AutoCAD Essentials training

3 days £495+ VAT


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Birmingham / Bromsgrove

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Milton Keynes

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9-11 Sep (3 places left)


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Key details

Key details

AutoCAD training course for beginners. Learn to create 2D drawings, plans and designs using the industry-leading CAD application.

This introductory-level AutoCAD course has been developed by CAD professionals to teach you core skills rapidly. In three days, you’ll how to AutoCAD’s key tools and features for producing high quality, accurate 2D CAD drawings.

The AutoCAD drawing techniques taught are generic, meaning that they’re relevant to all industries. As such, you’ll be able to apply them to whatever you’re going to be doing in the application.

Our AutoCAD Essentials training course has been attended by many hundreds of delegates over 15 years, and our overall approval rating exceeds 95%.

Course delegates receive:

  • A highly-practical training guide for AutoCAD, to refer to throughout the course and use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited AutoCAD training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for:

  • Newcomers to AutoCAD and CAD drawing.
  • Users who are self-taught, who want to learn correct techniques.
  • Anyone who has previously used a different CAD tool and is now switching to AutoCAD.

Where does training take place?

Courses are available at our centres at Birmingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Reading and Sheffield.

Click here for details about our training centres.

How will I learn?

AutoCAD training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice on a computer running AutoCAD. Exercises draw on real-world examples and scenarios, making them easy to relate to.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Accredited AutoCAD training

Armada is an Autodesk authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our AutoCAD training courses are accredited by Autodesk.

AutoCAD training is hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors, with vast experience of using the application professionally.


Delegates should have a good working knowledge of Windows. No prior CAD knowledge is necessary.

Our guarantees to you

We offer:

On-request AutoCAD training also available

As well as our scheduled courses, AutoCAD Essentials training is also available on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group.

On-request courses can be hosted at one of our centres or your venue. Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in AutoCAD. See On-request AutoCAD training for details.


General information

General information

Course times


AutoCAD version

Training is based primarily on AutoCAD 2019, running on Windows. It is relevant to:

  • All recent versions of AutoCAD – 2010 and later.
  • AutoCAD LT and full AutoCAD.

Please contact us if you’re going to be using AutoCAD for Mac.

After course support

Following AutoCAD training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their AutoCAD trainer to help with any post-course issues.


Payment for AutoCAD training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.


If a company or delegate cancels an AutoCAD training course booking giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.


Course content

Course content

The AutoCAD interface

  • Features of the ribbon
  • Application menu
  • Quick Access toolbar
  • The command line

Creating basic drawings

  • Creating basic objects
  • Working with polylines
  • Using object snaps
  • Using object snap tracking

Accurate object creation

  • Working with units
  • Cartesian coordinates
  • Polar coordinates
  • Using Inquiry commands

Object viewing

  • Zooming techniques
  • Panning techniques

Manipulating objects

  • Selecting objects in the drawing
  • Moving objects
  • Copying objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Mirroring objects
  • Arraying objects
  • Scaling objects

Altering objects

  • Trimming and extending objects to defined boundaries
  • Creating parallel and offset geometry
  • Joining objects
  • Filleting corners between two objects
  • Chamfering corners between two objects
  • Stretching objects

Drawing organisation

  • Using layers
  • Changing object properties
  • Matching object properties
  • Using the properties palette
  • Using linetypes

Working with layouts

  • Using page setups
  • Using layouts
  • Working with viewports
  • Scaling drawing views

Annotating the drawing

  • Creating multiline text
  • Creating single line text
  • Using text styles
  • Editing text


  • Creating dimensions
  • Using dimension styles
  • Editing dimensions
  • Using multileaders

Hatching objects

  • Hatching objects
  • Editing hatch objects

Working with reusable content

  • Creating and inserting blocks
  • Using tool palettes

Plotting your drawings

  • Plotting drawings
  • PDF output
  • Using Plotstyles

Creating drawing templates

  • Using drawing templates
Discounts and bundles

Discounts and bundles

To make your AutoCAD training as affordable as possible, we offer:

  • A range of training discounts on our scheduled (public) AutoCAD training courses.
  • Bundle prices if you attend AutoCAD Essentials  along with other courses.
  • A price guarantee that you won’t get introductory-level AutoCAD training for less.

