AutoCAD training
AutoCAD Essentials training

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Key details

Key details

AutoCAD training course for beginners, teaching core skills for creating 2D drawings, plans and designs.

Our highly experienced AutoCAD instructors will teach you the key commands and techniques for producing high quality, accurate 2D drawings.

This course has been developed by CAD professionals to teach you in the most efficient way. It has been attended by many hundreds of delegates over 12 years.

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for:

  • Newcomers to AutoCAD and CAD drawing.
  • Users who are self-taught, who want to learn correct techniques.
  • Users who have previously used a different CAD tool and are switching to AutoCAD.

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 training courses are accredited by Autodesk.

AutoCAD training is hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors, with vast experience of using the application professionally.

How will I learn?

AutoCAD 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.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A highly-practical training guide for AutoCAD, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited AutoCAD 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 training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their AutoCAD trainer to help with any post-course issues.

Prerequisites

Delegates should have a good working knowledge of Windows. No prior CAD knowledge is necessary.

AutoCAD version

Training is based primarily on AutoCAD 2019, running on Windows. It is relevant to:

  • All recent versions of AutoCAD – 2010 and later.
  • AutoCAD LT and full AutoCAD.

Please contact us if you’re going to be using AutoCAD for Mac.

Our guarantees to you

We want our delegates to go away satisfied.

Our price guarantee is your assurance that you’re getting the best value for money.

Our training guarantee ensures that you learn the concepts and skills you need.

On-request AutoCAD training also available

As well as our scheduled courses, AutoCAD Essentials 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, or your venue.

On-request training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in AutoCAD. Please contact us for a quote.

General information

General information

Course times

9.30am–4.30pm.

Payment

Payment for AutoCAD training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

Accommodation

See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations

If a company or delegate cancels an AutoCAD training course booking giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

 

 

Course content

Course content

The AutoCAD interface

  • Features of the ribbon
  • The Application menu
  • The Quick Access toolbar
  • The command line

Creating basic drawings

  • Creating basic objects
  • Working with polylines
  • Using object snaps
  • Using object snap tracking

Accurate object creation

  • Working with units
  • Cartesian coordinates
  • Polar coordinates
  • Using Inquiry commands

Object viewing

  • Zooming techniques
  • Panning techniques

Manipulating objects

  • Selecting objects in the drawing
  • Moving objects
  • Copying objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Mirroring objects
  • Arraying objects
  • Scaling objects

Altering objects

  • Trimming and extending objects to defined boundaries
  • Creating parallel and offset geometry
  • Joining objects
  • Filleting corners between two objects
  • Chamfering corners between two objects
  • Stretching objects

Drawing organisation

  • Using layers
  • Changing object properties
  • Matching object properties
  • Using the properties palette
  • Using linetypes

Working with layouts

  • Using page setups
  • Using layouts
  • Using viewports
  • Scaling drawing views

Annotating the drawing

  • Creating multiline text
  • Creating single line text
  • Using text styles
  • Editing text

Dimensioning

  • Creating dimensions
  • Using dimension styles
  • Editing dimensions
  • Using multileaders

Hatching objects

  • Hatching objects
  • Editing hatch objects

Working with reusable content

  • Creating and inserting blocks
  • Using tool palettes

Plotting your drawings

  • Plotting drawings
  • PDF output
  • Using Plotstyles

Creating drawing templates

  • Using drawing templates

Demo of AutoCAD Mobile app and Web app

The AutoCAD 2019 toolsets

Discounts and bundles

Discounts and bundles

To make your AutoCAD training as affordable as possible, we offer:

  • A range of training discounts on our scheduled (public) AutoCAD training courses.
  • Bundle prices if you attend AutoCAD Essentials along with other courses.
  • A price guarantee that you won’t get introductory-level AutoCAD training for less.

Training discounts

Multiple places

If you book multiple course places, 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.

Concessions

We offer a 10% discount on scheduled AutoCAD course places to:

  • Students, teachers and lecturers.
  • People who work for a registered charity.
  • ISTC members.
  • Delegates self-funding their training for career progression purposes.

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. If you qualify for more than one of the above discounts, choose the one that saves you the most.

The above discounts are not available for training bundles or on-request course bookings (one-to-one training or a course for your group).

Bundle prices

AutoCAD training bundle. Attend:

for £995 + VAT, saving £390 + VAT.

Bundle prices are calculated automatically when you book online.

Price guarantee

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).
      • Be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
  • 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.

