End-to-End Solution Effectively Measures Student Competencies and Proven
Experience in Engineering and Design Technology
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced the launch of its academic certification
program for secondary and post-secondary students. The Autodesk academic
certification program enables students to earn a credential in recognition of
their knowledge of specific Autodesk software applications. The credential
that students earn is the same credential that design professionals earn, but
it is offered at an affordable academic price.
Autodesk supports this program with an end-to-end certification solution
that includes: a pre-assessment application proficiency exam, Autodesk
official certification courseware for reviewing the knowledge and skills
covered on the certification examinations, and certified user and certified
expert examinations for validating knowledge and skills. Autodesk academic
certification exams support career pathways in architecture and construction;
manufacturing; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The
exams are mapped to select state academic standards and national academic
standards for science, technological literacy, mathematics and language arts.
"The Autodesk academic certification program offers schools an effective
way to measure student competencies, key to assisting with federal and state
accountability," said Nancy Headrick, assistant commissioner of the division
of career education in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education. "The program will also help our students stay ahead of the curve in
their academic and professional careers."
Paul Mailhot, senior director of worldwide education programs for
Autodesk, said, "The Autodesk certification program extends our commitment to
helping academic institutions prepare the next generation of design and
engineering professionals. The exams provide a unique way for schools to
demonstrate the progress they're making in the classroom with project-based
learning and problem-solving with real-world tools that give students a
competitive edge for future academic and professional success."
How the Certification Program Works
Schools that choose to deliver the Autodesk academic certification exams
can become authorized certification centers and have the flexibility to offer
exams to students at the school's convenience. The Web-delivered exams are
performance-based rather than traditional multiple choice, requiring students
to demonstrate their skills by using Autodesk applications such as AutoCAD,
Autodesk Inventor Professional, Revit Architecture and AutoCAD Civil 3D
software products to solve real-world problems.
The Autodesk academic certification program offers a proficiency
examination that assesses student readiness for certification and can help
educators determine what level of instruction is best for individual students.
Also available is the Autodesk official certification courseware, which
educators can either integrate as core text or supplemental instruction
material in the classroom. The certified user and certified expert
examinations validate student knowledge and skills.
When a student passes a certification exam, he or she will receive an
electronic certificate and can also opt to be listed in an Autodesk-
maintained, publicly available database of certified users and experts.
Certified students can also differentiate themselves in the competitive job
market by using the Autodesk certification logo on resumes, portfolios and
Preparing the Next Generation of Professionals
Secondary and post-secondary schools throughout the United States can
combine certification exams with the Autodesk Design Academy and the Autodesk
Design Institute solutions. These specialized solutions combine project-based
curriculum with cutting-edge 2D and 3D design software applications from
"With the release of the Autodesk academic certification program, we now
have a full solution for teaching and assessment which is critical in
preparing the next generation of engineers and designers," said Niel Tebbano,
vice president of Project Lead the Way, a national pre-engineering program
that offers pre-engineering and science curricula for middle- and high-school
For more information about the Autodesk academic certification program,
About Autodesk Education
Autodesk is committed to supporting students and educators by providing
access to powerful 2D and 3D design software, innovative programs and
resources designed to inspire the next generation of professionals to
experience their ideas before they're real. By advancing education in the key
areas of science, technology, engineering, math and visual communications,
Autodesk is helping students develop critical skills for future academic and
career success. Autodesk supports schools and institutions of higher learning
worldwide through substantial discounts, subscriptions, grant programs,
training, curricula development and community resources. For more information
about Autodesk education programs and solutions, visit
Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets.
Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the
broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help
customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies
rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world
performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance
quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk,
Autodesk, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Civil 3D, Inventor and Revit are
registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other
countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their
respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and
specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for
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