The CAD Technology Certificate Program is designed to provide students with the skills and technical knowledge requested by employers using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. You can also specialize in 3D Modeling.
The certificate program focuses on the development of construction documentation skills and problem-solving strategies.
- Complete in as few as 9 months
- Career Opportunities in Architecture, Drafting, Engineering, Project Management, Interior Design, and more. Prepares you for Autodesk Professional Certification.
- Prepares you for Autodesk Professional Certification
- A Certificate Program designed to work with you and your schedule
- Self-paced online learning environment as well as onsite course
- Active Instructor in each course available to respond to any questions
- Eighteen-day courses with quizzes, midterm and final submissions
- Please CLICK HERE to see a PDF with complete details about the Certificate Program
- Please CLICK HERE to see a PDF with career options for the Certificate Program
All courses in the CAD Technology Certificate Program are real-world, project-based. You will engage with your instructor and your classmates on a very regular basis. VDCI is known for our strong student-instructor engagement.
VDCI School Catalog & Available Elective Courses
There are other optional elective courses for your Technology Certificate Program.
Please click here to access the VDCI | cadteacher Catalog (PDF). At the Index Page, please select on your desired Technology Certificate Program, and the hyperlink will take you to a complete list of all available elective courses.
Free Access to the Software & Library Assets
While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth with a download speed of 10 Mbps. You can also CLICK HERE to learn more about the Library Assets which are available to you as a student at VDCI.
Clock Hours of Instruction & Transfer of Credits
A clock hour is the equivalent of onsite clock hours. Example: A 24-clock hour online course is the equivalent of taking a 24-hour onsite course. Clock hours transfer to other colleges, universities and vocational institutions. The transferability of clock hour credits you earn at VDCI to another college, university or school is determined solely by the receiving institution.
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Program Prerequisites for Successful CompletionFundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment or instructor approval. Manual drafting experience preferred. The more advanced courses have previous courses or approved experience prerequisites.
Interaction with Faculty & Fellow StudentsVDCI is known for our strong interaction between faculty and students. You can message your instructor 1:1 through our Learning Management. You can also message your classmates. There are discussion forums for each course and there is the VDCI Student Lounge which is regularly used to communicate with classmates, other VDCI students and VDCI alumni.
If you have not done so already, please review the Enrollment Agreement.
Once you have signed up for the certificate program, our Program Manager will contact you to discuss your schedule and elective courses.
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Fundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment or instructor approval. Manual drafting experience preferred.
Our classes are fast-track, accelerated courses.
If you have ANY CONCERNS about your computer competency, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you improve your computer skills before attending the class.
CAD Technology Certificate Program
(168 Clock Hours required from these courses)
Introduction to AutoCAD (28 Clock Hours) – Familiarizes students with basic AutoCAD commands while developing a floor plan for a single family residential home.
Create drafting symbols, kitchen and bath fixtures, a floor plan and integrate all information into one deliverable sheet file. Distinguish the differences required to generate drawings for use as annotation and real-world model components. Create and insert blocks and externally reference files, and determine the appropriate times to apply those skill sets. Master file management, drafting on layers, integrating drawing component files and plotting while creating on the class residential project.
Intermediate AutoCAD (28 Clock Hours) – Developing and assembling a set of 2D design construction documents.
Create an abbreviated set of construction documents including floor plan, foundation plan, electrical plan and building elevations for a small residential project. Create and insert blocks, externally reference files and determine the appropriate times to apply those skill sets to optimize project efficiency. Demonstrate layer and file management, external file referencing, use of model/layout environments and user coordinate systems. Apply intermediate-level skills including layer management, user coordinate system development, creating sheet layout environments and plotting.
CAD Construction Documents 1 (28 Clock Hours) – Creating a floor plan, multi-scale plan, roof plan and building elevations for a one-story residence.
