CAD for Arborists

CAD Course Enrolment Page

for students of participating colleges and universities

CAD Level 1

What does Level 1 include?

Course includes

  • 43 comprehensive step by step exercises
  • Quizzes at the end of each section to lock-in your learning
  • Direct access to our trainers to answer your questions
  • CAD-Level-1 Certificate issued on successful completion
  • The latest CAD Software to download and complete the course

Topics covered

  • Introduction: A bit of history and background understanding of CAD and how CAD is has developed and is used.
  • Overview: An understanding of the course material and of the terminology you will encounter.
  • Installation: How to download, install and set your CAD software for successful operation.
  • User Interface: Clear and concise understanding of the software interface and the logic behind it.
  • Help Systems: How to use the Help database, the online support and the manual to get the most from your software.
  • Zooming and Panning: How best to operate an unlimited size design world on a limited size screen.
  • Entity Selection: The process of picking and choosing entities to draw with and the best methods of making the right selections.
  • Properties: Investigating and changing the properties of items you have selected to make them look the way you want.
  • Style Sets: How to group various properties into named sets so you draw faster with fewer clicks.
  • Cloning: Property duplication by using the clone command copy and apply properties from existing geometry.
  • Free Drawing: Learning to draw without a pencil, but using the intelligence built in to CAD.
  • Constrained Drawing: Making the most of tools that keep your drawing 100% accurate and professional.
  • Coordinates: Different ways of entering data to suit different applications such as mechanical, architectural, landscape, electrical and survey drawings.
  • Cursor Snaps: How to make the most of smart on-screen magnetic location features.
  • Position Location Commands: How to draw with precision at any time.
  • Trim, Extend, Divide, Delete: Exploration of all the main editing features used all the time when creating and modifying a drawing.
  • Copying: Exploring the power of duplication, one of the big advantages of any CAD program.
  • Shape Drawing: Step by step exercise to draw a defined 2D shape using the tools you’ve learned so far.
  • Dimensions: Applying accurate dimensions to your drawings in just a few clicks.

CAD Level 2

What does Level 2 include?

 Course Details

CAD Level 2 follows on from CAD Level 1 and provides a comprehensive understanding of the use of general 2D tools. By completing CAD level 1 and 2 you will be able to confidently begin using CAD in whatever design field you are involved.

Course Includes

  • 20 comprehensive step by step exercises that continue on from your level 1 learning
  • Quizzes at the end of each section to lock it in.
  • Direct access to our trainers to answer your questions.
  • CAD International CAD Level 2 Certificate issued on successful completion.

Topics covered

  • Planes: comprehensive use of planes from gradient, solid, hatch, bitmap and pattern hatching.
  • Changing Planes: exploring how to change planes rather than reinsert them.
  • Arranging: How to re-order the display of entities on screen to reveal or hide them from view.
  • Measuring: How to accurately obtain area, length and angle measurements from your drawings.
  • Anchoring and Aligning: How to set out and align planes to other geometry in your drawing.
  • Design Advice: How best to use planes without overpowering your drawing.
  • Composed Drawings: Working with virtual layouts and placing multiple views of your drawing onto pre-configured sheets.
  • Basic Text: Setting and using Text in your drawing sheets.
  • Scaled Text: Understanding the concepts behind scaled and non-scaled text.
  • Design Advice: How best to use Text in your drawing. What to do and what not to do.
  • Basic Printing: Methods of printing. Quick print, preview current Window and Preview Scaled.
  • Print Scaling: Getting accurate scaled drawings on any size paper.
  • Generating PDF: Smartest ways to produce high quality small file size PDF files using PDF software.
  • Figures/Components: Comprehensive use and creation of Figures/Components.
  • Templates: Maximising the use of Template files to streamline your drawing process.
  • Shape Exercises: Set of comprehensive exercise to test your knowledge and ability to think laterally when using CAD.
  • Architectural Plan: Set of exercises to draw an architectural plan.
  • DWG and DXF: Practical hands on of how import and edit DWG and DXF files
  • Landscape Specific: How to use almost all the landscape tools
  • Landscape ExercisesComplete a range of landscape projects using your learned knowledge. These will be similar to the types of projects you will be asked to complete as part of any landscape design or landscape architecture course, only a bit easier.


  • You must have completed Level 1

What Students Are Saying

“Hi, I really enjoyed the course and found it very well suited for someone like myself to follow, can’t wait to do the rest! I only started yesterday and I’m done! Granted, I didn’t do anything else for the weekend, but I really enjoyed it! Thanks.”
Joel Barnett 

“I LOVE the training, it is really good, useful, helpful, the excersises are fantastic, the tempo is right, it assumes no knowlege (as it should), without being at all condescending. I just need longer days or bad weather. Better, faster, funner described it well. I wish I could apply it to other aspects of training in other disciplines.”
Anne Waterhouse, Designer

“Good course for CAD. Takes you through all the basics in very simple terms. Logical steps with good practical examples. Not enough software comes with this sort of training. This is very appropriate because CAD is very different from other desktop applications.”
Tony The Outside Bit

“The online training course is great. The instructors are very clear and concise with everything so it’s easy to understand and mimic when I attempt it.”
Tristan Brunell, Mega Deck Australia

“I haven’t finished level one yet due to time restraints but thank you for following up. I intend to complete the course and think the online course is excellent. I’m surprised how much help you guys are willing to give.”
Phillip Russell, Amenity Consultants

“Thank you for a very enjoyable course. I feel quite proud of myself! I would like to go on to do the next level. Meanwhile I’d like to watch all the videos again as a revision. Thanks again.”
Jennifer Gibney

“Thanks yet again for your help Dani. Having an easy CAD for technophobes like me is great.”
Jon Muller, Wellington Gardens, NZ

“…The course is brilliant. I was a bit intimidated and thought it was going to be a bit too difficult to learn it, but as it turned out, I’m smarter than I thought!. I’d love to be able to give you some constructive advice about how you could improve the course but unfortunately I can’t! Great work. I think I’ll be suffering withdrawal symptoms!”
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Do I need to purchase the software first?

No. You can complete the course using the free timed educational license of the software available to you as part of your college/university course.

You can purchase or rent the software at any time if you intend using the software for commercial purposes whilst attending your course.

Do I get support?

Yes. You have full access to our support team who will help you whenever you have a questions or need assistance however because the support team also help fully paid commercial clients you may not be served with quite the same speed our commercial clients enjoy.  

Do I receive a certificate?

You will receive your CAD competency certificate when you pass. If you have followed the course material correctly you are very likely to pass.

How do I know if my computer is powerful enough to run CAD?

CAD is very power hungry and a low budget or old computer may not be suitable.
Check the recommended specifications for running CAD here
You can see the minimum requirements for Windows and Mac here
You can purchase powerful CAD-tuned laptops here.

How long is the course?

Whilst it would be possible to complete the course in as little as couple of weeks, you have three months to pace yourself from start to finish of each level. 

Can I start later?

The course time starts when you register for the first time. We recommend for best results you complete each course level within 3 months (90 days). In this way you will be well ahead on your college assignments and will retain what you learn more easily.

How many people included in the course?

Each enrolment is for one person only.

I have a Mac, can I use that for CAD?

Windows machines are definitely better for CAD work and there are more ancillary programs that run under Windows too, however the CAD program used in this course is available for Mac computers as well as windows and works almost identically on both. You will need a mouse with a scroll wheel button in the middle. An Apple Magic mouse is not able to be used for CAD.

Be sure your machine’s specifications meet the minimum requirements. You can see the minimum requirements for Windows and Mac here

CAD Level 1 and 2

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