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Computer Aided Drafting & Design with AutoCAD Certification Program
AutoCAD Certified User Certification


AutoCAD software does 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD). Created by Autodesk, AutoCAD was the first CAD software and it is still the most widely used program today by architects, graphic designers, engineers, city planners, project managers and more. Learning AutoCAD and earning Autodesk Certified User (ACU) certification, an industry-recognized credential, can effectively start an individual's career as a designer, engineer, and maker.

With ONLC's Computer Aided Drafting & Design with AutoCAD Certification Program, you will learn to use the software effectively while prepping for AutoCAD certification. ACU certification lets employers know a candidate has the necessary skills and program knowledge to develop blueprints and drawings for architects, designers, engineers and builders to construct some of the world’s most amazing creations.

Enhance your resume, get noticed and most importantly get hired by having the industry-recognized ACU certification!

AutoCAD CareerPath Certification Program

Training + Exam Prep + Exam Voucher!

General Description: This program is designed to educate students on using AutoCAD software and make them ready for AutoCAD Certified User (ACU) certification to enhance their employment potential. Along with our quality training, program participants receive:

  • AutoCAD Practice Exam
  • Exam Voucher for the authorized ACU certification exam
  • One (1) retake exam voucher if passing score not achieved on first attempt

This program provides 120 hours of course content.

Prerequisite: No prior working knowledge of CAD software is required. In addition, students need no prior drafting or architectural design background to successfully complete this training. Computer experience and a working knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating system is required.

LEVEL 1 OPTION: Students get their choice for the Level 1 course. Both courses have identical content, however, the Novice course has two (2) additional class days for students to better absorb and understand the content—especially helpful for those lacking any CAD background or knowledge.

AutoCAD CareerPath Program
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Level 1: AutoCAD for Novices
(5-days, Instructor-led)


Level 1: AutoCAD Essentials
(3-days, Instructor-led)


Level 2: AutoCAD Intermediate
(2 days, Instructor-led)


AutoCAD On-Demand: Levels 1, 2, 3
(12 months access, self-study)


All course materials, practice exam & exam voucher


Class Formats

Instructor-led Training (ILT): Classes are live with an online subject-matter professional leading and supporting the class. You'll work hands-on with the software and its features doing labs and exercises throughout the class. Training is fully interactive via online instructor . You can ask questions, participate in class discussions and get assistance directly from the instructor during class. Students select their class dates from our public schedule. Special Note: Those attending AutoCAD classes from home should use a wheeled mouse. A trackpad is not sufficient as AutoCAD is heavily dependent on selecting points and right clicking for additional menus.

On-Demand (self-study): AutoCAD On-Demand courses are self-study, self-paced you take using your own equipment. With 24/7 access for up to 12 months you can repeat and review sections as often as needed to reinforce what you've learned in the live training. On-Demand format features video tutorials, live labs, assessments plus...

  • Documented and illustrated descriptions and examples of software features and tools.
  • Step-by-step procedures that establish workflows for end-users.
  • Hands-on practice exercises, including datasets with common scenarios encountered.
  • Command summaries for quick-reference.
  • Graded review questions to validate understanding.
  • Keyword search functionality and reporting to track progress and proficiency.

Note: On-Demand courses require you to have your own computer loaded with the software you are learning. While access to the software is provided in our ILT classes, it is not provided with the On-Demand format.


AutoCAD CareerPath Program Has You Covered With...

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Substantial Savings

CareerPath Certification Programs are substantially discounted so you'll pay less than retail for all of the components.

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Learn at Hundreds of Centers or Home

Attend instructor-led classes from any of ONLC's hundreds of centers coast-to-coast click link, or from your own location for convenience (see easy setup click link).

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Optional Class Retake

You may repeat an instructor-led course one time for free within a year of your original class. Class Retake Details click link.

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Exam Prep & Voucher

Along with quality training you'll receive a practice exam and an exam voucher to pay for the authorized test.

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Exam Pass Guarantee

Your safety net if you don't pass the authorized exam the first time. Review Exam Pass Guarantee click link.

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Career Guidance

Not sure if this program is right for you? Schedule a career strategy session with an ONLC Advisor at 1-800-288-8221 (weekdays) for assistance.