Create titleblock and titleblock/drawing label components for a professional office to facilitate development of deliverable sheet files. Create floor plan, enlarged plan, roof plan and building elevation of a moderately complex residential project. Includes the development of floor plan, roof plan and elevation notes. Successfully integrate referenced files to create construction documents. Demonstrate layer and file management, use of model/layout environments and multi-scale drawing presentation. Apply intermediate-level skills to create sheet layout environments and plotting. Organize deliverable sheet set to conform to the National CAD Standards.
CAD Construction Documents 2 (28 Clock Hours) – Creating a site an architectural site plan, a title sheet, develop building elevations, building and wall sections, interior elevations and schedules.
Create building elevations, building sections, wall sections; modify detail drawings; create metes and bounds (Civil) drawing; create relevant deliverable sheet files for a moderately complex residential project. Includes the development of title sheet and appropriate general and keynote legends. Successfully integrate referenced files to create construction documents. Demonstrate layer and file management, use of model/layout environments and multi-scale drawing presentations. Apply intermediate/advanced-level skills to create sheet layout environments and plotting. Organize deliverable sheet set to conform to the National CAD Standards.
CAD Project Management (20 Clock Hours) – Teaches people important skill sets to help them succeed as CAD and Project Managers.
Demonstrate understanding of the technical and managerial skills required to succeed as a CAD and Project Manager. Organize the AutoCAD User Interface to optimize productivity and standards for an office. Use office standard file naming and file organization. Master an understanding of the National CAD Standards. Convert “an inherited CAD project” into a format which supports the National CAD Standards and Office CAD Standards.
Introduction to Blueprint Reading (4 Clock Hours) – Utilizes lectures, hands-on demonstrations and lab exercises to familiarize participants with the art of blueprint reading.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of Construction Documents (blueprints) for a Custom Residential and a Mixed-Use Commercial project. Analyze different drawings and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents. Evaluate the similarities between all sets of construction documents submitted for building permits. Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Documents.
Certificate Completion Practical (32 Clock Hours)– Applying skill sets learned from all of your previous courses, and integrating them into one project, where you and your instructor design your Certificate Completion Practical.
Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the acquired software and workflow skills through previous classes. Create a completed project of the student’s own design or selected design to highlight the skills that the student has acquired through required and elective courses. Participate in a design and documentation process without the aid of direct tutorial videos. Research construction document standards, construction systems, and design methodologies to influence the use of software and workflow.
(54 Clock Hours required from these courses)
CAD Architectural Detailing - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) – Developing architectural details using the two dominant methods utilized within architectural and engineering firms.
Create detail drawings pertinent to the course project. Create relevant deliverable sheet files. Integrate referenced files to create details for construction documents. Demonstrate layer and file management, use of model/layout environments and multi-scale drawing presentations. Apply intermediate/advanced-level skills to create sheet layout environments and plotting.
Introduction to 3D Modeling - Recommended - (28 Clock Hours) - This course focuses on three-dimensional commands and procedures, focusing on the needs in the construction industry.
Create 3D building model by extracting information from 2D architectural plans and elevations. Master manipulation through various user coordinate environments and user defined views. Create 3D model including 3D topographic site and other relevant site components using modeling commands and tools, including surfaces, solids, lofts and Booleans. Integrate 3D site, building and site furnishings using 3D modeling and 3D editing commands into one presentation model. Generate numerous perspective views of 3D model environment for presentation on deliverable sheet files.
Intermediate 3D Modeling (28 Clock Hours) - This course introduces more advanced 3D modeling tools, focusing on the need to populate 3D environments with props.
Develop 3D models from 2D plan / elevation / section drawings. Create solids and surfaces using more advanced 3D modeling techniques. Acquire relevant, advanced 3D modeling skills. Assess the most logical workflow to complete the 3D modeling tasks.
Autodesk Certification Test Prep - Recommended - (4 Clock Hours) - Seminar review "Test Prep" course for the Autodesk AutoCAD Certification Exam.
