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 AutoCAD CareerPath 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!
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:
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.
All course materials, practice exam & exam voucher
Instructor-led Training (ILT): Classes are live with a 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. 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...
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.
CareerPath Certification Programs are substantially discounted so you'll pay less than retail for all of the components.
You may repeat an instructor-led course one time for free within a year of your original class. Class Retake Details .
Along with quality training you'll receive a practice exam and an exam voucher to pay for the authorized test.
Your safety net if you don't pass the authorized exam the first time. Review Exam Pass Guarantee .
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.
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 .
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 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.
Job titles and careers that often request or require applicants to have prior AutoCAD experience and/or ACU certification include...
Mechanical Design Engineer
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.
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...
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.
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In addition to AutoCAD training, ONLC has classes for Autodesk Civil 3D, Inventor and Revit. See all Autodesk courses .
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