College-Approved Certificate (6 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6408X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Computer-aided design and drafting software, is used in a wide range of industries by architects, engineers, decorators, project managers and other design professionals. Our Computer Aided Design College Certificate program gives you a theoretical and hands-on introduction to AutoCAD, 3ds Max and Revit software so you can master 2D drawings, place diagrams into 3D perspective, create animations of your drawings and much more.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within two years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy designing and conceptualizing spatial ideas.
  • Have methodical work habits with attention to detail.
  • Are comfortable using computers, saving and retrieving documents in an organized and consistent manner.
  • Are life-long learners ready to meet the challenges presented by rapidly changing technology.
  • Can work independently.
  • Can communicate well to understand and respond to the design needs of clients and colleagues.

Your Career

Graduates may seek entry level employment opportunities as a junior draftsperson in architectural, construction or engineering firms. The skills may also be required in design-related fields such as interior decorating/design, exhibition and event management and property management.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


Students who have completed our Introduction to Revit course (CAD8104) may also be interested in our new Revit II course (CAD8000) to advance their skills with this comprehensive 3D software.

This program requires students to bring their own mobile computing device (laptop). Basic computer skills are expected. As a part of the tuition fee, students are given access to the relevant AutoDesk software required for each course.

To help schedule your studies, please check our proposed plan for the upcoming year.

For students following the older program of study, you can access the Autocad-Intermediate course here.

This program requires students to bring their own mobile computing device (laptop). Basic computer skills are expected. As a part of the tuition fee, students are given access to the relevant AutoDesk software required for each course.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Angela Peterson, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6329 or


On campus: On Campus
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
CAD800145.0Introduction to AutoCADOn Campus
CAD800245.0Intermediate AutoCADBlank Icon On Campus
CAD800330.0AutoCAD - 3D ConceptsBlank Icon On Campus
CAD810445.0Introduction to RevitBlank Icon On Campus
CAD811430.03Ds MaxOn CampusBlank Icon
Elective: choose 1
CAD800045.0Revit IIOn CampusBlank Icon
CAD800945.0SolidworksOn CampusBlank Icon


CAD8001 Introduction to AutoCAD

Students learn the features and elements of computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD software. The focus is on practising the basic drawing and editing commands required to produce simple two-dimensional drawings.

CAD8002 Intermediate AutoCAD

Students enhance their basic AutoCAD skills to develop speed and accuracy in generating professional quality, two-dimensional CAD drawings in a quick and efficient manner.

Pre-requisites: CAD8001

CAD8003 AutoCAD - 3D Concepts

Explore mechanical 3D concepts using the 3D features in AutoCAD. Topics include the User Coordinate System, viewports, 3D specific system variables and Boolean operations. Students learn how to create and edit wireframe, surface, solid and mesh models. Visual styles, materials, lighting, rendering and walk through animations are also covered.

Pre-requisites: CAD8002

CAD8104 Introduction to Revit

This course demonstrates the basic commands of Revit in order to produce working and presentation drawings. Students learn basic element creation, use modification tools, and import and export files and libraries. Wall, floor and roof creation tools, views and cameras are setup to present the design. Topics include dimensioning, the use of level and section tools and how to label. Students create a simple set of basic drawings and produce 3D models of a house and a commercial building.

Pre-requisites: CAD8001

CAD8114 3Ds Max

Students learn the basics of 3ds Max and how to use it for creating designs in a real-time 3D visualization environment. Learn how to model using primitives, and manipulate forms, surface textures and materials in a real-time environment. Learn about rendering and generating animated walk-throughs of designs for presentation purposes. Lighting and cameras are studied in the environments that are created. The creation of models based on either images or hand sketches is also covered.

Pre-requisites: CAD8001

CAD8000 Revit II

Take your design skills to the next level using Autodesk's Revit software. This course goes beyond basic commands to focus on creating architectural working drawings, photo-realistic scenes and animations. Students use Mass Modeling and Design Options to create presentation drawings and animations in commercial and residential applications. Worksets are also introduced to allow for team collaboration on working drawings.

CAD8009 Solidworks

Solidworks is a powerful 3D computer assisted design tool that helps you develop ideas into great products. Using the Solidworks software, students learn the fundamental skills and concepts of three-dimensional solid modeling. As students work through the design and fabrication process, they produce 2D drawings with the relevant manufacturing instructions for parts and assembly. In the final project, students execute a design that includes output on a 3D printer.