Autodesk Australia have announced the official launch of 2010 Certification in Australia. Australian design and engineering professionals can now become Autodesk Certified in AutoCAD 2010, Autodesk Inventor 2010, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 software, with over 10 Certification centres available across five states.
Becoming Autodesk Certified allows professionals, and companies boasting Autodesk Certified employees, to validate their industry skills and knowledge, demonstrate expertise and gain credibility. Customer demand has contributed to the huge growth of Autodesk Certification over the past year, increasing the number of Autodesk Certified professionals to more than 100,000 globally.
Barbara Bowen, certification program development manager, Autodesk, said, “With engineering and design fields becoming increasingly competitive, certification gives employees an edge at a time when having one is critical to career success. Autodesk Certification allows experienced designers and engineers to validate acquired skills by receiving recognition for their knowledge of specific Autodesk software applications.”
Certification can only be achieved after passing a rigorous Autodesk certification exam, or series of exams, and companies like Parsons Brinckerhoff, a planning, engineering, program and construction management, and opera¬tions and maintenance organisation, recognise the importance of certification and of having consistent quality of skills company-wide. In 2008, Parsons Brinckerhoff partnered with Autodesk to bring certification to its designers.
Rebecca Arsham, CAD training manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, said, “Parsons Brinckerhoff needed a reliable way to assess the skill level of its employees, ensure they were up to industry standards and equip staff for their next project. The pilot program with AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D was extremely successful. With the Autodesk training model, employees had an 83 percent and 71 percent pass rate on the Associate Certification and Professional Certification exams, respectively. Through this program, Parsons Brinckerhoff has seen an increase in productivity and gained competitive advantage by marketing Autodesk Certified staff expertise on many of its projects.”