Tangably CERTIFIED | Vectorworks Spotlight Professional

A 24-Week Professional Certification Program

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  • The first and only professional certification program of its kind
  • A self-paced online curriculum allows you to develop your skills any time anywhere
  • Project-based instruction relevant for the entertainment professional
  • Weekly live Q&A sessions with industry expert instructors
  • Verifiable and shareable Professional Certification
  • One full year of access, including upcoming v2019 curriculum updates at no extra cost

This training program is tailored for professionals in:

  • audio/visual
  • event planning
  • exhibition design
  • lighting design
  • scenic design
  • TV/film

"We couldn’t imagine being happier with our engagement with Tangably— Our Designer came back full of energy and was very complimentary of the trainer and the curriculum. Having Tangably in our hip pocket removes significant obstacles for us going forward with regards to considering potential candidates and overall recruitment. Thank you so much for your commitment and passion for the Vectorworks program and community (Nemetschek owes you a debt of gratitude — or an award).”

- Brent White, Design Director, Tesser, Inc



Foundational Event Planning

This 3-week Masterclass starts on the ground level and builds up from there. We will explore the essential knowledge, skills, and best practices used by fellow entertainment professionals using Vectorworks Spotlight.

Intermediate Event Modeling

This 6-week Masterclass quickly builds on a foundational understanding of the Spotlight universe. In this course we will develop a daily design workflow for use with Vectorworks Spotlight.

Advanced 3D Modeling & Resource Management

This 4-week Masterclass excels beyond intermediate skills and develops a solid understanding and advanced knowledge of using 3D modeling in a design and planning workflow with Vectorworks Spotlight.
Study will also be focused on using the Resource Manager to create, source, manipulate, and organize 3-dimensional and hybrid 2D/3D symbols.

Advanced Reporting & Publishing

This 4-week Masterclass is designed to help the professional user develop a solid understanding and familiarity of using Reports and Worksheet creation capabilities in advanced workflows with Vectorworks Spotlight. These skills are vital for designers working on collaborative projects and those on multi-level teams. Study will also be focused on developing an advanced understanding of Publishing and Export capabilities.

Advanced Rendering & Visualization

In this 4-week Masterclass we create stunning and realistic representations of the event model within Vectorworks Spotlight.
You will develop an advanced understanding of lighting controls, texture mapping, image backgrounds, materiality, reflectivity, camera settings, and much more.

Final Assignments & Certification Exam

Comprehensive Final assignments and examination to qualify as a Tangably CERTIFIED | Vectorworks Spotlight Professional. Highlight your new Skills on your resume or LinkedIn.

Enrollment In This Certification Program Includes:

  • 24 weekly batches of project-based training exercises and on-demand video lectures
  • Commenting and group discussion feature integrated within each lecture
  • Weekly live-streamed Q&A with Masterclass instructor and fellow participants
  • Periodic skills quizzes to reinforce key concepts
  • Lecture-integrated supportive text
  • Downloadable exercise files in .VWX 2018, 2017 and 2016 format
  • Printable shortcut reminders & tip sheets
  • Personalized, portable and verifiable Masterclass Completion Certificates allow participants who complete the coursework and exams to highlight their new skills on their resume, website and LinkedIn profile
  • Regular team progress reports for enterprise clients allow managers to track individual progress throughout the training process.

"I completed‍‍‍ Tangably Vectorworks Spotlight training with the confidence to begin implementing Vectorworks Spotlight software within my business. The instructor’s passion for the software was apparent. It brought a nice dynamic to the classroom. A great deal of interesting and useful information was covered throughout the course. ”

- Nick Blasi, Creative Director, SEP Lighting


Tangably Design Software Consultancy + Training is offering a 24-week guided program of Masterclasses to guide, train, and certify you and/or your team on comprehensive professional skills related to designing, drafting, modeling, and rendering projects created with Vectorworks Spotlight design software.

Learning professional skills with Vectorworks Spotlight at a deep level and building an intuitive understanding of the software will enable you (and your team) to:

  • better communicate your intentions with prospective customers
  • swiftly resolve support issues internally
  • professionally develop and present projects for your clients at a high level of aptitude

More efficient workflows allow you and/or your team to take on larger, more complex, and more concurrent projects over time - the larger your team, the greater your ROI.

Each of the certification program components is a Vectorworks Spotlight Masterclass designed to build upon the skills of the previous Masterclass. The program culminates with three weeks of final assigned exercises and graded certification examination to verify the participants understanding and familiarity with best practices in Vectorworks Spotlight.

