A Nationally Accredited Educational Institution


Our Mission

VDCI was founded in 1997

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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    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


  • 1997

    VDCI |cadteacher was founded by Al Whitley, MBA, AIA, to teach architects, engineers and contractors in San Diego how to most effectively and appropriately use AutoCAD in their offices. VDCI | cadteacher began an extension of the client support services of his AIA award-winning San Diego-based architectural practice, Whitley Consulting Group

  • Early 1990's

    Al developed the AutoCAD curriculum for the University of California San Diego Extension College. 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. In the early 2000s,

  • Early 2000's

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

  • Today

    VDCI | cadteacher is registered with and nationally accredited by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). We are approved and licensed by the State of California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). VDCI | cadteacher is one of the leading Autodesk Training Centers in North America. All of our online Autodesk courses are approved by Autodesk for eLearning. We are also an AIA (American Institute of Architects) Continuing Education Provider, and continue to be closely related with UC San Diego Extension College.