A Nationally Accredited Educational Institution

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Our Mission


"Changing our Students' Lives by Providing Real-World, Project-Based Career Education using CAD, BIM and Virtual Design software."


Our Motto: "Practical Applications Taught by Practicing Professionals"

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    Accreditation

    VDCI is the first organically-grown CAD and BIM Career Institution in North America. To us, this is quite an honor. We thank everyone who has been a part of our evolution. VDCI is here to serve you. Our institution is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). 

    ACCET was founded in 1974 for the purpose of improving continuing education and training and has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978 as a “reliable authority” as to the quality of education and training provided by the institutions they accredit.

    Our Credentials


VDCI History

  • 1977

    Al Whitley began his career as a U.S. Naval Supply Corps Officer ... but ... he always wanted to be an architect.

  • 1984

    When he left the Navy, his first architectural employer hired him because of the strong computer skills he had learned while he was in the Navy. Al was one of the first ten architectural interns in San Diego to use AutoCAD. The fact that someone took a chance and hired Al is one of the fundamental reasons that Al ultimately created VDCI -- to help other people pursue their dreams & provide opportunities for them to succeed.

  • 1991

    Al Whitley, MBA, AIA had become a licensed architect and earned his MBA. Two weeks after earning his MBA, he began to develop the AutoCAD curriculum for the University of California San Diego. An avid talker (OK, there are times when he never shuts up), Al realized that he truly enjoyed sharing his skills and the capabilities of CAD technology.

  • 1997

    Al founded cadteacher as an extension of the client support services of his AIA award-winning San Diego-based architectural practice, Whitley Consulting Group. Many of our students were (and continue to be) San Diego-based architects, engineers and contractors who want to know how to most effectively and appropriately use AutoCAD, Revit and other software programs in their offices.

  • 2002

    cadteacher and UC San Diego integrated their educational programs. VDCI | cadteacher continued to develop as an independent educational institution.

  • 2006

    cadteacher was approved as an Autodesk Authorized Training Center. cadteacher was approved to be an AIA (American Institute of Architects) Continuing Education Provider.

  • 2008

    cadteacher was approved and licensed by the State of California Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education (BPPE).

  • 2010

    cadteacher launched our online curriculum with a powerful Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS). Our online curriculum was approved by the State of California Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education (BPPE). All of our online Autodesk courses are approved by Autodesk for eLearning.

  • 2011

    cadteacher updated our name to reflect the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technology skills which we teach -- Virtual Design & Construction Institute (VDCI) dba cadteacher.

  • 2016

    VDCI became nationally accredited. We are the first organically-grown, nationally-accredited CAD & BIM institution in North America. We are also the first nationally-accredited Autodesk Training Center in North America. We report to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).

  • Today

    VDCI continues to develop our curriculum to best serve our students' career education goals. One of our strengths is the strong student engagement between our students and their instructors, and also within our student community. Our institution is the Leading Autodesk Training Center in North America. We also continue to be closely aligned with UC San Diego.