The Autodesk Certified Professional in AutoCAD for Design and Drafting exam is being updated in August 2023 to include workflows from the most recent versions of AutoCAD along with other improvements. The current exam will be replaced with the updated one when it is released.
If you plan to take the current exam, the last date for which you can schedule an exam appointment for that version is August 11, 2023. The updated exam will go live on August 18, 2023 and appointments for that exam will be available for scheduling beginning in June.
The current exam uses the same course content and preparation materials that appear on this webpage in the sections below. Those resources are also available in this section through the links directly below.
The updated exam will cover new topics and so you’ll want to use updated materials to prepare. You can see the new exam objectives and updated certification prep course with the links below.
Developed for candidates who have advanced skills and can solve complex challenges in workflow and design. The certification highlights a comprehensive skill set and helps candidates stand out in a competitive job market.
To successfully complete the ACP, you typically need approximately 1200 hours of real-world AutoCAD software experience in an architectural environment. You also need a general understanding of the following topics:
Whether you want to gain the skills you need or validate the skills you already have, Autodesk provides the learning content to help you prepare for the certification exam.
Learning Pathways offer curated courses designed by industry professionals and Autodesk experts to align to your career and certification goals. Our self-paced, on-demand courses help you build your skill set and prepare you for in-demand industry roles.
Designed by industry experts and delivered on-demand, certification prep courses include lessons, practice exercises, challenge assignments, and assessments. They give you an overview of the skills covered in the exam. At the end of the course, you can test your knowledge by taking the practice exam.
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To protect the integrity of our certifications, we require ID verification, and we have proctors who monitor all exams. (View proctoring requirements.)
Use your Autodesk Account to schedule or reschedule exam appointments, pay for your exam, see your results, and connect to online proctors.
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Find answers to common questions about exam format, exam scoring, recertification, and more.
Our Pearson VUE-hosted certification exams are selected response. You will not have access to the software to help you with your answers. Exams feature several different types of questions:
Autodesk and our testing provider, Pearson VUE, are committed to ensuring testing access for all individuals. Requests for test accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis and are included in our application process. To request testing accommodation, indicate the type (for example: extra time, exam reader) and a brief description. Our certification program team will respond in most cases within two business days, and you will receive an email notification with the decision on your request.
If you are approved for accommodations, we will pass the approval to our testing provider, Pearson VUE. When you schedule your exam test appointment, the accommodations will be automatically approved. If your accommodation is not approved, you may create a case with Autodesk support to request an appeal.
Your exam is scored with a pass or fail result. Passing scores vary by certification exam, and we do not disclose the passing score to candidates before they take the exam.
To recertify for an Autodesk certification, you must:
Once you have passed the exam, the expiration date on the certification will be appended and extended through a new expiration term.
There is no grace period for expired certification credentials. To pursue certification after your existing certification has expired, you must submit a new application, purchase and take the related certification exam, and achieve a passing result. The issuance date on this new certification will be effective the date of the passed exam.