A Nationally Accredited Educational Institution


Our Mission

Founded in 1997, Virtual Design and Construction Institute’s mission is to offer a quality education to students and working professionals by providing hands-on, practical applications in the Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) software programs.

VDCI is the first organically-grown CAD and BIM Vocational School in North America. To us, this is quite an honor, and we thank everyone who has been a part of our evolution. We won't let you down.

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    The Virtual Design and Construction Institute (VDCI) is a private Postsecondary Vocational Institution 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 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. cadteacher/VDCI 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

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

  • Today

    cadteacher/VDCI 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). cadteacher/vdci 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.