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Certificate Completion Practical

30 Clock Hours 18 Days 30 AIA CEUs




PFC 501, the Technology Certificate Completion Practical, is your opportunity to showcase the skills you have learned at VDCI. You will work closely with your instructor to design and create a project which allows you to demonstrate the software skills you have learned at VDCI.

The end result of this course is for you to create a portfolio project which you can present to future employers.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the software programs learned in your Technology Certificate courses.
  • Evaluate the best methods to successfully complete your Certificate Completion Practical.
  • Develop a thesis project which integrates the best use of each of the software programs learned throughout your Technology Certificate.
  • Aligns with project deliverable submission schedules which are regularly used in industry -- Scheduling implementation plan; 30% deliverable; 60% deliverable; 90% deliverable; 100% deliverable; Final deliverable.

Intended Audience

This course is designed for Technology Certificate students to demonstrate the skills learned at VDCI to ultimately advance their employment opportunities.


Class participants will receive a grade based on their competency demonstrated in the project deliverables for this course.

This class aligns with project deliverable submission schedules which are regularly used in industry. You will create an implementation plan; and then submit 30% deliverable; 60% deliverable; 90% deliverable; 100% deliverable; Final deliverable.

You and your instructor will work closely together, to help you create the best possible project.

You and your instructor will agree on an implementation plan - which directs all of your anticipated project deliverables. Then, you will submit progress deliverables.

VDCI understands that sometimes you will need to change the scope of your implementation plan, so that you can successfully complete your final deliverable project on time. If you decide to change your project, you will need to discuss this with your instructor and to obtain approval to change your implementation plan. After that approval, you will need to update your implementation plan and to then submit updated progress deliverables (30/60/90, etc.) on your project. It is imperative that VDCI receives an implementation plan and all progress deliverables which support your final, completed project.

Class grades will be determined by the total number of points achieved in the following categories:

Implementation Plan/Programming 10%
30% Submittal 10%
60% Submittal 15%
90% Submittal 15%
100% Submittal 50%

Final grades are determined using the following scale:

Letter Grade Percent Grade Points
A+ 98 - 100 4.00
A 94 - 97 3.67
A- 90 - 93 3.50
B+ 87 - 89 3.33
B 83 - 86 3.00
B- 80 - 82 2.67
C+ 77 - 79 2.33
C 73 - 76 2.00
C- 70 - 72 1.67
D+ 67 - 69 1.33
D 63 - 66 1.00
D- 60 - 62 0.67
F 0 - 59 0.00

The weighted values will be summed into total points achieved.

Open Labs

You are welcome to join us on campus and to work on your Certificate Completion Practical during open lab hours.

Autodesk Certification Objectives

Autodesk Certification Objectives are not formally addressed in this course.

Certification / Accreditation

  • National Accreditation - VDCI is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). All of our courses are regulated and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • State of California Approval - Our individual courses, training bundles and technology certificate programs are approved by the State of California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) for both online and onsite learning.


This is the final course for our Technology Certificate students.

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.


Free Access to the Software

Free Access to the Software While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. The software provided will either be downloaded directly onto your machine or you will access the software on one of our Virtual Servers. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth. It is also very important, if you are accessing our Virtual Servers, that you pay special attention to the MP4 and PDF guidance provided regarding saving your project files (datasets) onto your local machine.



The Enrollment Process

Joining a VDCI Technology Certificate Program is a commitment on your part - which will benefit your career in the long-run.

Please read The Three Steps to Enroll into a Certificate Program listed below and then read the Enrollment Checklist. This page will walk you through the enrollment process.

The Three Steps to Enroll into a Certificate Program

(Step 1) Review a Technology Certificate Program Enrollment Agreement

Please click on the name of your Technology Certificate Program below and review that Enrollment Agreement. During the enrollment process, you will be acknowledging that you have reviewed your Enrollment Agreement before making your payment. You will be completing a copy of your Technology Certificate Program Enrollment agreement after you have enrolled in your Certificate Program.

(Step 2) ADD TO CART and Begin the Checkout Process

  • Choose the Payment Plan for your Technology Certificate Program, confirm the 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 completed the Checkout Process, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the Enrollment Agreement.
  • After you have submitted your Enrollment Agreement, our Program Manager will email you an executed copy of your Enrollment Agreement.

(Step 3) 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 your schedule, your required and elective course options and to answer any questions you might have.

Vocational Students will be automatically placed in a VDCI “trial period” for six weeks or until their first two courses in the Program have been successfully completed with a "C-" (70%) or better. These courses must include one required introductory level and one required intermediate level course required for the completion of the student’s certificate program.

Enrollment Checklist

  • Our technology certificate programs are nationally accredited; therefore, we adhere to the following expectations:

    (a) Program must be completed within the published time frame (9 – 12 months depending on the program)

    (b) Any breaks must be approved in advance – a Leave of Absence form must be submitted for approval. Work-related breaks are not allowed.

    (c) If employed within the industry, VDCI may ask you to confirm your employer, start date, position/title, employer contact info so we can verify your employment.

    (d) If a student does not plan to get employed in a training-related position, they should not enroll in a technology certificate program.
  • Proof of Education: VDCI requires a copy of a high school diploma, GED, or other proof of former education in order such as a transcript, diploma, or certificate to enroll in a certificate program
  • Trial Period: VDCI requires you to fill out an enrollment agreement prior to starting your first course in the program. By signing the enrollment agreement, you agree to start the program under a trial period where you will be expected to complete two courses with a 70% or higher. If you do not pass this trial period, you will be dropped from the program and you will not be allowed to enroll in another technology certificate program, however, you can enroll in our training bundles. See VDCI Catalog page 94 to review the trial period details.
  • Stay in touch with Staff: VDCI expects each student to communicate with our staff when an issue arises that may affect their class attendance. Lack of communication, after a certain period of time, may result in program termination.
  • Certificate Program v Training Bundle: If the student is not interested in receiving a technology certificate for completing a program, they should not enroll in a program and should refer to our training bundles.
  • Hardware Requirements: Student must have a computer that meets the computer hardware requirements necessary to run Autodesk software programs.
  • Student must have fundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment.
  • Students must have access to good-quality (10 mbps) Internet bandwidth. It is recommended that students use dual monitors.
  • Time Commitments: Student must have enough time to spend 20+ hours per each 18-day cycle to complete each online course.
  • Student must be comfortable taking classes online.

Contact VDCI with Questions

If you have any questions, please contact our Program Manager -- 619-758-9300 or email admissions@vdci.edu 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.

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