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AutoCAD Essentials

by Certstaffix® Training

AutoCAD Training

Length: 3 day(s)      Public Class Price: $1730/person (USD)      Group Class 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: 2021, 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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  • A real, live instructor teaching you from another location
  • Hands-on learning with the software/skills you are being taught
  • Interaction with all students in the class at other locations
  • Any needed software for class provided in online lab environment
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  • An expert Instructor will either come to your office or deliver a private live online class to your students
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AutoCAD Training Reviews by Certstaffix® Training

Certstaffix® Training collects detailed class reviews via a formal post-class evaluation in all our instructor-led courses. Below are a sample of abbreviated reviews from real students from our past classes. If you would like more reviews or ones with even further detail, please contact us and we would be happy to show you the high quality of our training services.


Certstaffix® Class Reviews

Student Average:
4.77 out of 5 from 148 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



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Related Certifications

AutoCAD Certified User Certification
AutoCAD Certified Professional Certification


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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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