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Have you always wanted to learn AutoCAD? This computer-aided drafting software is used by everyone from architects, interior designers, and surveyors to engineers to create site and building layouts. Whether you already hold a position in a design-related field or are looking to break into this exciting industry, AutoCAD courses will provide you with a working knowledge of this important program. At ed2go, our AutoCAD 2015 Certified User Program will teach you basic and advanced design skills as you gain hands-on practice in using the 2D tools in AutoCAD 2015.

Our AutoCAD training is certified by Autodesk, the creator of the software. During the course, you’ll learn all the skills you need to prepare for the Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 Certified User and Professional exams. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll receive a paid voucher to take the Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 Certified User exam free of charge. Plus, our curriculum is comprehensive and engaging, with exercises that use the software and course assignments and instruction that incorporates real-world examples.

Our online AutoCAD course will help you master fundamental tools to create and edit 2D drawings in the software. Throughout the program, you’ll explore efficiency tools, advanced plotting, complex objects, using external reference and image files, and enhance productivity with simple customization. After gaining mastery in using basic tools, you’ll explore more advanced topics such as tools for collaborating, customization options, and macros and custom routines. Then you’ll be ready to sit for your first exam!

6 Months / 155 Course Hrs
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AutoCAD 2015 Certified User Details + Objective

Course Code: GES323

You Will Learn
  • How to modify drawings by selecting, moving, copying, rotating, scaling, mirroring, and grips.
  • How to organize drawing objects on layers and how to manage layers.
  • Multiple advanced editing and construction techniques.
  • How to insert and use blocks (reusable symbols).
  • Printing, manipulating, copying, creating viewports for a layout, and preparing a layout to be plotted.
How the course is taught
  • Our AutoCAD online course is self-paced and open enrollment, and you'll receive six months to complete the program.
  • You will be paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction and feedback on your performance.
  • You’ll complete exercises throughout the course so you can get hands-on practice using the software.
  • You will take a quiz at the end of each lesson, as well as a midterm exam and a final exam.
How you will benefit
  • You will be prepared to sit for the Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 Certified User and Certified Professional exams.
  • You will receive an exam voucher at no additional cost when you have completed the course.
  • You’ll receive a certificate of completion, and your facilitator may be available to provide a professional reference.
AutoCAD 2015 Certified User Outline
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The course outline sessions include:

Lesson 1: Getting Started with AutoCAD

In our first lesson you’ll learn how to start AutoCAD and become familiar with the basic layout of the screen. We’ll discuss how to access commands, use your pointer, open an existing drawing, and save your work.

Lesson 2: Basic Drawing and Editing Commands

In this lesson we’ll discuss how to draw lines, rectangles, and circles, use Dynamic Input and Polar Tracking, erase objects, view a drawing by zooming and panning, and use the Undo command.

Lesson 3: Projects: Creating a Simple Drawing

Now you’ll review the basic drawing concepts you’ve learned by completing project exercises in your course workbook. Your CD-ROM includes all the files you’ll need.

Lesson 4: Drawing Precision in AutoCAD

In Lesson 4 you’ll learn how to select exact points using Object Snaps and overrides, draw lines at specific angles using Polar Tracking, specify distances using Polar Snap, find exact locations using Object Snap Tracking, and use Snap and Grid.

Lesson 5: Making Changes in Your Drawing

This lesson reviews how to select objects for editing and how to move, copy, rotate, and scale objects. We’ll also review how to edit with grips.

Lesson 6: Projects: Making Your Drawings More Precise

This is our review lesson for the concepts you learned in Lessons 4 and 5. Complete the project exercises in your course workbook.

Lesson 7: Organizing Your Drawing with Layers

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to create a new drawing with a template, make a layer current, draw on specific layers, control the state of a layer, and change the layer of an object.

Lesson 8: Advanced Object Types

This lesson will teach you how to draw and edit arcs, polylines, polygons, and ellipses.

Lesson 9: Getting Information from Your Drawing

Lesson 9 will cover how to measure exact distances and areas, and how you can get more information about objects.

Lesson 10: Projects: Drawing Organization and Information

In this lesson you’ll review the concepts learned in Lessons 7 through 9 by completing the project exercises in your workbook.

Lesson 11: Advanced Editing Commands

This lesson will teach you advanced editing commands so that you will know how to trim, extend, stretch, fillet, and chamfer objects.

