Nationally Accredited Online Certificates and Career Courses
VDCI is the first nationally accredited CAD and BIM Vocational Institution in North America. We are honored to be accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), Virtual Design and Construction Institute strives to achieve the highest standards of school performance and student results. VDCI is also the only nationally accredited Autodesk Training Center in North America.
Accredited - What It Means
In short, choosing an accredited institution means choosing an institution which reports to the U.S. Department of Education. The institution is held to high standards of academic honesty, quality, and integrity. Accreditation means choosing an institution that deserves your trust.
VDCI is accredited by ACCET
ACCET was founded in 1974 for the purpose of improving continuing education and training. ACCET 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. In 1998, ACCET became the only recognized accrediting agency to be certified as an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System, under the international standards established by the International Organization for Standardization. Today, ACCET continues to hold that unique status.
The Virtual Design and Construction Institute offers accredited programs leading to online technology certificate programs. Our accredited online courses and programs assure you of your educational excellence, from our admissions department and registrar's office to our instructors and teacher assistance, and our outstanding curriculum designed to meet the needs of self-motivated, career-focused students like you.
The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) is a voluntary group of educational organizations affiliated for the purpose of improving continuing education and training. Through its support of an independent Accrediting Commission, the ACCET membership promulgates and sustains the Standards for Accreditation along with policies and procedures that measure and ensure educational standards of quality. ACCET is recognized for this purpose by the U.S. Secretary of Education and, accordingly, is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
Accreditation: An Assurance of Quality
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher learning meet acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met.
VDCI provides unique technology certificate, training bundle and avocational/continuing education courses design to teach our students and build student networks in a short period of time. The credentials awarded recognize rigor in the curriculum and the reputation of the instructional team, administration and alumni.
When you choose to attend VDCI, you are choosing reputation and quality. VDCI has been training professionals to successfully use CAD, BIM, Civil 3D and other software technologies since 1997.
VDCI is the first Nationally Accredited Autodesk Training Center and the first Autodesk Academic Partner in North America. Autodesk, ACCET, the BPPE and the Department of Education stand behind VDCI and our curriculum.
Please be aware that many companies masquerade as licensed and accredited schools that offer "certifications." When you select your vocational institution, please check to ensure that they are accredited and that the appropriate governmental agencies stand behind the school and the school's curriculum.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Education and Training is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
The Virtual Design and Construction Institute is Approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer technology certificates and avocational single- and multiple-course training bundles.
Course Credit Transfers to Other Colleges, Universities and Vocational Trade Schools
The transferability of credits you earn at VDCI is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the certificate you earn in VDCI certificate programs is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the certificates that you earn at VDCI are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you (the student) need to make certain that your attendance at VDCI will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending VDCI to determine if your credits will transfer. Since VDCI as an institution is nationally accredited, this applies to students participating in individual courses, training bundles and certificate programs.
Course Completion Certificates
All of our online and onsite courses offer certification of course completion from the Virtual Design and Construction Institute. All courses taught using Autodesk software also provide course completion certificates for each course completed.
The essential purpose of the accreditation process is to provide a professional judgment as to the quality of the educational institution and program(s) offered, and to encourage continual improvement thereof. Accreditation is the process by which the ACCET Accrediting Commission grants public recognition to an educational institution which has voluntarily submitted to an evaluative comparison with established qualifications and standards, both upon initial application and periodically thereafter.ACCET’s function is focused upon educational quality, the continuous assessment and improvement of educational practices, and assistance to member institutions in the improvement of these practices within their programs.
The four major components of this on-going process are: (1) the development and implementation of institutional and program goals and objectives that focus upon a continuing education mission, (2) a comprehensive, analytic self-evaluation review and report by the institution, (3) an on-site professional peer review to evaluate the adequacy and accuracy of the self-evaluation, and (4) an independent review and decision by the Accrediting Commission as an assessment of the institution’s commitment to and compliance with ACCET standards, policies and procedures.