Civil 3D Certification Training

The Civil 3D Certification Training is a project-based course designed for students with no AutoCAD experience who want to learn the fundamentals of Civil 3D. The AutoCAD Civil 3D training course progresses from the basics of AutoCAD to the specific tools of Civil 3D and includes instruction on preparing construction documents.

The skills developed through this course can prepare you to pursue a range of job opportunities in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry,...

6 Months / 150 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES3097

What you will learn

  • Develop fundamental skills in AutoCAD and Civil 3D and learn how the two programs are related
  • Gain hands-on experience and develop intermediate-level Civil 3D skills through project-based learning
  • Create accurate and detailed construction documents using Civil 3D
  • Gain the ability to design and document site projects, including grading, drainage, and underground utilities

How you will benefit

  • Develop practical skills in AutoCAD and Civil 3D that are highly valued in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry
  • Obtain hands-on experience in project-based learning, which helps you apply your skills to real-world projects
  • Increase your job opportunities with future employers in the AEC industry by developing the necessary skills to pursue a career in civil engineering, site design, and project management
  • Learn to design and document site projects, including grading, drainage, and underground utilities, which are essential skills for civil engineers and site designers

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 150 course hours
  1. Introduction to AutoCAD
    1. The Interface and Architectural Symbols
    2. Electrical Symbols
    3. Kitchen and Bath Fixtures
    4. Walls, Doors, and Windows
    5. Creating Sheets and Adding Fixtures
    6. Dimensions and Plotting
  2. Intermediate AutoCAD
    1. Create the Floorplan & Sheet Setup
    2. Finish Floorplan & Roof Plan
    3. Structural Foundation Plan & Electrical Plan
    4. Starting the Elevations
    5. Continuing the Elevations
    6. Finalizing, Checking & Plotting
  3. Intermediate Civil 3D: Surveying and Mapping
    1. Points
    2. Survey Database
    3. Parcels
    4. Creating Surfaces
    5. Additional Surfaces
    6. Labels and Tables
  4. Intermediate Civil 3D: Transportation Design
    1. Alignments
    2. Profiles
    3. Profile & Alignment Labeling
    4. Corridors
    5. Sections
    6. Drive Analysis
  5. Intermediate Civil 3D: Land Development
    1. Drawing Setup
    2. Basic Grading
    3. Advanced Grading
    4. Pipe Networks
    5. Pressure Networks
    6. Plan Finishing

This course is designed to be self-paced and does not involve any live classes. Instead, students will have access to various self-learning resources, including video materials, practice projects, e-books, and other materials available within the course modules. Although there is no direct interaction with an instructor, students can seek help from an industry expert by submitting questions via email.


There are no prerequisites to complete this course.

Certification Requirements:

To successfully complete the ACP, you typically need approximately 1200 hours of real-world Civil 3D software experience and a general understanding of the following topics:

  • Points, parcels, and surveying
  • Surfaces and grading
  • Alignments and profiles
  • Corridors and sections
  • Pipe networks
  • Plan production and data management


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs and Chromebooks are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • AutoCAD and Civil 3D software is provided for the duration of the course upon enrollment.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • 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.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median civil engineer salary is $88,065 per year, while the median architectural and civil drafters' salary is $59,820.

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Autodesk Certified Professional in Civil 3D for Infrastructure Design (ACP) Exam. Voucher not included.

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

After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

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 the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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