Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video What is an Autodesk Certification?, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- [Instructor] So here we are in our AutoCAD Professional Certification Preparation Course and what we are in now is the section where we are gonna talk about certification and talk about exactly what it is. So, what is Autodesk Certification? More importantly, what is AutoCAD Certified Professional Qualification? So let's have a look now at the Autodesk Certification page. I've got it open on the screen there. You can see in the browser at the top of the screen here that it is autodesk.com backslash training and certification.
If you just put that in, you don't need to put the extra certification in at the end. Hit the button on your browser and off you go. Now I'm currently in Firefox. You can use Chrome, you can use Internet Explorer, and so on and so forth. Now, certification itself is an educational resource. Now what it allows you to do is it allows you to get what they say, as they say on the page here, if I just scroll down a little bit, it is earn an industry recognized credential that helps prove your skill level and can get you hired.
Now the whole idea of Autodesk certification is it allows you to have, in essence, a benchmark. So you can go to a potential employer and actually say, "Oh, I'm Autodesk certified in this particular Autodesk product." Now this particular course is all about getting your AutoCAD professional certification. Now there are two levels of certification in Autodesk circles. You have the Autodesk Certified User and the Autodesk Certified Professional.
We'll look at the two different levels later. This particular course is biased towards the Certified Professional status. However, you can also use the same videos to learn how to pass your AutoCAD Certified User exam as well. So you'll notice there that you can accelerate your professional development, as it says on the webpage. You can also display your certified certificate by using your particular Autodesk certified logo. You get a little badge. You can apply that to your email signature and so on and so forth.
If you become a Certified Professional, which is what we're trying to get you to become using this course, you can actually get your name listed in the Autodesk Certified Professionals Database as well. So we need to look at the AutoCAD certification. So if I just slide down the list here, can you see there? I've got the option to look at certification options. So I click there, that'll take me through. And you can see now there's Certified User and Certified Professional, like so. So there's the Certified User, bottom of the pyramid, Certified Professional, and there's also another level now, Certified Specialist as well.
Now you'll notice we only go up to 2015 version certification options. The reason being is the certification as of February 2016 is now non-version specific. And it's all run through a company called Certiport. So if I click there now that will actually take me to all the different PDFs that I can download from all the different products where certification applies. So you've got things like 3D Studio Max, Civil 3D, and so on.
We'll talk about all the different products later. I'm just gonna click on the PDF there for AutoCAD 2015. So that'll kick in now and there's my page there. Now I can download the PDF if I want to. I don't need to in this case. But this is where we're starting to look now at our Autodesk certification road map for AutoCAD itself. So this is now all biased towards AutoCAD. So if I scroll down, there's my exam preparation road map and as I come down, it gives me lots of information about the certification. So you can see here if I want to be a Certified User, I have to have the training course which would be the Essential Training Course here on lynda.com, plus 50 hours of hands-on application.
Same course again for the Certified Professional. So ideally you should have taken the AutoCAD Essential Training, in this case for the Version 2017, and you can then have 400 hours of hands-on application. Now that may seem a lot, but if you think about it, if you're using AutoCAD every day and you've got a 40 hour working week, that's only 10 weeks. It's not even three months. So once you've got that level of experience and you've taken the training course, the Essential Training Course, AutoCAD 2017 Essential Training, you can then get your 400 hours and you can take your exam.
Now you'll notice you can take each certification exam up to three times within a 12 month period. So if you don't pass first time around, don't panic, you can take the exam again. And the whole idea is that as you work through the exam, even if you don't pass the exam, it gives you all the areas that you need to work on to pass the exam next time. These exams are not designed to make you fail. They are a benchmark to show that you know how to use the product effectively. In this case, AutoCAD.
So that's how the certification works. What we'll look at in the next few videos is the two different levels: the Certified User exam and, obviously the one the course is about, the Certified Professional exam as well.
- Creating and publishing AutoCAD files
- Drawing shapes and lines
- Creating isometric drawings
- Transforming objects
- Creating and using arrays
- Organizing objects and layers
- Reusing content with blocks
- Adding text, dimensions, multileaders, and scales
- Creating layouts
- Setting printing and plotting options
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: Is this certification available for AutoCAD for Mac users?
A: AutoCAD certification is on the Windows environment only. Currently Autodesk does not have plans for an AutoCAD for Mac certification.
Q: This course was updated on 02/01/2016. What changed?
A: We added four new videos to the "Certification: What Is It?" chapter. These tutorials cover Certiport, the online certification service that now offers a variety of Autodesk certifications.