Overview of the Civil 3D Essentials Course

In this online Civil 3D training course, participants will learn and apply the tools offered by Civil 3D, the civil engineering version of AutoCAD.  Civil 3D provides users with the necessary tools to carry out a civil engineering project, from the field data collection to the final design.

The course includes a series of step-by-step tutorials, with clear and concise explanations. Participants will be able to understand the reason behind every design step.

In general, learners can complete the Civil 3D Essentials course within an average of 30 to 40 hours.  You will have access to the course for 90 days to work through the content. 


This course, entitled “AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials”, is designed for all levels of users. The course is purposefully designed to be a hands-on duplication of the real-life experience of the authors. So, this will allow first-time users to save significant time in the inherent trial and error process of learning new design software. On the other hand, more advanced users can reinforce their capabilities. At the same time, they can compare their design practices and processes to the methods used by the designers of this course.


The coFree Civil 3D pdf Bookurse material includes the Civil 3D Essentials course printable eBook and a complete set of practice files. In addition, the course is continually updated to include the latest software versions, new workflows, news, and more.


Participants can obtain a certificate and digital badge by completing an evaluation test, with a 70% passing grade. The test can be taken online, as many times as needed, as long as the user account is active. The certificate and badge can be downloaded as a PDF, shared on social media such as LinkedIn, and even embedded in an email signature!


To get the AutoCAD Civil 3D software, Autodesk offers several options.

The easiest way to obtain the software for the Civil 3D course is to contact an Autodesk Partner like Infratech Civil.

A second option is to directly purchase a subscription through the Autodesk Subscription Centre.  Once there, you have to subscribe on a monthly or annual term. A monthly subscription is a great option for people sporadic needs. For more stable users the three-year subscription option is probably a better option.

A third option if available to qualified students. They can request an educational version of the software. While the free student version comes as a full-fledged version they should be aware that every drawing opened with a student version of the software will print with an AutoDesk watermark.

Finally, another great option is to download a free Civil 3D 30-day trial version. This is a great option for people not familiar with the software and wishes to try it out. The free Civil 3D download is also a great option for people taking this Civil 3D course.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials

    2. How to Earn Your Certificate of Achievement and Digital Badge

    3. Course Book

    4. How to Get Civil 3D

    5. Practice Files

    6. Course Objectives

    7. Introduction Quiz

    1. Introduction

    2. Creating Templates

    3. Creating Label Styles

    4. Description Keys

    5. Styles and Templates Quiz

    1. Introduction to surveying

    2. Working with Raw files

    3. Custom file formats

    4. Points from coordinates

    5. Creating points from a Surface

    6. Creating points per segment: divide object

    7. Creating points by Intervals: measure object

    8. Creating Point Groups

    9. Elevations from Surface

    10. Exporting points

    11. Survey Quiz

    1. Introduction

    2. Creating and defining surfaces by point groups

    3. Defining a surface from breaklines

    4. Defining a surface Boundary

    5. Defining a surface by Edits

    6. Defining a surface from Contours

    7. Surface Properties

    8. Analysis by Water Drop Path

    9. Volume Surfaces (Cut and Fill)

    10. Surface Styles

    11. Surface Quiz

    1. Introduction

    2. Parcel from Objects

    3. Parcel Creation Tools

    4. Parcel Creation Tools - Free Form

    5. Parcel Adjustment

    6. Parcel Creation Tools Cul-de-sac

    7. Parcel renumbering

    8. Parcel Styles

    9. Parcel Tables

    10. Parcel Quiz

About this course

  • $79.00
  • 90 lessons
  • 4 hours of video content

Course Developer and Facilitator

Professional Engineer Mahamadou Siddo

Mahamadou Siddo is an Ontario registered Professional Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in land development design. As an Autodesk certified professional and trainer he has completed hundreds of training sessions in corporate and academic settings.