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    Cyburbian English Ivy's avatar
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    AutoCAD Certification????

    Hi All,

    I am planning on attending grad school for landscape architecture, and wanted to know if becoming AutoCAD certified would be necessary in order to obtain relevant work experience in the field? Does anyone know if AutoCAD jobs are offered on a part time/flexible basis for grad students??

    Any comments, ideas and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    English Ivy

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    Cyburbian Jess's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by English Ivy View post
    Hi All,

    I am planning on attending grad school for landscape architecture, and wanted to know if becoming AutoCAD certified would be necessary in order to obtain relevant work experience in the field? Does anyone know if AutoCAD jobs are offered on a part time/flexible basis for grad students??

    Any comments, ideas and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    English Ivy
    Having a certification willl help, but some jobs require actual hands-on experience. Even when you completed the AutoCAD course but did not apply right away, you will never go further unless you continue using it. "Practice makes perfect" as the saying goes.
    Yes, there are jobs offered on a part-time basis. They are mostly encoding jobs and paid on a per sheet or on a per project basis. Some Consultants do this when they have more loads and their present manpower could not accommodate the load to meet their deadlines, so they seek outsource jobs. Good luck.

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    IMHO, the certification would be nice, but no big deal. It *is* important to learn it, though. The problem with most training programs is that they'll teach you a bunch of stuff that won't necessarily relate to landscape architecture....

    Still, if you've got the time to do it before classes start, it can only help.

    BTW, you don't want an "AutoCAD" job - you want an internship. It'd be better to work for a LA firm sweeping the floors than spending time drafting engineering (other than civil) plans.

    As to what's offered to grad students, that all depends on your skill sets. If it's useful you can get a job. Knowing ACAD would help.

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    Just curious...

    Is an autocad certificate more valuable than a GIS certificate for a planner?

    I would say go for the autocad certificate, and...at least in Phoenix,AZ and the metro area...there are a lot of temp/part-time autocad jobs and internships.

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