SketchUp training
Intermediate SketchUp training

2 days
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Live online:
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Key details

Key details

SketchUp intermediate training course, teaching existing users how to use more sophisticated features, and become more productive.

Building on the basics, this course teaches how to use commands for producing 3D models and visualisations of the quality associated with more expensive applications. Sessions cover:

  • Further 3D modelling techniques.
  • Creating and editing textures, scenes and styles.
  • UVW mapping.
  • Animations.

Delegates also learn a range of tips and tricks for becoming more productive using SketchUp.

Intermediate SketchUp training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. We can provide your training in-class at one of our centres, at your venue, or online.

Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.

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In-class or online

In-class courses are now available to book again. We’re taking comprehensive measures to ensure your health and well-being – fewer people in-class, you won’t sit next to another person, comprehensive cleaning. To read more, see Covid-19 measures.

You can participate in this course online, from your place of work or home, at a discounted price. To read about how this works, see Live online training.

Expert trainer

Intermediate SketchUp courses are hosted by Rod Cleasby, a highly experienced instructor who uses SketchUp extensively in his professional work.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for SketchUp, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of SketchUp training. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

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


Delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of SketchUp, i.e. have attended our Introduction to SketchUp course or have equivalent knowledge.

SketchUp version

Training can be based on any recent version of SketchUp Pro to suit you, running on Windows or Mac. Many of the techniques taught in this course can’t be carried out in SketchUp Make.

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 Sketchup training can be made bank transfer or card.

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

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.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations and postponements

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

If an on-request Intermediate SketchUp 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

Rod Cleasby

Rod Cleasby Autodesk Certified Instructor

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.

Course content

Course content

Beyond the basics – what is possible in SketchUp?


Intermediate modelling techniques

2D to 3D and Freeform


Controlling segments and face counts

Using Follow Me for Detailed modelling

Using Push Pull techniques

Freeform Modelling


Importing CAD

Layers and protocols

Selection techniques

Isolating layers

Refining components

Discover outliner

Why groups

Choosing groups or components


Editing textures

Managing your textures


Animation techniques

Controlling transition speed and delays

Tabs and updates


Understanding the Scenes Manager

Changing and updating scenes

Controlling animation

Output for video


Getting to understand styles better

Saving and editing styles

Incorporating your style into your scene


Controlling output

2D graphics out

3D models out


Shortcuts for getting around SketchUp

Zoom, pan and rotate

Move, copy and scale

Where and how to add shortcuts

Understanding implied intersections


Magic Box modelling technique

Polygon modelling techniques


Projected UVW mapping

Adjusting mapping size

Adjusting mapping position


Mapping UVW origin


Shadows and daylight control


Using alpha channels

Preparing graphics with alpha channels

Banner objects

People and trees

Live online training

Live online training

Live online training lets you participate in a Sketchup 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 see the other delegates participating in the Sketchup training…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.

We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…

  • Online Intermediate SketchUp courses are presented by expert instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
  • You receive comprehensive training materials.
  • Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using Sketchup.
  • If you don’t have access to Sketchup software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
  • You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

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

All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.

For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.


“Great one to one training session and I've learnt a lot. Rod was great and adaptable and we took the time to work through a live project of mine.”

Theo L