CAD Technology Certificate
Start to learn AutoCAD from the very beginning. Learn AutoCAD to create construction documents.
Classes are Real-world, hands-on, project-based & instructor-led.
The CAD Technology Certificate Program prepares students with the skills and problem-solving strategies requested by employers. Earn your Digital Badge.
Prepare for the AutoCAD Certification Exam. Enhance your Career.
Please call us – 619-758-9300 – to discuss your interest in the Certificate Program
The CAD Technology Certificate Program is designed to provide students with the skills and technical knowledge requested by employers using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software.
The certificate program focuses on the development of construction documentation skills and problem-solving strategies.
- Total of 280 instruction hours
- Complete in as few as 8 months
- Career Opportunities in Architecture, Drafting, Engineering, Project Management, Interior Design, and more. Prepares you for Autodesk Professional Certification.
- Please CLICK HERE to see a PDF with career options for the Certificate Program
- Prepares you for Autodesk Professional Certification
- A Certificate Program designed to work with you and your schedule
- Self-paced online learning environment as well as optional, onsite courses (when available).
- Active Instructor in each course available to respond to any questions
- Eighteen-day courses with quizzes, midterm and final submissions
- Please CLICK HERE to see a PDF with complete details about the Certificate Program
All courses in the CAD Technology Certificate Program are real-world, project-based. You will engage with your instructor and your classmates on a very regular basis. VDCI is known for our strong student-instructor engagement.
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Courses in the Certificate Program
(220 Clock Hours required from these courses)
Introduction to AutoCAD (30 Clock Hours) – Familiarizes students with basic AutoCAD commands while developing a floor plan for a single family residential home.
Create drafting symbols, kitchen and bath fixtures, a floor plan and integrate all information into one deliverable sheet file. Distinguish the differences required to generate drawings for use as annotation and real-world model components. Create and insert blocks and externally reference files, and determine the appropriate times to apply those skill sets. Master file management, drafting on layers, integrating drawing component files and plotting while creating on the class residential project.
Intermediate AutoCAD (30 Clock Hours) – Developing and assembling a set of 2D design construction documents.
Create an abbreviated set of construction documents including floor plan, foundation plan, electrical plan and building elevations for a small residential project. Create and insert blocks, externally reference files and determine the appropriate times to apply those skill sets to optimize project efficiency. Demonstrate layer and file management, external file referencing, use of model/layout environments and user coordinate systems. Apply intermediate-level skills including layer management, user coordinate system development, creating sheet layout environments and plotting.
AutoCAD Construction Documents 1 - Recommended - (30 Clock Hours) – Creating a floor plan, multi-scale plan, roof plan and building elevations for a one-story residence.
Create titleblock and titleblock/drawing label components for a professional office to facilitate development of deliverable sheet files. Create floor plan, enlarged plan, roof plan and building elevation of a moderately complex residential project. Includes the development of floor plan, roof plan and elevation notes. Successfully integrate referenced files to create construction documents. Demonstrate layer and file management, use of model/layout environments and multi-scale drawing presentation. Apply intermediate-level skills to create sheet layout environments and plotting. Organize deliverable sheet set to conform to the National CAD Standards.
AutoCAD Construction Documents 2 (30 Clock Hours) – Creating a site an architectural site plan, a title sheet, develop building elevations, building and wall sections, interior elevations and schedules.
Create building elevations, building sections, wall sections; modify detail drawings; create metes and bounds (Civil) drawing; create relevant deliverable sheet files for a moderately complex residential project. Includes the development of title sheet and appropriate general and keynote legends. Successfully integrate referenced files to create construction documents. Demonstrate layer and file management, use of model/layout environments and multi-scale drawing presentations. Apply intermediate/advanced-level skills to create sheet layout environments and plotting. Organize deliverable sheet set to conform to the National CAD Standards.
CAD Detailing - Required - (20 Clock Hours) – This course is designed to help people develop their detail drawing skills and applying those skills when they are creating construction documents.
Create detail drawings pertinent to the course project. Create relevant deliverable sheet files. Integrate referenced files to create details for construction documents. Demonstrate layer and file management, use of model/layout environments and multi-scale drawing presentations. Apply intermediate/advanced-level skills to create sheet layout environments and plotting.
CAD & Project Management (20 Clock Hours) – Teaches people important skill sets to help them succeed as CAD and Project Managers.
Demonstrate understanding of the technical and managerial skills required to succeed as a CAD and Project Manager. Organize the AutoCAD User Interface to optimize productivity and standards for an office. Use office standard file naming and file organization. Master an understanding of the National CAD Standards. Convert “an inherited CAD project” into a format which supports the National CAD Standards and Office CAD Standards.
Certificate Completion Practical (60 Clock Hours)– Applying skill sets learned from all of your previous courses, and integrating them into one project, where you and your instructor design your Certificate Completion Practical.
Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the acquired software and workflow skills through previous classes. Create a completed project of the student’s own design or selected design to highlight the skills that the student has acquired through required and elective courses. Participate in a design and documentation process without the aid of direct tutorial videos. Research construction document standards, construction systems, and design methodologies to influence the use of software and workflow.