Certification exams

Certification exams

When you attend AutoCAD training at Armada, you’re not assessed. Our courses have been developed to teach you skills you can use in the real world, not pass an exam. Separately, and in addition to our training, you have the option of taking a certification exam that leads to an industry-recognised credential in AutoCAD.

There are two levels of AutoCAD certification which are suitable for users at different stages in their careers: Autodesk Certified User and Autodesk Certified Professional.

Successful candidates receive:

  • A personalised e-certificate (PDF) from Autodesk confirming their 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.
  • The option of appearing in Autodesk’s publicly-accessible database of certified AutoCAD users.

Autodesk Certified User (ACU) exam in AutoCAD

Entry level exam covering the fundamental concepts and procedures in AutoCAD, as well as specific skills that are appropriate for ensuring a base level of proficiency in AutoCAD.

  • Qualification: Autodesk Certified User in AutoCAD.
  • Cost of exam: £100 + VAT per candidate.
  • Length of exam: 50 minutes.
  • Recommended preparation: Attend AutoCAD Essentials training, and have approximately 50 hours’ experience using the application.
  • Further details: download exam guide.

Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP) exam in AutoCAD

Covers a broad range of skills and requires you to perform more complex tasks and design challenges in AutoCAD.

  • Qualification: Autodesk Certified Professional in AutoCAD.
  • Cost of exam: £150 + VAT per candidate.
  • Length of exam: 2 hours.
  • Recommended preparation: Attend AutoCAD Intermediate training, and have 400+ hours’ experience using the application.
  • Further details: download exam guide.

Practice test

If you book an ACU or ACP exam with us, a practice test is available. The test reflects the questions you’re likely to be asked in your exam; you can take this test online from 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 fee is £45 + VAT.

The practice test can be retaken up to 100 times in a one-year period.

When can I take my exam?

You can take your exam in one of our monthly exam days.

2018 exam dates: 29 Jun, 17 Aug, 14 Sep, 18 Oct, 16 Nov, 14 Dec.

Start time: ACU exams: 10am. ACP exams: 2pm.

You can take both an ACU exam and an ACP exam on the same day.

Location

Exam sessions are hosted at our Saxon Business Park, Bromsgrove centre; from mid-2018, they’ll be available at our Milton Keynes centre.

Further details about Autodesk certification can be found at:

Complementary services

Complementary services

We offer a range of services to support your CAD work.

Bureau service

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.

Support services

Our experts can get you up and running quickly, maximising your investment in AutoCAD. 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.

 

Testimonials
“Good amount of content learnt on the course as wasn't rushed so could ask plenty of questions and spend enough time on different topics. Also good buffet lunch with great puddings.”

Grace B

“Very good course with a very knowledgeable tutor. Came in with some "self taught" knowledge but still learned loads of new and "correct" techniques. I Will be recommending to my employer.”

Wayne T

“Excellent course, this will help in my role at my employment. Andy was very clear and repeated the steps several times.”

Stuart W

“Stewart was a fantastic teacher, making the learning process easy to absorb and apply - he was extremely knowledgeable. I feel confident that I can use the skills I have gained here and expand and grow them. I have really enjoyed my 3 days of learning.”

Nutan G

“Stewart was a great and patient trainer, would whole heartedly recommend him as a trainer.”

Mel T

“Wendy was an excellent trainer and very knowledgeable.”

Tim L

“Very enjoyable, relaxed learning environment with a great instructor who knows his stuff. I will definitely recommend.”

Joe C

“Excellent Course. Carl is a great professional. The tips and recommendations are invaluable to begin and use in AutoCAD with good and very productive habits.”

Jose B

“The course was very useful to me and I will go on to learn the 3d version. the instructor went at the right pace and helped me when I was struggling. I will be more confident using this product.”

Jan W

“Can I take this opportunity to once again say the course was absolutely brilliant, Andy is a fantastic tutor who was able to increase everyone's skill set, despite an obvious big range in software knowledge. I use AutoCAD daily for up to 8hrs depending on workload, since the course I have been able to complete jobs in half the time if not quicker. I have been able to unlock more of AutoCAD than I even knew existed. Your company made the whole experience enjoyable. We were met at reception and escorted to your suite, at the Electric Works, by the very friendly Elliot. He ensured we were inducted, watered and happy. I would recommend Armada and if we require further training for staff, you will be the first port of call. Thanks.”

Ian C

“I have used AutoCAD since the course and getting on just fine! Please say a big thank you to Simon for all his help and everything he has taught us.”

