Revit Architecture Certificate

144 Hours / 9 Months / Instructor Supported

Course Overview:

This Certificate program covers all aspects of Building Information Modeling with Revit Architecture. Students will learn how to work within the BIM process to effectively create and document a full range of building types including residential buildings, small commercial buildings, and multi-story towers with custom curtain walls. Students will also learn how to create custom content within the Revit family editor, create conceptual massing studies, use structural tools, and generate photorealistic renderings of their building projects.

The delivery format of this course is via self-directed, video lectures and demonstrations, PDF manuals, and online support via web-based discussion groups and email support.

Upon successful completion of this course, the students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Create and modify wall types with Revit
  • Create and modify parametric components with Revit
  • Create and modify parametric, 3D building models with Revit
  • Work with the Revit display system to create floor plans, reflected ceiling plans, and presentation plans from a single building model.
  • Extract and annotate Floor plan drawings from a 3D Building model.
  • Extract and annotate Elevation drawings from a 3D building model.
  • Extract and annotate Section and Detail drawings from a 3D building model.
  • Generate camera views of a 3D building model.
  • Create a full residential sheet set in electronic format.
  • Create Component Families in the Family Editor
  • Create and modify mass families in the Conceptual Design environment.
  • Apply surface division and rationalization techniques to conceptual models.
  • Develop building models from conceptual masses.
  • Create Detail Component Families in the Family Editor
  • Create Dynamic Formula-driven building models.
  • Create Custom Curtain Walls
  • Create 2D Details with custom detail components
  • Create Schedules, Key Notes, and Legends
  • Apply Phasing and Design Options to a Building Project

Students can get a receive a free copy of the latest version Revit from Autodesk (valid for three years) by going here.

Course Outline:

Revit 1 - Introduction to Revit Architecture Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Introduction to BIM concepts and Revit Architecture concepts

Exploring the parts of the Revit interface and using basic Revit element creation procedures.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Revit view controls

Setting view properties and using Visibility/Graphic overrides. Exploring 3D view navigation controls. Introduction to view creation.

Lesson 3: Using dimensions and constraints

Methods for selecting and manipulating content. Introduction to editing tools.

Lesson 4: Exploring the concept of Categories, Families, Types and Instances

Accessing family libraries and loading families into a project. Introduction to sketching and sketched features.

Lesson 5: Creating and working with levels

Creating 3D perspectives with Camera Views. Introduction to sheet creation and drawing views.

Lesson 6: Sections

Introduction to Sections and methods for creating building sections, wall sections, and detail sections. Using callout views.

Lesson 7: Custom project templates

Customizing project settings and options.

Lesson 8: Introduction to Compound structure and creating custom wall types

Methods for working with vertically compound walls.

Lesson 9: Creating and modifying footprint roofs

Joining roofs and attaching walls to roofs. Extruding roofs and creating dormer roofs.

Lesson 10: Editing wall profiles

Joining and cutting geometry. Adding wall openings. Using hosted sweeps and sweep profiles with walls and roofs.

Lesson 11: Creating and working with floors

Editing floor edges. Creating foundation walls and structural foundations.

Lesson 12: Creating stairs by sketching runs

Creating stairs by sketching boundaries and risers. Using stair calculation rules and modifying stair properties.

Revit 2 - Intermediate Concepts of Revit Architecture Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Creating railings

Customizing railing properties. Controlling posts and balusters.

Lesson 2: Working with model lines and detail lines

Using linework, split face, and paint tools. Adding text notes.

Lesson 3: Using the Create tool and working with simple in place families

Sketching with workplanes and reference planes.

Lesson 4: Site Components

Introduction to Site components and adding a simple topographical surface. Printing and publishing a revit project.

Lesson 5: Introduction to Revit Sketch Based Modeling concepts

Creating Extrusions, Revolves, Sweeps, Blends, and Swept Blends.

Lesson 6: Introduction to the Family Editor

Creating a Loadable family framework and flexing parameters.

Lesson 7: Creating and working with Family Types

Creating and dimensioning family geometry. Working with parameters and sub-categories.

Lesson 8: Managing Family Visibility and detail levels

Working with nested families and linking family parameters.

Lesson 9: Introduction to Massing Studies and Conceptual Design

Working with conceptual design tools and form making methods.

Lesson 10: Manipulating Mass Forms

Manipulating mass forms and modifying mass forms with X-Ray mode, Edge editing, and Profile editing.

Lesson 11: Mass Floors and Model by Face

Creating Mass floors and using the Model by Face tool to generate Floors, Roofs, Walls, and Curtain Systems.

Lesson 12: Surface Rationalization

Introduction to Surface Rationalization with the Divide Surface and Surface Pattern tools.

Revit 3 - Advanced Features of Revit Architecture Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Conceptual Design Environment

Dimensioning forms in the Conceptual Design Environment and developing Dynamic, complex masses with Formulas and Parameters.

Lesson 2: Pattern Component families

Creating and working with Pattern Component families.

Lesson 3: Adaptive Components

Creating and working with Adaptive Components, reference points and stitched border panels.

Lesson 4: Curtain Walls I

Creating typical Curtain Walls and working with curtain grids and layouts.

Lesson 5: Curtain Walls II

Creating and working with Curtain Wall panels, Curtain Wall mullions, corner mullions, and mullion join conditions.

Lesson 6: Curtain Walls III

Creating and working with Custom Curtain Wall mullions, custom Curtain Wall panels, and developing Custom curtain wall assemblies with nested curtain walls and custom parametric panels.

Lesson 7: Schedule Views

Creating and working with Schedule Views and Schedule View properties.

Lesson 8: Legend Views, Tags, and Keynotes

Creating and working with Legend Views, Tags, and Keynotes.

Lesson 9: Introduction to Detailing Components

Working with insulation, detail lines and custom components.

Lesson 10: Advanced Detailing Tools

Working with hidden lines, draw order, and cut profiles.

Lesson 11: Phasing and Phase Filters

Working with Project phasing tools.

Lesson 12: Design Options

Using Design Options to explore multiple design solutions for a single project.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**