AutoCAD training
AutoCAD Essentials training

3 days
In centre:
£495+ VAT
Live online:
£295+ VAT


Dates and booking

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.

In-class or live online training

In-class AutoCAD courses are available at our centres at Birmingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Reading and Sheffield. Click here for further details.

Our live online AutoCAD training option lets you participate as a ‘virtual delegate’, from your place of work or home. For a limited time, we’re offering discounts off the usual course price. See Live online training for details.

Accredited AutoCAD training

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

AutoCAD courses are hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors, with vast experience of using the application professionally. See Expert trainers.

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 keep all the files you create.


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

Our guarantees to you

We offer:

On-request AutoCAD training available

AutoCAD Essentials training is 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, your venue, or online. 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 2021, running on Windows. It is relevant to:

  • All recent versions of AutoCAD – 2013 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 toolset training can be made by bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public-sector organisations.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

In light of the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, we’ve relaxed our Terms and Conditions relating to the cancellation and postponement of places booked on scheduled courses. Click here for details.

Expert trainers

Expert trainers

AutoCAD courses are hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors, with vast experience of using the application professionally:

Andy Roe

Andy Roe Autodesk Certified Instructor

Andy has worked in CAD for over 30 years in roles including Draughtsman, CAD System Manager, Project Manager and Design Engineer.

In recent years, Andy has focused on developing and delivering training courses. He is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), and he focuses primarily on Autodesk applications including AutoCAD, Inventor, Fusion 360, 3ds Max and Sketchbook. He also hosts courses in SolidWorks.

Andy continues to undertake project work to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices. He specialises in modelling complex 3D designs from prototype to production, including the development of visuals and animations for a range of engineering projects.

Industries in which Andy has significant experience include aerospace, defence and automotive.

Carl Portman

Carl Portman Autodesk Certified InstructorCarl Portman has been an Autodesk-accredited instructor for 25 years, and a CAD consultant for 35 years. He lectures in 3D modelling at a local college (City and Guilds).

Carl’s background is in engineering. He has vast design experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace and medical. Projects that Carl has completed include designing complete car plants for Jaguar Land Rover.

Carl has expert knowledge of a wide range of 3D design applications. As well as AutoCAD, he hosts courses in Autodesk Alias, Fusion 360 and Inventor, and Dassault Systemes SolidWorks.

Until recently, Carl raced motorbikes. He knows Silverstone and Brands Hatch like the back of his hand, and he has the scars to prove it.

Lee Brown

Lee Brown Autodesk Certified Instructor

Lee Brown is an Autodesk Certified Instructor with 25 years’ experience working as a Draughtsman and Electrical Design Engineer.

He has achieved numerous City and Guilds qualifications in subjects including AutoCAD 3D Design, Advanced AutoCAD System Management and Electrical Engineering.

Lee splits his time between training, and working as a Consultant. He specialises in the implementation, configuration of AutoCAD Electrical to company’s specific requirements. Industries in which Lee has implemented AutoCAD Electrical include Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Defence, Aerospace, and Building Services.

Lee has developed a range of courses for AutoCAD Electrical, and written the accompanying training guides.

He remains hands-on, carrying out regular Electrical System design and Control Panel design projects. Other tasks and project’s he’s undertaken include the administration of CAD databases, creation of drawing office standards, review of existing operating practices and workflows, and the management of a team of eight draughtsman.

Martin McCann

Martin McCann Autodesk Certified Instructor

Martin McCann qualified as an Architect in 1986, and he holds a teaching certificate (further and adult education).

He is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), a capacity in which he has taught thousands of professionals, including Architects, Structural Engineers and Mechanical Engineers, for over 20 years.

Martin has been commissioned by Autodesk on multiple occasions to host sessions for them at locations including New York, Chicago, Moscow, Milan and Munich. He has trained Autodesk’s staff and many other Autodesk Certified Instructors, and has operated as a visiting Lecturer at the University of Northumbria and Cambridge School of Art.

Martin is the author of the McCann’s BIM Guides series of published Revit training manuals.

