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Trimble: SketchUp Pro

Trimble: SketchUp Pro

September 1, 2013
September 5, 2019

Notice to Members: SketchUp Pro licensing agreement expires September 2019. The provincial license held by the Ministry of Education will not be renewed or extended.  Contact the vendor directly to obtain district-level licensing information. 

The following information is relevant for current licensing until September 2019.

SketchUp Pro is a no-charge 3D Modelling software suite for K-12 students to create 3D models (from scratch or using existing data), import drawing, CAD plans, photos, aerial imagery and other information. The software is available when specific conditions are met as outlined in the criteria for licensing. Educator Licenses cannot be used for commercial (for-profit) work of any kind but can be installed on both Windows, Macintosh desktop, laptop and lab computers. SketchUp Pro license includes 2 versions: SketchUp Pro 2017 and SketchUp Pro 2018.

The BC Ministry of Education’s license agreement for Focused Education District members covers K-12 public educators and enrolled students only. Non-educator district staff need to purchase their licenses directly from Trimble. Similarly, independent schools must contact the vendor directly for subscriptions.

What Products are Available?

This license agreement is for the use of SketchUp Pro ONLY.

Using SketchUp Pro, you can create 3D models (from scratch or using existing data), import drawings, CAD plans, photos, aerial imagery and other information. The modeling tools in SketchUp Pro can then be used to develop your ideas into 3D.

Additional Information

This K-12 Educational license agreement communicates a wide range of information to help District staff perform their due diligence to ensure BC Privacy concerns and licensing requirements are met.

Training/Presentations & Support Resources

Implementation and Deployment Information

Criteria for Licensing

Prior to receiving a license, Focused Education Member Contacts must agree to the following to use this software:

  • Ensuring teachers and parents/guardians are aware of the privacy issues surrounding the use of SketchUp Pro, Google Gmail accounts and the 3D Warehouse outlined in the SketchUp Pro Application and Privacy Information document provided by the Ministry.
  • Administer and collect the signed Parent/Guardian SketchUp Pro Consent Form at each site and/or class prior to the distribution of the product license.

How to Acquire your Licenses

Focused Education Contacts must sign in for details

Privacy Awareness Requirements


    • Distribute to schools and teachers, the Ministry of Education’s SketchUp Pro Application and Privacy Information document prior to using SketchUp Pro. This document addresses privacy issues surrounding the use of this product, awareness of Google Gmail account creation and the 3D Warehouse.
    • Obtain Parent/guardian Consent prior to the student using the application.
    • Distribute the BC Ministry of Education Privacy Awareness for Students document to the students participating in the class.
    • Inform the student they will store their files locally on the school’s server.
    • Delete all student drawings 1 year after completion of the class. Students can keep a copy of their work on their personal media storage device (Memory stick, DVD/CD, laptop, etc).


BC Ministry of Education Privacy Awareness for Students Document


Related Forms and Information Packages



Downloading and Installing


  • Your SketchUp Pro license is platform agnostic.
  • A Single license code is provided for use on all school computers within your province – and the same code can be used for individual teacher computers, school lab computers, or school laptops.
  • Each time a license is applied to a computer, that computer is node-locked with one license seat from the total pool of license seats (we have provided your province with a license that has a very large number of seats).
  • Please message to all of your schools/districts that version 2018 can be downloaded from this link, and that any tech supports issues can be answered through our online Help Center.
  • Computer Tech Administrators: For placing the license information on multiple computers, so when each user starts SketchUp Pro it will be automatically authorized, this is your imaging workflow: Review the steps in this Knowledge Center article to see how to use the “activation_info.txt” file. Go to the section titled, Authorizing SketchUp on a Network as an Administrator.
  • Computers need to be connected to the public Internet when authorizing SketchUp Pro in order to download the license file. The license doesn’t require connectivity to the Internet after SketchUp Pro has been successfully authorized.
  • SketchUp Pro can be installed using the traditional installers (*.exe, *.dmg). For Microsoft Windows, we also offer an MSI.
  • Your 2018 license is good through September 5, 2019. Any renewal after that date will be between a school district and the vendor.
  • Refer IT administrators and /educators to the SketchUp website and Knowledge Center for downloading, installing, and authorization instructions, training materials, getting started guides, video tutorials, and much more.
  • Keep these codes secure within your School District. They are not to be shared with schools of higher education, facilities personnel, or other government departments/officials/staff/parents.
  • Do not post the license code on any publicly accessible site. Schools should request the license code via your internal communication systems/logins.
  • Grant Licenses cannot be used for commercial (for-profit) work of any kind.
  • Educators who have questions should send them to our Knowledge Center.
  • Note: these licenses are provided free of charge by Trimble and you are NOT PERMITTED to charge any fee whatsoever to any school/district/educator receiving them.


Product Overview

SketchUp Pro is a simple but powerful tool for exploring and presenting your ideas in 3D. SketchUp is quick to learn, easy to teach and intuitive to use.

To read the complete product description of SketchUp Pro, visit online SketchUp for K-12 Education.

SketchUp is 3D for Everyone

Tutorials & Training

Contact Information

  • For information on your District implementation, contact your Member Contact

Where Can I Get More Information?

For further information about this agreement please contact Focused Education at 604-713-5920 or by email at