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.
34 ‘CDI College’ Reviews
Waste of Time, Energy and Most of All Money!!
I enrolled in the Accounting and Payroll Admin diploma program in 2014. Thinking a change of pace would fast track diploma program would place me into a better career. Beware to all!! When speaking to an admissions person you will be told that the college is "fully" accredited and that you are making a giant step forward if you want to become an accountant or payroll manager etc. This is only partly true. CDI is not accredited at all with the Canadian Payroll Association (if you want to become certified), you will have to pay another 2500.00 approx to do their on-line courses in the association's certification process.....you cannot transfer any of your credits that you have "earned" from CDI. What that means is that you have to pay again and redo four courses that you have already paid for through CDI. You will also be told that you can challenge the exam for certification...that, I found out is true, but ask yourself if what you learned at CDI is up to snuff in order to challenge an exam from an association that does not recognize what we have been taught. I am not so sure and after all of the negativity and little white lies here and there...I don't trust that I could challenge the exam.
Another little tidbit I found out about last January is that CDI is not accredited through another CPA, which is the Chartered Professional Accountant association that is Canada wide. If you have chosen to become an accountant of any type, the CPA does NOT recognize any of your credits from the accounting part of the program. You will have to go to another college or university that is recognized for another couple of years and then you can transfer those credits into the CPA program to start your designation.
If taking this program do NOT expect anything else other than a good for you for finishing a college course....it will not help you on your ways to a career professional in either accounting or payroll.
BEWARE! BEWARE! BEWARE! The piece of paper called a diploma that you and almost all students receive for little or no work is NOT worth over $18,000.00!! Take your money and extra time and put it to use at a school that can help you go places.
Extremely dissappointed and angry
I attended the CDI in Edmonton City Center back in 2013-2014, My teachers were all good and I enjoyed going, What has really made me think badly about it is their collection practices. I recently have been going through my school papers and noticed a letter from them saying I owed $606.66 as of Feb/14. I graduated in Mar/14 . So it took me 7 months to get a job in my field as most places don't recognize CDI as a good place to go so you actually have to prove yourself, well suddenly i am getting calls from a collection agency saying I owe the school $2300.00 for unpaid dues? funny.... how is it possible I owed $606.00. when i haven't been there surely interest is not that high. I also find it funny how the same program at a different college is also 10,000 cheaper half my classes at CDI were useless in my field I took the Medical office administration. Plus the amount of staff change over in the administration area was crazy multiple people were fired for reasons they would not say I am starting to think it was the mishandles off money.
Excellent!! Not a bad thing to say about CDI
I have almost completed my program (HCA), just my practicum to go. The best decision I could have made was to go here.
I have finished at the top of my class and I owe it all to my teacher, Sanjay. His knowledge and way of teaching was encouraging and inspiring. He encouraged us to ask questions and was happy to answer them, even repeatedly. His numerous years as a nurse allowed us to understand the situations that we would encounter in our field and how to handle them.
The rest of the staff on campus were great. They were friendly and helpful. Any questions or concerns that I had were dealt with immediately.
I would recommend CDI to anyone and everyone!!
hca from cdi surrey campus donna
I had a amazing experience I worked hard and had awesome support from my teachers and college was very helpful in the application and with student loan process. This college has made it possible for me to have a career and instructors helped us and taught us everything to help us be successful in the field. I'm glad I choose CDI college and I would recommend anyone who wants go back to school to come to this college.they also teach you one course at a time so the pace is good. I want to thank Sanjay HCA instructor for helping me believe in my self and for being a great instructor and giving me all the skills I need for this Health care assistant career.
CDI helped me change my life....And give me a lifelong career
From the moment I came into CDI surrey campus I felt excited to learn and felt supported to do so. Sanjay was my instructor for the Health Care Assistant Program and he was extremely thorough and structured throughout the duration of the program. He pushed for excellence and the theory and practical lessons were taught in a way that was educational and fun. I would like to thank Sanjay for believing in my potential before I knew I had it and the CDI staff for making it easy to enrol in the program. I am considering going into the PN program in the next five years and I will return to CDI for this.
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
My husband started the Networking/Systems program over a week ago. From what he's told me, his 4 hours of class time per day consists of him self-teaching while the instructor teaches students for a slightly different program. I was very suspicious of the whole $20,000 tuition from the start (a 1 year college diploma at a public college costs way less than even half of that!) and after reading the reviews on here, I am still feeling uneasy. I have been to two different public colleges in the past 12 years and have found that the curriculum/value of what I learned was high quality. From what I understand from his experiences so far, the first course is all about the basics of Windows 7 and how to navigate the Windows program. I don't know about you all, but I knew the basics of Windows programs since I was very young. I just feel that what he will be taught is not worth the money. The reps seemed to have brainwashed my husband into thinking that he'll get a great job after graduation and that if he keeps his marks high, he can qualify for part of tuition reimbursed in the form of an award or bursary. has anyone on here actually got money back from doing well in any programs at CDI? Please reply.
I wish I had found this site first! CDI ripped me off!
