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Certificate - AutoCAD Essentials

Students interested in learning basic drafting software commands might want to consider enrolling in Penn Foster Career School's AutoCAD Essentials Certificate program. Find more details about this online certificate program here.

Official Program Name:

AutoCAD Essentials Certificate

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

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Program Description:

From 3-D drawings to utility commands, the AutoCAD Essentials Certificate program at Penn Foster Career School is designed to cover the basics aspects of this software. In the program's five courses, students could learn about the processes involved in creating new drawings, inserting lines and texts, dimensioning and plotting, inserting block references, and hatching commands. Other topics include attaching and detaching reference files, using the AutoCAD Design Center, applying utility commands, and creating 3-D drawings. It is suggested that students seeking to enroll in this program have a strong understanding of Windows and an educational or professional background in basic drafting.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

The required textbook and two project booklets needed for the AutoCAD Essentials Certificate program are supplied to students. In addition, all students are given free access to a student version of AutoCAD. 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.

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Required Courses for the 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.

  • Working with AutoCAD, Part 1
  • Working with AutoCAD, Part 2
  • Working with AutoCAD, Part 3
  • Working with AutoCAD, Part 4
  • Working with AutoCAD, Part 5

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have met all requirements of the AutoCAD Essentials Certificate program, graduates who wish to further expand their technical skills in this software application could consider earning a 2-year degree. An associate's degree program could delve further into AutoCAD as well as other drafting software and might even offer an internship.

Associate's degree graduates might consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Engineering CAD Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Design and Technology

Career Paths:

Graduates of Penn Foster Career School's AutoCAD Essentials Certificate program could be prepared to apply their skills to entry-level work in the drafting field. They might qualify for junior AutoCAD drafter positions with architectural firms, engineering firms, or construction companies.

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