Approved by APLD
The Landscape Library’s AutoCAD Course for Landscape Design earns you 5 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) towards your APLD (Association for Professional Landscape Designers) Certification!
We believe software skills are an extension of the landscape designer. So while you are investing in yourself and learning one of the most comprehensive 2D software’s on the market, why not get credit for doing so also? Now you can.
Inside Look into Course Portal
The moment you enroll in the course, an automatic email will be sent to your email address with Login Instructions.
Immediately, you have full access to all modules, video tutorials and downloadable pre-built libraries to start designing landscapes.
The course portal never expires and you have 24/7 access to learn AutoCAD for Landscape Design at your own pace.
Available Course Options
Access to courses materials
185+ Pre-Built Symbols
1 payment of $997
1 payment of $1497
with Libraries (Payment Plan)
4 payments of $437
About the Instructor
I’m Jordan – founder of The Landscape Library.
I believe great landscape architecture emerges when the natural character of any environment is complimented with a carefully curated space that brings natural life, functionality and creativity to those who view and occupy the space.
After leaving Bjarke Ingels Group in 2020, I freelanced for award winning and upscale landscape design professionals in the United States using Rhino and AutoCAD as my primary 2D and 3D software’s to develop plans, sections and renderings for client’s. Regardless of the geographic location, I noticed businesses, employees and designers not exploiting software’s to their full capability- ultimately slowing down the process and not taking advantage of efficiency in software.
In 2021, shortly after realizing this, I founded The Landscape Library to bridge the gap between small and large businesses by creating an online platform that provides trainings, pre-built digital tools, resources and media for landscape designers.
What this course offers:
Hours of Running video
Pre-Built Landscape Components
What you'll learn inside this course:
Week 1: Overview of AutoCAD
You’ll learn and practice (24) AutoCAD commands that will help develop your software skills before designing landscapes.
LENGTH: 2.5 HOURS | VIDEOS: 26
Week 2: Starting a Landscape Plan in AutoCAD
You’ll learn the (4) methods to starting any landscape plan and prepare accurate and detailed basemaps to design with.
LENGTH: 1 HOUR | VIDEOS: 5
Week 3: Introductory to Landscape Design
You’ll learn the principles of landscape architecture and how to design outdoor rooms with both function and aesthetics with the power of AutoCAD.
LENGTH: 1.5 HOURS | VIDEOS: 5
Week 4: Finalizing a Landscape Plan in AutoCAD
You’ll learn what areas to check before exporting and printing your drawing for architects, contractors or homeowners.
LENGTH: 1 HOUR | VIDEOS: 4
Past Graduate's Landscape Plan
Part of what makes our online course so distinctive within the industry is the unique set of 185+ pre-built colored landscape symbols.
Natively, AutoCAD does not come equipped with pre-built plant symbols and requires landscape designers to create these blocks from scratch.
This up-front work can be exhausting and overwhelming for a beginner landscape designer just beginning to learn AutoCAD – which is why we have a solution for you!
These drag-and-drop symbols allow landscape professionals to design faster with turn-key solutions for AutoCAD while creating colored presentation plans.
Pen settings, digital plant libraries, construction details, PDFs and more are all provided with the course and stored online in the course portal.
All of these resources are accessible 24/7 and can be used on future landscape plans. This course is perfect for somebody looking to scale their landscape design business!
Week 1: Overview of AutoCAD
Get an overview of AutoCAD’s interface/navigation specific to landscape design and learn only what matters in AutoCAD for the profession
Designed to serve as a library with short, step-by-step videos – and practice assignments helping you learn 24 of the most valuable AutoCAD commands used for landscape design. **Files Provided: .dwg file with Practice AutoCAD Commands Assignments**
Learn the basics of Pen Settings and upload the pre-built pen settings file to transform your drawings into presentation style drawings.
