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Online AutoCAD Training Certificate

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AutoCAD® Training Program Overview

Develop your AutoCAD® skills with the Penn Foster Career School AutoCAD® Essentials Certificate Program. Get AutoCAD® training with AutoCAD® software functions and commands, and gain the knowledge and skills that can help you create geometric objects and 3D drawings. As an AutoCAD® student with Penn Foster Career School, you can learn at your own pace, gaining new skills in a flexible, convenient way. And you can complete this program in as little as two months!

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The AutoCAD® Essentials Career Certificate program provides students with a background to understand the capabilities and uses of the basic AutoCAD® software platform. Upon completion of the course student will be proficient with the applications of the software including plotting/printing, file sharing and storage, software personalization, and basic 3D modeling concepts.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Upon completion of the course, students will be able to create mechanical and architectural drawings using AutoCAD software.
  • Change GRID, SNAP, Plot, and Unit settings
  • Draw circles and arcs
  • Create and modify drawing layers, tables, and fields Edit objects using the FILLET and CHAMFER commands
  • Create a drawing template in AutoCAD
  • Create and modify plot layouts
  • Enter and edit text, change text fonts and styles, and use dimensions and leaders
  • Use polylines to draw complex objects and shapes
  • Create groups and blocks; use external references
  • Explain how the 3D Basics workspace and coordinate systems are used; describe how constructive geometry commands are used to create composite solid objects

Course 1

Working with AutoCAD,® Part 1


  • Learn and use the basic functions of AutoCAD® 2017 software.
  • Open or begin a drawing, save your work, and safely exit the software.
  • Use help menus, dialog boxes, and software features associated with basic drafting options.
  • Construct basic geometric objects.
Working with AutoCAD,® Part 2


  • Study basic operations of AutoCAD.®
  • Build on what you’ve already learned to create new drawings with AutoCAD.®
  • Insert various lines and text.
  • Construct complex geometric figures while using the advanced object selection method.
  • Properly dimension a drawing and properly configure your work for plotting.
Additional Unit Materials

Project Booklet: AutoCAD® Basic Commands

Software: Students will have access to a free, 3-year student version of AutoCAD® from Autodesk.®

Textbook: Discovering AutoCAD® 2017

Course 2

Working with AutoCAD,® Part 3


  • Build on what you learned in your previous course.
  • Study dimensioning, plotting, and printing.
  • Learn about hatching commands.
  • Create and insert block references.
Working with AutoCAD,® Part 4


  • Continue to build on skills you developed in your previous lessons.
  • Attach and detach reference files.
  • Use the AutoCAD® Design Center.
  • Learn utility commands.
Working with AutoCAD,® Part 5


  • Understand and apply the basics of 3-D drawings.
  • Create 3-D drawings with AutoCAD.®
  • Render and digitize tablets.
  • Digitize and customize drawings.
  • Use the Internet within the AutoCAD® process.
  • Learn about digitizing tablets and customizing AutoCAD® for your specific drafting needs.
Additional Course Material

Project Booklet: AutoCAD® Commands: Blocks and Layers

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Microsoft, Windows, and Windows XP are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
AutoCAD is a trademark of Autodesk, Inc. registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.

Sample Lesson

To view an AutoCAD® Essentials sample lesson, click here.

AutoCAD® Essentials Program Details

Students enrolling in the Penn Foster Career School AutoCAD® Certificate Program should possess a solid background in a Windows®-based PC environment and should also have an educational or work-related background in basic drafting. Students who do not have the necessary prerequisite skills should consider Penn Foster Career School's Drafting with AutoCAD® Career Diploma Program.

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online AutoCAD

AutoCAD® helps drafters to coordinate systems and software to create technical plans. Many architectural, mechanical, and civil engineering firms use AutoCAD®. Here are a few qualities that effective drafters have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant, receptive, and work well with others.
  • Honest: Engineering requires integrity and a good sense of ethics.
  • Persistent: Your job requires focus and determination in the face of obstacles.

Check out the Community’s AutoCAD Essentials academic group, and hear what students, grads, and faculty are talking about!

Your program includes:

  • Learning aids, including AutoCAD software and textbook
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the AutoCAD Essentials Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Is the AutoCAD® Software provided by Penn Foster Career School or do students have to purchase it?

At no additional cost, you can download a 3-year student version of AutoCAD® from AutoDesk® with your program. Or, you can purchase AutoCAD® software independently of Penn Foster Career School.

What are the AutoCAD® software requirements?

AutoCAD® is compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32 or 64 bit) with Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; or Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or Home edition (SP3 or later) with Pentium® 4 or AMD dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended); 6 GB free disk space for installation. (Note AutoCAD® is NOT compatible with Windows Vista®.)

What are some career/education options for engineering drafters?

Engineering drafters work at many different companies, including automotive companies and dealerships, the Department of Transportation, and construction, landscaping, or patenting companies. The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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