Paula B

“Andy was a fantastic instructor. With no prior experience on AutoCAD I now feel very confident in producing basic drawings. It is at a great pace and interactive to really take in and learn the skill set.”

Johnathan G

“Simon was a fantastic teacher and explained everything so it all slotted into place and made sense. I never felt left behind and all of my questions were answered so I understood. I'll definitely want to take part in the intermediate course at a later date and am leaving the course confident that I'll be able to put my new skills to use without problem.”

Alison B

“I just wanted to send our thanks following the completion of the AutoCAD Essentials course we attended last week. It was a fantastic experience and the instructor, Carl, was knowledgeable, affable and full of handy tips and tricks. We've taken away a lot of very useful info, and have been practicing on our computers back at the office. I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that the course was beneficial to us, our company and our customers. Thank you.”

Jon B

“Another great course by stewart really outstanding in everyway was a real joy to learn from!!! 10/10 big thanks to him and armada.”

Lee D

“Really enjoyed the course and our instructor Simon was more than happy to help us with any problems we had. Will be coming back for the intermediate course next month.”

Ashley S

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course and gained extra knowledge of how to use CAD design so I can use this for the future when opportunities come up which will benefit my career. Course was really good, this will help me when completing my CAD and technical drawings for my qualification that I am studying.”

Ryan S

“Very clear and good pacing of the course. Well structured with an overarching "story" to it all which gives good context and understanding of what we are learning at any given step.”

Ramsey D

“I booked this course as I knew nothing whatsoever regarding AutoCAD. My job has moved in to creating and editing AutoCAD drawings for our sites, so I needed to know the absolute basics. I learnt so much more than this on this course and am very pleased with it.”

Stephen H

“Great course, well worth the money. I didn't know a thing about AutoCAD before I started, and now I feel competent in using the software.”

Nathan B

“I'd like to thank Carl, Emily and everyone involved in this course. I value the skills I have learned and will be more than happy to recommend yourselves to friends and colleagues.”

Temii P

“Fantastic instructor, very clear and concise, obvious that he knew exactly what he was talking about, extremely helpful and patient! Highly recommend!!”

Harriet S

“I enjoyed this course. It taught me new skills and the basics of AutoCAD which I can consolidate and take forward in my role as an engineer.”

Dave S

“Many thanks to Simon who was a great instructor. Looking forward to attend next course.”

Pawel C

“Trainer was very helpful and informative. Being able to practise on work we brought with us was a big help and made the training I received a lot more relevant. I will be booking a refresher course, in the future. Facilities and lunch were both brilliant. Staff friendly and helpful.”

Oliver P

“Very interesting course and the food at the venue was great.”

Charlotte B

“I started using AutoCAD over 25 years ago and was self taught. I realise I have never sat down and explored the commands so the course was excellent in bringing me up to date with the latest version and showing more efficient ways of using AutoCAD.”

Arun S

“Very useful course, I would recommend it to anybody who has no AutoCAD experience. We worked at a good pace, the instructor was very helpful, everybody was friendly and the lunch provided was fantastic. I would like to come back for the next level.”

Christian W

“The course was really good. I had only one week's AutoCAD experience prior to this and I have learnt a lot from being here.”

Matthew J

“A thorough and well explained presentation, [the instructor was] patient when advising on practical exercises.”

Alasdair S

“Just a quick mail to say thank you for arranging the AutoCAD course. It was a very good course and most enjoyable; Carl is a great tutor and a credit to your organisation.”

Brian D

“The instructor (Stewart) was the real plus point of this course. He went at exactly the right pace, was attentive in making sure all participants had correctly completed each process and was highly approachable. I state this as a former teacher with 10 years of experience. Should the need arise for further Autodesk software training, I would make Armada my first port of call.”

Mark S

“Andy, the delegate, was very pleased with his course and it has helped him to secure employment. Positives all round!”

Judy C

“Thank you very much for a very interesting and extremely well delivered course. I appreciated the methodical way you delivered the course, as well as your patient manner and understanding. I think this has been extremely helpful to me to get a good underpinning and a path forward built on a good foundation.”

Trevor I

“I would just like to pass on my thanks to you and your team for putting together such an excellent course, which I completed yesterday. The course was very informative, excellently led and a thoroughly worthwhile event. I shall of course recommend you to my colleagues and business associates. Please would you be kind enough to pass on my comments to the trainer, who was very courteous and helpful in his approach. Once again many thanks.”

