Frequently Asked Questions

I'm completely new to Sketchup. Is the training appropriate for me?

We prefer total beginners. Knowing SketchUp incorrectly is definitely worse than not knowing about SketchUp at all. In fact we advise participants to attend training events with a 'clean sheet' & no prior knowledge. We would encourage you to start afresh with SketchUp in order to bypass the common mistakes new users learn, leading to frustration & in our experience, entirely avoidable. Using Sketchup correctly should be effortless & enjoyable. As such, we pride in offering Sketchup Training that is hands on & geared towards learning the right way.

What should I bring to your training event?

An authorized trial version of Sketchup Pro 2019 will be required to be installed on your laptop. Additionally, a mouse with a depressible scroll wheel is essential. Sketchup has changed the way it sells its products in February 2019. However, as you might know, the cost of Sketchup is far below other design programs capable of far less in terms of design productivity. Beginners should download the 30 day free trial of Sketchup Pro, but make sure not to do that until it’s within 29 days of the class you sign up for. Go ahead & create an account & follow the steps toward installation. Click on the button below to the 30 day free trial:

If you are a student, Sketchup offers a one year license for $49, which is an offer too good to refuse. Also don't forget your laptop chargers. You must also have a three button mouse with a scroll wheel that depresses.

How many people will participate at a typical event?

A minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 5 participants. It's hands on training with a view to getting your life going with Sketchup. Classes are kept extremely small to enable quality training. We will be working with you individually through every step of the program throughout the day, as you work with Sketchup yourself. We want you to encounter any hurdles you might come across & surmount them quickly with timely interventions. Keep in mind however, if less than 3 participants become scheduled then we reserve the right to postpone or reschedule an event to another day in close proximity more suitable to everyone, (hasn't happened, yet). If consensus cannot be reached we will be happy under such circumstances to promptly issue a refund of the full amount of your sign up fees.

Is lunch provided?

Yes, lunch will be provided in order to keep the class on schedule & learning effective. The cost of lunch will be included with your sign up. Typically we take an hour for lunch with a visit to a nearby venue that caters to a variety of diets.

What happens if I need to cancel an event I've signed up for?

Things happen, we understand. Approximately 30% of the cost of your sign up is attributed to reserving an event venue well in advance of a particular event. You will be entitled to receive an 70% refund of your sign up sum upon cancellation. This applies to a cancellation notification 72 hours before the start time of the event by phone or email. Allow 7 business days for refunds to be processed. Your charge and/or refund will be listed under (Simplysketchup)

Why we swear by the live training format

Sketchup is a very intuitive program. Becoming familiar with the initial tiny steps are essential to gain confidence in its concepts. They are very subtle innovations in how you operate a mouse for instance, that are easily grasped by having an experienced trainer 'hover' behind you during mastering the few simple core tools & methods of Sketchup. Here at Simply Sketchup, we understand the importance of hands on training that will enable you to skip through the time consuming simple aspects of Sketchup that stifle many beginners. There is no need for that. Sketchup is intuitive & as simple as can be & we're here to demonstrate that anyone can do Sketchup & most certainly, you can.

Can students get a price break?

Yes, we are always happy to see students get a jump start on design knowledge. There is no better way than Sketchup to actually illustrate you have genuine design chops. Upon presentation fo your student ID, you are eligible for a 25% discount from Simply Sketchup. You will need to sign up, then present your ID at the training event to receive a reimbursement of 25%.

Which design professions does Sketchup apply to?

Sketchup is relevant & important to a wide range of design professions. Listing the most prominent would be, Architects, Interior Designers, Millwork designers, Landscape architects, Film & animation producers, Gaming environment creators, Brand creators, Exhibit creators, Solar power designers, 3D printing enthusiasts. Even Patent illustrators use Sketchup to precisely illustrate design concepts for regulatory filings with style and professionalism.