Advance Steel training

2 days
In centre:
£495+ VAT
Live online:
£395+ VAT


Dates and booking

Live online training


Sheffield training centre

Key details

Key details

Advance Steel training for new users, teaching the key functionality, tools, commands and workflows available in Autodesk Advance Steel for designing 3D steel structures and models.

Working on a sample model being built from the ground up, you’ll learn how to use Advance Steel to create beams, columns, plates, and connection elements such as bolts, holes and welds. You’ll also learn how to produce Bills of Materials, schedules and drawings for your model.

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

Live online training
Birmingham / Bromsgrove
Milton Keynes
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Who should attend?

This course is for anyone who wants to start designing designing 3D steel structures using the Autodesk Advance Steel application.

Accredited Advance Steel training

Armada is an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our Advance Steel training courses are accredited by Autodesk.

Advance Steel courses are hosted by Wendy Sprakes, a highly experienced Autodesk Certified Instructor with extensive experience of using Advance Steel professionally.

How will I learn?

Advance Steel 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 licensed Advance Steel software.

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

Advance Steel training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • Comprehensive training notes, to refer to throughout the course and use as a refresher after.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited Advance Steel training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk.

After course support

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


Delegates should have basic CAD skills, i.e. have attended AutoCAD Essentials training or have equivalent knowledge.

If you need to attend AutoCAD Essentials first, we offer an Advance Steel training bundle price for both courses.

Advance Steel version

Training is based primarily on Advance Steel 2023, running on Windows. It is relevant to all recent versions of Advance Steel.

Our guarantees to you

We offer:

On-request Advance Steel training available

Advance Steel 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 Advance Steel 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.

General information

General information

Course times



Payment for Advance Steel 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.

Purchase orders

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 Advance Steel 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.

Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Wendy Sprakes

Wendy Sprakes Autodesk Certified Instructor

Wendy Sprakes is an Autodesk Certified Instructor, a Microsoft Master Instructor (MMI) and a qualified teacher (QTS).

Wendy began her working life as a CAD operator, using Medusa, MicroStation and AutoCAD.

Working through the ranks of trainee draughtsman, graduating as a professional Mechanical Engineer, she worked in the Mechanical Handling industry on site and in the drawing office for ten years. She became a Project Engineer then moved into the CAE Industry, working as an engineer in the Fatigue Analysis software industry for clients such as Ford Motor Company and Jaguar Land Rover. She then went on to qualify as a teacher, and has been hosting AutoCAD courses since 2000. She also has specialist knowledge of Advance Steel.

Wendy has also been hosting Microsoft Office courses since 2000. Wendy trains all applications in the Office suite, including Word, Excel and other, more niche applications such as Visio and Project, from beginner to advanced and customised level. Wendy has been a staff member, delivering IT and Project Management modules for Chesterfield College, and a course leader for Microsoft Project at Sheffield Hallam University for five years.

Away from training, Wendy is an accomplished jazz musician. Her music enjoys regular airplay on both regional and national stations including BBC and JazzFM.

Course content

Course content

Getting started with Autodesk Advance Steel

  • The basics – beams, plates, connections and structures
  • The Advance Steel user interface
  • Ribbon tabs
  • Advance Steel tools
  • Advance Steel palettes
  • The file and folder structure
  • Grids
  • The User Coordinate System (UCS)

Viewing tools

  • Changing viewpoints and visual styles
  • Navigating through the model
  • Use of layers

Beams and columns

  • Beam features
  • Drawing beams individually and using macros
  • Cutting and shaping beams
  • Notch contours


  • Creating plates of all types and shapes
  • Cutting and shaping plates
  • Flat plates
  • Folded plates
  • Chamfers

Connection elements

  • Bolts
  • Holes
  • Welds


  • Bills of Materials (BOMs)
  • Bolt schedules
  • Loading lists


  • Locating points in the Drawing Window
  • Generation
  • Parts
  • Assemblies
  • Manipulation
Live online training

Live online training

Online training lets you participate in a live Advance Steel 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 Advance Steel.
  • 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 Advance Steel courses…

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

All you need is an Internet-connected computer with…

  • Advance Steel installed. If you don’t have access to Advance Steel, 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 Advance Steel 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 Advance Steel 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

Discounts and bundles

To make your Advance Steel training as affordable as possible, we offer:

Advance Steel training bundle


for £845 + VAT (classroom-based) or £645 + VAT (live online training), saving £145 + VAT in both cases.

The bundle price will be applied automatically when you add these two courses to your basket.

Training discounts

Multiple places

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 Advance Steel 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).

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).
    • 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.

“Very happy with what I have learnt on this course. Was nice that the course was flexible and the instructor very helpful and knowledgeable. ”

Andrew F

“More confident and eager to push on using steel

Gavin B