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Frequently Asked Questions

Course Information

  • Would you describe a typical online course?

    Once inside the course you will download the preloaded course files, and then begin to watch the videos provided by the instructor. After watching the videos, we recommend watching each video twice, you can begin to practice on your own (preferably with a second monitor). Once you feel comfortable with the material in each lesson, part of your homework will include completing quizzes and hands on assignments. At the mid-point and end of a typical course, a midterm and final project will be due.

  • How long are your courses?

    Each of our online courses has a two-week duration. Our onsite courses have either a two- or three-week duration.

  • Where can I find more information on the courses?

    Specific information on each course is provided in the COURSE DESCRIPTION section of the website. You can select the name of the course which interests you. That calls up a link with a course overview video. There are other tabs on the page which include specifics on the TOPICS covered in each course. You can also click here to see all of our course overview videos in one location.

  • What is the typical amount of time it takes to complete a course?

    10 to 15 hours per week

  • How do I register for a course?

    To register for a course, click here.

  • What should I expect after enrolling in a course?

    After registering for your course, please review the required material and purchase the necessary textbook, as needed. You will receive email on the Friday before the course start date with an invitation to the course, and your login information to access the VDCI Portal. If you are a new student and have not downloaded the appropriate Autodesk software, after receiving your login information, please access the "Software Download" area of the course and download the software. When downloading, choose the "Browser Download" option and save the executable file in our "File Downloads" folder. Please make sure that your hibernate mode is temporarily disabled while you are downloading the executable file.

  • How do I contact my instructor?

    You will be able to contact your instructor through the student portal. Once you are logged into the student portal, select “Messages” from the menu on the left hand side to send a message to your instructor. Click here to access the student portal.

  • When do I receive my grades?

    Once you complete a course, your grade will be posted in the student portal within 5 days after the course ends.

  • When communicating with my instructor, when should I expect a response?

    Once you send a message to your instructor, you can expect to receive a response within 24 - 36 hours, except on holidays.

  • How does an online class work?

    When you register for an online course, you will receive an email with your login information to the student portal. Each online course is 2 weeks long. During that period, you can log into the student portal at any time. You do not have to login at a specific time during the day. You will go through lessons that are taught through videos and course materials. You will assignments, projects, and tests which must be completed by their set deadline. You will have access to a communication area where you can send messages to your instructor. You will also be able to join student forum discussions.

  • Do you have to be present on campus at any point throughout an online course?

    You do not need to be present on campus at any point throughout your online course. However, if you are in the San Diego area, you are welcome to stop by and use the classroom facilities if need be.

  • Can I work at my own pace?

    The online courses are 2 weeks long and include a set of lessons, assignments, and tests with deadlines. You can login to the student portal when you have the time to do so, but in order to pass the course, you must meet the deadlines assigned throughout the course. This means that the courses cannot be learned at your own pace.

  • For online courses, do I have to log in a specific time period throughout the day?

    No, you do not need to login at a specific time. You may login the portal at any time.

  • How much do courses cost?

    Individual courses range in price from $100 - $395. We offer 10/12.5/15% discounts when 3/4/5 courses are taken. cadteacher/vdci provides Continuing Education Training Bundles. You can click here to see the price for those Training Bundles. cadteacher/vdci also offers Continuing Education Technology Certificates. You can click here to see the price for those Technology Certificates.

  • Do you have payment plans?

    cadteacher/vdci offers interest-free payment plans for our Training Bundles and Technology Certificates.

  • What funding does VDCI accept?

    VDCI accepts funding from BPPE, EDD, and CalJobs. Learn more about these programs here.

  • Where can I find information on the textbook(s)?

    If you click here, this is a link to all of our current textbooks.

Certificate and Bundle Programs

  • How long are the certificate and bundle programs?

    Our Training Bundle Programs take between three and six months to complete. Our Technology Certificates take between six and nine months to complete.

  • What should I expect after enrolling for a Technology Certificate and/or Training Bundle?

    The next business day after you have enrolled, you will receive an email with your projected schedule and your username, password, and a link to access the VDCI Portal.

  • Can I receive guidance on choosing the best program for me?

    Yes, you can schedule to meet with our staff by contacting us at learn@cadteacher.com. We are more than happy to guide you.

