AutoCAD is a software application used for computer-aided design or drafting (CAD), and professionals use AutoCAD to create architectural, industrial and commercial drawings. Colorado students seeking certificate programs that can help them learn AutoCAD can look to one of several community and technical colleges within the state. Program levels range from basic to advanced, and some offer concentrations in such areas as interior design, architecture or engineering. They also vary in length; shorter certificate programs may require students to complete 6-18 credits, while longer ones can range 27-54 credit hours.
Arapahoe Community College
Arapahoe Community College can be found in Littleton and offers AutoCAD training through three certificate programs. These options are comprehensive training programs with concentrations in architectural drawing, engineering graphics technology and interior design. All of these programs include a sequence of CAD courses presented within the context of a student's concentration. Students in these programs also study technical mathematics and PC applications.
Technical College of the Rockies (formerly Delta Montrose Technical College)
Students in or near Delta can find AutoCAD programs at Delta Montrose Community College. This school allows students to specialize in mechanical CAD, technical CAD, architectural CAD or civil CAD. Depending on the program, students are required to complete between 28 and 30 credits of coursework, which can usually be done in one semester. In addition to CAD courses, students take courses like blueprint reading, civil software, manufacturing technology and interior construction.
Front Range Community College
Front Range Community College, located in Westminster, offers a handful of AutoCAD training opportunities. Students can select from certificate programs in areas like advanced architectural CAD, advanced and basic mechanical CAD, animation CAD and civil CAD.
All of the CAD certificate programs require students to complete from 16-27 credits of coursework, and each program features courses unique to that area of study. For example, architectural design students take courses in Revit architecture and Sketchup, while mechanical design students take courses covering Solidworks and Inventor/AutoDesk. Some programs also include the opportunity to complete a capstone project. All of these programs typically take students one or two semesters to complete, and the school consistently updates its training software to ensure that students are using the most current versions of all AutoCAD applications.
Pickens Technical College
Located in Aurora, this school offers two certificate programs in CAD. Programs are available for drafting/design and basic employment skills, and courses include axometric views, three-dimensional drafting and auxiliary views. Students who complete one of the certificate programs can transfer to an associate's degree program if they choose. The time it takes to complete each certificate program varies depending on credits required.
Pikes Peak Community College
Located in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College also offers a series of certificate programs that train students to use AutoCAD. Students learn how to create both two- and three-dimensional drawings, read blueprints and customize AutoCAD to suit their needs. Certificates are offered in areas like basic CAD, animation, quality assurance and modeling design. The school supplies the latest versions of AutoCAD software, and students must meet with a computer-aided drafting program advisor before they register for classes.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||AutoCAD Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Arapahoe Community College||Two-year; public; large suburb|| Computer Aided Drafting Certificate with Architecture Concentration,
Computer Aided Drafting Certificate with Engineering Graphics Technology Concentration,
Computer Aided Drafting Certificate with Interior Design Concentration
|$3,918 in-state; $15,006 out-of-state*|
|Technical College of the Rockies (formerly Delta Montrose Technical College)||Less-than-two-year; public; fringe rural|| Architectural CADD Drafting Certificate,
Civil CAD Drafting Certificate,
Mechanical CAD Drafting Certificate,
Technical CAD Drafting
|$3,570 architectural program cost; $2,500 civil program cost; $3,693 mechanical program cost; $3,728 technical program cost**|
|Front Range Community College||Two-year; public; large suburb|| Advanced Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate,
Advanced Mechanical CAD Certificate, Advanced Civil CAD Certificate
Animation and Visualization CAD Certificate,
Basic Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Certificate,
|$3,986 in-state; $15,074 out-of-state*|
|Pickens Technical College||Less-than-two-year; public; large city|| Computer Aided Drafting/Design Certificate,
CAD - Basic Employment Skills Certificate
|$4,510 in-state; $7,990 out-of-state*|
|Pikes Peak Community College||Two-year; public; large suburb|| Advanced CAD Technical Skills Certificate,
Basic CAD Skills,
CAD Skills for Interiors,
Professional CAD - Architecture/Design,
|$3,840 in-state; $14,928 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Technical College of the Rockies.