction
External references (Xrefs)
- Raster Images
- Drawing files
- Overlay vs attachment
- Team collaboration
- Using eTransmit for distribution
User Coordinate Systems (UCS)
- Working with the World Coordinate System (WCS)
- Setting custom UCS
- Saving multiple UCS
Importing PDF files
- Controlling the PDF display
- Importing a PDF as an AutoCAD drawing
Advanced dimension styles
- Dimension sub styles
- Using the dimension tool
- Dimension tolerancing
Wipeouts and revision clouds
- Creating and using annotative text
- Creating and using Dimensions
- Creating and using Leaders
- Creating and using blocks
- Creating and using hatching
Advanced use of layer groups and filters
- Creating a group filter
- Layer visibility within a viewport
Advanced layouts and paper space
- Advanced creation techniques
- Viewport manipulation
- Creating custom viewport scales
- Named views
Line weight control (pen setup)
- Object line weight
- Layer line weight
- Colour line weight (CTB files)
Advanced plotting and exporting
- * Sheet sets
- Batch plotting
- Exporting DWF and DWFX files
Setting up and configuring AutoCAD
* To fully participate in these sessions and topics, you require full AutoCAD. If you’re participating in this course online and are using AutoCAD LT, you’ll have to observe these sessions/topics without participating.
Live online training
Online training lets you participate in a live AutoCAD 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…
- Watch our trainer demonstrate techniques in AutoCAD.
- Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
- Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to take control to explain something.
Like our in-class courses, online AutoCAD Intermediate courses…
- Are presented by Autodesk Certified Instructors.
- Give you plenty of opportunity to carry out assisted, practical exercises using AutoCAD.
- Offer 30 days’ email support from your trainer.
All you need is an Internet-connected computer with…
- AutoCAD installed. If you don’t have access to AutoCAD, we can usually send you a link to fully-functional trial software to download and install.
- A webcam and audio capability. If your computer running AutoCAD 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 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
Discounts and bundles
To make your AutoCAD training as affordable as possible, we offer:
- A discounted AutoCAD training bundle.
- A range of training discounts on our scheduled (public) AutoCAD training courses.
- A price guarantee that you won’t get AutoCAD training for less.
AutoCAD training bundle
for £1095 + VAT (classroom-based) saving £290 + VAT, or £795 + VAT (live online training) saving £290 + VAT.
The bundle price will be applied automatically when you add these three courses to your basket.
If you book multiple places on any courses, we can offer you:
- 10% discount if you book two places.
- 15% discount if you book three or four places.
- 20% discount if you book five or more places.
This can be for several people attending one course, one person attending several courses, or a combination.
These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and live online training.
We offer a 10% discount on scheduled AutoCAD course places to:
- Students, teachers and lecturers.
- People who work for a registered charity.
- ISTC members.
These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and remote training.
Please call us if you qualify for a discount. Evidence of your status that entitles you to a discount may be requested.
Terms and exclusions
Only one of the above discounts can be applied to any booking.
The above discounts are not available for on-request course bookings (one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group).
When you book training with Armada, we want you to be certain that you’re not paying over-the-odds. So, if you book a place on any scheduled (public) course and then find the same course at a lower price elsewhere, we will match that price.
To qualify for the price match:
- The course you find must be comparable. By this we mean it must:
- Cover the same subject.
- Be the same duration or longer.
- Hold the same accreditations as our course, i.e. it must be provided by an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre (ATC).
- For classroom-based courses, be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
- For online training, be a live course, i.e. not pre-prepared e-learning content.
- The lower price must be advertised on the other company’s website.
To claim a price match, just call any time before attending your course and tell us where you saw the price.
AutoCAD certification exams, leading to an industry-recognised credential, available to sit online.
Whether you’re a student or a professional, AutoCAD Autodesk Certified User (ACU) status validates your skillset, accelerating career advancement and helping you stand out in a competitive job market.
Successful candidates receive:
- An e-certificate (PDF) from Autodesk confirming your AutoCAD-certified status.
- An official Autodesk-Certified badge that you can use to market your skills, e.g. on your business cards, in your email signature, on your website, etc.
To read more about the benefits of achieving Autodesk-certified status in AutoCAD, read Lyndsay Mann’s blog What benefits does Autodesk certification bring?
AutoCAD online exams
AutoCAD exams are sat online from your place of work or home.
To protect exam integrity, exam sittings are monitored by a proctor from Armada. Your Photo ID will be verified prior to your exam starting.
To sit an online exam, all you need is a computer (Windows or Mac) with:
- A strong Internet connection (min. 5Mbps).
- Screen resolution at least 1200 x 800.
- Chrome browser.
You don’t need to have AutoCAD installed – you’ll access AutoCAD on a virtual computer during your exam. No webcam is required.
Autodesk Certified User (ACU) exam in AutoCAD
Entry level exam to validate your knowledge of fundamental concepts and procedures in AutoCAD.
- Qualification: Autodesk Certified User in AutoCAD.
- Length of exam: 50 minutes.
- Recommended preparation: Attend AutoCAD Essentials training, and have approximately 50 hours’ experience using AutoCAD.
- Further details: download exam guide.
A practice test is available that reflects the questions you’re likely to be asked in your AutoCAD ACU exam. The practice test is taken online, from your place of work or home. The test has two modes:
- Testing mode, which replicates your exam.
- Training mode, which provides step-by-step help on questions.
The practice test can be retaken up to 30 times in a one-year period.
Practice tests are only available for purchase with an exam.
AutoCAD ACU exam: £150 + VAT.
Discounted price available to Armada training delegates: £100 + VAT.
AutoCAD ACU exam/practice test bundle: £200 + VAT.
Discounted price available to Armada training delegates: £130 + VAT.
AutoCAD ACU exam retake: £75 + VAT.
When can I take my AutoCAD exam?
You can take your exam in one of our regular exam sessions.
2022 exam sessions are scheduled to take place on 18 Aug (sold out), 22 Sep, 20 Oct, 15 Dec.
Exam sittings usually take place in the morning, at 10am. We confirm your exam time one week before your sitting.
Booking an exam and payment options
To book an exam, please email firstname.lastname@example.org providing details of the exam you’d like to sit, or call 01527 834783.
Payment for AutoCAD exams can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.
Q and A
- What is the pass mark for AutoCAD ACU certification exams?
You will be notified of the pass mark prior to your exam starting.
- When do I find out if I’ve passed?
Immediately, when you complete your exam. You result is displayed on-screen.
- What happens if I do not pass?
You will receive a diagnostic score report that indicates areas for improvement. You may then retake the examination as needed. Should you need to retake an exam, simply re-book. Discounted prices are available for retakes.
- Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Email any questions you have to email@example.com.
- Top 10 reasons to get Autodesk certified
- Autodesk professional certification – the power to be remarkable.
- Autodesk professional certification – give you organisation the power to excel.
- Parsons Brinckerhoff case study.
Exam Ts & Cs
We offer a range of services to support your CAD work.
If you have a peak workload, or require assistance with a specific project, our highly experienced CAD designers can carry out project work for you. We offer CAD design services on an hourly or daily rate, or we can provide a fixed-price quote for your project.
We offer a full range of CAD design services, from 2D drafting to conceptual 3D modelling and engineering design.
Our experts can assist you with your CAD work, boosting your productivity. We can:
- Configure AutoCAD, customising the CAD workspace for your specific requirements.
- Create standards, templates, symbols, styles, etc., tailored to your CAD work.
- Advise on workflow to streamline lengthy and tedious tasks.
Support is available at our centres, or on-site at your venue.