Demonstrate proficiency manipulating drawing information. Validate your skills and knowledge of AutoCAD. Advance your competitive edge and reputation, and achieve an accepted credential which can advance your career. Compare the functionality of different commands by using alternate interface methods.
Introduction to Revit - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) – Designing 3D models that simultaneously document the project in schedules and 2D architectural drawings.
Explore the Building Information Modeling (BIM) interface. Design a 3D building model to explain how information is inter-related throughout the BIM model. Integrate building components into a 3D model and develop construction document sheets from that model. Develop a project which includes stairs and “feature architectural designs” to strengthen BIM modeling skill sets.
Intermediate Revit - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) – Utilizing the family editor to create 2D and 3D components, refining graphics, and construction documentation.
Integrate DWG files to create Revit details and plan views for subsequent sheet layout. Tag elements for cost estimation and material take-offs. Create 3D parametric families and show alternate views of 3D objects in plan and elevation views. Build customized door, window, and materials schedules. Explore BIM management by creating an abbreviated set of construction documents.
BIM Construction Documents 1 (20 Clock Hours) – Modeling an existing single story building on a site model and adding a second story expansion.
Apply BIM modeling tools to create an architectural model, including existing building, partial demolition and a new construction. Build topography for a project using existing external files and develop a site plan, including hardscape and landscaping. Graphically differentiate phasing of a project from existing construction through new construction. Produce renderings suitable for presentation and documentation.
BIM Construction Documents 2 (20 Clock Hours) – Developing a full set of Architectural Construction Documents using Revit.
Prepare a set of architectural construction documents incorporating the site and building models created in BIM 301. Develop progress sets of construction documents, reflecting 30/60/90/100 percent deliverable submittals. Produce plan, section, and elevation views of the project for sheet layout. Keynote elements of the project model. Develop schedules and a limited number of architectural details extracted from the BIM model.
BIM Detailing (20 Clock Hours) - Developing a series of architectural details for the commercial building.
Create detail drawings of building systems which illustrate structural integrity and sound building construction practices. Create and integrate detail drawings which limit or prevent accidental injury or death among users of the buildings. Prepare detail drawings illustrating construction systems, products, and finishes.
BIM Project Management (20 Clock Hours) - Utilizing Revit tools to collaborate with other team members, streamline workflow, and manage a BIM Project.
Explore BIM Project Management and discuss its uses and concepts. Implement workflow procedures to efficiently use BIM. Perform interference checks/clash coordination to highlight the benefits of BIM. Participate in the use of work-sharing and the project management principles when working on a large project. documents.Explore BIM Project Management and discuss its uses and concepts. Implement workflow procedures to efficiently use BIM. Perform interference checks/clash coordination to highlight the benefits of BIM. Participate in the use of work-sharing and the project management principles when working on a large project. documents.
REVIT MEP 1 (28 Clock Hours) - Designing HVAC, plumbing, piping and electrical systems in Revit.
Create MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) systems using Revit MEP for the use of construction documents and construction coordination. Implement workflow strategies in Revit MEP for efficient use of the software. Produce construction documents from the model file. Demonstrate work-sharing and how it can be implemented for larger projects.
REVIT MEP 2 (20 Clock Hours) - Developing Construction Documents for HVAC, plumbing, piping and electrical systems in Revit.
Explore the methodologies for turning a MEP building model into construction documents that can be used for construction. Apply workflow strategies for efficient use of a BIM Model. Label building components using annotative elements to create a sheet view that can be used for construction documents. Produce a set of working construction documents with annotations, detail callouts, and general notes.
REVIT Structure 1 (20 Clock Hours) - Designing Structural Systems in Revit.
Create an accurate structure, for use in all program aspects of designing a project and the construction of a real-world model. Design structural building systems which create buildings with structural integrity. Develop building structures which limit or prevent accidental injury or death among users of the buildings. Design and develop structural building systems.
REVIT Structure 2 (20 Clock Hours) - Developing Construction Documents for Structural Systems in Revit.
