About CDI College
CDI College is system of institutions located throughout the provinces of Canada, which claim to be educational and professional training facilities that prepare people for a future in the workplace.
CDI College is a for-profit university, which is a type of post-secondary learning institution that has been multiplying over the last few years. According to CDI College’s website, recent press releases promoting their school, and Wikipedia page, they offer a wide variety of diploma programs and have over twenty different locations that prospective students may attend.
When choosing an institution of higher learning, one of the important things you should look for is “accreditation,” the process by which a third party evaluates the educational program and makes sure that it meets pre-determined standards. In both the United States and Canada, this third party must be approved by the government's Educational Department.
Being a Canadian school, in order for CDI College to have accreditation, they must adhere to specific guidelines set out by each individual province where their campuses are located.
Unfortunately, as the attendance rates of for-profit universities have risen there have been reports that some for-profit colleges and universities have mislead their prospective students into believing they are fully accredited.
The reality then turns out to be that only some of their diploma programs meet standards for accreditation while others do not, or sometimes the schools claim accreditation from a third party which is not sanctioned by the country's Educational Department.
Thankfully, it is possible to conduct your own research to determine whether or not a collegiate program is considered accredited. By going to the website of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, you can choose the province in which you are planning to attend school, and from there discover which schools and programs are accredited, and which are not.
Since many companies will not acknowledge or accept your degree or training certificate from an unaccredited program, making sure that you are attending an accredited program is necessary to protect the time, money, and effort that you invest into obtaining a college diploma.
If you have any experience with this school or their programs, please leave your CDI College reviews below.
29 ‘CDI College’ Reviews
Why I'm thrilled with my Surrey CDI physiotherapist / occupational assistant experience...
My college experience at Surrey CDI has been a positive one. I am happy that I received a comprehensive, affordable, quality education. My teachers kept the learning curve challenging, fun and memorable, and the skills practical. I found all of CDI's instructors to be capable, helpful, professional, and had real world, hands on experience in the areas that they were teaching. My classmates made learning awesome. I found the administrative staff friendly and very capable in their various capacities. I now have a rewarding job as an occupational therapist assistant because CDI college gave me the skills that my employer was looking for. Thanks CDI! I highly recommend CDI to anyone who values a quality education.
Brent Ellis. OTA
If you are seriously thinking about it, I urge you to read this, though it may be long.
1 star because I couldn't rate it any lower. This is pertaining to the Richmond, British Columbia campus.
I was going through some stuff in my life and started to research various options. I have been wanting to enter a trade for a while and I came across their Construction Electrician Foundations course. I had a couple of meetings with their advisers, Artika and later Mae. Honestly, they were nice and seemed helpful, though I'm sure they were just trying to sell me the program and get on with it. Well they succeeded because I signed up for it. I was actually excited for it.
I should have read all their reviews before hand because from the moment I signed up and paid the $250 application fee (there are top tier universities with lower application fees), things started to be a hassle.
First thing was payment. I ended up having to give them $6,077 (50% of tuition) in cash because they would not accept my credit card and cheques took weeks to clear through them. That was fine though, it got done.
From then on, it took me making a call every day and about a weeks time to get a letter of enrollment and proof that I had actually been signed up for the program, something I assumed to be instant after payment.
I signed up around November 15th, 2014, for a course starting on January 19th, 2015. On January 15th I received a text message from Mae (the adviser) letting me know that the program was delayed until January 26th. Not a big deal I thought. Two days later, I get another text message almost congratulating me because they have decided to take off $2,000 from our class' tuition. Why? Well because they program would not only be delayed another week until February 2nd, but that the times would be changed from the original 1-6 PM to 5-10 PM.
Two days before my program was supposed to start I get a text message telling me that all the scheduling and planning that I've prepared for the next 7 months of my life are now irrelevant, but I get $2,000 for 'my troubles'.
Turns out those times wouldn't work. Long story short, they seemed to be trying to accommodate me (by now I've actually gone in to sit down with them because I found the whole texting a bit unprofessional) but to no avail. I ended up deciding to drop out of the program after they agreed to refund my $6,077 (everything I paid minus the $250 application fee, which at the time I was not willing to argue with these people over.)
As soon as I get there to sign my "cancellation" papers I was smart enough to ask about my refund. I told them I would not sign anything until I got my money back, since the letter they tried to get me to sign was me acknowledging that I had received my refund. They told me it would be about 4 weeks to get my refund. I was not having it so I sat down with the finances guy, Raymond, and had him call the headquarters (in Toronto I believe) and expedite the process. I gave him until Friday under threat of making this a legal matter. We'll see how that goes.
15 minutes after I left I get a call from a lady whom I never had the 'pleasure' of meeting. She tells me that she will be calling the Canadian immigration services to let them know I would not be attending and that I would lose my visas. To me it sounded like a threat, so I told her she could do whatever she wanted, once I get my refund. Turns out I no longer require a Visa to begin with so it didn't bother me, but it is something to watch out for from these people for any international that might sadly come across this college.
TL:DR - CID sucks, they are a hassle to deal with and they are everything but professional. Wish I had read these reviews before I made my choice, now I'm dealing with the consequences. STAY AWAY FROM THEM.
This school has received a full federal loan for a 10 month program my daughter dropped out of after 2 months.They dont return calls, they dont help and they should lose their accreditation from the gov't!!!
The state of hypocrisy
The do care more about the staff than the students. Everything's is lead by their image and see by yourself how perfect CDI College pretend to be in their phony students comments, "At CDI my instructor help me a lot and took a great deal of time for me, my classroom mate were so funny and it was great to be at CDI College" etc, etc, etc.
The fact is that they do seems to care as long as you pay them, but once the money is in the bank, some of the peoples are out of there. This is a company lead by money. They pretend to be the ones who are right while the student are always wrong as long as they say what they want hear. .
HELP ME PLEASE
I just enrolled in the pharmacy assistant program for sept at the Edmonton campus. After reading all of these reviews I am very very scared. The school called me to tell me that my loan was approved. Does anyone know if it is too late for me to back out? I unfortunately did sign my enrollment papers :( Thanks