Training discounts

Multiple places

If you book multiple course places, we can offer you:

  • 10% discount if you book two places.
  • 15% discount if you book three or four places.
  • 20% discount if you book five or more places.

This can be for several people attending one course, one person attending several courses, or a combination.


We offer a 10% discount on scheduled AutoCAD course places to:

  • Students, teachers and lecturers.
  • People who work for a registered charity.
  • Delegates self-funding their training for career progression purposes.

Please call us if you qualify for a discount. Evidence of your status that entitles you to a discount may be requested.

Terms and exclusions

Only one of the above discounts can be applied to any booking. If you qualify for more than one of the above discounts, choose the one that saves you the most.

The above discounts are not available for training bundles or on-request course bookings (one-to-one training or a course for your group).

Bundle prices

AutoCAD training bundle. Attend:

for £995 + VAT, saving £390 + VAT.

Bundle prices are calculated automatically when you book online.

Price guarantee

When you book training with Armada, we want you to be certain that you’re not paying over-the-odds. So, if you book a place on any scheduled (public) course and then find the same course at a lower price elsewhere, we will match that price.

To qualify for the price match:

  • The course you find must be comparable. By this we mean it must:
      • Cover the same subject.
      • Be the same duration or longer.
      • Hold the same accreditations as our course, i.e. it must be provided by an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre (ATC).
      • Be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
  • The lower price must be advertised on the other company’s website.

To claim a price match, just call any time before attending your course and tell us where you saw the price.

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Aaron P

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Grace B

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Wayne T

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“That was brilliant! Stewart is patient, unbelievably knowledgeable and a great guy. I will recommend the course and come back for the next level after I've practiced what I've learned. ”

Paul N

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Grace B

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Daniel C

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“Instructor is genius and very helpful throughout the course!”

Anna S

“Course was great, lots of aspects I can see will be directly useful in my day to day work and other areas I know may come in handy to know in the future.”

Alison R

“Stewart was fantastic, very helpful and energetic.”

Harry B

“First time user, found everything very user friendly and easy to understand.”

Mike S

“I was very pleased with my overall experience on the course. Andy was a very good teacher who explained everything thoroughly and was very patient. I genuinely feel what I have learned on the course will benefit me greatly throughout my career.”

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Caroline D

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Joseph B

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Lee P

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Chris B

“I was very pleased with the course, considering I knew nothing about the program. I learned much in the 3 days I was attending, I thought Geoff had gone through the different aspects of AutoCAD in depth and I was able to learn a vast amount of features in a short space of time.”

Luke C

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Jason S

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Jonathon B

“We are all developing our new found skills well, and also providing assistance to colleagues around the sites. We all feel the course was a resounding success. A big thanks from us all.”

Robin S

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Paul T

“Thank you very much for a very interesting and extremely well delivered course. I appreciated the methodical way you delivered the course, as well as your patient manner and understanding. I think this has been extremely helpful to me to get a good underpinning and a path forward built on a good foundation.”

Trevor I

“Andy, the delegate, was very pleased with his course and it has helped him to secure employment. Positives all round!”

Judy C

“The instructor (Stewart) was the real plus point of this course. He went at exactly the right pace, was attentive in making sure all participants had correctly completed each process and was highly approachable. I state this as a former teacher with 10 years of experience. Should the need arise for further Autodesk software training, I would make Armada my first port of call.”

Mark S

“Just a quick mail to say thank you for arranging the AutoCAD course. It was a very good course and most enjoyable; Carl is a great tutor and a credit to your organisation.”

Brian D

“A thorough and well explained presentation, [the instructor was] patient when advising on practical exercises.”

Alasdair S

“The course was really good. I had only one week's AutoCAD experience prior to this and I have learnt a lot from being here.”