Peter Jones

Peter Jones Autodesk Certified Instructor

Peter has over 25 years’ experience working with AutoCAD in a variety of roles that have included Draughtsman, Salesman, Consultant and Support. He has specialist knowledge of GIS systems.

These days, Peter concentrates on training. He is a long-standing Autodesk Certified Instructor, and Armada’s longest-serving AutoCAD trainer, having first hosted courses for us in 2000.

Feedback we receive from delegates who attend Peter’s courses is invariably excellent.

When explaining how to use AutoCAD, Peter places a great emphasis on explaining the additional benefits of faster and easier drafting techniques, drawing on his own drafting experiences.

Philip Madeley

Philip Madeley Autodesk Certified Instructor

Philip’s background is in Civil Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, and has worked as a Consultant in this industry for many years.

Philip is also a long-standing Autodesk Certified Instructor, with specialist knowledge of AutoCAD and related GIS applications such as Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D and InfraWorks.

Philip’s approach to training is practical. He loves to utilise his knowledge and experience to show delegates how they can make best use of the software on their own projects.

Away from training, Philip’s interests are photography, and watching rugby and cricket. He also does voluntary work, and describes himself as an all-round lover of life.

Rod Cleasby

Rod Cleasby Autodesk Certified Instructor

Rod has over 25 years’ experience working as a designer, visualisation expert and artist. His specialist areas include architecture, interior design and the production of photorealistic 3d virtual environments. 

AutoCAD and 3ds Max have been the mainstay of Rod’s professional work for 20 years. He is also an expert in various related tools and technologies, including SketchUp and Photoshop, and he has expert knowledge of a wide range of renderers, including V-Ray, ART, Arnold and LightUp.

Rod has extensive experience training experience. He has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster on their Computer Visualisation course, and he is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor.

Away from his professional work, Rod is an accomplished artist and musician, and a prolific writer of novels, novella, poetry and prose.

Simon Oliver

Simon Oliver Autodesk Certified Instructor

Simon studied Building and Civil Engineering and worked for a short while in a shop fitting drawing office. This gave him a good background for when he started to work with AutoCAD and Autodesk’s architectural add-on programs like AEC and AutoCAD Architecture.

Simon became a CAD operator at one of the first Autodesk main dealers in the UK in the mid 1980’s. They sold AutoCAD software and provided drafting, training and support services to their clients. He progressed to carrying out sales demonstrations, training and support to the companies’ AutoCAD client base in a wide range of industry sectors.

Since 1992, Simon has concentrated on carrying out training and support services to AutoCAD users. He has achieved Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI) status along with previously gained City and Guilds qualifications in training.

Stewart Cobb

Stewart Cobb Autodesk Certified Instructor

Stewart began his working life as a junior draughtsman, and progressed through to Design Director leading a studio of designers working on both 2D and 3D projects.

He then worked for himself for over 25 years, completing around 100 design projects per year for a myriad of clients, including household names such as Vauxhall and McDonalds.

As well as AutoCAD, Stewart is an expert user of Revit, 3ds Max and AutoCAD Plant 3D. He also specialises in the production of photorealistic rendered images and visualisations.

More recently, Stewart’s focus has been on training. He has been an Autodesk Certified Instructor since 2010. In between courses he continues to carry out project work, keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices.

Outside of work, Stewart enjoys music (he runs the sound desk for a number of local bands), reading and playing with any new piece of technology he can lay his hands on!

Wendy Sprakes

Wendy Sprakes Autodesk Certified InstructorWendy Sprakes is an Autodesk Certified Instructor and a qualified teacher (QTS).

Wendy began her working life as a CAD operator, using Medusa, MicroStation and AutoCAD.

Working through the ranks of trainee draughtsman, graduating as a professional Mechanical Engineer, she worked in the Mechanical Handling industry on site and in the drawing office for ten years. She became a Project Engineer then moved into the CAE Industry, working as an engineer in the Fatigue Analysis software industry for clients such as Ford Motor Company and Jaguar Cars.

She then went on to qualify as a teacher, and has been hosting AutoCAD courses since 2000.

Away from training, Wendy is an accomplished jazz musician. Her music enjoys regular airplay on both regional and national stations including BBC and JazzFM.


