CAD for Arborists

ArborCAD Training

Self-Paced Online Certificate Training Courses

ArborCAD Quick Start

Absolute Beginners Course for Arborists

This course will take you from knowing nothing about ArborCAD though to producing your first ArborCAD drawing. On completion you’ll be able to produce accurate, basic ArborCAD drawings. No previous CAD knowledge is required. Support is included in the price.

What does Quick Start include?

Course includes:

Step by Step procedures take you from working with a DWG file from the architect through to completing a finished Arborist report drawing. Literally follow each written instruction to progress to the next point.
You’ll complete the entire process in 3-4 hours or less.
There are four primary steps to follow for almost all drawings that you’ll typically produce, this course walks you through those steps.
The course assumes you know nothing and want to get started in the fastest possible way.
During the course you’ll have direct access to our support team who can resolve any issues you may face and show you easy ways to use the software if you get stuck.
Whilst this is a great way to get started fast, we recommend the next course (ArborCAD level 1) as it covers how to use the program in finer detail. It looks at the underlying CAD program and its drawing tools. It gives you a greater level of understanding to empower you to manipulate your drawings beyond the basics.

ArborCAD Level 1

Discover the underlying CAD software

This course is the same as our regular general CAD Level 1 course. We recommend this course to Arborist’s who want to better understand the regular CAD tools that underpin their ArborCAD software. No previous CAD knowledge is required. Support is included in the price.

What does Level 1 include?

Course includes

  • 43 comprehensive step by step exercises to view or print
  • Quizzes at the end of each section to lock-in your learning
  • Searchable PDF manual detailing every command
  • 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.

From here you can use the software confidently for basic drawing or add CAD Level 2 training to compliment and expand your understanding and ability.

ArborCAD Level 2

Next Steps to the core CAD software

Adds advanced processes and a deeper knowledge of how to be most effective using the regular CAD tools in ArborCAD. This course answers many questions asked by existing users wanting to get more from their CAD program. Level 1 must be completed first. Support is included in the price.

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 2D. 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.
  • PDF manual detailing every command.
  • Direct access to our trainers to answer your questions.
  • CAD International CAD Level 2 Certificate issued on successful completion.
  • The latest CAD Software to download and complete the course with.

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 Excersises: Complete a range of landscape projects using your learned knowledge.


  • Have completed Level 1 already

What Others 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 exercises are fantastic, the tempo is right, it assumes no knowledge (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 instructions 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’m doing a Cert course at TAFE and we have to comply with AHCARB512 – “Generate tree plans using computer aided design software”. I did this online course and blitzed it. Top of the class – 100% !
Adam Limbut, Happy Student

“…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!. 

“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 do a quick revision to lock it in. Thanks again for all your help. Very rare in this day and age.”
Jennifer Gibney

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

“I am a regular ArborCAD user, and its seemingly infinite possibilities can make it a challenge to use to its full potential at times. The team at CAD International are patient and generous with the training sessions and really know their stuff. Every training session I have makes me so much confident with the software, and I leave being able to produce much better drawings. A big thanks to Nigel and Sidra for their ongoing help.”

Mark Fahy, Designer

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


Do I purchase the software first?

You can, but you can also do the course using the free trial version of the software. It will run in ‘evaluation’ mode which simply limits how complex your drawings can be.

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.

Do I receive a certificate?

Part of the course asks that you complete and submit several assessment tasks. These are marked by CAD International certified trainers and feedback is provided to you if there is something you could improve on or have completed incorrectly.

You have three opportunities to submit work for assessment and will receive your certificate when you pass. If you have followed the course material correctly you are very likely to pass.

You do not have to submit your work for assessment if you do not wish to receive a certificate.

How long does it take to complete the course?

This varies greatly depending on how quickly you learn and how focussed you are. One user claims to have completed the course (level 1 and 2) over a weekend, however he did nothing else and his case would be unusual. Our estimate is that to complete both levels should take up to 60 hours on average when done in blocks of 1-2 hours at a time. 

How long is the course?

Whilst it would be possible to complete the course in as little as three days, you have three months to pace yourself from start to finish. You can extend the course for a small fee if you run out of time. The course starts only after you log in and register as a student for the first time. This means you can purchase the course now and start the course later (within 6 months).

Can I buy now and start later?

Yes, The course time starts only after you log in and register as a student for the first time. This means you can purchase the course now and start the courses later (within 6 months).

How many people included in the course?

Each enrolment is for one person only.

ArborCAD Training Options

ArborCAD Quick Start

Fast track to a beginners first drawing
This is not a Certificate Course

Original price was: $80.Current price is: $66.

Outright purchase in a single payment

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ArborCAD Level 1

Introduction to the underlying CAD program

This is a Certificate Course


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ArborCAD Level 2

Next step understanding of CAD

This is a Certificate Course


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ArborCAD All-in-One

All 3 courses in one purchase (Best value)
This is a Certificate Course


Outright purchase in a single payment

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