The time has come… You need help, Revit help. Perhaps you’re just getting started or maybe you’ve been at it for a while. I speak from personal experience when I say I understand the crossroads where we realize we just need some additional help mastering the Revit software. Naturally, once you realize that you need some more help the next time is exploring the best Revit class to learn the software. We’ll cover the best places to get Revit classes to help you quickly and thoroughly learn the Revit software in this post.
I finally managed to take my first formal Revit class 3 years after I got my first Revit project. Since I already had a little bit of experience (although I’d completed no more than 6 Revit projects up to that point) part of me wondered if it was worthwhile for me to take the time for a Revit class. I already had the basics down and had a plethora of resources I’d gathered should I ever get stuck on something. Turns out, the Revit class I took was one of the best investments of my time.
Among the many things I learned by taking a Revit class, one of the most valuable was the little tips tricks that have ultimately saved me a lot of time. For example, I learned in my Revit class that sections and callouts like “Hide at Scales Coarser Than” can be used for when I didn’t want my views to show on larger scale drawings. I also learned that Over-Constraining my objects could cause more challenges than it was worth. My favorite little feature of all that I learned in my Revit class was Temporary View Properties when troubleshooting if something doesn’t show in my model properly.
Taking a Revit class is a must not only to minimize your initial learning curve, but to also advance and expand your skills. Revit classes are offered for all levels of Revit users and are more accessible than ever before. However, what’s the best medium to attend a class.. in person or online? Keep reading to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of both.
IN PERON REVIT CLASSES
Personally, if I’m a beginner at anything or even a moderate user I prefer to take any sort of skill class (especially something complicated like a Revit class) in person. Being in person allows me to break away from my chaotic work environment and allows me to focus on the material. Albeit, on the more expensive side by far, taking classes out of the office can ensure a solid investment as it allows the ability to pay complete attention. A Revit class in person moves quickly and even as a more experienced user, the most valuable tidbits tend to come and go quicker than it takes me to check my email.
If you’re interested in a on-site Revit class check out a few of the resources below:
MICRODESK – a UNIFI partner with 13 offices nationwide, Microdesk offers on-site beginner and advanced training as well as customized training for any unique needs.
LEDET– with 17 locations nationwide, Ledet offers more than just Autodesk software classes (Revit, AutoCAD, etc) but also has classes in Adobe, Photoshop, programming and more
Ah, good old online classes. Now, funny tidbit for you here… if I’d ever thought for a moment that my job today would require speaking in public, I certainly would have never taken an online Public Speaking course in college. That questionable decision aside, online classes have a solid following and for good reason. They are often on-demand, easy to locate and even come with sample projects for you to follow along with.
Additionally, though my first Revit class wasn’t until several years after I was working in Revit, I was all over YouTube for quick “How Do I Do beforehand. Leveraging the web to learn Revit helped me out more times than I can count! One of my favorite YouTube subscriptions today is BIMscape. Videos are well titled and kept to shorter sessions so I can quickly figure out exactly what I need to do for my project. There’s also a corresponding website where you can access free written documentation, and very affordable Revit modules for additional training help.
Two other sites that I use nearly daily though as the BIM community isn’t just about Revit software are:
PluralSight – offering nearly 80 Revit courses, you have everything from beginning to advanced classes for Revit, but it also offers classes in C#, AWS, PowerBi and more. All of which are applications that I’m needing to use to maximize and analyze my firm’s efficiency in BIM.
LinkedIn Learning – LinkedIn Learning, formerly called Lynda.com has over 7,000 different Revit classes. Many of which are taught by today’s “BIM Celebrities” Paul Aubin, Brian Meyers and Eric Wing. Like PluralSight, LinkedIn Learning offers other classes across the entire creative industry, also including Business and Information Technology trades.
Both sites mentioned above have a free trial and can be subscribed to on a monthly or yearly basis. I was fortunate enough to snag a 40% discount around the holidays for PluralSight so shop around and find which best suits your needs.
Our world has entered the Information Age. The BIM Process is now 7D. 2D and 3D, though very prevalent, are just as important as 4D – Scheduling, 5D – Estimating, 6D – Sustainability and 7D -Facilities Management. Taking that first Revit class will minimize your initial learning curve in a very complicated and capable software. On the other hand, if you’ve been a Revit user for awhile and are looking to enhance your skills, I encourage you to check out a Revit class near you as well. Continuing education is key to your career success and taking advantage of Revit class can help you check this box.
Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below; when did you take your first Revit class? Was it worth your time? Do you prefer an in-person Revit class like me, or did you find an online Revit class more effective? We look forward to hearing about your experience!
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