Course content

Course content

The AutoCAD interface

  • Features of the ribbon
  • The Application menu
  • The Quick Access toolbar
  • The command line
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Creating basic drawings

Creating basic objects

  • Working with lines
  • Working with arcs
  • Working with polylines
  • Using grips
  • Using object snaps
  • Using object snap tracking
  • Using polar tracking

Saving your work

  • Auto-backups
  • Other file formats, DXF, etc.
  • Disaster recovery

Accurate object creation

  • Working with units
  • Dynamic input
  • Using Inquiry commands
  • Using measurement tools to find length, area, etc.

Object viewing

  • Zooming techniques
  • Panning techniques

Manipulating objects

  • Selecting objects in the drawing
  • Noun/verb selection
  • Using Quick Select
  • 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
  • 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 and symbols
  • Editing blocks and symbols
  • Using tool palettes
  • Working with groups

Layouts and paper space

  • Understanding model space and paper space
  • Creating layouts
  • Creating and using viewports
  • Setting viewport scales

Plotting your drawings

  • Plotting drawings
  • PDF output
  • Multiple sheet drawings
  • Using Plotstyles

Drawing templates

  • Creating drawing templates
  • Using drawing templates

One AutoCAD

  • AutoCAD toolsets
  • AutoCAD web app
  • AutoCAD mobile app


Live online training

Live online training

Live online training lets you participate in a real AutoCAD Essentials course from your place of work or home. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer and other delegates participating in the training.
  • Allow our trainer and the other delegates to see you (if you have a webcam, and you’re agreeable).
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer to show them what you’re seeing.

Your experience will be as close as possible to actually being in the classroom…

  • The training will follow the same syllabus as our classroom-based AutoCAD Essentials courses.
  • It will be presented by the same Autodesk Certified Instructors.
  • We’ll post you a training guide, and send you all the information you need to participate in the training. We’ll even post you a headset and microphone if you need one.
  • You’ll receive the same e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Autodesk-accredited course as classroom-based delegates.
  • You’ll carry out exercises in AutoCAD, assisted by our trainer, just as if you were in-class.
  • You’ll be entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

All you need is an internet-connected computer running AutoCAD. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re always here to help. If you haven’t got AutoCAD installed on your computer, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.

When you attend live online AutoCAD Essentials training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.

For a limited time, we’re offering discounts off the usual course price for live online training.

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.

These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and remote training.


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.

These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and remote training.

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 £990 + VAT (classroom-based) or £618.30 + VAT (live online training). This means that you’re getting the AutoCAD 3D course free of charge.

The bundle price is applied automatically when you book these three courses.

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.

“Enjoyed the course, would recommend to anyone I am looking forward to the following courses relating to CAD and possibly Revit.”

Aaron P

“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

“Very good course with a very knowledgeable tutor. Came in with some "self taught" knowledge but still learned loads of new and "correct" techniques. I Will be recommending to my employer.”

Wayne T

“Very useful course. I will definitely do a follow up course to further my learning.”

Zak A

“I have learnt a lot from this course. The instructor made it enjoyable and was very helpful. I would recommend this course to anyone that wants to gain knowledge using CAD. The resources and food were also very good.”

Cameron B

“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

“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

“Excellent course, and Stewart was a highly informative and helpful course tutor.”

Daniel C

“Loved the course. Carl was an excellent trainer.”

Jason H

“Good instructor, really enjoyed the course! Excellent food at The Holiday Inn in Bromsgrove.”

Justin C

“The course was very informative. The tutor was excellent and new his stuff, very helpful and patient with the delegates. I will hopefully return for the next course.”

Richard F

“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.”

John B

“Really pleased with the course. Our tutor was very knowledgeable and patient and made the course interesting by putting the skills we were learning into context for each of us according to the industries that we worked in so you could see how and why it would be of benefit.”

Caroline D

“This has been an extremely useful course. Until now I have been teaching myself and making many jobs more difficult by using discovered routes around problems. The course has definitely solidified my basic knowledge of the correct use of AutoCAD software. Thank you.”

Joseph B

“Really well executed course taught by instructor with vast amount of knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject.”

