There are three Autodesk Certified User (ADCU) certifications from which candidates can choose: the End User ADCU, Associate ADCU or the Professional ADCU. Candidates can also choose to achieve their ADCU certification in either AutoCAD or for Autodesk Inventor.
The End User Autodesk Certified User (ADCU) certification is designed for high school students, and achieving this certification requires the completion of a formal training course as well as a minimum of 50 lab hours of instructor-led, hands-on experience with the program in which the candidate intends to become credentialed.
The Associate and Professional ADCUs also require a minimum number of hours of academic training and lab work. For the Associate ADCU, candidates complete a training course and a minimum of 100 hours of hands-on work with the software in question, while the Professional ADCU requires a training course and a minimum of 400 hours of hands-on experience with either AutoCAD or Inventor.
Autodesk Certified User exams are administered through Certiport and most exams are taken at the same site as that in which the candidate completes his or her training. For high school students, exams are typically administered at their school. For the Associate or Professional level ADCUs, exams are commonly completed at an employer location or another registered Certiport testing facility.