AutoCAD 2021 Certified User with AutoCAD 3D 2021 (Voucher Included)

This 100% online AutoCAD 2021 training course will teach you how to create and edit a simple drawing, and then gradually introduces more advanced tools. Once you master the basic 2D skills, you will move on to explore more advanced efficiency tools, complex objects, using external reference and image files, collaboration tools, publishing, and enhancing productivity with simple customization. You will then learn the fundamentals of 3D and explores the main features of the advanced 3D modeling...

9 Months / 240 Course Hrs
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AutoCAD 2021 Certified User with AutoCAD 3D 2021 (Voucher Included)

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Course code: GES3028

What you will learn

  • Use the AutoCAD software to create, edit, modify and work with drawings.
  • Work and set up units and layers, create annotations (text, hatching, dimensions, multileader, and tables), including annotation styles and setting up templates.
  • Create and insert reusable symbols using local/dynamic blocks with attributes and work with and modify external references in a drawing file.
  • Set up layouts (printing, manipulating, copying, creating viewports) and create, publish, and customize sheet sets.
  • Learn collaboration and automation tools and understand CAD management, system setup, and customizing the AutoCAD interface.
  • Creating sections, camera perspectives, and animations
  • Create and modify solid models and create 2D drawings of the solid models.
  • Setting up a rendering with materials and lights to showcase completed models.

How you will benefit

  • AutoCAD is a mature software product. Companies who are recruiting would require knowledge of this product prior to hiring.
  • Taking this course provides the key skills to efficiently and effectively work with the 2D and 3D tools available in AutoCAD 2021.
  • After course completion, passing the Autodesk certification exam provides potential employers with additional validation of your skills

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 240 course hours
  1. AutoCAD 2021
    1. Getting Started With AutoCAD
    2. Basic Drawing and Editing Commands
    3. Projects: Creating a Simple Drawing
    4. Drawing Precision in AutoCAD
    5. Making Changes in Your Drawing
    6. Projects: Making Your Drawings More Precise
    7. Organizing Your Drawing with Layers
    8. Advanced Object Types
    9. Analyzing Model and Object Properties
    10. Projects: Drawing Organization and Information
    11. Advanced Editing Commands
    12. Inserting Blocks
    13. Projects: Creating More Complex Objects
    14. Setting Up a Layout
    15. Printing Your Drawing
    16. Projects: Preparing to Print
    17. Text
    18. Hatching
    19. Adding Dimensions
    20. Projects: Annotating Your Drawing
    21. Working Effectively With AutoCAD
    22. Accurate Positioning
    23. Projects: Productivity Tools
    24. Parametric Drawing
    25. Working with Blocks
    26. Projects: Creating and Organizing Blocks
    27. Creating Templates
    28. Advanced Layouts
    29. Annotation Styles
    30. Projects: Drawing Setup and Utilities
    31. External References
    32. Projects: Drawing
    33. Miscellaneous Optional Topics
    34. Midterm Exam
    35. Advanced Text Objects
    36. Working With Tables
    37. Projects: Advanced Annotation
    38. Dynamic Blocks
    39. Attributes
    40. Projects: Advanced Blocks and Attributes
    41. Output and Publishing
    42. Other Tools for Collaboration
    43. Cloud Collaboration and 2D Automation
    44. Introduction to Sheet Sets
    45. Publishing and Customizing Sheet Sets
    46. Projects: Sheet Sets
    47. Managing Layers
    48. CAD Standards
    49. System Setup
    50. Introduction to Customization
    51. Customizing the User Interface
    52. Macros and Custom Routines
  2. AutoCAD 3D 2021
    1. 3D Foundations
    2. Simple Solid
    3. Working with the User Coordinate System
    4. Creating Solids & Surfaces from 2D Objects
    5. Modifying in 3D Space
    6. Advanced Solid Editing
    7. Additional Editing Tools
    8. Refining the View
    9. Point Clouds
    10. Visualization
    11. Working Drawings from 3D Models

Jennifer MacMillan holds a mechanical engineering degree from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has been teaching CAD for 25 years and is an Autodesk® Certified Instructor (ACI). She currently manages a team of curriculum developers that design and develop both online and print curriculum for the Autodesk line of engineering software products. As a subject matter expert herself, she focuses her development efforts working specifically with the manufacturing software products. Jennifer has always enjoyed teaching and passing her knowledge and interest in CAD on to her students.