Prepare a set of structural construction documents using Revit Structure incorporating the building models created in BIM 341. Produce plan, section, elevation and enlarged views of the project for sheet layout. Keynote elements of the project model. Develop schedules and a limited number of structural details extracted from the BIM model.
Introduction to Navisworks (20 Clock Hours) – Running object-interference checks on 3D models, creating 4D simulations, interactive animations, and photorealistic renderings using Navisworks.
Explore the methodologies for integrating Revit, 3D AutoCAD and compatible software programs into a Navisworks 3D model which can be used to create clash detection between various structural and MEP systems. Apply workflow strategies for efficient use of integrating various BIM models into clash detection analysis models. Create timeline animations representing 4D construction modeling and scheduling. Produce and resolve time-based clash detection reports which will minimize on-site construction change order requests.
Certification Test Prep (4 Clock Hours) - Seminar review "Test Prep" course for the Autodesk Revit Certification Exam.
Demonstrate proficiency manipulating model information. Validate your skills and knowledge of Revit. Advance your competitive edge and reputation, and achieve an accepted credential which can advance your career. Compare the functionality of different commands by using alternate interface methods.
Introduction to Autodesk Civil 3D (28 Clock Hours) - Applying Civil 3D for basic 3D design projects.
Create a topographic survey document by importing relevant field-generated data. Develop site parcels, using survey data; properly displaying parcel data; including surface generation and surface manipulation. Create site profile views, terrain profiles, and design profiles. Master surface and point manipulation including fine-tuning manipulation to accurately reflect existing and future site conditions.
Intermediate Autodesk Civil 3D (28 Clock Hours) - Emphasizes intermediate civil engineering tools within Civil 3D.
Design and create a corridor and derive information and data from the corridor. Design and create an intersection. Create and analyze sections and section views. Design and create a grading model and a grading model feature line.
Autodesk Civil 3D Construction Documents (28 Clock Hours) - Using major Civil3D design elements.
Design and create pressure networks in plan and profile. Discover and explore data referencing of Civil3D design elements. Utilize data referencing to create new drawings. Produce professional plans utilizing sheet sets.
Autodesk Certification Test Prep (4 Clock Hours) – Seminar review "Test Prep" course for the AutoCAD Certification Exam.
Demonstrate proficiency manipulating drawing information. Validate your skills and knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D. Advance your competitive edge and reputation, and achieve an accepted credential which can advance your career. Compare the functionality of different commands by using alternate interface methods.
Introduction to 3ds Max - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) - Basic modeling techniques and rendering tools using 3ds Max.
Acquire basic understanding of the User Interface to become comfortable with the 3ds Max work environment. Explore different methods of creating Standard Primitives. Demonstrate proficiency in modifying Standard Primitives to create furniture for the class project. Discover methods of applying materials to objects in a project.
Intermediate 3ds Max (28 Clock Hours) - Advanced modeling techniques and rendering tools using 3ds Max.
Acquire advanced modeling tools to develop a variety of objects. Explore advanced material and lighting settings, including the use of external images to produce photorealistic renderings. Construct multiple scenes and scene states to efficiently model, navigate, and render 3ds Max files. Build a skills toolbox for personal and professional development of image renderings.
Advanced 3ds Max (28 Clock Hours) – Animation techniques and rendering.
Acquire advanced modeling tools to develop a variety of 3D objects. Explore advanced material and lighting settings, including the use of external images and HDR photos to produce photorealistic renderings. Construct animation sequences using key frame and curve editor applications. Build a skills toolbox for personal and professional development of renderings and animations.
Introduction to SketchUp - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) - intro to SketchUp, preliminary massing studies, preliminary interior design, AutoCAD compatibility, basic presentation techniques.
Design massing and preliminary design 3D models. Determine the most efficient way of accurately and productively working within SketchUp. Use all of the SketchUp tools to best learn the functionality of the software program. Create walk throughs of 3D models using the camera tools.
