Blog Published: 04/11/2020

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Are CAD training courses still relevant today?

CAD software was first developed in the early 1960’s, with Autodesk first releasing AutoCAD in 1982. This software is still popular today, therefore the need for training is still prevalent, with CAD training courses among the most popular courses that Excitech provides.

Focusing on AutoCAD, one could wonder why it continues to be so widely used and has not been replaced by other more recent technologies. There are a few factors that play a role in its success and that maintain the knowledge of CAD and AutoCAD are essential skills in numerous sectors.


The user interface can be greatly customised. You can display the ribbon, menus or toolbars, create your own buttons and tool palettes, or add existing buttons to the quick access bar for ease of access. You can also save the interface in a workspace, facilitating the process of storing and loading different setups.

An AutoCAD profile can be set up to store all the settings that control the appearance of the different elements of the software and the behaviour of the commands.

Those profiles and workspaces can be loaded when you switch to a different machine or when you upgrade to a newer version to keep a consistent look and feel.



AutoCAD offers a myriad of command and setting variables, making the software very adaptable. Some commands have evolved over the years and changed their default behaviour. It is often the case that you can continue to access the old command or configure the new one to perform as in previous versions, so you don’t lose that functionality.

Add-ins can also be installed that enhance the range of capabilities that are offered out of the box.


A few Autodesk products are built on top of AutoCAD, such as AutoCAD Architecture, Map 3D, Civil 3D, and a few others. As a result, the knowledge of AutoCAD becomes an essential skill to use those products to their full extent.

Cross Platform

The DWG and DXF file types used in AutoCAD are broadly used in a variety of fields and can be imported and exported from many different applications, making AutoCAD part of the project at various stages.


Repetitive tasks can be automated recording macros, programming lisp routines or scripts, or using the AutoCAD API.
As software develops, skills development must follow. Excitech are here to support you through your journey.

Take a look at our range of CAD training courses HERE.

About the author

  • Enrique Barriuso

Enrique Barriuso

Application Specialist

A qualified CEng MSpICE Civil Engineer with over 7 years post graduate experience, Enrique graduated with a Masters in Civil Engineering, which covered a wide variety of subjects in the fields of transport, structural analysis, geotechnical design, coastal, water and environmental engineering. Enrique joined Excitech in 2015 and is an Autodesk Certified Professional in AutoCAD Civil 3D, subsequently helped many clients resolve their Civil 3D problems. He provides training in Civil 3D, AutoCAD and SketchUp.

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