Autodesk Certified User is one of three exam programs at Certiport that are delivered with our exclusive Live-in-the-Application (LITA) technology. During an exam, the Compass software launches the corresponding locally installed Autodesk software so that portions of every Autodesk certification exam can take place in the actual program environment. This results in an exam experience that more closely resembles what a Test Candidate would encounter in the real world.
For example, the AutoCAD exam has an objective about matching properties of one object to other objects. Instead of answering a multiple choice question, the Test Candidate gets to demonstrate their knowledge by literally performing this task inside the AutoCAD program, during which Compass is measuring their performance.
Locally installed software versions
Like all software companies, Autodesk regularly introduces new versions of their software and retires older versions. Major versions are announced each year, while routine minor versions are released and utilized throughout that year as improvements and bug fixes are addressed.
Certiport exams are designed to run on a specific major version of the software. However, Certiport's release of new version of exam suites lags after Autodesk releases new major versions of their software.
Due to the intrinsic relationship between Compass and Autodesk software, we regularly test new minor (in-between) versions to ensure they work with our Compass software and result in the best experience for the Test Candidate. This non-stop evolution means that the minor versions we support can vary, and the person responsible for installing the applications needs to pay special attention in order to keep the locally installed program versions aligned with the program versions that Certiport has tested as supported, along with the exam versions that the Certiport Authorized Testing Center (CATC) has decided to administer.
Please Note: Once the Compass software is installed and any exam content is downloaded, both will update in the background when new versions are released (if set to Automatic). They do not require the same level of scrutiny that the locally installed Autodesk software requires as new versions are released.