  • What's the difference between a certificate program and bundle program?

    Both the bundle programs and the certificate programs prepare for the Autodesk certification exam. However, a bundle program is just a training program, whereas the certificate program includes more courses and electives. With the certificate program, you will receive an official certificate once you've completed the program.

Software Access and System Requirements

  • How do I access the software?

    All of our students receive access to the CAD, BIM, Virtual Design, etc. software which you need to participate in your course.

    When you receive your "Welcome to Class" email, you will be provided specific instructions on how to access our Autodesk software.

  • What are the system requirements?

    In our courses, you will be accessing our Learning Management System and using our cloud-based servers to run your Autodesk software.

    For our courses, you will need to have a computer which supports broadband and which has adequate processing power. Autodesk software typically requires that you have a 64-bit Operating System, such as Windows System 7 or Windows System 8. Please click here to learn what the computer system requirements are for the software being used in our courses.

  • How do I access the Autodesk Education Community Software

    As a nationally accredited institution, VDCI is able to provide you access to the Autodesk Education Software if you are taking multiple courses, training bundles or technology certificates.

    *Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the software license agreement or terms of service that accompany such software or cloud-based services. Software and cloud-based services subject to an Educational license may be used solely for Educational Purposes.

    Generally “Educational Purposes” means (i) in the case of a Qualified Educational Institution, Faculty or Other Authorized Educational Licensees, purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research and development that are part of the instructional functions performed by a Qualified Educational Institution or Other Authorized Educational Licensee and (ii) in the case of Students, purposes related to learning, training, research or development. “Educational Purposes” does not include commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes. Please see the license agreement or terms of service that applies to the product or service you are licensing and/or using for all specific terms, conditions and definitions.

    “Qualified Educational Institution” means an educational institution which has been accredited by an authorized governmental agency within its applicable local, state, provincial, federal, or national government and has the primary purpose of teaching its enrolled students. Examples, without limitation, of entities that are included and excluded from this definition are described at http://www.autodesk.com/educationterms.

    Examples of Qualified Educational Institutions include, without limitation, public or private:

    Elementary schools, middle schools and high schools
    Junior colleges
    Colleges, universities and technical schools
    Home school programs which belong to a nationally recognized home schooling body or are expressly recognized by a local school governing body as an acceptable alternative to an accredited educational institution

    Specifically excluded, without limitation, from the definition of Qualified Educational Institution are:

    Non-accredited educational institutions
    Training centers
    Churches
    Hospitals, healthcare systems & research laboratories
    Libraries
    Museums



Job placement

cadteacher/vdci does not provide job placement. Because of our long-standing relationship within the San Diego/Southern California AEC (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) community, and also because of the strong reputation of our training program, many employers approach cadteacher/vdci and ask if we have any appropriate job candidates. If/when that happens, we do our best to support our students -- but formally, cadteacher/vdci does not provide job placement.



Pricing

Individual courses range in price from $100 - $395. We offer 10/12.5/15% discounts when 3/4/5 courses are taken. cadteacher/vdci provides Continuing Education Training Bundles. You can click here to see the price for those Training Bundles. cadteacher/vdci also offers Continuing Education Technology Certificates. You can click here to see the price for those Technology Certificates.

cadteacher/vdci offers interest-free payment plans for our Training Bundles and Technology Certificates.



MAC computers

Autodesk titles are typically written for the Windows Platform. Mac users can run the software titles in bootcamp mode. Please click here for a link of the hardware requirements for Autodesk software titles.



I signed up, what now.

Enrolling for Individual Courses:
After registering for your course, please review the required material and purchase the necessary textbook, as needed. You will receive email on the Friday before the course start date with an invitation to the course, and your login information to access the VDCI Portal. If you are a new student and have not downloaded the appropriate Autodesk software, after receiving your login information, please access the "Software Download" area of the course and download the software. When downloading, choose the "Browser Download" option and save the executable file in our "File Downloads" folder. Please make sure that your hibernate mode is temporarily disabled while you are downloading the executable file.

Enrolling for Technology Certificates and Training Bundles:
The next business day after you have enrolled, you will receive an email with your projected schedule and your username, password, and a link to access the VDCI Portal.

If you have any questions regarding registration please contact our Program Manager David McClain: david@cadteacher.com.