Lesson 12: Inserting Blocks

Next, we’ll learn about blocks and dynamic blocks, including how to insert them using the Insert command, Tool Palettes, and DesignCenter.

Lesson 13: Projects: Creating More Complex Objects

Now you’ll complete the project exercises in your course workbook that cover the concepts you learned in Lessons 12 and 13.

Lesson 14: Setting Up a Layout

In this lesson you’ll learn about printing in AutoCAD using layouts, switching between Paper Space and Model Space, creating viewpoints in a layout, scaling and manipulating viewpoints, and copying a layout.

Lesson 15: Printing Your Drawing

Lesson 15 will show you how to select what you want to print or plot, how to select a plotter, and how to preview a printed drawing.

Lesson 16: Projects: Preparing to Print

Here we will review the concepts taught in Lessons 14 and 15, and you’ll complete the accompanying exercises in your workbook.

Lesson 17: Text 

This lesson will review how to set up and use Annotation Scales and how to create, edit, and format multiline text.

Lesson 18: Hatching

In this lesson you’ll explore how to hatch areas of your drawing and how to edit applied hatching.

Lesson 19: Adding Dimensions

Next we’ll explore how to place single, multiple, radial, and angular dimensions. Then we’ll learn how to edit dimensions, select a dimension style, and place leaders.

Lesson 20: Projects: Annotating Your Drawing

In Lesson 20, you’ll complete various projects from your course workbook to practice the concepts learned in Lessons 17 through 19.

Lesson 21: Working Effectively With AutoCAD

This lesson will help you discover how to work with the Ribbon and Workspaces. We’ll work with keyboard shortcuts, use copy and paste methods, edit objects with advanced grip techniques, and use other layer tools.

Lesson 22: Accurate Positioning

In this lesson you’ll learn how to use absolute, relative, and relative polar coordinates to specify a point. Then you’ll learn to use tracking to specify a point, use construction lines, and place reference points.

Lesson 23: Projects: Productivity Tools

Now you’ll complete the accompanying projects in your course workbook to practice the new productivity tools you’ve just learned.

Lesson 24: Parametric Drawing

This lesson will review parametric drawing, which uses constraints to control objects. There are geometric constraints and dimensional constraints you can use to draw.

Lesson 25: Working with Blocks

This lesson will show you how to create local blocks, edit blocks, and remove unused elements by purging.

Lesson 26: Projects: Creating and Organizing Blocks

Lesson 26 will review the concepts you learned about creating and organizing blocks. Complete the accompanying exercises in your workbook.

Lesson 27: Creating Templates

In this lesson, you’ll explore creating template drawings. You’ll learn how to control drawing units and limits, create new layers, set up standard layouts, and save template drawings.

Lesson 28: Advanced Layouts

In this lesson, you’ll discover how to work with named views, create multiple viewports, make additional viewports, add layer overrides, and modify annotative scales.

Lesson 29: Annotation Styles

By the end of this lesson, you’ll know how to create text styles, dimension styles, and multileader styles.

Lesson 30: Projects: Drawing Setup and Utilities

Now you’ll complete the various projects in your course workbook that apply to the concepts learned in Lessons 27 through 29.

Lesson 31: External References

Lesson 31 reviews how to attach, detach, unload, and reload reference files, open them from within a host drawing, and clip them. We’ll also review how to edit drawing reference files In-Place and how to bind external references.

Lesson 32: Projects: Drawing

This lesson is to review the concepts you have learned by completing the project exercises in your course workbook.

Lesson 33: Miscellaneous Optional Topics

In this last lesson before your mid-term exam, we’ll cover some additional miscellaneous topics.

Lesson 34: Advanced Text Objects

In this lesson, we’ll move on to advanced text objects. You’ll learn how to add and modify annotation scales, use fields, and control the draw order of text and other objects.

Lesson 35: Working With Tables

By the end of this lesson, you’ll know how to create and fill tables, modify tables, work with linked tables, extract object data to a table, and create table styles.

Lesson 36: Projects: Advanced Annotation

Now you’ll practice your advanced annotation skills by completing the applicable exercises in your course workbook.

Lesson 37: Dynamic Blocks

This lesson will show you how to work with dynamic blocks. You’ll learn how to create, insert, and modify them, and use the dynamic block authoring tools.

