Autodesk Launches Academic Certs


Software developer Autodesk is expanding its certifications to secondary and post-secondary students through its new Autodesk academic certification program. The credential students earn is the same as the professional-level credential but is offered at an academic discount.

The certification program includes a pre-assessment application proficiency exam, courseware, and certified user and certified expert examinations. (Schools that wish to deliver the exams can become authorized certification centers.) The exams are delivered via the Web and cover Autodesk's AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor Professional, Revit Architecture, and AutoCAD Civil 3D software.

"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."

Schools can combine the certification program with the Autodesk Design Academy and the Autodesk Design Institute programs.

Those passing the exam will receive an electronic certificate and can opt to be listed on Autodesk's publicly available database of certified users and experts.

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