I began investigating the addiction/community service worker course at CDI in Ajax,decided to put it off for a while and Geoffrey the salesman from said "college" pursued me with many promises of future employment opportunities. I had explained to him several times that I wanted to work in a treatment centre and be an addictions worker, he reassured me as did the placement officer that my diploma would get me the job I wanted. Thank God I started looking for placement opportunities after only 1 month. I called every drug/ alcohol treatment centre across Toronto and not ONE of them will recognize this diploma... Please Please take my advise and speak with the companies that you want to work for first before giving CDI any of your $
Good luck , oh and btw my "teacher" is an underemployed social worker who has absolutely no knowledge regarding drug addiction , relied on students for information , and admitted to taking this job as he couldn't find any other!
Knowledgeable Student Pissed Off
I've been a full-time student for six years, and graduated into the media/communications field, which unfortunately has little job security and a lot of transition. I'm more interested in maintaining full-time, steady employment, so enrolled at CDI to get a one-off piece of paper to help get my foot in the door with employers like real estate companies, government agencies, and the like.
After signing up and paying the 15% (thanks student loans) I'm sitting in a classroom with a teacher (professor is far too generous a term) that pronounces "indictable" as in-dick-table, not "in-dite-able". Tip of the iceberg. She walks in 5-10 minutes late for class consistently (if this was a regular occurance in "the real world" the person being paid to show up would be canned). We are failed when we can't take dictation, even though she doesn't speak English at all well, it's not a native language for her (ordinarily I find nothing wrong with a difficulty with ESL challenges, but in a course where accuracy and understanding are paramount, and the ENTIRE CLASS fails for such a difficulty , it's inexcusable.
I voiced these concerns and was basically told by the administration tough luck, despite well-reasoned arguments, and received a thinly veiled accusation of discrimination.
I'm withdrawing this afternoon, and urge people thinking of attending CDI in Victoria, B.C., to instead go to Camosun College if they offer a similar program (which they will). My years at that college were the best in my life, and they had the best teachers one could ask for.
I'm lucky because I have fall-back employment and contracts which I love. I feel for the 18 and 19-year old classmates with little to no professional work experience that wander into a law office pronouncing it "in-dick-table." They don't stand a chance.
It depends on what program you take
At CDI I think it depends on what program you take.
I took up a program in Cardiology Technology,completed the program
Did the board exams and I now work for a hospital in Ontario.
As they promised I didn't have to pay the whole loan.
I am happy that I took up a career with CDI.
THE CDI COLLEGE IN EDMONTON IS A SCAM PLS DONT ATTEND
WORST SCHOOL INN CANADA (BEWARE OF IT)
I was lured to this school with a promise of job placement.....nothing they
said was true...I finished the school for some years now but no job, I was heart broken to see CDI college graduates doing survival jobs to make ends meet after paying so much in school to get a diploma that worth nothing....
How can a developed country like Canada allow this kind of scam called school to operate in Canada, rubbing meanly immigrants their hard earned money and subjecting them to student loan they had to buy through their nose?
Its so sad!!!!!
What a bloody waste of time, energy and most of all money!!!!!!!!!
I attended CDI college west (WHAT A JOKE). I was told that if I kept good grades half of my student loan would be forgiven...LIE!...None of the teachers are certified, you cant get a quality job after graduation. You probably have a better chance of getting a career with a diploma from the school of hard knocks. Before anyone jumps on this post about applying yourself and all the bull, please know that I graduated with full honors! Do not go to this school go to NAIT, Grant MacEwan or the U of A. Don't be another sucker like me!
CDI is amazing
Ok all of you are complaining cause you guys are close minded people. I graduated two years ago in calgary and was able to to find a job working at the head office of scotiabank. Maybe if u worked hard enough you would find a job.
Dont go there
sorry my first language is french so ill do my best !!!!
im studying in informatic accounting
Dont go to cdi college evrybody who attempt to the class will PASS !!!!! im on facebook evryday.. i dont listen ... and i pass
to push my luck further i have wrote a big wtf in a "bilan" wich is like the summary of some accountive s***t , in my final exam !! and i tstill got 72% in my examen !!!
they never clean up the school i have put on the ground purposly chip crumps a month ago and they are still there !!!!
the classes temperature is always upper then 28 degree
the teacher are nice but they make evry body pass
all your module will be evaluate like this
30% first exam
25 team project
40% final exam
u will need more then 50% AT URE FINAL EXAM and 60% total to pass ure module but ....
guess what ..(again we did it on purpose to test)
i had 14/30 in my first exam 46%
i had 21/40 in my final exam 51.2%
i did nothing in the team work and my partner did nothing too !!!
we had 23/25 ... 92%
and since i show up in most of my class they gave me 4/5
so 14+21+23+4=62% !!! i pass
dont go to cdi collège you will just waste 11 800 $ and you will not have a good job at the end .... you will probably work at h&r block as a consoller !!! 14-16$ an hour ....
dont go to cdi college !!!
Great education and experience
I attended CDI and loved the experience. Part of graduating is taking ones own initiative - pound the payment harder than a Hooker and you'll get a.
Attitude is everything. Think it sucks and it will suck. Work hard at being a success and you'll be one.
But yeah - CDI was a great experience.