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How to Learn Autodesk Revit for Free

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Autodesk Revit is a Building information modeling (BIM) software; it’s widely adopted by structural engineers, architects, and MEP engineers worldwide. It gives its user the ability to design a building with its structure and its components in 3D, it also allows the user to annotate the model with 2D drafting elements and access building information from the building models database. Autodesk Revit also has the capability of planning and tracking the various stages in the building’s lifecycle, from the very early concept to the construction and finishing stage.

Learning Autodesk Revit is not helpful but vital for architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers and designer as it’s a must have requirement/skill to join any design or contracting firm.

This post is a road map for anyone willing to start learning Autodesk Revit online for free from scratch, the post will present and compare between the best online sources where beginners can start from and follow along, the sources stated in this post are full structured courses so you won’t find a link to a single video or a group of unrelated tutorials.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn Autodesk Revit) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Getting Started with Autodesk Revit from Scratch for Free

Revit Tutorials

Revit Tutorials.info is the first free online outlet where beginners can start learning Autodesk Revit through video tutorials. You don’t need to register in order to have access to the course, just visit the website and you’re ready to start.

Structure: The course is divided into 3 main sections, each section is broken down into lessons (video tutorials), and each one of these lessons covers a certain topic in Autodesk Revit.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just visit the website and click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to a new window where you shall find the video of the lesson.

 1 - Revit Tutorials InterfaceNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The course is well-structured and organized for beginners.
  3. The course covers some of the intermediate and even advanced topics in Autodesk Revit.

Cons

  1. The course covers an old version of Autodesk Revit, though that might not be a problem for many beginners.

Verdict: This is the best place for any beginner to start learning Autodesk Revit.

Online Revit

Online Revit is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning Autodesk Revit from scratch, you don’t need to register in order to have access to the course, just visit the website and start learning.

Structure: the course is divided into modules, each module is divided into lessons, and each of these lessons covers a certain topic in Autodesk Revit. The course is a text based tutorial and there are no videos.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the lesson’s page.

 2 - Online Revit Course InterfaceNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The course is well-structured and organized for beginners.
  3. Since the course is text base, it’s easy to revise some of the commands, tips and methods from it.

Cons

  1. The course covers an old version of Autodesk Revit, though it won’t be a problem for many beginners.
  2. The course is text based which might be a problem for beginners who prefer video tutorials.

Verdict: This is the best place to learn Autodesk Revit for beginners who prefer text-based courses.

Udemy (Updated)

Udemy is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning Autodesk Revit through video tutorials; you need to register in order to have access to the video course. At the time of writing this post the only free course covering Autodesk Revit was (Learn Revit Architecture 2014 the Parametric Way: Now paid) “Mass Building using Autodesk Revit”.

Structure: The course is divided into 4 sections, each section is divided into exercises (lessons, 8 lessons in total) and in each exercise beginners learn a new set of skills about using the software.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and the video will start.

Udemy-revitNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The course is well-organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The course covers an old version of Autodesk Revit.

Verdict: The is a good outlet for beginners to start learning Revit through video tutorials.

DO U Revit

DO U Revit is the fourth free online outlet where beginners can start learning Autodesk Revit from scratch through video tutorials; you don’t need to register in order to have access to the course.

Structure: The course is divided into 3 sections, each of these sections is divided into video lessons (42 in total) and each of these video lessons covers a certain topic in Autodesk Revit.

Interface: The interface is quite simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to YouTube where you shall find the video lesson.

 4 - Do U Revit Course InterfaceNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The course is well-structured and organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The course covers an old version of Autodesk Revit.

Verdict: This is a good source for beginners to start from, but there are other outlets stated in this post that cover a more updated version of the software.

Revit Stop

Revit Stop is the fifth free online outlet where beginners can start learning Autodesk Revit through video tutorials; you don’t need to register in order to have access to the course.

Structure: The course is divided into 31 lessons; each lesson covers certain topics in Autodesk Revit.

Interface: The course has a flash menu, you just click on the lesson you’re interested in and the video will start right away.

 5 - Revit Stop Course InterfaceNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The course is well-organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The course covers a 5 years old release of Autodesk Revit and the interface of the software has slightly changed, so that might be a problem for some beginners.

Verdict: Though the course is very helpful for Autodesk Revit beginners, but it covers an old release of the software, and there are other outlets stated in this post that cover a more updated release of the software.

Revit Tutorials Online

Revit Tutorials Online is the sixth free online outlet where beginners can start learning Autodesk Revit from scratch through video tutorials. You don’t need to register in order to have access to the training.

Structure: The training on this outlet is quite different from the other outlets presented in this post, as the training is divided into topics (e.g. walls, stairs and railings, annotations, etc.) each of these topics has its own set of video tutorials.

Interface: first select the topic you’re interested in and then select the video tutorial you want to watch.

 6 - Revit Tutorials Online Training InterfaceNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The organization of the training makes it suitable for those who’re familiar with Autodesk Revit and want to learn about a certain topic only.

Cons

  1. The training is composed of videos from various sources which makes the experience inconsistent and makes it hard for beginners to follow along.

Verdict: This is a good source for Autodesk Revit users, but it’s not the optimum place for beginners to start from as the experience isn’t consistent and it’ll be hard for beginners to follow along.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning Autodesk Revit from scratch:

  1. Revit Tutorials.info is the best place for Autodesk Revit beginners who prefer video courses.
  2. Online Revit is the best place for Autodesk Revit beginners who prefer text-based training.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in Autodesk Revit.