Nicola E

“Briliant tutor, learned an a lot. Thumbs UP!”

Shazaib K

“Excellent course and facilities and the tutor was extremely descriptive in what we were doing and also helped with any issues any of my class had.”

Lee P

“Great course, tutor and facilities... couldn't fault anything... highly recommended.”

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

“The course was perfect for a person with little experience of using Autocad and the tutor was very knowledgable and professional.”

Jason S

“Very good course and trainer went at a steady pace that was appreciated by all. I feel it will have given me many tips that will save small amounts of time each, equating to a large saving overall. It will also greatly help in the look of my drawings to be sent to customers.”

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

“I would just like to pass on my thanks to you and your team for putting together such an excellent course, which I completed yesterday. The course was very informative, excellently led and a thoroughly worthwhile event. I shall of course recommend you to my colleagues and business associates. Please would you be kind enough to pass on my comments to the trainer, who was very courteous and helpful in his approach. Once again many thanks.”

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

“Stewart was a fantastic teacher, making the learning process easy to absorb and apply - he was extremely knowledgeable. I feel confident that I can use the skills I have gained here and expand and grow them. I have really enjoyed my 3 days of learning.”

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

“Very good course with a very knowledgeable tutor. Came in with some "self taught" knowledge but still learned loads of new and "correct" techniques. I Will be recommending to my employer.”

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

“Course tutor very knowledgable

Shelley H

“Course taught very well as teacher had a mass knowledge on all aspects which made learning different aspects of cad very easy

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.

Neil H

“Great Course, Great Instructor!

Helena S
Helena S

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

Jo H

“Very Friendly course and good fun while learning

Christopher D

“Excellent course which I used as a conversion from the old Autosketch software. Course was delivered very professionally by Simon Oliver.

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.

Janell C

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

Danny H

“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

“Great training I can't wait to use my new skills.

Amy K

“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.”

Sam W

“Great course and learnt a great deal. Will be recommending the course to my co-workers.”

Stephanie B

“I enjoyed the opportunity to work at my own pace and be able to work on specific situations similar to the ones I will encounter in my profession. The book followed extremely close to what I will experience on a daily basis.”

Jose P

“Very good course, really enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it.”

Sam E

“Enjoyable course, a lot of information to take in. Lots of practice required ”

Stephen D

“3 days flew by as it was interesting and I learned so much new information, hopefully I can implement it into my job. Thanks to Peter for his patience!!

Fiona M

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

Paul T

“Very well run and relaxed. Instructor clearly competent and knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed.”

Chris J

“I thought the course was presented very well and Carl showed extreme patience

Kevin S

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

Mohammed M

“instructor Stewart Cobb was excellent; I enjoyed that we left building to go to cafe for lunch - to get out of room & get fresh air; good size group of 8 students allowed lots of queries from everyone to be responded to.

Julia S

“Fantastic course, the instructor was excellent

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

“I thought the course was presented very well and Carl showed extreme patience.”

Kevin S

“Very good course. instructor clearly knew his stuff and was very patient waiting for people to learn.”

George H

“ I found the course extremely interesting with a very engaging lecturer and also very patient with a large group.”

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

“Brilliant Course, highly recommend. Rod was brilliant

Jonathan T

“Amazing course, great instructor, course content is what I need to continue on in profession. Great group sizes and amazing price.

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

“Really enjoyed the course and have gained a lot of new experience and knowledge. Stuart was really helpful and helped to further my learning

Sophie B

“Really enjoyed the course content and particularly the instructor who is very friendly and helpful, but most of all experienced and informative

Sue D

“I learnt a lot of shortcuts and how to do thing better and quicker

Jason W

“Great course and Stewart was extremely helpful/ engaging.

Ryan C

“Thank You, very good course, would highly recommend

Liam B

“Fantastic, thank you. A very positive experience all round. I've learned a tremendous amount in three days.

Georgina C

“Very good and enjoyable. Thanks.

Edward W

“The use of Exercises made the course more enjoyable and helped learn the skills in the training guide,

Mark D

“Very open and honest trainer. His experience and insights were invaluable in getting students further along the track to understanding the AutoCAD than they initially expected.