AutoCAD ACU Certification

Autodesk Certified User (ACU) certification confirms students have entry-level skills such as creating or plotting drawings, editing objects, working with layouts, to effectively use AutoCAD software. Our training plus 150 hours of hands-on experience with Autodesk AutoCAD® are strongly recommended before attempting the ACU Exam.
Review ACU exam objectives .

ACU Exam

Authorized certification exams test a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities using the software. Exams typically include multiple-choice and performance-based questions. To maintain integrity exam content is subject to change at any time without prior notice. As such, training may not cover all exam topics.

AutoCAD ACU Exam. The ACU exam is available from Certiport. A test from home option is available to ONLC CareerPath students. Those candidates should complete the Home Exam request form to schedule a home exam (some restrictions and requirements may apply). Those who prefer a testing center and non-ONLC students should visit Certiport's list of locations link icon to schedule an ACU exam,

Once you pass the authorized exam, you will receive a digital badge for the certification. Anyone who views your badge can select it to learn about your skills and verify its authenticity.

AutoCAD Careers

Job titles and careers that often request or require applicants to have prior AutoCAD experience and/or ACU certification include...

Job Titles...

CAD Operator

AutoCAD Technician

AutoCAD Designer

AutoCAD Engineer

Mechanical Design Engineer

CAD Illustrator


Salary Range...

The majority of AutoCAD-related salaries range between $38,500 to $59,000. Top AutoCAD earners report making $71,000 annually.

Salary ranges are USD and for general reference only as several factors including but not limited to geography, company pay scale and applicant's other work experience can effect salary.


Start Your Career Now!

Get your career in computer-aided design going with ONLC's CareerPath Certification Program!

This program must be ordered by phone. We accept all major credit cards. To purchase your AutoCAD CareerPath Certification Program call...



Next Step After ACU

Autodesk AutoCAD Certified Professional (ACP)

Thought not a requirement, many who earn ACU certification continue their quest by earning Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP) certification. This advanced-level credential confirms a professional's knowledge of the tools, features, and common tasks of AutoCAD including dimensioning, drawing skills, using hatching and gradients, and more. ONLC's ACP courses along with extensive hands-on experience with AutoCAD (some suggest up to 1200 hours) are recommended before attempting the ACP Exam.
See ACP certification .

Other Autodesk Classes at ONLC

In addition to AutoCAD training, ONLC has classes for Autodesk Civil 3D, Inventor and Revit. See all Autodesk courses link icon.

* CareerPath Certification Program Terms & Conditions

  • All prices are US Dollars.
  • Programs are good on new registrations only and limited to the above listed courses.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers or programs.
  • Full payment is required at the time of purchase. These programs are non-refundable, non-transferable.
  • Course materials will either be digital or hard copy format.
  • Exam voucher will be sent to purchaser once a passing score on the exam prep has been achieved. Exam vouchers are only good for a limited time. Sending the voucher later rather than at time of purchase maximizes time allowance for taking the authorized exam. ONLC will not replace expired exam vouchers.
  • Though ONLC may specify durations and deadlines for training, exam preps, and authorized exams those deadlines can be supplanted should Autodesk announce a certification change or retirement. ONLC is not the governing certification body, so cannot alter, delay or grant extensions for such changes. Bundle purchasers are directly responsible to adjust their training and exam schedule should Autodesk announce a change or retirement. Additionally, retired courses are not applicable for ONLC's free course retake or make-up options.

AutoCAD On-Demand courses & course codes:

  • AutoCAD software access is NOT provided for On-Demand format.
  • Each code contains specific information about the program for which it is valid, the expiration date, and other terms and conditions for its use.
  • A code may not be redeemed for cash, credit, or refund. Codes are not returnable and are void if altered.
  • AutoCAD On-Demand course is available 24/7 for up to 12 months from date of purchase.
  • Each code may only be used once and cannot be shared. After it has been redeemed, a code cannot be reused.
  • Expired, stolen, or lost codes will not be replaced. ONLC Training Centers, Autodesk, nor any hosting partners are not responsible for lost or stolen codes.
  • On-Demand course and exam voucher expiration dates will not be extended under any circumstances.

AutoCAD Certification Testing:

  • ONLC does not offer exams at our centers. A test from home option is available to ONLC students who have purchased the bundle. Those candidates should complete the Home Exam request form if they wish to schedule a home exam (other restrictions and requirements may apply). Those who prefer a testing center and non-ONLC students should visit Certiport's list of locations to schedule an AutoCAD exam.

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