Autodesk Certified Professional in AutoCAD for Design and Drafting

Stand out from the competition with an Autodesk credential. Our industry-recognized Professional Certification tells employers you are proficient in AutoCAD design and drafting skills.

An updated exam is arriving in August

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.

Scheduling details

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.

  • For the current exam, schedule a date before August 11, 2023
  • For the updated exam, schedule a date on or after August 18, 2023

Resources for each exam version

Current Exam

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.

Updated Exam

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.

About this certification

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.

Required skill sets

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:

  • Understand and apply drafting concepts and standards
  • Set up, manage, and organize drawings
  • Link and reference external files and data
  • Author and edit drawing content
  • Apply annotations and detailing to drawings
  • Use collaboration tools
  • Configure and manage design output

Prepare for the certification exam 

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.

  • Learn the skills with the Autodesk Learning Pathway 

    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.

  • Take the prep course for this certification exam 

    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. 

Take an exam and earn your certification

Ready to future-proof your skills and open doors to new opportunities in your industry? Validate your skills and demonstrate your knowledge by earning your certification.

  • Testing options that meet your needs

    Take your exam in person at a Pearson VUE Testing Center near you or take it online with Pearson OnVUE. Online exam-takers, check your system and view the requirements for creating a proctored exam environment.

  • Trusted, industry-validated process

    To protect the integrity of our certifications, we require ID verification, and we have proctors who monitor all exams. (View proctoring requirements.)

  • Register with your Autodesk Account

    Use your Autodesk Account to schedule or reschedule exam appointments, pay for your exam, see your results, and connect to online proctors.

Certification details

120-minute exam time

US$200 (standard retail price)

45-60 questions

Exam and proctor available in English

Certification valid for 3 years

Retesting is required to renew certification

Showcase your achievements

Autodesk credentials help you stand out to hiring managers and earn you peer recognition as an industry leader. They differentiate you in a competitive job market and build your personal brand by highlighting in-demand, transferable skills.

  • Digital badges

    Digital badges showcase your skills and validate your abilities with potential employers in your resume and on professional networking sites.

  • Personalized certificate

    Download and print your certification to show potential employers and peers your skills in a way that is simple, trusted, and easily verified in real time.

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Certification FAQs

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:

  • Multiple-choice questions measure knowledge of a specific topic. A multiple-choice item asks a question and provides multiple possible answers.
  • Drag-and-drop questions measure object-association and placement skills. Exam takers select and reposition answer options within a list or graphic.
  • Active-screen questions measure familiarity with the software UI by using interactive images of the software.
  • Hot-area questions measure your ability by asking you to select “hot” areas of an exhibit. Hot-area items are essentially multiple-choice items with graphical answer choices.
  • Graphic-interpretation questions measure your ability to view a graphic and interpret the information successfully.

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:

  • Submit a new certification application within the six month period prior to the certification expiration date
  • Schedule, purchase, and take the certification exam before the expiration date
  • Achieve a passing score

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.

For information about Pearson Vue testing options in your area,
visit Pearson VUE’s COVID-19 update page.