A Nationally Accredited Educational Institution

Intermediate AutoCAD

30 Clock Hours 18 Days 30 AIA LUs


Onsite Dates

Online Dates

Grading Option



Computer Hardware Requirements




In this online AutoCAD class, you will create an abbreviated set of construction documents for a Habitat for Humanity project, including floor plan, roof plan, foundation plan, electrical plan and building elevations. Create and insert blocks, externally reference files and determine the appropriate times to use these commands to optimize project workflow.

CAD 201 reinforces basic understanding and develops experience in more advanced applications. Topics include file referencing across the project data, user coordinate systems, dynamic viewing and paper/model space conventions. Advanced AutoCAD commands and drafting conventions are heavily stressed in this online AutoCAD course.

Your instructor is an Autodesk Certified Instructor and also an experienced working professional who uses AutoCAD on a daily basis, preparing 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.

You will be provided source AutoCAD files, which you will use to start your project. You will be provided videos which will guide you through the learning process. There will be quizzes relating to your project as well as to your reading assignments. There will be discussion forums in which you will be participating. There will be regular progress submissions of the work you completed and there will also be 1:1 time with your instructor.

The Intermediate AutoCAD course materials provided are identical in both our onsite and online training environments. The online courses begin every three weeks. The onsite courses are offered quarterly at our school campus in Point Loma.

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

Intended Audience

This course is designed for the working professional and those people interested in advancing their employment opportunities using AutoCAD. Students become familiar with the basic AutoCAD commands and menu systems.


Class participants will receive a grade based on their competency proven in the assessments (quizzes and tests) and their participation in the discussion forums.

Class grades will be determined by the total number of points achieved in the following categories:

Reading Assessments 10%
Discussion Forums 10%
Hands-on Assessments 20%
Midterm 20%
Final 40%

Final grades are determined using the following scale:

Letter GradePercentGrade Points
A+ 98 - 100 4.00
A 94 - 97 3.67
A- 90 - 93 3.50
B+ 87 - 89 3.33
B 83 - 86 3.00
B- 80 - 82 2.67
C+ 77 - 79 2.33
C 73 - 76 2.00
C- 70 - 72 1.67
D+ 67 - 69 1.33
D 63 - 66 1.00
D- 60 - 62 0.67
F 0 - 59 0.00

The weighted values will be summed into total points achieved.

Open Labs

Open labs are available for use in completing homework assignments and for additional "practice time" for all of our students who are within a convenient driving distance of our San Diego campus.

There is an additional cost for technical support setting up your computer system loading the Autodesk software, if you need that additional support. Please contact our Program Manager at 619-758- 9300 or learn@cadteacher.com to receive that information.

AutoDesk Certification Objectives


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


  • Use object-snap tracking
  • Use Coordinate Systems


  • Move and copy objects
  • Rotate and scale objects
  • Create and use arrays
  • Trim and extend objects
  • Offset and mirror objects
  • 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

Certification / Accreditation

  • Autodesk Course e-certificate: The VDCI onsite and online courses are approved by Autodesk.
  • CadTeacher/VDCI is an Authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC)
  • State of California Approval: Our Technology Certificates and our technology-based courses are approved by the State of Californiaäó»s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) for both online and onsite learning.
  • National Accreditation: Our individual courses, training bundles and technology certificate programs are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). All of our courses are regulated and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Autodesk Professional Certification Exams: For many of their software programs, Autodesk offers Associate adn Professional Certification Exams which test your skills and knowledge. cadteacher/VDCI strongly encourages our students to take the exams and become Certified Autodesk Professionals. As an Autodesk Certified Professional, you can enhance your credibility and can accelerate your professional development. Many employers insist on hiring Autodesk Certified Professionals.

Course Prerequisites

  • Fundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment.
  • CAD 101, Introduction to AutoCAD or equivalent or three months working with AutoCAD in the professional environment.

Computer Hardware Requirements

Materials Required


  • AutoCAD


  • Mastering AutoCAD

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 will be downloaded directly onto your machine. Instructions are provided in the VDCI Student Portal for your course.

While you are taking classes at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality internet bandwidth with a download speed of 10 Mbps.

Our classes are fast-track, accelerated courses.

If you have ANY CONCERNS about your computer competency, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you improve your computer skills before attending the class.



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.  Your initial discussion post is due Monday, one week from the beginning of class, by 11:55pm Pacific Time. 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
Students refresh their CAD skills by recreating the CAD 101 floor plan by editing and reusing data to work efficiently.

  • PROJECT: Building Model
  • PROJECT: Architectural Sheet File - A201

Lesson 2 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students create the roof plan sheet and also the electrical plan sheet file.

  • PROJECT: Roof Plan Sheet File – A401
  • PROJECT: Electrical Plan Sheet File - E100

Lesson 3 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students create the structural plan sheet file.

  • PROJECT: Foundation Plan Sheet File - S100

Lesson 4 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students begin developing elevation models of the single family residence.

  • PROJECT: Building Elevation Model
  • PROJECT: Building Elevation Sheet Files - A301 and A302

Lesson 5 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students continue developing their elevation sheet file and create the elevation sheet file.

  • PROJECT: Building Elevation Model
  • PROJECT: Building Elevation Sheet Files - A301 and A302

Lesson 6 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students complete their final by fully developing the elevation model and updating the elevation sheet file. Students also plot their final sheet files

  • PROJECT: Building Elevation Model
  • PROJECT: Building Elevation Sheet Files - A301 and A302



VDCI | cadteacher online course – ALL COURSES

2019 Quarter 1
Quarter 2
May 31 - Jun 17, 2019 ONLINE
Jun 21 - Jul 8, 2019 ONLINE
Quarter 3
Jul 12 - Jul 29, 2019 ONLINE
Aug 02 - Aug 19, 2019 ONLINE
Aug 23 - Sep 09, 2019 ONLINE
Sep 13 - Sep 30, 2019 ONLINE
Quarter 4
Oct 04 - Oct 21, 2019 ONLINE
Oct 25 - Nov 11, 2019 ONLINE
Nov 15 - Dec 02, 2019 ONLINE
Dec 06 - Dec 23, 2019 ONLINE


*Onsite Classes may be canceled due to minimum enrollment requirements

ONSITE - Evening Classes

2019 Jan 28 - Feb 13, 2019 M/W 5:30pm-9:30pm $425.00
Apr 22 - May 08, 2019 M/W 5:30pm-9:30pm $425.00
Jul 29 - Aug 14, 2019 M/W 5:30pm-9:30pm $425.00
Oct 14 - Oct 30, 2019 M/W 5:30pm-9:30pm $425.00
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