It might seem intimidating to get started on a Civil 3D template. There are some NCS based templates that install along with the product, but they are pretty basic.
For Civil 3D users in the US, you’ll want to check out the “US California Content”. The template includes some more diverse styles than in the standard templates. Also, there are kits for the Texas DOT and NC DOT available on the web.
You might want to explore some of the country kits that are available as part of the Civil 3D install. (This works for Civil 3D 2010, as well as Civil 3D 2011 once it is available.) There are additional packs, like the DOT packs above, on the web at our product center.
To get to the content packs, go to your Add/Edit Programs and do a Change/Remove.
Choose Add or Remove Features
Pick what you want, and go. If you don’t see your country, check out the list on the web.
A few Autodesk University classes that might help in your template building journey:
I Manage 2500+ AutoCAD® Civil 3D® Styles and I'm Not Crazy
Building the Perfect Template
Learn more about AutoCAD Civil 3D at www.autodesk.com/civil3d.