SAE AND CADPO Announce New Automotive CAD Certification Courses and 2005 Training and Examination Schedule

Free pre-assessments available

TROY, MI , January 10, 2005 - The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Cadpo announce the release of the first three CAD certification courses and examinations along with a 2005 training and examination schedule. SAE Automotive CAD Certification is the industry's only international program that provides the standard for developing and measuring automotive CAD skills globally.

This software neutral certification validates understanding of automotive best practices by discipline and bridges the gap between automotive theory and industry application in leading CAD programs. Certification is currently offered in CATIA and Unigraphics - the two most widely used CAD programs in the automotive industry. As a worldwide initiative, this program ensures quality in design resources around the globe. A certified SAE Automotive CAD Professional is a design engineer who has mastered automotive essentials and one of four disciplines: styling, interior trim, structures and powertrain/chassis.

The first three released courses and their respective certification examinations include:

  • Automotive Essentials, which tests knowledge and skills in drafting, assemblies, tolerance management, data management, electrical Systems, industrial materials/processes, sheet metal fabrication and processing
  • Automotive Structures, which tests knowledge and skill body in white (BIW) design, model integrity, die design and tooling on class B automotive parts
  • Automotive Interior Trim, which tests plastics fundamentals, packaging, automotive design regulations, smart model geometry and plastic design and tooling

These courses and examinations were reviewed by the SAE Certification Curriculum Committee, including representatives from General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company and Delphi. Powertrain/chassis and styling courses will be forthcoming.

SAE's main Automotive CAD Certification web page - - has complete course information. In addition, the site now has the 2005 training and examination schedule for Troy, Mich., Shanghai, China, and Bangalore, India. Additional locations and onsite programs are currently being planned.

The website also has links to FREE pre-assessments for these three courses. Potential candidates can gauge their examination readiness. A report is e-mailed to pre-assessment takers outlining areas to study prior to taking the certification exams.

About SAE
SAE is a non-profit engineering and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of mobility technology to better serve humanity. Nearly 85,000 engineers and scientists who are SAE members develop technical information on all forms of self-propelled vehicles, including automobiles, aircraft, aerospace craft, trucks, buses, marine, rail and transit machinery. This information is disseminated through SAE meetings, books, electronic products and databases, technical papers, standards, reports, and professional development programs.

About Cadpo
CAD Potential, Inc. ("Cadpo") empowers people through engineering knowledge with e-learning, training, and services offering expertise in CATIA, NX/Unigraphics, SolidWorks, Teamcenter Engineering, and others. Cadpo's® is the only multi-application e-learning system in the MCAD/PDM/PLM industry. Established in 1988, Cadpo is a privately owned company headquartered in Westminster, Colorado with international offices in Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit