SketchUp Expertise, Faster.

Imagine that learning SketchUp is like trying to travel across the country. Enrolling in a formal SketchUp training would be like paying for a plane ticket, whereas learning SketchUp by teaching yourself would be like trying to hitchhike. It's fun either way, but the paid method is much faster and safer.

The Sales Pitch

Back when it was still called Google SketchUp, I started my SketchUp education for free with YouTube, library books, and online forums. Sure, I enjoyed the process, but the free path wasn't efficient - or even completely effective. I couldn't yet know what I didn't know, so it took many years of struggle before I was using SketchUp correctly, quickly, and easily.

My SketchUp classes are designed to make that journey to SketchUp expertise easier, faster, and more enjoyable through learning official Best Practices. It will teach you sanity-saving techniques from the beginning, or help you re-learn and trouble-shoot. Even "Expert" SketchUppers have found that taking an Essentials  SketchUp class helped them fill many unaware gaps in their SketchUp education and greatly improved their proficiency and enjoyment of the program.

The Name-Dropping

A few of Katya's SketchUp Training Clients:

  • SketchUp - Hired to teach SketchUp Essentials classes at SketchUp's Bootcamp and Basecamp Conferences
  • Disney World
  • US State Department: Overseas Building Operations
  • The City of Ottawa (The Capital of Canada)
  • Coca-Cola
  • Crown Equipment
  • Hourglass Cosmetics
  • Yuma International Airport
  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The Cost of Saving Time and Money

Details: A Day of training is based on a typical 9am - 5pm day, with an hour lunch and two 15 min breaks (and realistically, a 1/2 hr of computer problems).
Those who take 2 full days of training will receive certification.

Online One-on-One SketchUp Training

Discounted multi-employee package deals are available.
Training can be broken up into half-day sections to more easily fit into your busy schedule.
Online Training is tailored to your level, whether beginner, intermediate, advanced, or for special application.

  • 2 Days: $895
  • 1 Day: $495
  • Hourly: $75/hr

On Site - Have a trainer come to your office

in Contiguous US and Alaska

  • 2 Days: $2995
  • 3 Days: $3495
  • 4 Days: $3995

In-Person training in South and Central Florida*

Training can take place in your office, or at my various training locations in most cities.
*Continuing Education Credits for Florida Landscape Architect residents may be available.

  • 2 Days: $995

In-Person Training in Hawaii or outside the USA will probably cost a little more, but I love travel (thus the "Stray Kat" bit), so drop me a note and we can chat about it!

Online classes are taught through GoToMeeting, a professional screen-sharing software. It's really smooth. The quality of training is guaranteed. We do a screen test first to make sure the connection is good and the software is working, just to make sure.

SketchUp Training Curriculum

Training content differs based on the number of days of training, as well as the number, skill level, and topic interests of attendees.  Training is tailored to the needs of the students as much as possible.  It's recommended to limit the on-site classes to eight or less to ensure enough time to cover all of the topics.

These three sections are the chronological order of the topics, not time sections. Advanced-skill classes and special-use training (such as for 3D Printing) might skip some Core topics.

1. Sticky SketchUp: The Basic Tools and Interface



  • Templates
  • Lines and Shapes
  • Inferencing with markers and axis
  • Navigating
  • Basic Tools: Move, Scale, Offset, Push-Pull, Tape Measure
  • Selecting
  • Toolbars & Trays
  • Applying Materials


  • Importing Materials
  • Hiding and Softening Lines
  • Shadows and Fog
  • Extension Warehouse
  • All the Arcs

2. Object-Based Modeling: Unstickifying SketchUp



  • Trays (for PC users)
  • Intro to Styles
  • Objects: Features of Groups & Components
  • Editing Objects
  • Saving Components
  • Savvy 3D Warehouse Searching
  • Object Moving and Aligning
  • Copying and Linear Arrays
  • Rotate & Rotate Array
  • Follow Me tool and techniques
  • Purge Unused and File Reduction


  • 3D Text
  • Editing Styles
  • Mixing Styles
  • Importing Textures
  • Editing Materials
  • Advanced Materials
  • Projected Textures
  • Geolocation
  • Creating a FaceMe Component
  • Sandbox Terrain Tools
  • Solid Tools
  • Advanced Components
  • Component Instance Principles
  • Generating Quantity Reports
  • Match Photo
  • Specialized Extensions
  • Managing Multi-Modeler Projects

3. Organizing and Presenting



  • Outliner
  • Layers
  • Scenes
  • Animation and Camera tools


  • Mixing Styles
  • Section Cuts
  • Advanced Section Cuts
  • Layout