Intermediate SketchUp (20 Clock Hours) - Schematic design concepts, design development concepts, AutoCAD compatibility pt.2, Revit compatibility, other 3d software compatibility, refined presentation techniques.
Use more advanced SketchUp tools to create doors, walls, windows and to detail the interior of buildings. Create and edit new materials and add photo textures to SketchUp models from Google Earth. Create scenes, generate scene settings and animate those settings in SketchUp. Explore creating topography and exporting images and animations.
Introduction to Photoshop (20 Clock Hours) – Learn about the user interface and Photoshop’s impressive tools.
Explore the tools of Photoshop for use in the professional environment to construct presentation or marketing material. Employ techniques to adjust, enhance, and compose files to produce a useable document. Implement proper editing techniques for file/layer management. Produce a completed document ready for use in print media or digitally.
Intermediate Blueprint Reading - Recommended - (6 Clock Hours) - An indepth study of architectural, civil, engineering, interior and other construction documents for a mixed-use commercial project.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of commercial project Construction Documents (blueprints) for a large Mixed-Use project (hotel, parking and retail). Analyze different drawings and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents. Evaluate the similarities between all sets of construction documents submitted for building permits. Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Documents. Gain experience understanding how 3D model presentations within a set of construction documents makes the construction documents easier to understand the project.
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The Enrollment Process
Joining a VDCI Technology Certificate Program is a commitment on your part - which will benefit your career in the long-run.
VDCI wants to make sure that you understand your rights and your protections when you participate in one of our Programs.
To begin enrolling, you must first review and then submit an Enrollment Agreement. Please follow the steps listed below.
Contact VDCI with Questions
If you have any questions, please contact our Program Manager -- 619-758-9300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss our Technology Certificate Programs. Our Program Manager will help guide you in choosing the best path for you and will assist you in the Enrollment Process.
(Step 1) Review a Technology Certificate Program Enrollment Agreement
Please click on the name of your Technology Certificate Program below to review an Enrollment Agreement.
- CAD / BIM Technology Certificate Program Enrollment Agreement
- CAD Technology Certificate Program Enrollment Agreement
- BIM Technology Certificate Program Enrollment Agreement
- Civil 3D Technology Certificate Program Enrollment Agreement
(Step 2) ADD TO CART and Begin the Checkout Process
- Choose the Payment Plan for your Technology Certificate Program, confirm the three required items and "ADD TO CART."
- Go to your Cart and create or SIGN IN to your account.
- Go through the Checkout Process.
- After you have checked out, you will receive two emails from VDCI Registrar -- your Order Confirmation and your VDCI Enrollment Agreement.
- Please follow the link provided in the fourth paragraph of your VDCI Enrollment Agreement email. Once you have completed the Enrollment Agreement, please SUBMIT it to the VDCI Registrar. NOTE: You can "copy/paste" your initials to speed up the enrollment process. The Enrollment Agreement is long but again, it is important for you to understand your rights and the protections which VDCI has in place for you.
- After you have submitted your Enrollment Agreement, our Program Manager will email you an executed copy of your Enrollment Agreement.
(Step 3) Payment Pending until VDCI receives your signed Enrollment Agreement
When you pay for your Technology Certificate Program, your credit card will not be charged until VDCI has received your Enrollment Agreement.
Please contact our Program Manager -- 619-758-9300 or email email@example.com with any questions, etc.
(Step 4) Begin your Technology Certificate Program!
After the Enrollment Process is complete, our VDCI Program Manager will reach out to you to Welcome you to the VDCI Technology Certificate Program, to discuss required and elective course options and to answer any other questions you might have.
Students who enroll in a Technology Certificate Program must pass their first four courses within the first four-month period with a grade of “B” before they are officially registered as a candidate in the Technology Certificate Program.
Welcome! VDCI looks forward to supporting you in your CAD, BIM and VDC career education.