Week 2 - Starting a Landscape Plan in AutoCAD
Understand the four main different methods to start ever single landscape project, this process has not changed over the last 10+ years. **Files Provided: .dwg file with AutoCAD Layers specific to Landscape Design**
Learn how to import images with onsite measurements to create a basemap. **Files Provided: Onsite measurements provided by contractor + .dwg file for reference**
Understand and identify a rasterized survey and learn how to import a rasterized plat of survey to create a basemap. **Files Provided: Rasterized Survey provided by homeowner + .dwg file to reference**
Understand and identify a vectorized survey and learn how to import a vectorized plat of survey to create a basemap. **Files Provided: Vectorized Survey provided by architect + .dwg file for reference**
Understand how Civil Engineer’s set up and organize their drawings so you can build off their drawing. **Files provided: .dwg file of Plat of Survey**
Week 3 - Introductory to Landscape Design
Create a basemap with a Vector Plat of Survey. **Files Provided: Vector survey and referenced .dwg file.**
Establish continuity within the site by learning how to create grids from existing on-site elements. **Files Provided: The Minimalist Plant Library ($247 value) included**
Learn how to transform any site into a fully functioning, performative landscape design that takes account space planning. **Files Provided: PDF of Chapter 8 from 5th Edition of Residential Landscape Architecture: Design Process for the Private Residence by Norman K. Booth and James E. Hiss**
Utilize The Minimalist Plant Library to embellish the landscape plan with pre-built elements like plant blocks, outdoor furniture, kitchens, etc. **Files Provided: Checklist of items to include in the landscape provided by homeowner + referenced .dwg file*
Week 4 - Finalizing a Landscape Design
Utilize the Construction Detail Library to communicate landscape ideas to contractors and homeowners. **Files Provided: The Details Library ($1297 value). included**
What to look for when finalizing the landscape design packet for presentation
Take your landscape plan from the computer to a printable PDF to present at client meetings from the Pen Settings delivered in Week 1. **Files Provided: Referenced PDF file**
AutoCAD is not a complicated program, learn the “what do to do’s” that I have learned over the course of 10+ years.
Here's what some of our students had to say:
When finished with this course, you will have:
Tools for Success
The biggest value of this course are the pre-built tools and templates that come included. Simply import settings and files that have taken 10+ years to develop within minutes to accelerate your growth as a landscape designer. These settings have been field-tested and contractor approved and can be yours.
Saved x2 Time
In our course, we eliminate 50% of the AutoCAD interface so you can concentrate and focus your attention on the landscape oriented aspects of the program. By doing this, you will save twice the time than trying to learn the software in its entirety, on your own.
185+ Landscape Symbols
Part of what makes our online course so distinct and unique is the pre-built digital libraries that are included. AutoCAD does not come equipped with pre-built libraries, which is why we built landscape components to drag-and-drop and speed-up the design process for you.
Lifetime Course Access
We believe in continuing education, which is why we offer lifetime access to our online course. As we develop new training videos in AutoCAD to address modern-day needs, our students will be the first to know and have these resources and tools at their fingertips.
What does "AutoCAD Course with Libraries" Include:
185+ pre-built elements to drag-and-drop and start designing immediately
The Minimalist Library (value of $227) – (2) pre-built libraries totalling 120+ symbols
#1) 1 hardscape library consisting of 60+ CAD blocks consisting of furniture, firepits, boulders, shade structures, vehicles, equipment, and more.
