RealCAD Training

Self-Paced Online Certificate Training Courses

RealCAD Level 1

Absolute Beginners Guide to CAD.
This course will take you from knowing nothing about CAD software or its processes though to producing your first CAD drawing. On completion you’ll be able to effectively produce basic, accurate CAD drawings and have the foundations needed to fast-track further learning by completing Level 2. No previous CAD knowledge is required and the learning is fast and easy. Your CAD software is supplied free for the duration of the course and you have direct access to trained teachers to assist you if ever you need help – all included in the price.


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.

RealCAD Level 2

Next Step Guide to CAD
This course takes you from the basics learned in Level 1 to a richer understanding of how the CAD software operates. It adds advanced processes and a deeper knowledge of how to be most effective in 2D CAD design. This course answers many questions asked by existing users wanting to get more from their RealCAD program. Level 1 must be completed before starting this level 2. Once again the CAD software is supplied free for the duration of the course and you have direct access to trained teachers to assist you if ever you need help – all included in the price.


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/Comonents: 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


  • Have completed CAD Level 1 already

What people say…..

“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, InStyle

“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. I must admit it can be a bit much to remember it all but I think I just need to use it and the many functions more often!”
Tristan Brunell, Megadeck Aust.

“Thank you for a very enjoyable course. I feel quite proud of myself! I would like to go on to do the next level but I’m a bit flat out for the next two weeks, I’ll get back to you after that. Meanwhile I’d like to watch all the videos again as a revision. Thanks again.”
Jennifer Gibney

“As you know, I’ve been using this CAD software for several years and was very reluctant to take your advice to do the training. I have to say ‘thank you’ as I didn’t realise how much I didn’t know until I did completed the course. Well worth the time and money for me.”
Brian Booth, Complete Mnfg.

What people say…..

“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

“Over a year ago I invested in a competitor product and the tutorials and learning curve with that program were ridiculous. I was never able to get even one plan done with it. With yours I can crank out a plan rather quickly – …its’ very user friendly… the additional tips and tricks in the level 2 training I finished last week are brilliant. I’m even more productive than before and very pleased I invested in the extra course. I think it may even be better than the first one. BTW is that your voice on the mini vid’s?”
Jean Alwood, Designer

“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.

What people say…..

“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

“Hello, Please find attached the completed projects for assessment. I found the video tutorials and exercises very informative.”
Joseph Nicholls, Park Lane

I though it would be more difficult. I’d like to know more but I guess I just need to practice :). Dani, thanks for helping so much when I got stuck.
” Sean Sergeant, Student

“Please find attached my drawing, hopefully it’s all good? The course is brilliant. I was a bit intimidated and thought it was going to be a bit too difficult to learn, 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!”
Joel Barnett, (again)

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to purchase the software first?

No. The CAD software is supplied to you free of charge to complete the course.

Do I get support whilst doing the course?

Yes. You’ll have full access to our support team who’ll help you whenever you have a questions or need assistance. Some people say this is the main reason they chose this course.


Will this help me to get a job as a drafter?

The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of how most general purpose CAD software works. You’ll be able to use the CAD program in ‘real life’ situations when you have completed the course and this may help you secure a drafting job? It does not teach how to read or set out tecnical drawings.

If I learn RealCAD can I use AutoCAD?

This course uses RealCAD as we have found it to be it is faster to learn and easier to use. (as well being less expensive and available to purchase which AutoCAD is not). For most tasks RealCAD is also more productive. The majority of the principles you’ll learn in this course can be applied to AutoCAD however if you have to use AutoCAD specifically we recommend you select our AutoCAD course instead which is part of the ArchStar Academy course annual subscription..

Do I receive a certificate at the end of the course?

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 sure to pass.

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


How long do I have to complete the course?

Each level of the training course lasts for 3 months and can be extended (nominal additional cost) 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 courses later (within 6 months).


Can I buy now and start later?

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 can I include in the course when I purchase?

Each enrollment is for one person only.

RealCAD Online Training Options

RealCAD Level 1 Course

Absolute beginners course
This is a Certificate Course


Outright purchase in a single payment

Buy Level 1 Now

RealCAD Level 2 Course

Follow on from level 1
This is a Certificate Course


Outright purchase in a single payment

Buy Level 2 Now

RealCAD Complete Course

Bundle of both courses in one purchase (Best Value)
This is a Certificate Course

$598 $499

Outright purchase in a single payment

Buy Level 1 and 2 Now

30 Day Course Extension

Need more time? Extend your course by a further 30 days.

$299 $99

Outright purchase in a single payment

Extend your Course Now

Prices shown in AUD. Australian buyers add 10% GST


Minimum System Requirements


  • Windows 10, 8 or 7
  • Intel i5 processor (i7 preferred)
  • 64 bit machine
  • 8GB RAM (16GB preferred)
  • 500MB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
  • Mouse with scroll wheel
  • Dedicated graphics card with 2GB+ supporting OpenGL 2.0 or later
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution or higher
  • Internet to access the online training


  • Mac OSX Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra or El Capitan
  • Intel i5 processor (i7 preferred)
  • 64 bit machine
  • 8GB RAM (16GB preferred)
  • 700MB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
  • Mouse with scroll wheel (not Magic Mouse)
  • Graphics Card with 2GB+ supporting OpenGL 2.0 or later
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution or higher
  • Internet to access the online training

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