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CAD for Landscape Level 1 

Absolute Beginners Guide to CAD.

The perfect way for Landscape professionals to learn CAD fast. On completion of this course you will understand the core principles and effectively produce accurate 2D CAD drawings and be ready to enrol in the CAD Level 2 course in order to also learn all the Landscape specific commands.

No previous CAD knowledge is required. 


"Hi! ,I really enjoyed the course and found it really 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

"Hello, Please find attached the completed projects for assesment. "
Joseph Nicholls, Park Lane landscapes

"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

"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 ather aspects of training in other disciplines."
Anne Waterhouse, 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."
Phillip Russell, Amenity Consultants.

"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. Thanks again."
Jennifer Gibney

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
  • Complete LANDWorksCAD program to use whilst do the training
  • Direct email access to our trainers to answer your questions
  • CAD International CAD-Level-1 Certificate issued on successful completion

  • Topics covered in the CAD Level 1 course
  • 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 objects 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 as 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. You should add CAD Level 2 training to compliment and expand your understanding and ability and access the landscape specific tools.


  • The complete this course you must:
  • Have a Mac or PC running Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • Have a mouse with a scroll wheel
  • Have an internet connection
  • Be prepared to enjoy yourself and learn a lot.

Note: Certificates are only issued on successful completion of the quizzes and exercises. Course remains active to students for three months after your first log-in but can be extended (at additional cost) if required.


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Questions & Answers

[Q] Do I have to purchase the CAD software first?

[A] No, you can complete the CAD training with the evaluation version of the software as none of the exercises contain more than 100 entities, which is the limit for the evaluation version.


[Q] Will I get support whilst I am doing the course?

[A] Yes. You can simply email the support team and they will assist you if you need help.


[Q] Will this help me get a job as a designer or draftsperson?

[A] On this basis that you will have a better understanding of CAD after the course than before you will definitely have a better chance of getting a job. The course is designed to give you a good understanding of how CAD software works. You'll be able to use the CAD program in real commercial situations when you have completed the course but it does not teach you drafting skills or how to construct or read a plan. If you work for a company that uses other proprietary CAD software, what you learn in this courses will still assist you in your understanding and use of other CAD programs. 


[Q] Do I receive a certificate at the end of the courses?

[A] 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 if 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 your certificate.


[Q] What if i don't pass. Can I do the course again?

[A] If you do not pass (and this is very very rare) you can re-enrol in the course and try again.


[Q] How long do I have to complete the course?

[A] The CAD Level 1 training course lasts for three months and can be extended (at 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).


[Q] How many people can I include in the course when i purchase?

[A] Each enrollment is for one person only.


[Q] What version of CAD is used?

[A] You'll be using the latest version of LANDWorksCAD.


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System Requirements

Minimum Computer specs for Windows and Mac

  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista or XP
  • OSX 10.12 (Sierra), OSX 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite) or 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • Screen resolution 1024 x 768 (or greater preferred)
  • 4GB RAM (or more preferred)
  • 700MB Hard Drive Space
  • Mouse with scroll wheel
  • Graphics Card supporting OpenGL with 2GB (or greater)

Recommended to have an open and relaxed mindset with an ability to also have fun whilst you are learning :)

Note: You can complete the course with the evaluation version of the CAD software. You do not need to purchase a license of the software to complete the course

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