Autodesk® Authorized Training Center: Certificate

Students may take individual classes based on their experience and professional goals, or complete a full certificate. Certificates of Completion are awarded for courses of study in either AutoCAD or Revit. Certificate programs include five classes, totaling a minimum of 90 hours of instruction (9 CEUs).

The Curriculum

The Autodesk Certificate is a Professional Development Certificate, not an academic degree, and as such, courses carry Continuing Education Units (CEU), nationally recognized units of measurement for professional development and training. One CEU equals 10 hours of instruction.

Participants may attend just those classes of particular interest or complete the entire Certificate of Completion.

AutoCAD Certificate Curriculum (9 CEU)

Required Courses (Take all five)

Subject/
Course #
Required Course CEU
ENGR 9069
This course is designed for those who have never used AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT, or who have struggled to get started. It is also ideal for those who need a refresher course, or a course that fills in the gaps of limited AutoCAD experience. Beginning with an introduction to the software interface, this course familiarizes the student with the Application menu, the ribbon, Palettes, and AutoCAD's unique command line. Students are immersed in real-time drafting operations as demonstrated by the instructor, who uses both professional experience and class exercises as references. All essential tools are taught to complete basic 2D projects, and properly present them for printing.
1.8
ENGR 9070
Prerequisite: experience with Windows operating systems; AutoCAD Level I or equivalent knowledge.
This class is for those wanting greater productivity through the use of AutoCAD's more advanced 2D features, those working in group/networked environments, and those who are interested in basic AutoCAD customization. Productivity topics include the creation of block attributes, field objects, tables, dynamic blocks and template files. Attribute extraction, layer management, line weights, text and dimension styles, and the Sheet Set Manager are also covered. Group/network environment topics include external references, file paths, file/layer standards, and a discussion of large-scale project organization issues. Customization topics include the Quick Access Toolbar, the use of Profiles, and changing the display of interface components.
1.8
ENGR 9181
In this course students will learn how to become a 3D maker: solid modeling in the computer and the 3D printing process. Students will create a given model, and also design or improve models, using Sketch-Up and Inventor and Fusion 360, and then export the model for 3D printing. Using a slicing software, students will scale and position models on the printing platform, and learn about effective use of support material and other strategies for best print production. Students will experience setup and maintenance of the 3D printer. For context, the history of rapid prototyping and the current revolution in 3D printing applications will be covered, as well as a discussion of local resources, funding, and events for continued opportunities in small scale manufacturing and 3D invention.
 
Course Objectives:
1. Create and design a 3D model in computer software, using Sketch-Up, Inventor, and Fusion 360.
2. Export a 3D model for 3D printing.
3. Use a slicing software to effectively position, scale, and layer / slice a model in preparation for printing.
4. Set up and maintain a 3D printer.
5. Produce a small plastic model using a 3D printer.
6. Describe the past, present, and future applications of 3D printing.
7. Identify resources for further work in 3D invention.
1.8
ENGR 9128
This class introduces participants to the basic and intermediate level processes necessary to create 3D visualizations using Autodesk 3ds Max® software. The class will cover: importing an existing CAD 3D model or 2D floor plan or elevation, developing a 3D model in 3ds Max®, applying architectural materials, setting up lighting and shadow-casting, creating cameras, and rendering. Students will explore how the Max mental ray© renderer uses the real world properties of materials and lights to create photorealistic, physically accurate architectural images. Students will gain hands-on experience with the following topics: physically-based Autodesk Material Library and Arch & Design materials; Photometric Light settings, including the use of .ies files; physically accurate Sun and Sky lighting systems; Global Illumination and Final Gather rendering techniques; the mental ray© Photographic Exposure Control; and the use of Ambient Occlusion with a Material Override. Different strategies for balancing image quality versus rendering speed will be discussed.
1.8
ENGR 9119
This class bridges the gap from AutoCAD to illustration and web design, employing industry-standard tools for optimal graphics production. The student will create illustrations and will learn to identify which software and methods are most effective for a particular goal. While the primary software used in this course are AutoCAD and Adobe Photoshop, there will also be an overview of AutoCAD's import, export, and linking capabilities in conjunction with a variety of software. Basic techniques in Adobe Illustrator and Autodesk Impression software will be demonstrated. In Photoshop, styles, actions, and special effects will be practiced, while producing illustrations based on CAD line work. Other topics include extraction of a figure from a background, incorporating a rendering in a photo, photo correction, masking, simulation of fog, depth of field, and shadows.
1.8

Revit Certificate Curriculum (9 CEU)

Required Courses (Take all five)

Subject/
Course #
Required Course CEU
ENGR 9120
In this course students will be introduced to Autodesk Revit Architecture which is the AEC industry standard for Building Information Modeling (BIM). Students will learn about the concepts of BIM and the tools Revit uses for parametric building design and documentation. The class will cover the Revit user interface, basic drawing and editing tools, datum elements, and project navigation. Students will learn how to create building walls, doors, windows, floors, ceilings, roofs, vertical circulation, and views. This class is intended for users who are new to Revit Architecture and who are interested in developing marketable job skills for work in design, engineering, and construction industries.
1.8
ENGR 9129
You've tasted the power and ease of Revit, now you're ready to move to the next level. This class is geared toward students who are interested in taking Autodesk's Revit Certification Test, CAD managers, dedicated designers, and Revit users who are looking to boost their productivity. Students should have taken the Revit Level I training or have used Revit for at least six months prior to taking this class. Revit is a 3D design software that is used by architectural professionals world-wide. There is a high industry demand for skilled professionals who know Revit.
1.8
ENGR 9139
As architects and designers start a project, they frequently think about the overall massing of a building or the area of the footprint. The Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software, using its powerful Building Information Modeling (BIM) engine, includes tools for creating mass elements that can be modified into many shapes. You can then apply walls, roofs, and floors to them to continue designing. You can also access space planning tools for setting up areas for rooms and applying colors to them to show the connections. For presentations, you can create and render perspective views.
 
