Architectural CAD Drafting Certificate

Prepares students for entry-level careers in computer-aided drafting within the construction industry. Students will learn to create drawings and plans that show the technical details of an architectural structure from all angles.

CAD drafters use information provided by engineers, architects and clients to develop technical drawings that visually present the project and include essential details.

The certificate is a pathway to the Architectural Engineering Design associate degree program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Architectural CAD Drafting certificate, students will be able to:

  • Create drawings with the latest computer aided drafting (CAD) software, such as AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and SketchUp.
  • Create a complete set of construction documents that satisfy permitting requirements for a single family home.
  • Research products used within the construction industry to ensure project quality control.

Program Length

This three-quarter certificate is specifically developed to provide students with assistance in gaining the skills they will need to be successful in the industry.

Admission Dates

Fall and spring quarters.

Completion Requirements


Successful completion of ENG 091 and MAT 092.

Computer skills are highly recommended prior to starting ARC courses.

Program Course List

ARC 120Residential Drafting & Design I


ARC 124Residential Drafting & Design II


ARC 126Residential Drafting & Design III


ARC 146Detailing and Light Construction


ARC 150Construction Materials Research


ARC 171Drafting Technologies I


ARC 175Civil Engineering


ARC 183CLIntroduction to CAD Drafting


ARC 262Intro to 3D Modeling


COLL 102College Success for All


Total Credit Hours:41

Note: English Composition or higher