Ian T

“Trainer very enthusiastic and patient, would definitely recommend. Topics covered practical and applicable to all industries.

Sophie R

“Thank you for this course which has been interesting and useful.

William W

“I really enjoyed the course. I have wanted to learn how to use CAD to improve my work and am very glad I chose this particular course and instructor. The course was really fun, very interesting and I enjoyed the humour too.

Benjamin J

“Carl was a very good instructor

Johnathon L

“A* course. very well explained, would recommend to others.

Jack R

“Excellent course and tutor, enjoyed it all. Thank you.

Adam C

“Good course, well presented.

William J

“Stewart was a brilliant instructor and was really patient. He really does have a lot of knowledge and was very helpful

Stephen M

“A very interesting and well presented course.

Steve S

“I have enjoyed the course and found it both interesting and informative.

David B

“Overall great training was delivered, I am certain that I will be able to apply this knowledge and be able to build upon it.

Raymond N

“Fantastic course. Highly recommend course and trainer

Mark D

“Wendy did a fab job and has made me think of doing the intermediate and the 3D course.

Thomas T

“Very good teacher. I am French and I understood everything

Cyril B

“Great course content, Lee was a very knowledgeable instructor who took time to teach me more one-to-one things as I was ahead of the class

Steven C

“Really good course and trainer.

Gurginder K

“Good course, well structured, makes AutoCAD look very useful.

Mike M

“Thank you very much for your help , the instructor was very passioned and helpful

Robert D

“Good course, instructor and facility. Core skills and commands learnt in order to speed up every day use of software

James H

“Fantastic course. Strongly recommend. Stewart was a great help.

Chris V

“Very good and informative course. Very helpful to move forward with AutoCAD

Hannah S

“Very good course. Very well presented

Svetoslav I

“Instructor was very informative and his insight was very useful

Daljiit S

“Very impressed with course content and the confidence I acquired to operate CAD

Peter N

“I really enjoyed the course and having no previous experience had concerns about not understanding. Stewart was fantastic and started from the very start and explained everything fantastically. Stewart made this course very fun and enjoyable. I hope to return for the intermediate course with him. "

Steven H

“Came onto the course with very little experience with AutoCAD. I leave with the confidence to create drawings. Thanks for the training Wendy. Hopefully be back on the intermediate

Stephen D

“Very good informative course.

Paul F

“Great course. Understood everything well

Emily S

“Really enjoyable course, have learned a lot. I intend to carry on to do the intermediate course.

Roger H

“Teacher demonstrated vast amount of knowledge.

Jenny G

“I was very happy with this course. It will help me to develop more skills at work.

Phillip E

“Fantastic course. Highly recommend course and trainer

Mark D

“Very useful and the instructor was very good.

Aaron A

“The course was really good and Simon the instructor was really good.

Patrick B

“Extremely interesting and fit for purpose, delivered at the right pace and level.

Stephen F

“Really enjoyed the course.

Elloise T

“Impressed with the amount of time the instructor spent re-explaining features that were not initially fully understood.

Alan S

“Very good course. Wendy (the trainer) very helpful and great at presenting the course. I will recommend this course to my company; Siemens.

Mark J

“Really Good Experience!

Anil M

“A lot to learn and retain, but great teacher and a good introduction to AutoCad

Rory M

“Great course and instructor thank you

Ian H

“Good course, extensive knowledge of instructor. Everyone develops their own style

Adrian F

“Very intense course which stretches learning capabilities.

Antony P

“Great course and instructor.

Jake M

“Very good course

Brent A

“Course was good and fun

Darren E

“I am very pleased with the course and the instructor. Well done!

Sofia P

“Very good course

Matthew C

“It was a great course and I really enjoyed it!

James D

“The Course was brilliant and satisfied my expectation.

Leonard E

“Stewart was incredibly helpful, patient and made the learning fun. I imagine that this could have been quite a painful few days if it hadn't been himself teaching. Please pass on my many thanks!"

Alfie D

“Overall excellent course

Jason H

“Very positive training

Nicolas R

“Extremely good course.

