Before you embark down the Certification expedition, I suggest you first examine your motivation for becoming certified. While it may get you a job, or at least an interview, it may not necessarily help you hang on to your employment. Taking any class or test just for the sake of graduating or passing it, is only a small fraction of the real benefits. Please focus on the aspects that really matter, learning and mastering the programs.
Begin by reading all the F1 Online Help content that covers the main points required for certification. Start here:
- You can find The 2015 Certification Options here: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=23740343 There are currently 7 certifications including AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Revit Architecture, Maya, 3ds Max, Inventor and Certified BIM Specialist: Road and Highway Solution.
- You can find the AutoCAD Exam Preparation Road Map here: http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/Autodesk_AutoCAD_2015_Certification_Roadmap.pdf
- Here is an old link which you might still find useful: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?id=14238652&siteID=123112 This will lead you to the detailed information about AutoCAD Certification.
- I find that this older Version 2011 document tends to give you a clearer and better picture of what it takes to prepare for Certification: http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/autocad_2011_certification_exam_preparation_roadmap.pdf It’s fortunate that it’s still available for viewing. Studying older versions might feel simpler and usually covers more essential information than newer versions do. I hope Autodesk continues to keep information about older versions in their servers.
If using the Help along with the roadmaps isn’t enough, then you may consider buying a Certification guide. Most authorized courseware titles are keyed to specific certification requirements. Therefore, look for this feature before you buy a textbook. While it may not improve the quality of a textbook, it certainly will not hurt.
Finally, focus on learning and mastering instead of merely passing. It may be humbling but it’s always also a learning experience.