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AutoCAD Essentials   


The objective of AutoCAD®/AutoCAD LT® 2017 Essentials is to enable students to create a basic 2D drawing in the AutoCAD software. Even at this fundamental level, the AutoCAD software is one of the most sophisticated computer applications that you are likely to encounter. Therefore learning to use it can be challenging.
AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT 2017 Essentials covers the essential core topics for working with the AutoCAD software. The teaching strategy is to start with a few basic tools that enable the student to create and edit a simple drawing, and then continue to develop those tools. More advanced tools are also introduced throughout the training course.


It is recommended that delegates have a working knowledge of one or more of the following:

Available Exams and Certifications

Course Accreditations

6 Credits (By the South African Institute of Architects - SAIA)


In-Class: R3,999.00

Distance Learning: R3,200.00 

Excl VAT (Per Person)

Includes Certified eBook, Dataset CD, AutoCAD Trial


3 Days (08:30 - 16:00)

Skill Level

  • Beginners

Our myWay Learning Methods

Our innovative "myWay” learning methodology is built around the students individual learning requirement, allowing each student to learn in a style that is most suitable for their skills set, knowledge and schedule.

Instructor-Led Classes

Reach your full potential through our “myWay Instructor-Led” classes combined with interactive lessons, supporting video content, practical assignments and in field experience. We deliver instructor led classes full time, part-time, weekends and onsite.

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Mentored Learning

The "myWay Mentored Learning” was created in response for more flexible learning schedules and focused content. It allows each student to progress in a manner that is most suitable for their skills set, knowledge and schedule that a fixed, lecture based approach does not allow for. You will be mentored on a one to one basis by a subject matter expert with continues practical exposure and focus on problem areas, allowing you to progress at your own pace and deciding what content requires more or less time.

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Distance Learning

Do a course at your own pace via our “myWay Distance Learning”. We have re-defined studying via online by combining self-study with supported interactive online video lectures, extra resources, questionnaires and much more, all supported via out Online Student Portal. You will get a course coach and lecturer assigned to you so that you never feel alone and have support whenever you need. Your coach will look after you and your study health, encouraging you to progress constantly.

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What is AutoCAD?

Watch this video to see why AutoCAD is used in the Draughting industry.


Important Notes

  • Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.
  • The CAD Corporation retains the right to change this calendar without any notification.
  • Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of the proof of payment or an official company purchase order for the full amount of the training.
  • For full day courses The CAD Corporation will supply you with the relevant training material. A desktop computer to use for the training (where applicable), tea/coffee and a full lunch for full day InClass training hosted at The CAD Corporation only. Catering is not included for OnSite training and laptop is available for hire at an additional cost if required.
  • Cancellation or rescheduling requests must be in writing and reach us via fax or email at least 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. Full course fees may be retained for no shows or requests within 5 working days prior to commencement.
  • Although we go to great lengths to ensure that all training proceeds as scheduled, The CAD Corporation reserves the right to cancel or postpone dates if we require to do so and undertake to inform clients in writing and telephonically of these changes.
  • The CAD Corporation suggests clients wait until a week prior to course commencement that a course has been confirmed to go ahead as scheduled before booking flight and accommodation. The CAD Corporation is NOT responsible for cost associated with cancellation of classes such as flight and accommodation for clients.

Introduction to the Working Environment

  • Interactive session introducing the menus and screen layout
  • Basic file operations – open, close, new, save, etc
  • Using available help files
  • Menus, ribbons, panels and dialogue boxes

Creating Basic Shapes

  • Using lines, arcs and circles to define drawings
  • Methods of placement and definition
  • Introducing polylines Work planes and coordinate systems
  • Drawing accurately
  • The exercise guides users through the basic tools to create a simple floor plan

Organising the Drawing

  • Defining and controlling the published appearance of lines
  • Layers and layer management
  • Object property overrides
  • Enquiry tools – measuring distance, size and area
  • Two-part exercise on layer management and the enquiry tools

Object Manipulation

  • Element selection methods
  • Introduction to basic manipulation tools
  • Erase; Move; Copy; Rotate and Array
  • Using object grips to manipulate elements
  • Exercise split into three stages to look at copying, moving and manipulating objects

Object Modification

  • Explanation of basic modify tools
  • Offset; Explode;Trim; Extend; Polyline editing
  • The exercise is split into two stages to explore the modify tools

Annotating Drawings

  • Single and multi-line text tools
  • Settings and style format
  • Font; Size and scale; Colour
  • Spell checking, thesaurus and find/replace
  • Modifying text
  • Exercise on adding, editing and manipulating labels

Dimensioning Drawings

  • Dimension styles
  • Linear; Radial; Arc
  • Continuous and baseline dimensions
  • Dimension settings
  • Exercise on placing and modifying various dimensions

Hatching Regions

  • The concept of hatching
  • Boundaries Controlling the pattern and appearance
  • Draw order
  • The exercise guides users through placing, manipulating and customising hatch regions including Island hatching

Using Element Block Libraries

  • Creating blocks from existing elements
  • Layers within blocks Inserting blocks
  • Editing blocks
  • Exercise on inserting a block and then manipulating it

Cross-Referencing Information

  • Working with references
  • Attaching references
  • Editing and manipulating references
  • The above principles are explored in a exercise on references

Preparing Layouts for Plotting and Publication

  • Understanding paperspace and modelspace
  • Managing layouts and viewports
  • Page setup and print settings
  • Plotting / publishing a drawing
  • Exercise on taking a drawing and preparing it for plotting

External References

  • Working with external reference files
  • Attaching various file formats and options (dxf, dgn, etc)
  • Design Center and linking images (jpeg, bmp, etc)
  • Reference types (xrefs)
  • Exercise on creating a drawing with linked plans using xrefs and applying scaling

User defined attributes and Fields

  • Defining and attaching block attributes
  • Managing attribute modes Data extraction wizard – extracting table data
  • Attaching user attributes and fields to Title Blocks
  • Exercise to define and attach user attributes to objects and title blocks

Introduction to 3D

  • Introducing 3D tools (extrude, revolve, etc)
  • Develop 3D walls from 2D plan view
  • Create openings for doors and windows
  • Profile development using the revolve, sweep and loft tools
  • Exercise on 3D creation of walls, doors, and windows and profile creation

Working with Parameters 

  • Exercise on creating a parametric object.
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Centurion, Pretoria Office
22 Dec 2017
20 Dec 2017

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