AutoCAD toolsets training
When you purchase AutoCAD, you have access to the industry-specific toolsets in the AutoCAD family.
Armada offers comprehensive training in the AutoCAD toolsets.
As well as these toolsets, AutoCAD provides two apps that let you use AutoCAD when you’re away from your desktop:
- AutoCAD Web app – a brand-new app that lets you run a cut-down version of AutoCAD in a browser. It offers the core commands that are available in standard AutoCAD.
- AutoCAD mobile app – provides a convenient means to access your drawings and plans from a mobile device when on-site or visiting a client. Any changes or mark-ups made are fed back to your desktop.
The AutoCAD Web app and AutoCAD mobile app are both demonstrated in our AutoCAD Essentials course, so you can see how they work and take a view about whether you’re likely to find them useful.
Training in the AutoCAD toolsets is provided on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t offer scheduled (public) courses in the toolsets. We can host the training at one of our centres, at your venue anywhere in the UK, or as a live online course.
The training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in the toolset.
Accredited AutoCAD toolset training
Armada is an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre (ATC), accredited to hosted training courses in all of the AutoCAD toolsets.
Training is hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors, highly experienced in training in the respective toolsets.
How will I learn?
AutoCAD toolset training is hands-on and practical.
Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running the relevant toolset.
There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A highly-practical training guide for the AutoCAD toolset, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited AutoCAD toolset training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following AutoCAD toolset training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues.
For training in all of the AutoCAD toolsets, delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of the core AutoCAD application, i.e. have attended AutoCAD Essentials training or have equivalent knowledge.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting your training exclusively for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
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.
Live online training
Live online training lets you participate in a real 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 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 the toolset, 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 the toolset. 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 the toolset 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 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.
AutoCAD courses are hosted by:
- Andy Roe
- Carl Portman
- Lee Brown
- Martin McCann
- Peter Jones
- Philip Madeley
- Rod Cleasby
- Simon Oliver
- Stewart Cobb
- Wendy Sprakes
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 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 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 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 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’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 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 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 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 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.