#2) 1 softscape library consisting of 60+ CAD blocks consisting of deciduous & evergreen trees, deciduous & evergreen shrubs, broadleafs, ornamental grasses, perennials and more
– The software library covers USDA Hardiness Zones 1-11
– Ability to turn on/off color to create colored presentation plans
The Details Library (value of $1,127) – (6) Construction Detail Libraries totaling 40+ details
#1) Fencing (Wood Vertical & Horizontal Slat Fence, Louvered, Wrought Iron, Stacked & Cable Rail)
#2) Outdoor Kitchens (Grill with Stone Casework, Outdoor Cooker, Metal Frame, Fully Assembled, Wood Frame with Sink, Wood Fire Oven)
#3) Paving (Wet & Dry Laid, Wet Laid with Vegetation & Crushed Stone, Wet Laid with Solider Course, Crushed Stone Path, Concrete Slab, Concrete Slab with Solder Course, Permeable Paver)
#4) Planting (Canopy & Evergreen Tree, Deciduous Shrub with Stone & Wood Mulch, Perennial, Ornamental Grass, Potted Plant, Canopy Tree on Slope, Rain Garden)
#5) Shade Structure & Pavilions (Gabled Pavilion, Arched Pergola, Steel Cantilever, Garden Trellis, Pergola and Stone Column)
#6) Walls (Stone Treads, Seat Wall, Block Retaining Wall, Concrete Stairs with Veneer, Concrete Block Pillar, Retaining at Patio)
– 10 interchangeable footings (inside the wall and fence details) in 2D format ranging in depths from 24” to 78”
The Elevations Library (value of $667) – (5) Elevation Libraries totaling 25+ elevations
#1) Fencing (Wood Vertical & Horizontal Slat Fence, Louvered, Wrought Iron, Stacked & Cable Rail)
#2) Outdoor Kitchens (Fully Assembled and Stone Casework Ranging in Lengths from 48” L to 192” L)
#3) Planting (Structure of Trees: Oval, Vase, Round, Spreading, Weeping, Pyramidal Shape)
#4) Shade Structure & Pavilion (Gabled Pavilion, Arched Pergola, Steel Cantilever, Garden Trellis, Pergola and Stone Column)
#5) Walls (Boulder Wall, Tiered Block Wall, Gabion Wall, Water Feature)
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I just started in the landscape design industry?
Absolutely, this course is meant for a complete beginner or an intermediate user looking to boost their efficiency in the software.
By the end of this course you will know how to use every aspect of AutoCAD specifically to design landscape plans from start to finish. This same exact workflow can be applied to future projects and all resources and files provided within the training are yours to use.
The course covers a real-life, residential property (similar to what you will see in the field) with all files provided like plat of survey, homeowners notes, pictures and more. I take you through how to build up a landscape plan from scratch into a final landscape plan to present to your clients. During the course, you are taught:
- How to establish a workflow to save time on future projects
- Core fundamentals of landscape design for residential
- How to master AutoCAD for landscape design
- How to start and finish landscape plans for client meetings
How is the course taught?
The course is taught all online and is accessible 24/7 through our course dashboard. Upon purchasing the course, you will be given login details at which you can sign in to the course dashboard and begin learning AutoCAD immediately.
How are the digital libraries delivered?
The digital files are pre-loaded in your course dashboard with corresponding material. To access your digital libraries, in week 2 you will find the Minimalist Plant Library and in week 3, you will find the Construction Details Library.
Are all modules released upfront?
Yes, all modules are released upfront. The course is set up to allow designers to watch and learn trainings in a free-form way.
Is AutoCAD included in the purchase of the course?
AutoCAD is not included with the purchase of AutoCAD for Landscape Design. I highly recommend AutoCAD LT, a more cost effective version of regular AutoCAD without 3D capabilities. Here is a link to AutoCAD LT by AutoDesk
What system are the tutorials recorded on?
All tutorials were recorded on Windows, however throughout the video trainings, shortcuts for Mac are announced. AutoCAD commands do not change regardless of system, only shortcuts are different
What is the return policy?
Due to the nature of the course modules being released upfront and including pre-built digital libraries that are available immediately for download, all course sales (including the payment plan) are final. If you have questions prior to purchase, we’d be glad to help. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions prior to purchase, we’d be glad to help. Please email questions to email@example.com
Download a FREE AutoCAD Starter Pack for Your Landscape Designs
– 11×17 & 24×36 Title Blocks
– Diagrammatic Site Graphics
– Colored Tree & Shrub Plant Symbols
– AutoCAD Command Guide for Landscape Design
– Landscape Design Checklist
– 80+ AutoCAD Layers for Landscape Professionals