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    Lightbulb Autodesk Certification

    Hi all,

    I was speaking with a colleague yesterday who mentioned being interesting in taking the exam for the Revit Autodesk Certification. I’m not going to lie; I get very upset when I think about giving away hundreds of dollars for testing centers to hand me a generic certificate on cardstock. But it got me thinking.

    I was wondering if anyone here has taken the exam. If so, what was your experience with it? How difficult would it be for a person who is very familiar with Revit? According to my nearest testing center it is ‘a very difficult exam’. But according to the prep material even the expert exam looks relatively basic. So what do you guys think: Is it worth the time and money?

    Thanks,

    Sarah

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    It costs about $US 200. $75 for the Associate Certificate, and $125 for the Professional Certificate. I would say, do it only if it is something that you can use for your own benefit. Depending on what one does for a living, the certificates are important or not. Most employers do not care much about certificates, but they rather give you a test at the office before an interview. For people who do consulting and training, it is good to have the certificates, since prospective clients often ask about them. About the exams being easy or difficult, it's all relative to your knowledge. The Associate is a multiple choice exam. The Professional is about solving problems using Revit. If you pass, your name goes to a public database that is at: http://autodesk.starttest.com/ , and you can use the logos on your website, or cards, etc., if that is relevant to what you do.

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    I don't know about it's benefits but I've heard from several people that if you are familiar with Revit it isn't that hard at all.

    Personally, I'd rather just drop some useful Revit knowledge in an interview than spend a couple hundred dollars to add another line to my resume. But then again, I feel the same way about the LEED exams.

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    Sarah, there´s some talk about the certification in this thread

    Never taken it myself, but if it´s doable in 9-18 minutes (while eating sandwiches in between ) I´d say that it´s a waste of money and time (though only a short time, LOL)

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    As I suspected. As if Autodesk does not have enough of my time and money! Offering me a delicious sandwich to eat during the exam would be quite an incentive to take it though.

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    What kind of a sandwich would it be? I am a very picky eater.

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    I hope the secret ingredient is love. Or money.

    But if it's money then they should warn us before we try to eat it.

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    I personally think they were a joke and my last firm has decided to disregard the test as a ligitimate entrance "exam" for people coming into the firm and really don't consider it a plus on a resume at all....

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    The tests are a joke, they wont help you much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munkholm View Post
    Sarah, there´s some talk about the certification in this thread

    Never taken it myself, but if it´s doable in 9-18 minutes (while eating sandwiches in between ) I´d say that it´s a waste of money and time (though only a short time, LOL)
    Tests are a joke, and it was a cheese and bacon baguette, freshley baked (yummie)... The hardest part about the whole thing was avoiding dripping fat on the keyboard.

    But I do agree with Alf: as a consultant I've had a lot of advantage already, just as long as nobody asks for my honest opinion it looks impressive.

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