Computer-Aided Design Skills Program gets Delivery Partner

Warrendale, PA (February 23, 2005) - FSAE International and CAD Potential Inc. announced today that Virtual Services, Inc. is the first delivery partner of SAE Automotive CAD Certification � the industry's only global program that sets the standard for developing and measuring automotive computer-aided design skills.

�Virtual Services has a 20-year history of serving Detroit and the automotive industry. Its industry expertise and client base of 350 automotive suppliers bring a strong delivery channel to this program,� said Kevin Perry, SAE International's manager of Professional Development.

Cadpo President Kevin Noe added: "Virtual Services is an authorized Business Partner to IBM, Dassault Systemes and UGS Corporation, which makes the company an ideal partner to help us serve both user communities with this software neutral certification program."

�We provide engineering solutions and support services to suppliers of BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota ," said D. Mark Ratliff, president and CEO, Virtual Services. �With OEMs and suppliers focused more than ever on productivity improvements to enhance global competitiveness, this program will improve design team productivity while reducing cost through an on-demand, industry-developed automotive curriculum."

As part of this partnership, Virtual Services will assist in Cadpo's certification curriculum beta review program, bringing CATIA V5 automotive design subject matter expertise. CATIA V5 Certification courses will be finalized and launched in the second quarter. Unigraphics NX Certification courses are now available. Two locations are available for training: Virtual Services' training center in Madison Heights , MI , and Cadpo's training center at M-TEC Macomb in Warren , MI . For complete program information and training schedules, visit

Organizations interested in becoming an SAE Automotive CAD Certification Delivery Partner may contact Dora Smith, director of certification, Cadpo, at

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