AutoCAD Essentials Course

AutoCAD TrainingAutoCAD Essentials

by Certstaffix® Training

Length: 3 day(s)      Public Class Price: $1730/person (USD)      Group Onsite Price: Request Quote      Course Category: AutoCAD


AutoCAD Training
The objective of AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Essentials is to enable students to create, modify, and work with a 2D drawing in the AutoCAD software. Even at this fundamental level, the AutoCAD software is one of the most sophisticated computer applications that you are likely to encounter. Therefore learning to use it can be challenging.

AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Essentials covers the essential core topics for working with the AutoCAD software. The teaching strategy is to start with a few basic tools that enable the student to create and edit a simple drawing, and then continue to develop those tools. More advanced tools are also introduced throughout the training guide included with this course. Not every command or option is covered, because the intent is to show the most essential tools and concepts, such as: 
  • Understanding the AutoCAD workspace and user interface
  • Using basic drawing, editing, and viewing tools
  • Organizing drawing objects on layers
  • Using reusable symbols (blocks)
  • Preparing a layout to be plotted
  • Adding text, hatching, and dimensions

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology. A working knowledge of your operating system.


AutoCAD Versions That Can Attend: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017,& 2016 (Microsoft Windows PC)
Course Taught With: AutoCAD 2020 (Microsoft Windows PC) Software and Courseware
Not Appropriate For: Macintosh versions of AutoCAD
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  Group Classes for Organizations - Onsite at Your Office How It Works

Have a group of employees needing the same training? Onsite training at your office is a great solution.  

  • An expert Instructor will come to your office
  • Course can be customized to your training needs
  • Course is scheduled based on dates you provide (Subject to instructor availability)
  • We usually require about 4 weeks lead time to arrange a training session

  Public Corporate Classes - Live Online: Our Location or Yours How It Works

Certstaffix® Training public classes are instructor-led, live online training you attend in a local computer lab or from your home/office. Our live online instructors teach you from a remote location while being able to interact with students as in a traditional classroom setting.

  • A real, live instructor teaching you from another location
  • Hands-on learning with the software you are being taught
  • Interaction with all students in the class at other locations
  • Easy assistance from the instructor

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  Detailed Course Topics

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Related Certifications

AutoCAD Certified User Certification
AutoCAD Certified Professional Certification


Suggested Follow-Ons


Course Topics

Chapter 1 Getting Started with AutoCAD
1.1 Starting the Software
1.2 User Interface
1.3 Working with Commands
1.4 Cartesian Workspace
1.5 Opening an Existing Drawing File
1.6 Viewing Your Drawing
1.7 Saving Your Work

Chapter 2 Basic Drawing & Editing Commands
2.1 Drawing Lines
2.2 Erasing Objects
2.3 Drawing Lines with Polar Tracking
2.4 Drawing Rectangles
2.5 Drawing Circles
2.6 Undo and Redo Actions

Chapter 3 Projects – Creating a Simple Drawing
3.1 Create a Simple Drawing
3.2 Create Simple Shapes

Chapter 4 Drawing Precision in AutoCAD
4.1 Using Running Object Snaps
4.2 Using Object Snap Overrides
4.3 Polar Tracking at Angles
4.4 Object Snap Tracking
4.5 Drawing with Snap and Grid (Optional)

Chapter 5 Making Changes in Your Drawing
5.1 Selecting Objects for Editing
5.2 Moving Objects
5.3 Copying Objects
5.4 Rotating Objects
5.5 Scaling Objects
5.6 Mirroring Objects
5.7 Editing with Grips

Chapter 6 Projects – Making Your Drawings More Precise
6.1 Schematic Project: Electronics Diagram
6.2 Architectural Project: Landscape
6.3 Mechanical Project (with Polar & Tracking)
6.4 Mechanical Project: Surge Protector
6.5 Mechanical Project Satellite

Chapter 7 Organizing Your Drawing with Layers
7.1 Creating New Drawings with Templates
7.2 What are Layers?
7.3 Layer States
7.4 Changing an Object’s Layer

Chapter 8 Advanced Object Types
8.1 Drawing Arcs
8.2 Drawing Polylines
8.3 Editing Polylines
8.4 Drawing Polygons
8.5 Drawing Ellipses

Chapter 9 Getting Information from Your Drawing
9.1 Working with Object Properties
9.2 Measuring Objects

Chapter 10 Projects – Drawing Organization & Information
10.1 Architectural Project
10.2 Mechanical Project
10.3 Civil Project

Chapter 11 Advanced Editing Commands
11.1 Trimming and Extending Objects
11.2 Stretching Objects
11.3 Creating Fillets and Chamfers
11.4 Offsetting Objects
11.5 Creating Arrays of Objects

Chapter 12 Blocks
12.1 What are Blocks?
12.2 Inserting Blocks using the Blocks Palette
12.3 Inserting Blocks using the Tool Palettes
12.4 Working with Dynamic Blocks
12.5 Inserting Blocks using the Design Center

