Transfer of Credits
The transferability of clock hour credits earned at VDCI to another college, university or school is determined solely by the receiving institution. Acceptance of the clock hour credits earned while in a VDCI certificate program is also determined solely by the receiving institution to which a student may seek to transfer.
If the clock hour credits that are earned at VDCI are not accepted at the institution to which a student seeks to transfer, they may be required to repeat some or all of their coursework at that institution. Students should discuss how their individual courses will transfer with the registrar's office and the receiving institution before they enroll. For this reason, the student should make certain that their attendance at this institution will meet their educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which they may seek to transfer after attending VDCI to determine if their certificate(s) will transfer.
Transfer of Credits
VDCI has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university.
VDCI does accept transfer credits from other schools, universities, or other accredited educational institutions. If a current or prospective student feels that coursework they have taken at another training institute should be considered as applicable to the coursework at the VDCI and wish to petition for transferability of credits, the individual requesting the review should follow the procedures listed below.
Veterans applying for entrance to VDCI will have their prior coursework evaluated according to Federal requirements. Veteran transfer of credit policies will adhere to the same parameters detailed in procedures listed below.
VDCI will maintain a written record of the previous education and training of veterans and eligible persons, the record will clearly indicate that credit has been granted, if appropriate, and the student will be notified accordingly of VDCI’s decision as to the transferability of credits.
If a current or prospective student feels that coursework they have taken at another training institute should be considered as applicable to the coursework at the VDCI and wish to petition for transferability of credits, the individual requesting the review must demonstrate the following:
- Filling out in entirety the Transfer of Credit Request Form. Students may contact the Program Manager for a copy of this form.
- A statement by the applicant explaining why the coursework is applicable and the reason it should be considered.
NOTE: The coursework must have been taken at an accredited secondary, vocational or post-secondary institution which is accredited by an agency recognized by either the U. S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The types of courses that will be considered include any courses offered outside of an institutional setting, including those offered by the military, in the workplace, through apprenticeship and/or training programs, or other such programs recognized by the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Adult Learning and Education Credentials programs, or an Autodesk-approved course offered by an Autodesk Authorized Training Center.
- A transcript must be submitted, showing the course title, percent of course completed, numeric and letter grade for the course.
- The applicant must have earned a C/2.0 or greater in the course to be considered for transfer.
- A course syllabus (or appropriate information from the school catalog) must be submitted.
- A complete description of the course must be provided to include:
- Contact hours for the course
- Lab/lecture hours for the course
- Learning objectives
- Technical skills covered
- DWG or RVT files from the project course deliverables
- Students can transfer in approved credits in lieu of CAD101, CAD201, BIM101 and BIM201. At a maximum, only two courses per software program will be acceptable for transfer, and those courses must have been completed within the past three calendar years from the date of requesting a transfer of credits.
NOTE: VDCI does not accept credit transfers through examinations such as the ACT Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), the Regents’ College Examinations, the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program and College-level Examination Program (CLEP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Testing (DSST), or similar organizations.
- The student will pay VDCI a non-refundable $25.00 per course for the review of each course which the student wishes to transfer into VDCI.
These requirements and all associated documents must be prepared by the student in a comprehensive proposal packaged and delivered via email to the Program Manager. The package must be received by the Program Manager at least 30 days prior to the first day of class.
The Program Manager will conduct an initial review of the package. If any of the above-mentioned requirements are not provided or met, the request for transfer of credits will not be considered. If the Program Manager confirms that the package is comprehensive and that the institution meets the approved criteria, they will submit the package to the Academic Manager for further review.
The Academic Manager will conduct a further review into the student’s previous institution. The validity of the institution, including accreditation status and Autodesk affiliation will be reviewed. Additionally, the student’s transcript will be reviewed. If the Academic Manager confirms that the institution meets the approved criteria, and that the student’s transcript contains the appropriate courses and passing grades, they will submit the package to the Curriculum Manager for further review.
The Curriculum Manager will review the course content including course syllabus, course projects, and project standards. The project course deliverables will be reviewed, with specific emphasis on drawing standards (National CAD Standards), project comprehensiveness, and professional standards.
Upon completion of the review process, the Management Team will inform the CEO of the decision.
The decision as to the transferability of credits will be issued to the applicant within 30 days of receiving the request to transfer credits into VDCI. If the credits are accepted for transfer, the portion of tuition directly related to the coursework being transferred will be adjusted and deducted from the total cost of the program.
If the request for transfer of credit has been denied, the student will be notified and will be informed of their opportunity to appeal the denial. The student can appeal the denial by resubmitting the Transfer of Credit Request Form and selecting the "Appeal" checkbox at top of the form. To successfully challenge a denial, the student is encouraged to respond to the Comments provided by the school administrators. Those comments will be located at the bottom of the form after the findings of the initial request is provided to the student.