Matthew J

“Very useful course, I would recommend it to anybody who has no AutoCAD experience. We worked at a good pace, the instructor was very helpful, everybody was friendly and the lunch provided was fantastic. I would like to come back for the next level.”

Christian W

“I started using AutoCAD over 25 years ago and was self taught. I realise I have never sat down and explored the commands so the course was excellent in bringing me up to date with the latest version and showing more efficient ways of using AutoCAD.”

Arun S

“Very interesting course and the food at the venue was great.”

Charlotte B

“Trainer was very helpful and informative. Being able to practise on work we brought with us was a big help and made the training I received a lot more relevant. I will be booking a refresher course, in the future. Facilities and lunch were both brilliant. Staff friendly and helpful.”

Oliver P

“Many thanks to Simon who was a great instructor. Looking forward to attend next course.”

Pawel C

“I enjoyed this course. It taught me new skills and the basics of AutoCAD which I can consolidate and take forward in my role as an engineer.”

Dave S

“Fantastic instructor, very clear and concise, obvious that he knew exactly what he was talking about, extremely helpful and patient! Highly recommend!!”

Harriet S

“I'd like to thank Carl, Emily and everyone involved in this course. I value the skills I have learned and will be more than happy to recommend yourselves to friends and colleagues.”

Temii P

“Great course, well worth the money. I didn't know a thing about AutoCAD before I started, and now I feel competent in using the software.”

Nathan B

“I booked this course as I knew nothing whatsoever regarding AutoCAD. My job has moved in to creating and editing AutoCAD drawings for our sites, so I needed to know the absolute basics. I learnt so much more than this on this course and am very pleased with it.”

Stephen H

“Very clear and good pacing of the course. Well structured with an overarching "story" to it all which gives good context and understanding of what we are learning at any given step.”

Ramsey D

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course and gained extra knowledge of how to use CAD design so I can use this for the future when opportunities come up which will benefit my career. Course was really good, this will help me when completing my CAD and technical drawings for my qualification that I am studying.”

Ryan S

“Wendy was an excellent trainer and very knowledgeable.”

Tim L

“Stewart was a great and patient trainer, would whole heartedly recommend him as a trainer.”

Mel T

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Nutan G

“Excellent course, this will help in my role at my employment. Andy was very clear and repeated the steps several times.”

Stuart W

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Wayne T

“the course has been a great experience, it has given me the confidence to apply it at work, and made me keen to progress my training to a more advanced stage if my employer is willing to accommodate it.

Steven A

“Course was delivered very well and showed enthusiasm throughout. the course was made interesting by the tutors industry knowledge and application of the software. The course hand out were very useful and ample space for additional notes. the tutor was very attentive to our skill level throughout the course and adjusted the content to suit. overall extremely impressed with the delivery and content of this course.

Chris H

“Thanks for your help, greatly appreciated!

Stephen C

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Shelley H

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Josh k

“An excellent course, and taught really well. Look forward to the next level.

Martin D

“"I really enjoyed the course. The instructor has extensive knowledge in autocad which was very evident, not only in his style of teaching, but when answering the many difficult and technical questions we had.

Looking forward to attending the intermediate and 3D courses in due course."

Marylise V

“Excellent Instructor

Sukhninder S

“excellent course enjoyed it

Jonathan B

“Fantastic introductory course. Stewart was an excellent teacher!

Simon E

“Very pleased with the course content and how the course was ran. The trainer Carl Portman made the training fun and assisted students as/ when required. Thanks.

Daniel M

“Course material, equipment, and experience were great but the instructor was superb. It's great to learn from a professional who has used the software to a high degree for years. I'm very happy with the results of this course. Well done!

Neil N

“Excellent tutor - Carl Portman, certainly knows his profession and is most proficient in teaching. Certainly recommended. Many thanks.

Philip D

“Enjoyable course with very relevant information given. This will be put to good practice and developed further in the workplace. Any questions raised were answered in a professional confident manner.