Chapter 13 Projects – Creating More Complex Objects
13.1 Mechanical Project 1 – Plate
13.2 Mechanical Project 2 – Gasket
13.3 Mechanical Project 3 – Plate
13.4 Mechanical Project 4 – Rocker Arm
13.5 Architectural Project 1 – Floor Plan
13.6 Architectural Project 2 – Floor Plan
13.7 Civil Project – Parking Lot

Chapter 14 Setting up a Layout
14.1 Working in Layouts
14.2 Creating Layouts
14.3 Creating Layout Viewports
14.4 Named Views
14.5 Guidelines for Layouts

Chapter 15 Printing Your Drawing
15.1 Printing Concepts
15.2 Printing Layouts
15.3 Print and Plot Settings

Chapter 16 Projects – Preparing to Print
16.1 Mechanical Project
16.2 Architectural Project

Chapter 17 Text
17.1 Working with Annotations
17.2 Adding Text in a Drawing
17.3 Modifying Multiline Text
17.4 Formatting Multiline Text
17.5 Adding Notes with Leaders to Your Drawing
17.6 Creating Tables
17.7 Modifying Tables (Optional)

Chapter 18 Hatching
18.1 Hatching
18.2 Editing Hatches

Chapter 19 Adding Dimensions
19.1 Dimensioning Concepts
19.2 Adding Linear Dimensions
19.3 Adding Radial and Angular Dimensions
19.4 Editing Dimensions

Chapter 20 Projects – Annotating your Drawing
20.1 Mechanical Project
20.2 Architectural Project 1
20.3 Architectural Project 2
20.4 Civil Project
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Public Class Format

Certstaffix® Training public classes are instructor-led live online training you attend either from your home/work location or in one of our computer labs. Our live online instructors teach you from a remote location while being able to interact with you like in a traditional classroom.


Quality Instructors

Our instructors have many years of experience teaching adult learners in person and online.

Complete Lab Environment

Access to software required is provided in a lab environment during class.

Hands-on Learning

Most classes are not all lecture - you can learn by actually doing.


Small Classes

You get more attention from the instructor and classes flow more smoothly.

Post-Class Lab Access*

Access practice lab environment for 180 days after most classes*.


Low Cancellation Rate

Most classes run as scheduled.



*These courses do not have post-class lab environment access: Adobe, Salesforce, QuickBooks Online Edition, Google, HTML, WordPress, ITIL, Six Sigma, CompTIA, Project Management, SEO, Social Media.


Group Training

Have a group of several students needing the same training? Then onsite training is a perfect option for you. We'll come onsite to your office so you don't have to travel. You'll be able to fully customize a course to your needs. Lastly, you can save per student versus our public classes.

How Onsite Training Works

  • An expert Instructor will come to your office and personally train the students
  • Course can be fully customized to your training needs
  • Each student receives a Course Manual with Practice Files (Materials provided before the class date)
  • If a course has a hands‐on lab, we provide access to the configured course software and files.
    (Requires a high‐speed internet connection and certain open ports on your firewall. You can perform a Connection Assessment Test here)
  • Course is scheduled based on dates you provide (Subject to instructor availability)
  • We usually require about 4 weeks lead time to arrange a training session
  • Training is completed in a convenient session(s) of your choosing
  • Two 15 minute breaks and one hour long break for lunch daily

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AutoCAD Essentials Class Reviews

Here are a sample of AutoCAD class reviews from past students that have attended our AutoCAD training courses.



The objective of AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Essentials is to enable students to create, modify, and work with a 2D drawing in the AutoCAD software. Even at this fundamental level, the AutoCAD software is one of the most sophisticated computer applications that you are likely to encounter. Therefore learning to use it can be challenging.

AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Essentials covers the essential core topics for working with the AutoCAD software. The teaching strategy is to start with a few basic tools that enable the student to create and edit a simple drawing, and then continue to develop those tools. More advanced tools are also introduced throughout the training guide included with this course. Not every command or option is covered, because the intent is to show the most essential tools and concepts, such as: 

  • Understanding the AutoCAD workspace and user interface
  • Using basic drawing, editing, and viewing tools
  • Organizing drawing objects on layers
  • Using reusable symbols (blocks)
  • Preparing a layout to be plotted
  • Adding text, hatching, and dimensions

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology. A working knowledge of your operating system.


AutoCAD Versions That Can Attend: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017,& 2016 (Microsoft Windows PC)
Course Taught With: AutoCAD 2020 (Microsoft Windows PC) Software and Courseware
Not Appropriate For: Macintosh versions of AutoCAD


Certstaffix® Class Reviews

Student Average:
4.74 out of 5 from 89 students

5.00 out of 5

Very good class. Content was useful and met my expectations. Instructor was very helpful and did an excellent job of keeping everyone engaged.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.65 out of 5

Two computer monitors would be helpful but I was able to follow by splitting screen.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

5.00 out of 5

Tim was spectacular.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

5.00 out of 5

Tim was engaging and fun, would definitely recommend him to others


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.71 out of 5

Tim was a very good instructor and very knowledgeable in AutoCad. The class was a very good experience.


- attended our AutoCAD Advanced class

4.94 out of 5

Tim Seaton was a great instructor. Possibly match the page numbers in all of the manuals being used for easier use.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

5.00 out of 5

Tim Seaton is an amazing instructor! I loved this method of learning CAD!


