In-house training

Any in-house CAD training program that you implement should be designed to take your company’s employees that have a requirement to operate your CAD program as a function of their job through 5 levels of abilities. These levels are relevant to whichever CAD/BIM program your company uses.

1. Computer Literacy

This is the ability to:

A. Access programs and data

B. Find data fast

C. Store data securely

D. Make and retrieve backups

E. Perform security procedures (virus checks, etc.)

2. Basic CAD Skills

This is the ability to:

A. Access CADC databases and drawings

B. Define the capabilities of your CAD program

C. Control the CAD system

D. Create work

E. Save work

F. Be self supporting (know how to get help)

3. Complete CAD Skills

This is the ability to:

A. Use the CAD program’s features needed to do their job

B. Be organized and effective

C. Use any customized features

D. Create complete output (draw, display, dimension, plot)

4. Advanced CAD Skills

This is the ability to:

A. Enhance production

B. Utilize short cuts and techniques

C. Use advanced features and processes

D. Optimize the creation of data for maximum utilization of the CAD program’s capabilities

5. Optimization Skills

This is the ability to:

A. Customize the operating environment

B. Customize the CAD program’s

– Menus

– Scripts

– Custom programs

You must also establish a set of office standards and procedures.

A standard is something you do, a procedure is how you do things.


Use of layers per drawing type

Naming of drawings, repeated items, etc.

Furniture numbering system

What drawing sheets are required on a project (by project type)

Naming of text files and reports

Report formats

Documentation of sigmacs and menus that you create or customize


Job accounting

System clean-up (keeping trash off the network)


Problem analysis

Creating details

Creating plans, elevations, etc.

Filling out Architectural schedules

Checking drawing

Making corrections

Reporting problems

Maintaining a system log of problems

Example in-house training Schedule

Schedule one class each month. Start over again next year, new people and refresher class for the infrequent users. If you have the luxury of a dedicated training room where each student can have his own workstation (or a maximum of 2 students per station) you can cut these training times by about 25%. If you have to use a single station for teaching I recommend 50% lecture / demonstration and 50% hands-on. Typically alternation between 1 hr. in the training room and 1 hr with each person at his or her own workstation for hands-on practice. All aspects of the topic should be covered with special emphasis on those procedures which the employee is most likely to need in the performance of his regular duties at your office.


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