Computer Aided Design (CAD), Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

This course series prepares students for a career as an entry-level or assistant CAD designer/drafter in fields such as architecture, electronics, construction, and civil engineering. CCBC Catonsville is an Autodesk Authorized Training Center and a Bentley Systems, Inc. educational partner.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. prepare construction documents and details in an industry standard software for building information modeling (BIM);
  2. use industry standards to create a commercial building design;
  3. create a sheet set of architectural drawings with accurate dimensioning and details; and 
  4. perform the various responsibilities and tasks required for an entry-level CAD designer/drafter.

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

Program Length

77 hours; number of weeks and start dates vary​. 

Courses offered at CCBC Catonsville.

Program Requirements

Minimum age of 16 with parental permission.

Recommended - Previous design or CAD experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum, and/or demonstrated portfolio, and/or prior occupational learning. A total of 56 program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



TEC 005

Basic AutoCAD


Course materials are provided and included in the course cost.


T- $207/F-$482

TEC 400​ Introduction to MicroStation Graphics​ 21​ Course materials are provided and included in the course cost. ​


T- $207/F-$482

TEC 504

Autodesk Revit Level I


Course materials are provided and included in the course cost.



 Course Series Totals: 





Additional Information

Course Substitutions:

VOA 559 - Introduction to CADD may be substituted for TEC 005 - Basic Auto CAD

VOA 560 - CAD Applications - MicroStation may be substituted for TEC 400 - Introduction to Microstation Graphics

VOA 561 - CAD Building Information Modeling - Revit may be substituted for TEC 504 - Autodesk Revit Level I


​Additional Offerings:

VOA 563 - Computer-Aided Civil Applications

VOA 564 - Inventor

VOA 591 - Revit Basics

VOA 592 - Revit Templates

VOA 562 - Solid Modeling

Skills for Success:​

Self-motivated; punctual; ability to work alone; ability to follow directions.

Career Opportunities:

​Entry-level or assistant CAD designer/drafter positions in fields such as architecture, electronics, construction, and civil engineering.

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Steve Ricketts | | 443-840-4442 | Catonsville BESS 100 L

Administrative Assistant: Denise Bellamy|| 443-840-4712 | Catonsville BESS 100