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    Question Is It Wise To Double Up On AutoCAD Courses. Also Have Some Question.

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    Hopefull I put this in the right thread, I believe I have if not please move it.

    Sorry if this is a little long.

    A little bit about me, I've been working in an architectural firm for a little over year now basically doing preliminary work like coloring and graphic stuff i've also been using autoCAD for the past year doing basic things like square-foot cal and other basic things. So right now my boss is going to have a pay raise talk with me and he would also like to see me in the drafting side of things, he also told me he would pay for any classes or courses he basically just wants me to get more of the core features of AutoCAD down and then he said once I start the drafting side of things, within the year I would know what I'm doing.

    So I have been looking at the Penn Foster drafting with AutoCAD course and another course via Ashworth and would like to know if I'm heading in the right direction of things at least course wise.

    Ashworth --> http://www.ashworthcollege.edu/career-diplomas/autocad

    Penn Foster --> http://www.pennfoster.edu/programs-a...career-diploma

    How does the Ashworth one look course wise?

    Is it wise to take both at the same time?, that if these course suit my needs.

    Thank you for your time.

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    My suggestion is as follows.

    Do NOT take the Penn-Foster AutoCAD course. It's a waste of money and the instructors do not answer questions in a timely manner. The "projects" are haphazardly written, prone to errors and omissions and do not cover many of the newer features found in AutoCAD. BTW...the latest release is AutoCAD 2015. I have no knowledge of Ashworth College so I will have to pass on that.

    I would do two things.

    First. Contact your local AutoDesk reseller and ask if they offer courses. Most do. They typically have both a basic and an advanced course. If your boss can spare you the basic course usually runs for a full week. The advanced course would probably be three days. You'll be in a class with other newbies, have an instructor who knows the program, you can ask all the questions you want, network with your peers and leave at the end of the week with all your course materials (you paid for them). Classes tend to be relatively small too so you do not get lost in the crowd.

    Second. See if your local community college offers an Introduction to AutoCAD course. These will typically be held one or two nights a week (3 to 4 hours a night) and run for a full semester (four months). The downside is you have the course fee, admin services fee, computer lab fee (whether you use it or not) as well as the cost of any books. There may be other "requirements" that you will have to meet as well.
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    Ok, Thank you.

    This morning I showed my co-worker these things, he said the Ashworth one looks the best and should cover all of my needs and then they will teach me the rest drafting wise etc.

    None of the colleges near me offer just a cad class there full on degrees, even the trade schools near me don't offer just a class, but there this tho Link below. What do you think about them? So right now I plan on Ashworth followed by the advance course below.

    http://www.certstaff.com/trainingcat...-advanced.html

    Can you tell me what you think of the course outline to?

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    Certstaff? For the price they are charging you could take three courses at a community college and two at your local AutoDesk reseller. I vote thumbs down.

    Ashworth could just as well be another diploma mill. If you are seriously considering signing up for their AutoCAD course I would first do a search on "Ashworth College"+"reviews" and see what other students had to say.

    Have you contacted your local AutoDesk reseller to inquire about courses? This is your BEST bet.
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    No I have not contacted a local autodesk resller, but when I get a chance I will. I will also review the Ashworth college more etc. Will post back on my findings. Anything else I should know?

    Thank you, for all the help so far.

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    Yes. Should you decide on taking the Ashworth College AutoCAD course please return throughout the time it takes you and tell us what you think about the course itself and the instructor. Who knows, maybe you'll help someone in the future looking to make a similar decision.

    Good luck.
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    Thank you.! Please at-least make a sticky and kinda warn people about Penn Foster like you mentioned. I will post back back for sure, and will use this site for help along with the help of my co-workers. Again thank you for everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMarc View Post
    None of the colleges near me offer just a cad class there full on degrees...
    AutoCAD classes are generally 100 level classes - no prerequisites.
    If there is a class at a local college - you should be able to get into it whether you are degree seeking or not.
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    IF you are in the USA, many community colleges offer AutoCad 101. With no prerequisites.
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    You will be far better off going here, and it is free.
    http://www.we-r-here.com/cad/tutorials/

    Or get a good step by step book and follow along with that. I like Applying AutoCAD by T. Wohlers.
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