Students will learn specific skills including how to create in-place conceptual masses, create building elements, create color fill room plans for space planning, generate perspective interior and exterior views, and gain an understanding of the concepts of rendering.
1.8
ENGR 9128
This class introduces participants to the basic and intermediate level processes necessary to create 3D visualizations using Autodesk 3ds Max® software. The class will cover: importing an existing CAD 3D model or 2D floor plan or elevation, developing a 3D model in 3ds Max®, applying architectural materials, setting up lighting and shadow-casting, creating cameras, and rendering. Students will explore how the Max mental ray© renderer uses the real world properties of materials and lights to create photorealistic, physically accurate architectural images. Students will gain hands-on experience with the following topics: physically-based Autodesk Material Library and Arch & Design materials; Photometric Light settings, including the use of .ies files; physically accurate Sun and Sky lighting systems; Global Illumination and Final Gather rendering techniques; the mental ray© Photographic Exposure Control; and the use of Ambient Occlusion with a Material Override. Different strategies for balancing image quality versus rendering speed will be discussed.
1.8
ENGR 9119
This class bridges the gap from AutoCAD to illustration and web design, employing industry-standard tools for optimal graphics production. The student will create illustrations and will learn to identify which software and methods are most effective for a particular goal. While the primary software used in this course are AutoCAD and Adobe Photoshop, there will also be an overview of AutoCAD's import, export, and linking capabilities in conjunction with a variety of software. Basic techniques in Adobe Illustrator and Autodesk Impression software will be demonstrated. In Photoshop, styles, actions, and special effects will be practiced, while producing illustrations based on CAD line work. Other topics include extraction of a figure from a background, incorporating a rendering in a photo, photo correction, masking, simulation of fog, depth of field, and shadows.
1.8

Upon approval by program staff, students may choose an alternate focus that meets their specific training needs. The combination of required and elective courses chosen should total 9 CEUs to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Autodesk Certificate Requirements

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the required classes, totaling a minimum of 90 hours (9 CEUs). Once a student has completed the necessary coursework, the candidate must submit an application for the Certificate of Completion.

Applications for the certificate include an application form, a $50 non-refundable fee, and an unofficial SF State transcript, showing successful completion of all classes required for the certificate. Please visit the Autodesk Certificate web page to download the Graduation Application, and mail to the Downtown Campus at 835 Market Street, 6th Floor, Attn: Autodesk program.

Autodesk Certificate Application

Prior to 2017:

Use this form if you completed a certificate prior to 2017. You are only held to the certificate in place when you began the program.

Begin 2017:

Use this form anytime from 2017 forward.

How to Begin Taking Classes

  • There is no application process to begin taking classes.
  • Obtain SF State ID and Password.
  • Register for classes based on individual goals and prerequisites.
  • Payment is due upon registration. Space is limited. Please register three weeks in advance.
  • Apply for Certificate after all classes have been successfully completed.

For SF State ID and registration questions, please contact Enrollment Services at 415.405.7700; press '5' to speak with a staff person.

Length & Cost of Program

The cost of the program is calculated on a per-class basis. Individual course fees are available with each course description. Prices may vary each semester. The cost of a certificate of completion may range from approximately $2,475 to $2,505, depending on course selection. These prices do NOT include the cost of books or the $50 certificate fee. The cost of the education-discounted subscription to CADLearning and the $50 certificate fee are additional costs.

Location & Frequency of Classes

All classes are held in our state-of-the-art computer labs at the SF State Downtown Campus, on the 6th Floor of 835 Market Street, in San Francisco.

Courses are offered throughout the year, during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Most classes are held in the evenings and on weekends, to accommodate students who are working.

Please check the schedule here on the website for the most up-to-date course offerings.

Please Register Early!

To ensure you receive course materials at the first class meeting, please enroll at least THREE weeks before the start date.

CADLearning Subscription Information

To begin the first class, students will need to purchase a CADLearning Education Subscription. See below for details.

New Students:

Go to the CADLearning website and select the menu option for Education. Here students will be directed to provide their educational institution email address for verification. Students will need to use their mail.sfsu.edu email address to qualify for the educational subscription rate. They will then receive an email containing instructions for subscribing to an Education CADLearning account where they can use VISA, Mastercard or AMEX to make their purchase.

Students with Existing CADLearning Subscriptions:

Annual student CADLearning subscriptions will automatically renew. Students may log into their CADLearning account on the 4D Technologies CADLearning Portal and go to their profile to update payment information as well as see when their subscription expires.

If you no longer wish to use your subscription after the one year, please be sure to cancel. Information is located on the CADLearning contact page.

SF State Email for Students

If you need to find your student SF State email address, please go to SF State Email Account Services and log in using your SF State ID & Password.
To forward your mail.sfsu.edu account to your personal account, follow the instructions on the @mail Student E-mail Guide.

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