Advice to Employers, HR departments and Job seekers
CAD qualification is an Oxymoron
ie. A figure of speech that combines two apparently contradictory ideas (such as cruel kindness)
* So a CAD qualification may not be an indication of a candidate’s CAD skills ability to do a job.
* Due to the complexity of CAD software, a CAD qualification’s relevance will diminish over time.
+ Unless the software has been used on a regular basis since.
-Some CAD training certificates are non-tested. The only requirement being course completion.
-Some CAD training certificates are software version based. So they will look out of date on a CV.
City & Guilds courses
+ Widely known and respected. Wide area of topics covered. Tested skills and knowledge
- Typically unlimited attendance courses, sometimes advertised courses don’t run. Software version based training certificate.
Autocad training centre courses
+ widely known and respected.
-Typically unlimited attendance courses, sometimes advertised courses don’t run.
-Untested skills and knowledge. Was an additional certification course taken?
-Course topics limited depending on which courses taken. Courses can be essentials, intermediate or advanced.
-Software version based training certificate.
Independent CAD skills assessment & certification
+ Skills and knowledge tested, not software version based.
+ Remote or in house options are available so not dependent on an advertised course taking place.
+ Basic topics + a selection of intermediate and advanced topics
- Not so well known.