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 viewed by your potential employers.
There is no compulsory 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 recommendation of Autodesk, it will be useful if you have 400 hours of hands-on experience working with AutoCAD before you appear for AutoCAD certification exams.
How to get AutoCAD certification:
Certification exams are online exams which are conducted by Autodesk authorized testing centers, these testing centers act as a one-stop solution for all your certification related queries and needs. Locate your nearest testing center and contact them via phone or email for all your queries.
AutoCAD certification exam cost:
You can get the quote on the price of certification exams from your testing centers or you can also purchase exam vouchers from Certiport. The exam generally costs between 100 to 200 USD but the price varies depending on your location.
See this pricing detail of 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 AutoCAD 2013 or later release. Examination syllabus is quite basic for the certified user as well as professional exam but you need to have a clear understanding of tools and commands of AutoCAD.
None of the advanced topics like Dynamic Blocks, Sheet set manager and Design center is in the syllabus. See this detail syllabus for Autodesk certified user as well as the Autodesk certified professional exam.
The pattern of exam:
The exam is online and you will have access to the version of AutoCAD software for which you are appearing in the exam. You can switch AutoCAD and exam window by using the ctrl+tab key. The time tracker will be visible throughout the exam and you can also pause the exam if required by the permission of invigilator.
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.
The professional certification exam will have a total of 35 questions to be answered in a time limit of 2 hours. Most of the questions will be based on data files which you will download in the beginning of the exam.
The questions will be related to manipulating data files and then finding some values based on manipulations. There will be some objective and match type questions as well.
Evaluation and result:
As soon as you submit your exam you will receive a detailed diagnostic report with your areas of improvement and final score. If you fail to clear the exam then you can appear again, there is no waiting period for re-exam but you will have to pay again for the exam.
The certification remains valid forever for a particular version so there is no need to appear for the exam ever year to keep your certified status active. However, you can appear for the exam to get certification for any newer version of AutoCAD.
How to prepare for certification:
The best resource for AutoCAD certification exam preparation is this Pluralsight course which is developed exclusively for the certified professional exam training. The course contains video lectures of 5.6-hour length covering all topics of certification exam in detail with sample AutoCAD certification exam questions.
This Pluralsight course will help you to focus only on topics required for certification exam avoiding unnecessary topics. The course will also introduce you to some of the best practices for the certification exam, here you can view and enroll in AutoCAD certification course.
If you are not interested in certification course then you can follow AutoCAD mastering book by Sybex publication also. This book has topics of certification exam marked as “certification objectives” so you don’t need to go through entire book for preparation.
Best Practices for the exam:
These are some of the points that you need to take care of before and during your exam
- Clear your fundamentals and study only topics mentioned in course content don’t distract yourself by trying to learn as much as possible.
- Make sure your AutoCAD software is functioning well before starting exam interface.
- Ensure good hardware configuration of your PC for optimum performance.
- Ensure good internet connectivity although you can pause your exam and failed internet connectivity automatically pauses exam but still it is better to avoid this situation.
- Press Ctrl + Tab to toggle between AutoCAD software and exam window to save time.