Three-day, hands-on course covering the basics of AutoCAD, one of the world’s leading design and drafting software programs. Millions of professionals rely on AutoCAD to create and share precise drawings. Our experienced instructors will provide a comprehensive overview of AutoCAD functionality to get you started with computer-aided design. Learn how to navigate through an AutoCAD file and to draw and edit objects such as lines, arcs, circles, and rectangles. Become familiar with the concepts of layers and blocks; learn how to annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders, and hatching; and understand how to plot drawings using both model space and paper space.

Follow up with our AutoCAD Beyond the Basics course to learn more sophisticated tools and techniques.


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AutoCAD Fundamentals
  • Knowledge of basic design/drafting concepts, procedures, and terminology
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and basic computer skills

Note: This training course is not designed for users of the AutoCAD for Mac software.

Target Audience

  • New users from all disciplines interested in learning how to draft in AutoCAD
  • Industry professionals needing a fundamental knowledge of AutoCAD in order to adopt additional AutoCAD based products (i.e. AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, and AutoCAD Civil 3D)


Objective: This course will increase the efficiency of designers, engineers and drafters by providing them with the ability and confidence to use AutoCAD to create, layer, edit, modify, annotate, dimension, and prepare sheets for plotting. To ensure confidence in your new skills, we extend your classroom training with 90 days of free follow-up support on all class material.

Scheduling: This training course will be conducted over 3 consecutive days. Class will run from 9am-5pm on each scheduled class day.

Location: This class is scheduled on rotation across Ideate's multiple training centers. Ideate will provide all systems and software required to participate in this course.

Detailed Course Outline

Day 1

  • Getting Started with AutoCAD
  • Basic Drawing and Editing Commands
  • Drawing Precision in AutoCAD
  • Making Changes in Your Drawing

Day 2

  • Organizing Your Drawing with Layers
  • Advanced Object Types
  • Analyzing Model and Object Properties
  • Advanced Editing Commands
  • Inserting Blocks

Day 3

  • Setting Up a Layout
  • Printing Your Drawing
  • Text
  • Hatching
  • Adding Dimensions​




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