AutoCAD certification exam by Autodesk is one of the easy methods of validating your CAD skills. Certification adds credibility to your resume and it also gives you access to the certified professional logo which you can use on your resume, blog or visiting card.
A certified professional is also added to the Autodesk database of certified professionals which can be looked up by your potential employers.
There are no eligibility criteria for appearing in the exams and you can appear as many times as you want however within a duration of 12 months you can’t appear in this exam more than three times.
As per the recommendation of Autodesk, it will be useful if you have at least 150 hours of hands-on experience working with AutoCAD before you appear for the AutoCAD certified user and 400 hours of experience for the certified professional exam.
How to get AutoCAD certification:
Certification exams are online exams that are conducted by Autodesk authorized testing centres, these testing centres act as a one-stop solution for all your certification related queries and needs. You can locate your nearest testing centre here and contact them via phone or email for booking your exam.
AutoCAD certification exam cost:
You can get the quote on the price of certification exams from your testing centres or you can also purchase exam vouchers from Certiport or from the Autodesk website directly. The exam generally costs between 90 to 200 USD but the price varies depending on your location.
See this pricing detail of the certification exam for US candidates, as I have already mentioned these prices may vary depending on your geographical location.
Syllabus of Exam:
The exam is not version-specific and you can prepare for the exam using any version of AutoCAD but I would recommend you to choose the latest available version of AutoCAD.
The examination syllabus is quite basic for the certified user as well as the professional exam but you need to have a clear understanding of the tools and commands of AutoCAD.
None of the advanced topics like Dynamic Blocks, Sheet set manager and Design centre is in the syllabus. See this detailed syllabus for Autodesk certified user as well as the Autodesk certified professional exam.
The exam is conducted online and due to the current pandemic situation, you can appear for the exam from your home as well.
AutoCAD software access is NOT AVAILABLE in the exam and you need to answer questions without using AutoCAD software. A time tracker will be visible throughout the exam and you can also pause the exam if required by the permission of the proctor.
The exam gets automatically paused if the internet connection is lost during the exam. You can also mark questions as “unanswered for review” and you can also change answers as many times as you want before submitting it finally.
There is no negative marking for wrong answers and you need to answer 40 questions in approximately 120 to 150 minutes.
Following are the question types of the certification exam:
- MCQ type
- Fill in the blanks type
- Matching type
- Image hotspot selection
- Options selection from AutoCAD user interface elements
Apart from these basic question types, there can be other unique types of questions as well.
Evaluation and result:
As soon as you submit your exam you will receive a detailed report with your areas of improvement and final score. If you fail to clear the exam then you can appear again after a 24 hour waiting period but you will have to pay the voucher fee for the exam again.
The certification remains valid forever for three years so there is no need to appear for the exam every year to keep your certified status active.
How to prepare for certification:
The best way to prepare for the AutoCAD certified user and certified professional certification exam is the course shown here.