David H

“Very intense course which stretches learning capabilities.

Antony P

“Very informative and useful.

Nigel C

“Course is very good and the instructor was exceptional. Armada have also provided a very good service

Adam C

“Very useful course for learning the basics of AutoCAD

Malc P

“Very good course. Informative and knowledgeable tutor providing sufficient information on all aspects of the course

Martin P

“Stuart was great. Really liked how he allocated some time to talk us through the stuff we actually do on a day to day basis, and had spent time before hand looking at our drawings, and even enhancing them!

Jordan K

“Extremely satisfied. Fantastic lecturer.

Thomas C

“Stewart has been excellent and has given me the skills to move forward in my current role.

Jamie B

“Well presented and very informative. Pace was good and class was kept together.

Shaun S

“Great Course, Great Instructor

Jamie R

“Excellent tutor made the course enjoyable and interesting to continue my learning

Kiran M

“Carl delivered the course in much detail and passed on the skills and knowledge of how to use AutoCAD in a real life environment. I feel now I can take the skills learnt and make big improvements in our system.

George A

“Highly recommended , glad to spend that time with Armada

Karol M

“Rod is a great teacher and very helpful. Really enjoyed this course and I'm sure I'll be back to do the intermediate course in the near future.

Robert H

“Stewart has been very good and the course was well presented and taught at a high level. I will definitely recommend this course and tutor

Tawanda C

“Very interesting & informative course presented well as usual by Armada

Matthew C

“This course has been brilliant. One of the best I have attended, both the instructor (Wendy) and the facilities are fantastic and I will be recommending it to others from my company.

Kodi G

“Really interesting course, great instructor.

Raymond N

“Learnt a lot and course well set out, Carl was great and explained in great detail and was very helpful.

Daniel G

“Great course, Stewart was extremely helpful and I thoroughly enjoyed my time much more than expected!

Harry B

“Overall I had a great training session

Adam J

“Excellent course and run by and extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced tutor.

Susan C

“Very good course and helpful instructor

Duncan G

“Outstanding course and Trainer

Gary B

“Instructor was fantastic. made things very clear and interesting, and he was very patient.

Phil T

“Very informative and well run course, I will be applying for intermediate course and will personally ask for Carl Portman due to how he handles the courses as well as he does.

Nicholas M

“Excellent course + likewise for the catering.

Martin C

“Great course, maybe too beginner for my level of experience but I have learnt some useful tricks to help speed up some processes. Simon was a great teacher - very patient! Facility was very good. Would definitely recommend to colleagues and will look into the intermediate course.

Hannah R

“Very good training. Very good instructor.

Scott G

“Great course, very well explained by instructor.

Stephen P

“Very good training provided. Thanks

Daniel W

“Brilliant course for nearly all levels of CAD, as my experience was roughly 5 years and still picked up many useful tricks and helpful tools. Stewart is a fantastic teacher and very informative, too which I will be looking to book my next course under his assessment.

Louis B

“Learned a lot over the training on how to use the program and how to understand what each tool is and how it can be used to it's potential

Jordan H

“Great course, taught very well.

Earl W

“Great learning experience, intended as an enabler for learning new techniques and getting rid of bad habits. Rod the tutor was excellent, he had a good learning techniques and was patient and understanding of all delegate learning requirements. Venue is in a great location making it easy for people traveling by train.

Stephen H

“Extremely worthwhile course. I found it very beneficial.

Iain M

“The course was pretty good with the guidance and help from the tutor, Carl. I was able to pick up the basics pretty well over the three day course.

James W

“Very happy with the course”

Matt R

“Great course taught by a very good Professional teacher”

Geoffrey W

“Course at a good pace to take everything in, Carl explains everything in detail and is patient waiting for everybody to catch up/understand.”

Simon T

“Stewart was brilliant, I have had a really enjoyable experience on this course.”

Ben C

“Excellent course with a great tutor who explained everything fully and with depth. Great Experience and will complete the next two stages at a suitable time.”

Darren S

“Very very good course.

Jonathan S

“Excellent course and Carl has been a fantastic tutor. Hope to do the intermediate course soon. Thank you.”

