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AutoCAD Technology Certificate and Degree Programs in Arizona

Arizona has five schools that offer AutoCAD technology programs. Learn about certificate and degree programs, tuition info and program options for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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AutoCAD training in Arizona is offered at public 2-year colleges. Certificate programs vary in length, depending on the school and learning level. Some programs are as short as nine credit hours, while others are as long as 50 credit hours; most, however, fall in between at around 20-30 credit hours. One Arizona college also offers a relevant associate degree program. Short overviews of school programs can be found below, as well as a comparison table for reference that explains individual school offerings and tuition information at a glance.


Arizona Western College

Located in Yuma, Arizona Western College offers an occupational certificate in industrial graphics drafting and CAD software. The curriculum requires a total of 23 credit hours. Students can expect to complete courses in drafting industrial graphics, computer aided drafting and mathematics for the applied sciences. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions involving industrial graphics drafting and related technological applications.

  • Program Offered: Industrial Graphics Drafting/CAD Certificate
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,360 in-state; $7,687 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year; public; fringe town

Cochise College

Cochise College in Douglas offers a Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate that requires between 31 and 44 credit hours that can be completed in 17 months. Students can expect courses in technical graphics, manufacturing processes, spatial relationships and engineering design. In addition, this school offers a certificate program in general computer-aided drafting. The curriculum requires 18 credit hours, which includes courses on manufacturing materials, technical graphics and computer-aided drafting. This program can be completed in nine months.

  • Programs Offered: Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate,
    General Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,680 in-state; $6,960 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year; public; distant rural

Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College offers a 15-credit Basic CAD Certificate gives students a basic understanding of AutoCAD and computer-aided design in general. Applying computer skills with critical analysis, students learn the foundations of 3-D modeling, design and application. Students completing this certificate can pursue an associate's degree in design or enter the workplace as construction design specialists and CAD operators. Courses include elements of CAD graphics, fundamentals of AutoCAD, 3-Dimensional modeling and survey of CAD.

A CAD application certificate program is also available. This 12-credit degree program gives students a practical understanding of AutoCAD and how it relates to civil, architectural and manufacturing design. This certificate includes many of the same courses as the Basic CAD Certificate but gives students a different perspective of design, offering several construction and building courses that are not required in the Basic CAD Certificate.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Basic CAD,
    CCL in CAD Application
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year; public; midsize city

Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College, located in Arizona's third largest city, has several satellite campuses throughout the state and is one of the most popular 2-year colleges available. This school offers a variety of certificate programs. For instance, the Certificate of Completion in Computer Aided Design and Drafting Level I is a 9-hour certificate program offering the most basic CAD training available at this institution. Students will take classes in construction drawing and computer aided design and drafting (CADD).

The residential drafting CADD level II certificate program involves 18 credit hours that can be completed after the Level I program, which is a prerequisite. Students will take classes in residential architectural detailing and drafting and will complete a 3-unit internship. After completing this certificate program, students can work as architectural drafting technicians.

The commercial drafting CADD level II certificate program prepares students to work as drafting technicians for architecture firms that work with commercial buildings. Over the course of the 21-unit program, students will take classes on building codes, commercial architectural drafting and detailing and building construction techniques.

After completing the 27-unit architectural detailing CADD level III certificate program, students are qualified to work as architectural detailers for architecture firms. In addition to completing a certificate, students will take advanced classes in drafting and detailing.

The architectural CADD level III certificate program prepares students for work as architectural computer technicians. Coursework covers topics in drafting and computer-aided design and will familiarize students with advanced architectural software. The certificate program can be completed in 27 hours.

  • Programs Offered: CCL in Computer Aided Design and Drafting Level I,
    CCL in Residential Drafting CADD Level II,
    CCL in Commercial Drafting CADD Level II,
    CCL in Architectural Detailing CADD Level III,
    CCL in Architectural CADD Level III
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year; public; large city

Phoenix College

Located in Phoenix, this college offers both a certificate and associate's degree in architectural CAD. The certificate curriculum requires roughly 50 credit hours, and students can expect to study computer-aided design, architectural drafting and construction technology. The associate's degree program requires about 70 credit hours and prepares students for entry-level careers with structural steel detailing firms, construction companies and engineering firms. In addition, Phoenix College offers a certificate program in CAD-BIM technology. This program requires 27 credit hours, and the curriculum covers Building Information Modeling (BIM), CAD customization and management principles.

  • Programs Offered: CCL in Architectural CAD Technology,
    Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Architectural CAD Technology,
    CCL in CAD-BIM Technology
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year; public; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting AutoCAD Technology Programs Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Arizona Western College Two-year; public; fringe town Industrial Graphics Drafting/CAD Certificate $2,360 in-state; $7,687 out-of-state*
Cochise College Two-year; public; distant rural Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate,
General Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate
$1,680 in-state; $6,960 out-of-state*
Glendale Community College Two-year; public; midsize city Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Basic CAD,
CCL in CAD Application
$1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
Mesa Community College Two-year; public; large city CCL in Computer Aided Design and Drafting Level I,
CCL in Residential Drafting CADD Level II,
CCL in Commercial Drafting CADD Level II,
CCL in Architectural Detailing CADD Level III,
CCL in Architectural CADD Level III
$1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
Phoenix College Two-year; public; large city CCL in Architectural CAD Technology,
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Architectural CAD Technology,
CCL in CAD-BIM Technology
$1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

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