Lesson 38: Attributes

In this lesson you’ll learn how to insert attributes, edit their values, define them and associate them with blocks, redefine blocks containing attributes, and extract attribute information from a drawing.

Lesson 39: Projects: Advanced Blocks and Attributes

The time has come to complete the accompanying project exercises in your course workbook for Lessons 37 and 38.

Lesson 40: Output and Publishing

Lesson 40 consists of a comprehensive review of output and publishing functions in AutoCAD.

Lesson 41: Other Tools for Collaboration

This lesson will cover what you need to know to package a drawing and related files with eTransmit and add hyperlinks to a drawing.

Lesson 42: Cloud Collaboration and 2D Automation

By the end of this lesson, you’ll have a thorough understanding of the latest technologies surrounding cloud collaboration and 2D automation.

Lesson 43: Introduction to Sheet Sets

Next you’ll learn about sheet set concepts, creating sheet sets and sheets, using Sheet Views and Model Views, and using existing layouts as sheets.

Lesson 44: Publishing and Customizing Sheet Sets

We’ll continue learning about sheet sets as we review how to transmit, archive, and publish them, as well as create sheet set templates and make custom blocks.

Lesson 45: Projects: Sheet Sets

Now you’ll use the exercises in your course workbook to review everything you’ve just learned about sheet sets.

Lesson 46: Managing Layers

In this lesson you’ll learn how to work with the Layers Properties Manager and its settings, how to create Layer Filters, and how to set up Layer States.

Lesson 47: CAD Standards

This lesson will review how to configure standards, check drawings for standards compliance, and translate layers.

Lesson 48: System Setup

By the end of this lesson, you’ll know how to use the Options dialog box, system variables, dynamic input settings, and drawing utilities.

Lesson 49: Introduction to Customization

Lesson 49 reviews how and why you should customize AutoCAD, including which aspects can be customized. You’ll also learn how to create a workspace, toolbar, menu, and custom shortcut keys.

Lesson 50: Customizing the User Interface

Next, we’ll learn more about tools, including using the tools in the Customize User Interface dialog box, and creating a toolbar, menu, and Dashboard Control Panel.

Lesson 51: Macros and Custom Routines

In our final lesson, we’ll go over the advanced concepts of macros and custom routines. You’ll learn how to use commands, run scripts, and load and run AutoCAD and VBA routines.

AutoCAD 2015 Certified User Instructors
Jennifer MacMillan

Jennifer MacMillan holds a mechanical engineering degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She's been teaching CAD for 19 years and is an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI). She is currently working in a position developing training curriculum used by many CAD training companies. Jennifer finds teaching online training classes very rewarding because they enable so many students to learn new skills that they can immediately use in their jobs.

Renu Muthoo

Renu Muthoo is a computer engineering graduate from Bangalore University, India. She has worked with Autodesk products for the past 18 years, focusing mainly on AutoCAD and Autodesk’s design visualization software products such as 3ds Max, VRED, and Showcase. Using her engineering background and expertise in Autodesk products, she has co-authored a number of books. She currently works as a curriculum developer and subject matter expert for Autodesk products.

Michelle Rasmussen

Michelle Rasmussen is a specialist in the civil engineering industry. Michelle has worked with and created training curriculum for AutoCAD and Autodesk Civil 3D since 2007. Additionally, Michelle is the first Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI) and Evaluator (ACE) worldwide for Civil 3D. Michelle has also held roles on the Autodesk Authorized Training Center Advisory Board and Leadership Council, where she served as Chair and Vice Chair.

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AutoCAD 2015 Certified User Requirements / Prerequisites

Before enrolling in this program, you should have a basic knowledge of the Windows operating system and be comfortable installing software and loading files. You should have an Internet connection and e-mailing capabilities and be familiar with using the Internet. A working knowledge of basic design/ drafting procedures and terminology is recommended.

This program can only be taken from a PC. It is not Mac compatible. It is compatible with Windows 7 and later operating systems. It is also compatible with IE9, Chrome 13, Firefox 5, and Safari 5 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection and e-mail account. We recommend that you use the latest version of Internet Explorer in place of other Web browsers; however, the program should also be compatible with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

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You need to have AutoCAD 2015. As a student you can download a free version of the AutoCAD 2015 software (containing AutoCAD 3D tools) that provides a 3 year student version license. Please note that ed2go cannot extend the software license for AutoCAD 2015. Additionally, the AutoCAD 2015 student software license cant be used in a commercial environment.