Jennifer M

“Well taught and very worthwhile and I am happy with it”

Matt U

“Really enjoyed the course and learnt a lot”

Lee H

“Excellent delivery of the course. The instructor was fantastic.”

Joseph M

“This course has been really useful. A great mix of theory and practice. ”

Gemma E

“Carl was great, I really enjoyed the course. I would like to plan to do the next one with him too. Many thanks Carl Portman you were great and helped me learn this ”

Ashley W

“Really great course. I now have more confidence in my abilities with using AutoCAD. Really looking forward to starting the next part of training.

Ben C

“Very impressed and would be looking to attend the next course”

Jason H

“Stewart Cobb was an excellent teacher, very patient as I hadn't used the software before.”

Samual H

“I really enjoyed the course. Very helpful. Thanks”

David P

“Great course, great course instructor. Learnt a lot.”

Andrew R

“Stewart Cobb was a great teacher, very patient and informative. I would highly recommend him. I have learnt many new skills and enjoyed how he presented the information along with being friendly.”

Rebecca H

“Simon did a great job, really appreciate the effort and education over the past three days. I will be back for the Level 2 and 3 in the near future. ”

Jeffrey F

“Stewart was a brilliant trainer, took time to explain each detail thoroughly and adapted the learning to each individual learner within the room. The training facility was good with excellent PC's for the software that I was learning.”

Thomas F

“Very good instruction from Carl”

Emma H

“Excellent tutor knowledge and delivery. Very informative.”

Robert D

“Very informative course. I have learnt new skills which I will be able to use in the course of my job.”

Whitney G

“Found this a very interesting course. Will be very helpful when I get back to my working environment.”

Terry H

“Wendy is a brilliant instructor. She was very thorough and engaging at talking us through using the software tools/features/processes. I've enjoyed the course and gained a greater knowledge and interest in using AutoCad. The facility was awesome. I'd highly recommend the course.”

Jason L

“Very good course”

Paul H

“Course was good pace, easy to understand and tutor was excellent and engaging.”

Oona J

“Excellent course. Excellent trainer. Very engaging.”

Dawn M

“Excellent tutor knowledge and delivery. Very informative.”

Robert D

“Excellent course, very professionally run.”

Stuart D

“Great facilities and a good tutor!”

Edward M

“Very good, our trainer was very knowledgeable and very approachable”

Ian S

“I really enjoyed the course and the instructor (Simon) was a great help”

Matthew J

“Very informative and helpful tutor, taught us extremely well and made the whole process a pleasure.”

Joe G

“"This course was an eye opener for me. Having been out of education for some time - getting back into the pace was an effort, especially with something as complex and detailed as this course. The course was great, lecturer Wendy was fantastic, (personal thanks to her for helping me out on several occasions). Hopefully I will endeavour to take the exam at a later stage but I feel that I need a lot of practice before then.
Thank you for a superb experience!!!!”

Lindsay B

“Great course and instructor”

Egija L

“I feel this course has helped me to improve with CAD skills that I will take with me through my career. Very excited to progress my learning with the intermediate course. Facilities were also very good and the food was good too. The overall experience has been really good. Thank you ”

Nathan W

“Concise and relevant, very pleased with the course and its content.”

Daniel J

“Very good course and learned enough to carry on using to a good standard.”

Denise W

“Fabulous course, well presented. Very easy to follow along with. Very clear & explained any problem subjects”

Ian E

“A very informative and well put together course, giving people of all skill levels a very worthwhile training experience. Great communication and teaching throughout. Highly recommended.”

Thomas F

“Excellent course for me to start with AutoCAD and a fantastic instructor. I am very happy with this course and will be back again for the next intermediate course

PhiIip R

“Amazing instructor, when I do decide to partake in an intermediate AutoCad course, I will definitely ask for Stuart.

Dylan M

“The trainer is very thorough and detailed, walking you step-by-step. Never feel like you're left in the blue and puzzled, trainer has lots patience. Lots of experience shared and I really enjoyed the course.”

Joe Bates

“I learned so much in such a short time, i would highly recommend this training course.”

Ellana R