Associate | ~6 hr.

CAD for Mechanical Design Associate Certification Prep

Course | Certification prep
Prove you're on the right track to certification with self-paced lessons and a practice test. This certification prep course reviews the core skills covered on the Autodesk Certified Associate in CAD for Mechanical Design using Fusion 360 exam.
Last updated: April 7, 2023


Review and test your knowledge in CAD for Mechanical design.  You will learn to apply these skills and boost your confidence and technical expertise in preparation for mastering the Autodesk certification exam.  Through a series of videos, we will review each of the exam objectives found on the certification.  After the course test your knowledge with practice and challenge exercises and a sample certification.

After completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the parametric CAD workflow.
  • Identify interface aspects of Fusion 360.
  • Create parametric designs with mechanical motion.
  • Create and modify basic form bodies.
  • Use direct modeling tools.
  • Create a detailed drawing.
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Course modules

~10 min.
Getting started
Course Module

Getting started

~15 min.
About the certification
Course Module

Learn more about how to prepare for the  CAD for Mechanical Design  Associate Certification exam.

~20 min.
See where you stand
Course Module

See where you stand

~1 hr. 20 min.
Project setup

Learn about the creation and organization or projects and folders in Fusion 360.

~2 hr.
3D component modeling
Course Module

Learn about the creation and control of sketches, features, and construction geometry in Fusion 360. Create solid foundation to your designs by creating sketch entities, applying dimensions and constraints, and modifying sketches.

~1 hr. 40 min.
3D assembly modeling and management
Course Module

Learn to make an assembled design by creating and controlling components in Fusion 360. Use assemble tools to create motion between components.

~1 hr. 25 min.
Technical detailed drawing creation
Course Module

Expand your skillset and create a basic technical drawing learning the various elements that are needed. Learn the various elements to create a basic technical drawing.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Course challenge exercise
Course Module

Take the challenge exercise to measure your skills on the topics covered in this course. 

~45 min.
Practice test
Course Module

Practice test

Instructor resources

Resources for teaching in the classroom.

Teaching this course to students in the classroom?
Use this instructor guide to incorporate this course into your lesson plans. You can also send your students directly to the course as self-guided learning. They can learn at their own pace, track their own progress, and earn a certificate of completion when they get 75% or more on the final test.

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Want to create custom learning playlists to share with your students?
Share modules and courses using Lists. Once you create a List, share the URL with your students and they can sign into their Autodesk Account to access.

  • To create a Playlist, select [+] 'Add to list'.
  • To share a list with others, set the list visibility to Public and share the link.


The contents of this course have been updated as of April 2023.

April 2023 updates include:

  • New sample test questions and test taking tips. 
  • Updated videos to reflect the latest Inventor user interface.  
  • Updated practice and challenge exercises.
  • New instructor guide to help educators and instructors teach this content in classroom.
  • New practice test aligned to the certification exam objectives.
  • Modules are now standalone, so you can pick and choose individual modules to add to your Playlist and share with others.

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Learning pathways:

CAD for Mechanical Design Learning PathwayCAM for Turning Learning PathwayCAM for 2.5 Axis Milling Learning PathwayHaas and Fusion 360

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