Hardware compatibility requirements for this software are as follows:

For 32-bit AutoCAD 2015:

  • 32-bit Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon Dual Core, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology

For 64-bit AutoCAD 2015:

  • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology
  • AMD Opteron with SSE2 technology
  • Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology 2 GB (8 GB recommended)
  • 6 GB free disk space for installation

Display Resolution: 1024x768 (1600x1050 or higher recommended) with True Color

Display Card: Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 with True Color capabilities. DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended but not required.

More About AutoCAD 2015 Certified User

This AutoCAD class will introduce you to this incredible software; however, actual hands-on experience is a critical component in preparing for the exam. You should practice using the product and the skills learned from this program. Successfully completing this program, plus 50 hours of hands-on application are recommended prior to taking the Certified User exam. For the Certified Professional Exam, an additional 400 hours of hands-on experience outside of this program is strongly recommended.

AutoCAD 2015 Certified User Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six (6) months to complete this program.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

No additional materials are required for this program.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go programs are noncredit programs, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our programs.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

This program can only be taken from a PC. It is not Mac compatible. It is compatible with Windows 7 and later operating systems. It is also compatible with IE9, Chrome 13, Firefox 5, and Safari 5 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection and e-mail account. We recommend that you use the latest version of Internet Explorer in place of other Web browsers; however, the program should also be compatible with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

You will need AutoCAD 2015. As a student you can download a free version of the AutoCAD 2015 software (containing AutoCAD 3D tools). The free student license expires after 3 years. Please note that ed2go cannot extend the software license for AutoCAD 2015. Additionally, the AutoCAD 2015 student software license can’t be used in a commercial environment.

Hardware compatibility requirements for this software are as follows:

  • For 32-bit AutoCAD 2015: 32-bit Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ Dual Core, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
  • For 64-bit AutoCAD 2015: AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron™ with SSE2 technology, Intel® Xeon® with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB (8 GB recommended)
  • 6 GB free disk space for installation
  • Display Resolution: 1024x768 (1600x1050 or higher recommended) with True Color
  • Display Card: Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 with True Color capabilities. DirectX® 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended but not required.
Can I use a Mac?

No, this program cannot be taken on a Mac.

How can I get more information about the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at (855) 534-3690. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

GES323 - Do I have to submit coursework?

There is no course work that has to be submitted. All grading is based on quizzes in the program, a midterm, and two final exams that are taken online and automatically submitted for grading.

How do I download the files that I need to do the class exercises?

Not all exercises require you to start with a provided model. In the cases that do there is a link at the top of the exercise page that enables you to download the file. Download and extract the file to your working folder so that you can begin the exercise.

Does this program prepare for an industry recognized exam?

Yes, this program will prepare you for the Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 Certified Professional and User exams. Upon successful completion of the program, an Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 Certified User exam voucher will be provided to you at no additional cost. Actual hands-on experience is a critical component in preparing for either exam. You must spend time using the product and the skills learned from this program. In addition to this program, an additional 50 hours of hands-on application are strongly recommended prior to taking the Certified User exam. You should have an additional 400 hours of hands-on experience with the AutoCAD software before attempting the Certified Professional exam.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.

How can I get AutoCAD 2015?

As a student, you can download AutoCAD 2015 with three years of free access under a student license. Please note that we cannot extend this length of your student license for AutoCAD 2015. Also, the AutoCAD 2015 student software license cannot be used in a commercial environment.

How long does it take to learn AutoCAD?

Here is one great thing about this software: There is so much you can do with AutoCAD, your learning never truly ends. However, in order to take the Certified User exam, 50 hours of experience is recommended. To take the Certified Professional exam, an addition 400 hours is recommended. And of course, AutoCAD courses for beginners are always a great way to learn tips and tricks if you’re brand new to the software.

What’s new in AutoCAD 2015?

It’s important to maintain your skillset in any position, but especially when it comes to technology and software. Autodesk, the creator of AutoCAD, continually makes improvements to the program. In the 2015 version, there are new color schemes, new ribbon functions, and an animated help feature, among other updates.

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