AutoCAD Essentials Certificate

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Do you aspire to become an architect, engineer, or interior designer? Learn the fundamentals of drafting by enrolling in Penn Foster Career School's AutoCADŽ Essentials Certificate Program. Continue reading to learn more about it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind Of Program Is It?

AutoCAD (computer-aided design) is a personal computer-based drafting software program that helps eliminate the need for the manual drafting of three-dimensional models, floor plans, and construction blueprints. The AutoCAD Essentials Certificate Program will give you the opportunity to learn basic drafting options and AutoCAD commands such as opening and configuring a drawing, constructing geometric shapes, inserting text, and exiting the computer software program. Instruction will also be given in the areas of utility and hatching commands, creating block references, and accessing the Internet while working in AutoCAD. You'll receive related software and textbooks upon your enrollment in this Penn Foster program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Program candidates will need either education or work experience in basic drafting procedures. You should be familiar with Windows®-based computer functions as well. Applicants to this Penn Foster Career School program must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Listed below are your main courses, which consist of a total of five lessons and two projects. To complete the program, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows® XP SP3 or later, high-speed Internet, and an email.

Course Code Course Name
MET080 AutoCAD - Basic Commands
MET090 AutoCAD - Blocks and Layers

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The AutoCAD Essentials Certificate program and your prior knowledge or experience can help prepare you for entry-level employment. When you have completed your studies, you might pursue the following positions:

  • CAD Technician
  • Architectural Assistant
  • CAD Operator
  • Engineering Assistant

Advanced Degrees

At some point, you might want to advance beyond certificate-level education in order to pursue jobs offering more challenge or prestige. In that case, you might explore degree programs such as the following:

  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer-Aided Design Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology