How to Find the Right Kind of Autodesk Training

With Autodesk’s 2017 software release on the horizon (typically sometime in the third week of March), now is a good time to start thinking about training options that can help you get up to speed when the new versions become available.

Ongoing education is particularly important if you are an Autodesk Subscription customer. Subscription customers receive the latest Autodesk software as and when it’s released, so new features and capabilities are being added all the time, and may present a potential learning curve.

Regardless, everyone needs to think about how they can stay ahead of the curve and learn how to apply the software to real-world challenges and scenarios. Training, and certification in particular, can also boost your marketability, career and earning potential.

The good news is that Autodesk offers plenty of learning opportunities based on your budget, goals and preferred way to learn. Here’s a round-up of some of your best options:

Get Training from an Authorized Center

If you’re looking for hands-on training, this is where the Autodesk ecosystem really comes into its own. Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) are located across the U.S. and around the world. Qualified instructors focus on sample projects and real-world applications and classes are available for all skill sets. The emphasis on “authorized” is important. Many organizations provide Autodesk software training, but only ATCs are recognized for meeting Autodesk’s rigorous training standards. Many ATC courses are accepted by professional associations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Contact your DLT Representative to find training opportunities at 1.888.447.2223 or email

Become an Accredited, Certified User

An Autodesk Certification gives experienced users special recognition for their talents and certifications are often a tiebreaker for hiring managers making tough decisions. Autodesk certifications are widely recognized in the industry. You’ll also get your name listed in Autodesk’s database of Certified Professionals.

So which certification is right for you? Autodesk offers a range of certification options:

• Certified User – This is ideal for new users who want to demonstrate basic proficiency.

• Certified Professional – More advanced users (those who can solve complex workflow and design challenges) will probably seek this certification.

• Certified Specialist – This is for users with a specialized competency or mastery of an Autodesk Suite and who can demonstrate the ability to design innovative solutions across multiple technologies.

Join Autodesk University Online

You don’t have to fly to Vegas to pay a fee to access the wealth of online courses available on Autodesk University Online.  Just sign up and browse courses by product or topic.

Participate in the Autodesk Knowledge Network

Another online resource is the Autodesk Knowledge Network. The site features tips for getting started with your software, tutorials, video tips, and workflow information for common tasks. You can also troubleshoot common problems.