"Lik‍‍‍e an extension of my brain on paper. Seriously, Tangably just sees it… their team knows what to do. It’s awesome. Thanks!”
- Ryan Nelson, Director of Small Cell Implementation & Design, Larson Camouflage


After satisfactorily completing all masterclass components, final assignments, and certification examination, participants will receive personalized certificates of completion of the Tangably CERTIFIED | Vectorworks Spotlight Professional Program.

Participants successfully completing the certification program will be listed (at their discretion) on our publicly searchable Tangably CERTIFIED | Vectorworks Spotlight Professional Database. A listing in the database is valuable to teams and individuals advertising their cutting-edge credentials.


While we strongly encourage everyone to avail themselves of each level of training, we recognize that certain participants have years of experience using Vectorworks software, and would rather not pay for foundational instruction. For this reason, pricing for the complete 24-week program is offered at a discount equivalent to waiving the combined fees for the 3-week Foundational Event Planning Masterclass and the 3-week Certification & Final Assignments component (the first and last components of the program). We are offering this incentive as part of our commitment to you and your team developing an intuitive, comprehensive, professional understanding and expertise with Vectorworks Spotlight design software.



  • Each week the instructor will publish to the course platform:
    • a batch of video lectures
    • corresponding training manual text
    • related assignments
    • integrated quizzes
  • Enrolled participants are free to attend the video lectures, study, and practice concepts on their own learning schedules.
  • As questions and feedback of the curriculum arise, the participants are encouraged to post their queries via the integrated commenting & discussion feature within each lecture.
    • The Masterclass instructor and fellow participants have the ability to respond to these lectures comments, providing an added dimension to the online learning environment.
  • Once a week, typically on Wednesdays, course participants and the Masterclass instructor will schedule a live Q&A webinar for an hour. This allows the participants to review the week's lectures and assignments at a deeper level with the instructor. Concepts can be reviewed and discussed via on-screen demonstrations.
  • Enrolled participants are free to continue their exploration of lectures and related exercises throughout the week while supported by the corresponding exercise files, e-manuals, tips, and worksheets published by the instructor.
  • Based on feedback from quizzes, assignments, and the various discussion formats mentioned above, the Masterclass instructor may post followup material or lectures for further discovery to round out the curriculum for the week.
  • On the following week, the instructor will publish the next batch of curriculum to continue the guided learning process.
    • If that week is a conclusion week for the masterclass, learning summaries and any remaining assignment grading will be dispersed to participants by the following week.

Who Should Participate

Those who work in events, AV, lighting design, scenic design, film and anyone interested in upgrading their entertainment design workflow with Vectorworks Spotlight should participate in this professional certification program.

Enrollment in this course requires a working copy of either Vectorworks Spotlight, Vectorworks Spotlight Student2Pro, or Vectorworks Designer; all of which are available for purchase through Novedge.

Join us if you are just getting started, or if you're an industry veteran looking to re-build a solid intuitive understanding and expertise with Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software within a guided, wholistic training program.

Your Instructor

Jacob Dale
Jacob Dale

Jacob bridges two decades of industry experience and dual professional degrees in Entertainment Design and Architecture. He has been using Vectorworks as an essential 3D design, CAD, and rendering tool since the 20th century.

Jacob has served as a training consultant to professionals ranging from major motion picture set designers and live entertainment lighting designers to leading architecture firms.

You can learn more about Jacob on his LinkedIn profile:

Email Jacob directly: [email protected]


Before considering this masterclass you should comprehend:

  • drafting concepts including:
    • plan and elevation projections
    • scale vs. actual size
    • drawing units
  • basic mouse and keyboard operations
  • operation of a Mac or Windows Operating System

Participants must provide or have access to their own computer or workstation with the most recent version of Vectorworks Spotlight, Vectorworks Spotlight Student2Pro, or Vectorworks Designer, all of which are available for purchase through Novedge.

A two button mouse with a scroll wheel, trackball with left and right buttons, or a multi-touch input surface is recommended.

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PLEASE NOTE: Tangably is not affiliated with Nemetschek Vectorworks and does not sell or distribute Vectorworks Spotlight software. Therefore, if you are enrolling in a Tangably Masterclass or Tangably Training Program, it is your responsibility (or your employers) to secure or plan to acquire a fully functioning copy of current Vectorworks Spotlight software (valid throughout the duration of instruction) before enrolling.