Renu Muthoo is a Computer Engineering graduate from Bangalore University, India. She has worked with Autodesk, Inc. products for the past 22 years, focusing mainly on AutoCAD/AutoCAD verticals and Autodesk's design visualization software products such as 3ds Max and VRED. Using her engineering background, expertise in Autodesk products, and training in Instructional design, she has co-authored numerous books for various CAD audiences. In her current role, she works as a curriculum developer and subject matter expert, developing and writing training courseware for Autodesk products.


You will need to complete the AutoCAD 2021 section before starting the AutoCAD 3D portion of the course. You should also have a basic knowledge of the Windows operating system and be comfortable installing software, working with file structures, downloading files, and unzipping compressed files. Working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology is recommended.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can only be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible..

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • AutoCAD 2021 and AutoCAD 3D 2021. A free 1-year student version of the software is included. You will be provided directions on how to download the student license for the software after registration. The student software license cannot be used in a commercial environment. Please ensure that you meet the additional System Requirements for AutoCAD 2021 prior to enrolling in the course.
  • Note: If you have previously accessed a free trial of the Autodesk software, you may be required to purchase it separately to complete this course.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, you will be prepared for the Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User exam.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive nine (9) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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AutoCAD is a software application developed by Autodesk to allow users to draft two- and three-dimensional models using a computer. To help you better understand, we think its practical uses can be broken down into five distinct categories including: architectural planning, engineering drafting, graphic design, 3D printing, and fashion and industrial designing. AutoCAD permits companies to virtually plan and design projects which increases productivity and lowers the cost of completing them. The most common job obtained by those who complete AutoCAD training is that of a CAD drafter which is needed in several industries including architecture, engineering, computer science, and construction.

To become a CAD drafter, you will need to obtain formal training in the use of AutoCAD through a course like this one. This course even leads to certification as an Autodesk Certified User. You may decide to further continue your education by obtaining an associate degree in drafting to open up even more opportunities in the future.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report specifically on AutoCAD drafters, but it does compile data on drafters in general. The median salary for drafters is just over $54,000 per year. Your salary will vary depending on the type of job you choose as well as your education and experience level.

Yes, trained AutoCAD drafters are in demand, and employment is expected to grow by 7 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It notes that increased construction activity will drive up the demand for drafters, however as engineers and architects increasingly perform some of the tasks drafters traditionally preformed the job growth will be kept lower than it could have been otherwise.

Drafters will spend a majority of their time in an office working in front of a computer, though some may be required to visit jobsites in order to collaborate with other industry professionals such as engineers and architects as well as clients.

Drafters will typically work full time at around 40 hours per week, however you may be asked to work overtime including later nights and weekends when important project deadlines are approaching.

In order to be a good CAD drafter, you will need to understand how to use the AutoCAD software well including commands. You will need to have good time management skills, the ability to work well under pressure, and the ability to prioritize tasks to complete multiple jobs before their specified deadlines. You will also need good organization skills and a high attention to detail. Finally, you'll need to have good communication skills as you'll be responsible for communicating with peers, supervisors, and perhaps even customers.

There are a variety of businesses that use AutoCAD and AutoCAD 3D including those in architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, computer science, higher education, information technology, and interior design. AutoCAD is designed for people and organizations who make things, and it's trusted by millions of customers worldwide. According to iDataLabs, there are over 115,000 companies that currently use AutoCAD and most are located in the United States and in the Construction industry.