Penn Foster Career School

Certificate - AutoCAD Essentials

Students who enjoy computers, technology, and technical drawing may want to familiarize themselves with the basics of computer-aided drafting (CAD). Through Penn Foster Career Schools, students can become immersed in such a program and prepare for a wide range of careers. Read on for details about the AutoCAD Essentials Certificate Program.

Official Program Name:

AutoCAD® Essentials Certificate

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

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Program Description:

Computer-aided drafting is technology that assists drafting, architectural, and engineering professionals. It streamlines their work processes and allows them to preview the details and parameters of a finished product almost instantly. When using CAD, students can create drawings automatically via computers rather than by hand. Within the scope of this Penn Foster program, students have the chance to learn to transform creative ideas into computerized images. They can use AutoCAD to create and edit 3D drawings and store them electronically.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Penn Foster Career School supplies books and learning aids. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for an AutoCAD Essentials Certificate:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • AutoCAD - Basic Commands
    • Working with AutoCAD, Part 1
    • Working with AutoCAD, Part 2
  • AutoCAD - Blocks and Layers
    • Working with AutoCAD, Part 3
    • Working with AutoCAD, Part 4
    • Working with AutoCAD, Part 5

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students have the opportunity to advance their knowledge in the area of computer-aided drafting. Associate and bachelor-level programs could offer the education that allows them to potentially further their career into areas that might include engineering, electronics, or product development.

Career Paths:

Successful completion of the AutoCAD Essentials Certificate Program may allow students to pursue entry-level jobs. Positions such as the following might be of interest to program graduates:

  • Civil drafter
  • Architectural drafter
  • Computer-aided drafter

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