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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a reliable way to gauge someone’s AutoCAD, Civil 3D, or Revit experience before they are hired and start working? There is a certain peace of mind that comes with knowing what a person can do, especially when they will contribute to the success of your organization.

One of the biggest challenges we hear from our customers here at Ideate, is how to find qualified engineers, architects, and drafters to hire. In some cases, there are numerous applicants interested in a position, and all of them list “AutoCAD Experience” on their resumes. The trouble is “experience” can mean anything from having used AutoCAD in the past, to having taken an AutoCAD class in college or at a technical school, to actual on-the-job use of the program.  Skill level varies widely and it is difficult to know how someone will perform before they are hired and on the job. If a person is hired who doesn’t have the needed skills, both the company and the employee have lost valuable time and energy.

Implementing an application-based skills test during the interview process is one way to help gauge the level of experience a user has. However, developing the test for your standards, and scheduling the exam takes time and resources.

An alternative, and arguably much easier solution, is to look for Autodesk Certified Professionals when reviewing resumes and interviewing job applicants.

The Autodesk Certified Professional program ensures a reliable validation of skills and knowledge in the use of Autodesk applications. Hiring certified professionals can lead to accelerated staff development and improved productivity.

Ideate is proud to feature multiple Autodesk® Authorized Training Centers (ATC) and Autodesk® Certification Centers (ACC), providing globally recognized training and testing. Ideate offers Professional level certification exams for AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, and Revit MEP. *

Are you a current professional looking to distinguish yourself from others? Gaining Autodesk Certified Professional status will provide an industry-recognized credential that helps prove your skill level to current and future employers. With an Autodesk certification, you will enhance your credibility and career success.

*Please note, exam vouchers must be purchased directly through Ideate and individual appointments are scheduled monthly at our Authorized Certification Centers. For more information and to schedule an exam, please contact us at education@ideateinc.com or 888.662.7238 x1012.

For more information on the software solutions, training and consulting Ideate provides, please visit the Ideate, Inc. homepage.


      Matt Miyamoto
Matt Miyamoto
ENI Manager & Senior Application Specialist

Matt is an ENI Manager and Senior Application Specialist in Ideate, Inc.’s Seattle office. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Civil Engineer. Prior to joining Ideate, Matt worked as a civil engineer, using Civil 3D on a variety of projects including site development, roadway improvements and infrastructure design. With over 10 years of experience in the civil engineering industry, Matt now provides training, consulting, technical support, and implementation strategies for organizations transitioning to Civil 3D. Matt is an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), as well as an Autodesk Certified BIM Specialist: Roads and Highway Solutions. Additionally, Matt is and Autodesk Certified Professional for AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Civil 3D. Find Matt on Twitter.