Paul T

“We are all developing our new found skills well, and also providing assistance to colleagues around the sites. We all feel the course was a resounding success. A big thanks from us all.”

Robin S

“Very good course and trainer went at a steady pace that was appreciated by all. I feel it will have given me many tips that will save small amounts of time each, equating to a large saving overall. It will also greatly help in the look of my drawings to be sent to customers.”

Jonathon B

“The course was perfect for a person with little experience of using Autocad and the tutor was very knowledgable and professional.”

Jason S

“I was very pleased with the course, considering I knew nothing about the program. I learned much in the 3 days I was attending, I thought Geoff had gone through the different aspects of AutoCAD in depth and I was able to learn a vast amount of features in a short space of time.”

Luke C

“Great course, tutor and facilities... couldn't fault anything... highly recommended.”

Chris B

“Excellent course and facilities and the tutor was extremely descriptive in what we were doing and also helped with any issues any of my class had.”

Lee P

“Briliant tutor, learned an a lot. Thumbs UP!”

Shazaib K

“Really well executed course taught by instructor with vast amount of knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject.”

Nicola E

“This has been an extremely useful course. Until now I have been teaching myself and making many jobs more difficult by using discovered routes around problems. The course has definitely solidified my basic knowledge of the correct use of AutoCAD software. Thank you.”

Joseph B

“Really pleased with the course. Our tutor was very knowledgeable and patient and made the course interesting by putting the skills we were learning into context for each of us according to the industries that we worked in so you could see how and why it would be of benefit.”

Caroline D

“Took a three day course in AutoCAD 2017 as an introduction to the new version and refresher for my experience to date, also to see how it should be done, as all I have learned so far was through books and experience. The course was informative, well paced and I came out with more knowledge (and a big book) that I had before, so I'd say it was a success! Thanks very much.”

Julian H

“I was very pleased with my overall experience on the course. Andy was a very good teacher who explained everything thoroughly and was very patient. I genuinely feel what I have learned on the course will benefit me greatly throughout my career.”

John B

“First time user, found everything very user friendly and easy to understand.”

Mike S

“Stewart was fantastic, very helpful and energetic.”

Harry B

“Course was great, lots of aspects I can see will be directly useful in my day to day work and other areas I know may come in handy to know in the future.”

Alison R

“Instructor is genius and very helpful throughout the course!”

Anna S

“The course was very informative. The tutor was excellent and new his stuff, very helpful and patient with the delegates. I will hopefully return for the next course.”

Richard F

“Good instructor, really enjoyed the course! Excellent food at The Holiday Inn in Bromsgrove.”

Justin C

“Loved the course. Carl was an excellent trainer.”

Jason H

“Excellent course, and Stewart was a highly informative and helpful course tutor.”

Daniel C

“That was brilliant! Stewart is patient, unbelievably knowledgeable and a great guy. I will recommend the course and come back for the next level after I've practiced what I've learned. ”

Paul N

“I have learnt a lot from this course. The instructor made it enjoyable and was very helpful. I would recommend this course to anyone that wants to gain knowledge using CAD. The resources and food were also very good.”

Cameron B

“Enjoyed the course, would recommend to anyone I am looking forward to the following courses relating to CAD and possibly Revit.”

Aaron P

“Very useful course. I will definitely do a follow up course to further my learning.”

Zak A

“"Really enjoyed the 3 days training and Peter is a great tutor and a gentleman.

I hope to gain more confidence from this and keep learning as I go!"

Darren L

“Enjoyed the course

Martin W

“I really enjoyed the course, loved the pace and the instructor - Peter, who was very accommodating, patient and helpful. Will come back for the intermediate course.

Arijith N

“Excellent AutoCAD course, Simon was a fantastic teacher. I will definitely recommend!

Fiona

“Fab course - looking forward to booking the next series!

Scott S

“I would like to take this opportunity to say how well Rodney taught the class.
with great patients and understanding.

Many Thanks

Thomas B

“Very knowledgeable trainer who makes it very easy to understand and get your head round as I
had no previous experience with AutoCAD before. Also the venues food was great.

Tom H

“Great course and Tutor

Karl H

“Stewart was an incredible tutor! Extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He is inspiring from his passion about the subject.”

Anna W

“Roughly enjoyed the course instructor very knowledgeable and made the 3 days we were together very fun and enjoyable.

Fernando M

“Carl was really good, especially good that he practices what he preaches.

Paul S

“I found the course really enjoyable and informative. Location and amenities were great and the instructor (Carl) was very helpful. Would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who works with Autocad.

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