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

5.00 out of 5

Tim S. sought answers, to Questions I had, that were not answered by the class curriculum. He was very thorough and informative. Thank you.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.92 out of 5

Tim is an amazing instructor. I was intimidated by AutoCAD, but he was able to make such daunting software highly approachable. Tim is wonderfully friendly, and I would love to take classes from him again.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.82 out of 5

Tim did a great job at being patient and teaching the class well. I would recommend him to my colleagues for sure.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.93 out of 5

This class was great!! the instructor, Robert Buzzard, was a great professor and would highly recommend him to anyone. He has much passion for the subject and is always happy to assist with any problems his students have. Should I take another class by Certstaffix, I would hope to learn under Robert once again.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.59 out of 5

The secluded environment is nice. Easy to focus.The instructor was great!(BUZZ) Very good teacher, understanding, patient, answered all of the questions(even those that weren't part of the curriculum)Buzz very clearly showed his support in our interest in learning more than we needed too. He answered every question.I plan to take at least one more course through certstaffix in the future. If Buzz is not the instructor I'll be very dissapointed.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.83 out of 5

The instructor was great


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

5.00 out of 5

The instructor was amazing! Wishing he could teach a course through this program for Revit


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

5.00 out of 5

The instructor made the course current and really help with problems. Most instructors in this area seem to blow right past important steps because they are so use to the program. I will definitely request my instructor for the advance level course.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.82 out of 5

Robert Buzzard was a very knowledgeable and patient instructor. I was surprised with his punctuality yet his attention to each students questions was remarkable. I have been resistant to online courses for a long time and this was my first attempt. Instructor "Buzz" made this one of the best instruction experiences I have ever had. I look forward to taking additional classes with Mr. Buzzard.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.59 out of 5

Robert Buzzard (a.k.a. Buzz) is an excellent instructor.


- attended our AutoCAD Advanced class

4.99 out of 5

Really enjoyed the class and the instructor.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.59 out of 5

Over all a great experience. Excellent working environment. Personally I would have rather been in a physical classroom.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.73 out of 5

Just a little more time to practice would have helped me have more questions to ask.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.94 out of 5

Instructor was very knowledgeable.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.71 out of 5

Instructor was informed on all topics and even answered out of the box questions to certain working environments. I would be interested in taking Civil3D or Architectural3D from this instructor.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Advanced class

4.12 out of 5

instructor was great. wish buzz the best of luck with future classes.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.53 out of 5

instructor was awesome!


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.74 out of 5

Instructor was amazing. I really enjoyed the whole experience. The location, environment, staff, and learning. Thank you


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.41 out of 5

I was fortunate to attend the course with one other student. Our instructor, Paul Burgener, worked with both of our strengths and weaknesses and made this class work. He is a great resource for both you and the student offering his assistance any time even when the class is complete. Paul was always early to open up the class dialog and was willing to stay late which he did with me. I could not be more than pleased.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017 Essentials class

4.75 out of 5

I really liked that I could see my professor's screen and I could speak to the instructor as well as the rest of the class and see who was speaking. I liked that I could click on a link and virtually use the software without having to download it onto my computer. I also found it helpful that the instructor could view my screen and coach me through any issues I was having


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.52 out of 5

I especially enjoyed Buzz's teaching skills and experiences. Very thorough and patient instructor! I will recommend him to everyone wanting to take the class.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.64 out of 5

I enjoyed the instructor. I feel like a 1-on-1 course or in person with a small group would be much more effective but that the is given drawback of an online course.


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.94 out of 5

Great Instructor


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.85 out of 5

COREY WAS GREAT!


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.62 out of 5

Buzz was outstanding with the material and added a lot of realworld knowledge. He routinely went above and beyond in explaining the materials to all of us across a number of different disciplines.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.53 out of 5

Buzz was a great instructor


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.94 out of 5

Buz was incredibile and has amazing knowledge regarding Auto Cad....I will definitely be reaching out to him when I get stuck. I know one person in the class had never used Auto Cad previously. I think the class would have been extremely difficult for him as I feel the class was not for beginners. I have used Auto Cad previously but not on a regular basis and my program went from a 2 11 Lt. version to a 2 19 program. I attained clarity on some things and others hopefully by just using it things will become clearer. As Buzz said, if we don't use it for a period of time in the beginning we will not retain the information. The book seems to have a lot of very detailed information. I am going to jump into the program this week and see where I am since I will be working in my works drawings.


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.70 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.54 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.82 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.88 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.24 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

4.18 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.94 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.88 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2018 Essentials class

4.47 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.76 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2018 Advanced class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.65 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.47 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017 Essentials class

4.82 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.88 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.59 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.41 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.47 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.41 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.82 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.47 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.41 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.53 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.47 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.47 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.71 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Advanced class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Advanced class

4.53 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Advanced class

4.24 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017 Essentials class

4.12 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017 Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017 Essentials class

5.00 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.88 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.76 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.65 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.18 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.24 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.65 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.76 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.41 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class

4.71 out of 5


- attended our AutoCAD 2016/2017: Essentials class



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