AutoCAD® Essentials Certificate Program Details

Penn Foster’s Online AutoCAD® Essentials Certificate Program consists of courses that will cover the basic operations of AutoCAD®. Students enrolling in the 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 don’t have the necessary prerequisite skills should consider Penn Foster Career School's Drafting with AutoCAD® Career Diploma Program.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The AutoCAD® Essentials Career Certificate program provides students with a background in using AutoCAD® software functions and commands to create geometric objects and 3D drawings. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to create mechanical and architectural drawings using AutoCAD® software.

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

  • 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

In this course, you'll learn about basic, introductory AutoCAD® software functions. This includes essential tools and how to draw lines and circles. You'll also learn about layers, colors, linetypes, and a variety of other commonly used functions to create AutoCAD® drawings. At the end of this course, you'll practice all of these things and more in a graded project.


  • Identify the procedures of creating simple line drawings through the fundamentals of drawing window
  • Prepare drawing layers in AutoCAD®
  • Classify the procedures of creating drawing template through various commands in the AutoCAD®
  • Show the methods of creating and modifying plot layouts and scale viewpoints through commands
  • Create a drawing using various AutoCAD® tools and settings

Textbook: Automotive Technology: Principles, Diagnosis, and Service

This course continues your learning of AutoCAD® software with more advanced functions. Building off of what you've already learned, you'll now look more at text and dimension functions. You'll also learn about functions for blocks, polylines, and attributes. You'll be instructed how to create isometric drawings, customized panels and macros, and 3D modeling. At the end of this course, you'll get a chance to practice all these new AutoCAD® skills and more with a graded project.


  • Categorize how to create tables, text, and fields through various commands
  • Summarize the procedures of polylines in drawing complex shapes and objects
  • Point out the methods of creating groups and blocks in AutoCAD®
  • Categorize the functions of AutoCAD® DesignCenter in context to attributes, blocks, and tool palettes
  • Prepare a 3D wireframe box model
  • Show how the polysolid, pyramid, torus, and cone shapes are drawn in AutoCAD®
  • Create a drawing using various AutoCAD® tools and settings

Additional Details

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 in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

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Digital Flashcards
Digital Flashcards
A fun and interactive way to test your knowledge before your exams. Find out what information you've mastered, and what material needs additional review.
Sample AutoCAD® Essentials Lesson

Sample AutoCAD® Essentials Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a AutoCAD® Essentials course would look like.
Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later, and an email account to complete this program with Penn Foster.
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