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AutoCAD for Beginners (Woodworking)


This training standard aims to provide candidates with an introduction to AutoCAD, its principles and basic functions.


Minimum 3 days of 6 learning hours per day


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to AutoCAD, its principles and basic functions.


  • Introduction to AutoCAD
  • Drawing set up – reference points, datum points, limits, grids and mouse functions
  • Coordinate systems – User coordinate system (UCS), Polar and Cartesian
  • Drawing parameters
  • Layers, line types
  • Create template files
  • Drawing concepts – drawing editing lines, circles, arcs, rectangles, ellipses and text etc.
  • 2D drawing commands and editing drawings
  • Hatching
  • Dimensions, scaling, print set up and plotting

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However a basic knowledge of Computer assisted design terminology and techniques would be beneficial.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience as a fitter
  • a verifiable CV.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate to instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more practical training.

This standard is considered to be set at a basic level.


For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the learning outcomes.

Quality assurance


Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date

December 2019

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Know how to use AutoCAD safely
  • Know the difference between CAD and AutoCAD
  • Use of keyboard and mouse and there functions
  • How to set up drawings
  • Know about co-ordinate systems
  • Know drawing parameters
  • Know about line types in layers
  • Create template files
  • Know the concepts of AutoCAD drawing
  • Edit drawings
  • Use 2D drawing commands and edit 2D drawings
  • Insert hatching on a drawing
  • Use dimensioning conventions on drawings
  • Determine and use scale when producing drawings
  • How to set up printers and plotters for AutoCAD

Additional information about this standard

Visit British Woodworking Federation

See also COSVR28 Produce CAD setting out details