(60 Clock Hours required from these courses)
You can select from a large number of elective courses:
Introduction to Revit (30 Clock Hours) – Designing 3D models that simultaneously document the project in schedules and 2D architectural drawings.
Explore the Building Information Modeling (BIM) interface. Design a 3D building model to explain how information is inter-related throughout the BIM model. Integrate building components into a 3D model and develop construction document sheets from that model. Develop a project which includes stairs and “feature architectural designs” to strengthen BIM modeling skill sets.
Intermediate Revit (30 Clock Hours) – Utilizing the family editor to create 2D and 3D components, refining graphics, and construction documentation.
Integrate DWG files to create Revit details and plan views for subsequent sheet layout. Tag elements for cost estimation and material take-offs. Create 3D parametric families and show alternate views of 3D objects in plan and elevation views. Build customized door, window, and materials schedules. Explore BIM management by creating an abbreviated set of construction documents.
Introduction to Civil 3D (30 Clock Hours) - Applying Civil 3D for Surveying and Mapping Projects.
The goal of this course is for students to become familiar with the surveying and mapping elements and commands in the Civil 3D environment. Students will l earn about survey and COGO points, point marker and label styles, point groups, linework code sets, figure prefix databases, survey imports, parcels, sites, parcel labels, TIN surfaces, surface labels, and surface analysis.
Intermediate Civil 3D (30 Clock Hours) - Applying Civil 3D for Transportation Design
The goal of this course is for students to become familiar with the transportation design elements and commands in the Civil 3D environment. Students will learn about alignments, surface profiles, design profiles and view windows, assemblies, corridors, intersections, sample lines, cross sections, and 3D visualization.
Civil 3D Construction Documents (30 Clock Hours) - Using major Civil3D design elements
The goal of this course is for students to become familiar with the land development design elements and commands in the Civil 3D environment. Students will l earn about drawing template files, data shortcuts, feature lines, grading groups, pipe networks, pressure networks, and paper space.
Introduction to SketchUp - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) - intro to SketchUp, preliminary massing studies, preliminary interior design, AutoCAD compatibility, basic presentation techniques.
Design massing and preliminary design 3D models. Determine the most efficient way of accurately and productively working within SketchUp. Use all of the SketchUp tools to best learn the functionality of the software program. Create walk throughs of 3D models using the camera tools.
Intermediate SketchUp (20 Clock Hours) - Schematic design concepts, design development concepts, AutoCAD compatibility pt.2, Revit compatibility, other 3d software compatibility, refined presentation techniques.
Use more advanced SketchUp tools to create doors, walls, windows and to detail the interior of buildings. Create and edit new materials and add photo textures to SketchUp models from Google Earth. Create scenes, generate scene settings and animate those settings in SketchUp. Explore creating topography and exporting images and animations.
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (30 Clock Hours) – Learn about the user interface and Photoshop’s impressive tools.
Explore the tools of Photoshop for use in the professional environment to construct presentation or marketing material. Employ techniques to adjust, enhance, and compose files to produce a useable document. Implement proper editing techniques for file/layer management. Produce a completed document ready for use in print media or digitally.
Intermediate Photoshop (30 Clock Hours) – This intermediate online Photoshop class reinforces techniques and expands on using Photoshop tools.
You will learn important strategies on how to work successfully with Photoshop. You will work on a real-world project and will learn how to plan, design, collaborate and export a project.
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (30 Clock Hours) – Learn the Adobe Illustrator user interface and the specific tools and features that make Illustrator valuable. Learn basic strategies to design, supplement, and export graphic materials.
Intermediate Adobe Illustrator (30 Clock Hours) – This class reinforces basic strategies of DAC 241 and introduces intermediate techniques for graphic design. Learn additional tools and methods to craft a series of graphic marketing materials.
Blueprint Reading for Residential Construction - Recommended - (10 Clock Hours) – Utilizes lectures, hands-on demonstrations and lab exercises to familiarize participants with the art of blueprint reading.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of Construction Documents (blueprints) for a Custom Residential and a Mixed-Use Commercial project. Analyze different drawings and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents. Evaluate the similarities between all sets of construction documents submitted for building permits. Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Documents.
Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) - An in-depth study of architectural, civil, engineering, interior and other construction documents for a mixed-use commercial project.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of commercial project Construction Documents (blueprints) for a large Mixed-Use project (hotel, parking and retail). Analyze different drawings and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents. Evaluate the similarities between all sets of construction documents submitted for building permits. Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Documents. Gain experience understanding how 3D model presentations within a set of construction documents makes the construction documents easier to understand the project.
Construction Estimating - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) - Starting at the very beginning, you will learn about the types of estimates and how an estimate is organized. You will learn the purposes for construction estimating, the estimating tools used and the skills required for construction estimating.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the construction drawings and a quantity-takeoff cost estimate. Analyze the components of a construction cost estimate and learn how a quantity-takeoff cost estimate is created. Master an understanding of quantity surveying, estimating takeoffs and pricing estimated quantities. Recognize the need for thoroughness and attention to detail when preparing construction cost estimates.
All elective course options can be found in the VDCI School Catalog
How to Enroll
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All online courses have an 18-day duration. Please CLICK HERE to see the course calendar.
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The CAD Technology Certificate prepares you for:
- The Autodesk AutoCAD Certification Exam
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