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Helena S

“Thanks very very helpful your a star Carl ********

Jo H

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Christopher D

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Chris F

“Great Instructor and Training Environment

Patrick F

“Rod was a fantastic teacher. I now feel very comfortable using AutoCAD and really enjoyed the course. Thanks very much.

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“I found the course extremely informative and has opened my eye's to the functions and uses of AutoCAD within my job.

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“Good training. Well explained in detail. feeling a lot more confident with the software and found a more interest in the software than before. ”

Arun T

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“Very informative and enjoyable course well presented with incredible patience. Great biscuits!


“Overall the course was great learnt a lot and will benefit me a lot in job. The course timing was suited. Would like to be more involed in practice drawing example work sheet to follow, so more self learning.

Thanks again look forward to do the next level.

Stephen H

“This was a great time , very interesting

Ralph S

“Good amount of content learnt on the course as wasn't rushed so could ask plenty of questions and spend enough time on different topics. Also good buffet lunch with great puddings.”

Grace B

“Can I take this opportunity to once again say the course was absolutely brilliant, Andy is a fantastic tutor who was able to increase everyone's skill set, despite an obvious big range in software knowledge. I use AutoCAD daily for up to 8hrs depending on workload, since the course I have been able to complete jobs in half the time if not quicker. I have been able to unlock more of AutoCAD than I even knew existed. Your company made the whole experience enjoyable. We were met at reception and escorted to your suite, at the Electric Works, by the very friendly Elliot. He ensured we were inducted, watered and happy. I would recommend Armada and if we require further training for staff, you will be the first port of call. Thanks.

Ian C

“I have used AutoCAD since the course and getting on just fine! Please say a big thank you to Simon for all his help and everything he has taught us.

Paula B

“Andy was a fantastic instructor. With no prior experience on AutoCAD I now feel very confident in producing basic drawings. It is at a great pace and interactive to really take in and learn the skill set.

Jonathan G

“Simon was a fantastic teacher and explained everything so it all slotted into place and made sense. I never felt left behind and all of my questions were answered so I understood. I'll definitely want to take part in the intermediate course at a later date and am leaving the course confident that I'll be able to put my new skills to use without problem.

Alison B

“I just wanted to send our thanks following the completion of the AutoCAD Essentials course we attended last week. It was a fantastic experience and the instructor, Carl, was knowledgeable, affable and full of handy tips and tricks. We've taken away a lot of very useful info, and have been practicing on our computers back at the office. I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that the course was beneficial to us, our company and our customers. Thank you.”

Jon B

“Another great course by stewart really outstanding in everyway was a real joy to learn from!!! 10/10 big thanks to him and armada.

Lee D

“Really enjoyed the course and our instructor Simon was more than happy to help us with any problems we had. Will be coming back for the intermediate course next month.”

Ashley S

“The Tutor was top class, room was freezing cold - not sure if the course is exactly what I needed but taught well and helped well throughout. Course Tutor Very personable, highly recommend him, made a lot of information seem easy to take in and made the course fun as well as informative.”

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Sam E

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Stephen D

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Fiona M

“Excellent tuition with the right amount of guidance/instruction allowing you to complete exercises on your own

Paul T

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Chris J

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Kevin S

“I had a great experience during my time in the course.

Mohammed M

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Stuart S

“Brilliant course. Great teacher. Learnt what I needed to progress

Stephen O

“I enjoyed the course and its contents and would like to complete the intermediate course.

Mark B


Mark R

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Kevin S

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George H

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Neil C

“Really enjoyed the course. Wendy was clear and concise with her instruction. Examples and exercises covered most eventualities I'm likely to encounter in my job role.The 30 day support will come in handy.

Richard N

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Jonathan T

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Alastair W

“Really good experience. I came in with no knowledge at all and have come away knowing so much about autoCAD. Very helpful.

Laura F

“Well delivered course. Instructor very informative and delivered with quality and pride.

Alex S

“This course was very informative, as was the trainer. I hope to continue to the next stage once I have a had time to practice on what I have learnt over the last few days with Carl. Carl is without saying a genius on this program and I'm sure in the future I would not hesitate to come on another course with him.

Dean S