Courses

Autodesk Software Courses

These courses can help you solve design problems using Autodesk software. The free Autodesk-provided courses here are based on the reference material in the AU Workshop library, supplemented with software exercises, quizzes, and case studies. Whether you’re interested in individual courses or a comprehensive certificate program, these courses are all pre-approved for AIA and USGBC continuing education credits. 
 
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Registration Process for Autodesk Courses

To register for any certificate our course, you will first have to create an account on our Learning Management System site. After successfully creating an account, you will register yourself for either a certificate, or a course. Click below to follow the process for each. 

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Continuing Education Credits

All of these courses are pre-approved by...

American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. The AIA offers learning units (LU) to fulfill requirements for AIA membership and meet state mandatory continuing education requirements.

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USGBC & GBCI

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) provides independent oversight of professional credentialing and project certification programs related to green building.

LEED Credential Maintenance
Certificate Programs

Building Performance Analysis Certificate (BPAC)

The Autodesk Building Performance Analysis (BPA) Certificate Program is a free, online self-paced educational program, comprised of 7 course modules, for students, educators and professionals.

Duration: 
30 hours
Cost: 
Free

Individual Courses

High Performance Building Design [register for BPAC if you'd like to do all 7]

Introduction to Building Performance Analysis Course

This Introduction to Building Performance Analysis course will provide you with a background for building performance analysis (BPA) and help you later when you learn how to actually use Autodesk software.

Duration: 
3 hours
Cost: 
Free

Energy Literacy & Building Loads Course

In this course, you will learn about how energy flows through buildings, what factors contribute to building loads, and how all these factors contribute to a building’s energy use.

Duration: 
3 hours
Cost: 
Free

Climate & Weather Analysis Course

In this course you’ll learn about what climate conditions you should study before making design decisions, and how these climate conditions will dictate your design. You will also learn how to use Autodesk Revit to generate climate charts you can use to interpret energy analysis results.

Duration: 
3 hours
Cost: 
Free

Solar Measurements & Strategies Course

In this course you’ll study how the sun will move across your site and how shadows will be cast on your site. You will also study shading devices as appropriate to your building. In Autodesk Revit, you will conduct a solar study that can inform site, massing, orientation, and shading.

Duration: 
4 hours
Cost: 
Free

Wind & Airflow Strategies Course

In this course, you’ll study the basics of air movement and how air moves around your building as well as within your building. Using Flow Design, we’ll show you how to visualize airflow around your building and how this visualization can translate to useful design decisions.

Duration: 
4 hours
Cost: 
Free

Daylighting Strategies & Analysis Course

In this course you’ll study the basics of daylight and how it impacts visual comfort, interior space planning, and shading design. You will learn how to measure light and evaluate light levels.

Duration: 
5 hours
Cost: 
Free

Whole Building Energy Analysis with Revit Course

This Whole Building Energy Analysis with Revit course will teach you how to use Revit to conduct whole building energy analysis through the use of building elements and thermal properties.

Duration: 
5 hours
Cost: 
Free
Simulation CFD for Building Design & AEC Applications

Simulation CFD Fundamentals 1: Simulation Process, Geometry, and Materials

Gain a fundamental understanding of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology. This course starts with an explanation of the workflow of Autodesk Simulation CFD, and how it can help the building design process. Then it covers the basic process of using your CAD geometry for CFD simulations.

Duration: 
5 hours
Cost: 
Free

Simulation CFD Fundamentals 2: Boundary Conditions and Meshing

Build on your fundamental knowledge of Autodesk Simulation CFD. In this course you'll learn how to define the surrounding environment’s interaction with your model, by setting boundary conditions for values like air temperature and flowrates.

Duration: 
4 hours
Cost: 
Free

Simulation CFD Fundamentals 3: Solving and Results Interpretation

Build on your fundamental knowledge of Autodesk Simulation CFD. In this course you'll learn how to set solver settings for common AEC applications. The solver is the physics engine that dictates the results of your simulation, based on your inputs.

Duration: 
4 hours
Cost: 
Free

Simulation CFD Applied: Characterizing AEC Components

Dive deeper into the application of Autodesk Simulation CFD to building design. Characterization is the process of representing the physical, thermal, and flow characteristics of an element in your model.

Duration: 
2 hours
Cost: 
Free

Simulation CFD Applied: Datacenters

Dive deeper into the application of Autodesk Simulation CFD to datacenter optimization. Cooling a data center can consume a lot of energy.

Duration: 
3 hours
Cost: 
Free

Simulation CFD Applied: HVAC Layout

Dive deeper into the application of Autodesk Simulation CFD to optimizing HVAC layouts. Proper air movement and temperature distribution help meet design goals related to energy consumption, contaminant containment, indoor air quality, and human comfort.

Duration: 
3 hours
Cost: 
Free
Sustainable Product Design

Cradle to Cradle Product Design: Designing for a circular economy

Get practical product design strategies for the circular economy. This course draws from some resources on disassembly, recycling, repair, upgrade, and green material selection from the Sustainable Design collection within the Autodesk University Workshop Library.

Duration: 
2 hours
Cost: 
Free

Autodesk Training Centers (ATC)

Autodesk Authorized Training Centers offer both onsite and online training, personalized to suit your needs. Their courses and instructors are approved by Autodesk.

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Autodesk Certification

The courses on the AU Workshop are for learning new skills. The Autodesk Certification program validates your skills and knowledge with proctored exams that provide industry-recognized credentials.

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