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A Nationally Accredited Educational Institution

CAD & Project Management

20 Clock Hours 18 Days

Online Dates

Grading Option





This online AutoCAD course teaches students important skill sets to help them succeed as CAD and Project Managers, how to set up the AutoCAD environment for their office, how to successfully manage CAD projects and how to update/adapt “inherited projects” to conform with office CAD standards.

Your instructor is an Autodesk Certified Instructor and also an experienced Senior Project Manager who uses AutoCAD on a daily basis, manages numerous staff on CAD projects, creating construction documents for commercial, educational and residential projects.

VDCI encourages a strong online engagement between you, your instructor and your classmates. You will participate in group discussion forums, connect with your instructor and message your classmates. You are also invited to join us in the VDCI Student Lounge, where our instructors, staff, current students and alumni share information and help one another.

In this online AutoCAD training class you will learn a lot about how to manage a CAD Project. You will learn a whole lot about how to serve as an excellent CAD Manager. This course teaches people the skills to succeed as a CAD and a Project Manager.

What Is CAD (Computer-Aided Design)? and What Is AutoCAD?

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

AutoDesk Certification Objectives


  • Draw lines and rectangles
  • Draw Circles, Arcs, and Polygons


  • Use object-snap tracking


  • Move and copy objects
  • Rotate and scale objects
  • Create and use arrays
  • Trim and extend objects
  • Offset and mirror objects
  • Use grip editing
  • Fillet and chamfer objects


  • Draw and edit polylines
  • Apply hatches and gradients


  • Change object properties
  • Alter layer assignments for objects
  • Control layer visibility
  • Assign properties by object or layer
  • Manage layer properties


  • Work with blocks
  • Manage block attributes
  • Reference external drawings and images


  • Add and modify text
  • Use dimensions


  • Create layouts
  • Use viewports
  • Set printing and plotting options



  • Fundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment.
  • The equivalent of CAD 101, CAD 201, CAD 301 and CAD 302 or six months working with AutoCAD in the professional environment.



  • Competency in reading and writing English
  • All course training is in English. That includes oral, written, media-based and other administrative communication.

Free Access to the Software

While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth with a download speed of 10 Mbps.


Software (Required)

  • AutoCAD

Can I work at my own pace?

Yes. You can work at your own pace. Each course is 18 days long. You will have two weeks and three weekends to complete the course. There are set deliverable schedules which are addressed in the course syllabus.



Free Access to the Software

While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. The software provided will either be downloaded directly onto your machine or you will access the software on one of our Virtual Servers. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth. It is also very important, if you are accessing our Virtual Servers, that you pay special attention to the MP4 and PDF guidance provided regarding saving your project files (datasets) onto your local machine.

Discussion Forums

There are two discussion forums for the course, the Student Forum and the Graded Forum.

The Student Forum is for you to interact with your fellow classmates, to discuss issues you are having, and get to know one other much like you would in a classroom environment.

The Graded Discussion Forum requires an initial post and a response to another student. These will be part of your final grade.  The first discussion post is due on the first Monday of the course cycle at 11:59 PM (PST). Your second discussion post must be a response to another student, and it is due by the end of the course.

VDCI Student Lounge

The VDCI Student Lounge is open to all VDCI Students and Alumni. In the Student Lounge, you are welcome to ask general questions to your VDCI colleagues. Instructors and VDCI staff regularly chime in. This is a great center of engagement for our VDCI community.

Course Lessons

Students will receive a detailed syllabus once they are enrolled in the course.

Lesson 1 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Introducing CAD and Project Management by a recognized professional in the industry.

  • CLASS PROJECT: CAD and CAD Project Management

Lesson 2 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students focus on the CAD Management aspects of standardizing the installation of AutoCAD.

  • CLASS PROJECT: Assuming the responsibility for an existing CAD Project and adapting/adjusting it to conform with appropriate office project/file management standards.

Lesson 3 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students cover the National CAD Standards.

  • CLASS PROJECT: National CAD Standards, File Naming

Lesson 4 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students receive and correct an existing project by organizing the project drawing files to conform with office file management standards. >

  • CLASS PROJECT: Project Organization, Hierarchy of Files, File Management, Organizing your Deliverables, XREF Management, Full vs Relative XREF Path
  • Schedule

    Online Course Start Dates

    Please click here to see the online course schedule. Online courses begin every three weeks, on a Friday and are 18-days long.

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