SketchUp training
Introduction to SketchUp training

2 days £395+ VAT


Dates and booking

Birmingham / Bromsgrove training centres


Bristol training centre


Milton Keynes training centre


Reading training centres


Sheffield training centre

Key details

Key details

SketchUp training course for beginners teaching core skills for designing in 3D.

SketchUp is a 3D design application used in a wide range of industries including interior design and architecture.

Our Introduction to SketchUp course teaches the fundamentals of 3D design in SketchUp. You learn how to:

  • Create 3D designs.
  • Incorporate textures, scenes and styles.
  • Produce visualisations of your designs.
  • Use SketchUp’s key tools and commands.

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

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to begin designing and producing visualisations using SketchUp running on a Windows computer or a Mac.

Upcoming course dates

Birmingham / Bromsgrove
Milton Keynes
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How will I learn?

SketchUp 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 SketchUp.

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

SketchUp training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A highly-practical 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.


No prior SketchUp knowledge is necessary.

SketchUp version

Training is based primarily on SketchUp 2019, running on Windows. It is relevant to all recent versions of SketchUp.

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 SketchUp training also available

As well as our scheduled courses, SketchUp 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 SketchUp. Please contact us for a quote.

General information

General information

Course times



Payment for Sketchup training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

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.

Cancellations and transfers

If a booking on a scheduled Introduction to SketchUp course is cancelled giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If a delegate requests a transfer to a different scheduled Introduction to SketchUp course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a transfer fee is payable. View transfer 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

What is SketchUp?


How to get around inside SketchUp

Zoom, pan and rotate

Understanding the XYZ axis


Selecting toolbars

Applying templates


Drawing and using the pencil tool

Drawing basic geometric shapes

Drawing with measurements

Drawing circles and arcs


Sticky Geometry benefits

Discovering layers

Using shortcuts

Measuring items inside SketchUp

Information and database


Moving and move / copy

Simple Array techniques

Rotating objects

Rotate / copy

Scale fractional and relative


Making components

Making groups

Comparisons and benefits

Saving components

Re-loading components

Creating a digital warehouse


Modelling techniques

Using Push Pull

Using Follow Me

Intersecting Geometry


Copy and Offset Faces, edges and polygons

How to use polygons in 2D drawings


Paint bucket

Materials Editor

Textures and bitmaps


Getting to understand the Materials Editor

What makes a good texture?

Where to find textures

Positioning textures

Limits to graphics and bitmaps


Create new scenes

Create new styles

Saving scenes and styles


Introduction to animation


Dimensions inside SketchUp

Annotation inside SketchUp

Printing from SketchUp

Exporting 2D images or PDF

Discounts and bundles

Discounts and bundles

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

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.


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

  • Students, teachers and lecturers.
  • People who work for a registered charity.
  • ISTC members.

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 training bundles or 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.
    • 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.



SketchUp has a built in OpenGL renderer which lets you see your design in 3D, with shadows and illumination from the sun. The following sample shows the image quality you can achieve using SketchUp ‘out of the box’:

SketchUp kitchen - image generated using SketchUp's built-in renderer

If you require high-quality, photorealistic images, with features such as reflective properties and higher quality materials, you need to use a third party renderer. Two popular options are V-Ray and LightUp. These are provided as SketchUp plug-ins, so you still render directly from within SketchUp – there’s no need to open a separate application.

Here’s a sample showing the image quality you can achieve for the above design when you render using V-Ray:

SketchUp kitchen - photorealistic image generated using V-Ray renderer

And using LightUp:

SketchUp kitchen - photorealistic image generated using LightUp renderer


“Rod was knowledgeable, approachable and patient. His training style was non-intimidating and professional. He was always happy to answer questions and rescue my errors! The facilities were excellent and Emily was particularly welcoming and friendly on Day 1. I would definitely consider further training at Armada and would not hesitate to recommend Armada to friends.”

Ann D

“Was a very informative few days. Rod is very knowledgeable around the subject and our industry in general.”

Paul S

“The ease of instructions, explanation of the theory behind the software and science were most helpful.”

Michael H

“Good introduction to the software. As a total novice I was surprised how much I was able to achieve by the end of 2 days. Quite intensive but now feel equipped to continue to learn on own.”

Pamela G

“Sketch Up Training : Great tutor, very helpfully advise tailored to our needs. Only downside was the occasionally slow computers, but a very enjoyable
and helpful couple of days.”

Craig G

“Great course, only 2 days but learnt so much. Will think about doing the advance course next. Teacher was great too...!!”

David V

“My colleagues had nothing but great things to say about the course and the trainer. They all really enjoyed the course.”

Sara L

“Brilliant two day course with Rod, really useful to spend the time learning the basics of SketchUp, invaluable tutor support, very patient! i feel like i have learnt also! well worth it!”


“This really is a fantastic course led expertly by Rodney. I knew the basics of SketchUp and had produced quite a few models for work, but over two days of training it really has transformed the way I view and will now use SketchUp in the future. Rodney was friendly, knowledgeable and made me feel completely at ease. The course was refreshing and as result I feel emboldened to take SketchUp models I produce to another level. This is a course I would highly recommend.”

Phillip T

“I Have thoroughly enjoyed the two days training course with Rod- who has extensive knowledge of SketchUp, as well as many other aspects of design. I feel I have come away with the best possible understanding of SketchUp that I could have achieved in the two days. I look forward to using it in my own time and applying everything taught.”

Steph P

“A superb course, Rod was very patient & knowledgeable. From knowing nothing, I have come away with a comfortable degree of understanding, a brilliant learning curve. Many thanks.”


“A great 2 day course. Only a few people on the course which meant we received the attention required. Information received was very precise and clear. The course was personalised to the people within the group. Rod, the trainer, was very patient! Would highly recommend. May return for further instruction. Happy learning!!!”


“A top 3 days of training with Rod. Thank you! I'll be creating whole towns in SketchUp in no time!”

Dan H

“Very engaging and interesting introduction to SketchUp. Trainer Rod was very helpful and made the course enjoyable for us. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting to learn how to use SketchUp.”

Rob M

“I Have thoroughly enjoyed the two days training course with Rod- who has extensive knowledge of SketchUp, as well as many other aspects of design. I feel I have come away with the best possible understanding of SketchUp that I could have achieved in the two days. I look forward to using it in my own time and applying everything taught.”

Steph P

“A great couple of days with Rod at Armada being clearly educated on the possibilities of SketchUp - Thanks Rod!”

Andrew C

“Very engaging and interesting introduction to SketchUp. Trainer Rod was very helpful and made the course enjoyable for us. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting to learn how to use SketchUp.”

Rob M

“This introduction delivered by Rodney was clear and well presented. The tasks we undertook through the course were easy to understand and built on each other. At the end of the course I felt I had a solid understanding of SketchUp that I can take forward and build on.

Chris B

“Having never undertaken any CAD and technical drawing previously, I was wondering what to expect. However, I need not have worried because Rod is an excellent and experienced trainer with lots of patience. I now feel encouraged to develop this new skill further. I would certainly recommend this course for a solid foundation.

Steve F

“Sketch up was explained excellently by Rod and he had plenty of time to explain the pit falls and whereabouts of the programme, especially to a beginner and novice like myself.

Robert H

If you’re self-funding your training, you can now pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.