CDI College Reviews

CDI College
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CDI College is a system of institutions located throughout the provinces of Canada with the aim of being educational and professional training facilities.

How Does it Work?

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 they offer a wide variety of diploma programs and have over twenty different locations.

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.

Controversy Surrounding For-Profit Schools

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. 

Using 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 employers 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 CDI College or their programs, please leave your reviews below.

CDI College Customer Reviews

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Mr. Erick Bright
March 20, 2024
I am crafting a review of Mr. Erick Bright, the instructor for Supply Chain Management at CDI. Mr. Bright exemplifies dedication, resourcefulness, and deep knowledge in his field. His approach to teaching makes the subject of supply chain management both attractive and enjoyable. Not only is he friendly, but he also upholds high teaching ethics, ensuring a positive and enriching learning environment for his students.

AhmedEl Tahir March 20, 2024

Eric Bright

BIG thanks for my best teacher Balen Jalal
January 29, 2024

I am very grateful to have teacher like you his is the best teacher , he give us a lot off experience about Immigration assistant ,he explain us every details, ownsome in way of teaching very friendly, a lot of Thanks from the bottom of my heart to my instructor.

His is amazing * Director of GoGo Immigration Services

* Immigration Assistant Instructor at CDI-College Mississauga

* Member of College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC)

* Member of Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).

* Commissioner of taking affidavits for the province of Ontario.

Amazing Staff
November 24, 2023
Fantastic School! Professional Teachers and Caring.

Access Course
November 8, 2023
I absolutely loved the Access course. It was easy to follow and I feel very comfortable with the program.

Zero staff accountability, lies, and ridiculousness.
November 8, 2023

When I signed up, I chose this school because I was told that I would get a completion grant, paid directly to me, to aid in the fact that I did not get any living allowance with my student loans. That, at the very end, apparently turned out to be a blatant lie. I Challenged them on it, and it has been over a week and a half of getting the run around about it.

Now, I am fighting with them over a prerequisite that makes ZERO sense, and they did not even make sure it was done before I started (and have now finished) my practicum. Withholding my diploma!!!!!

The absolute incompetence of the people working here is outrageous, and the high turnover of staff makes it IMPOSSIBLE to hold anyone accountable.

We were not informed of practically anything that we should have been, we have not been paid back for courses that we paid for out of pocket and were supposed to be reimbursed for upon completion (6+ Months later), and more!

I 100% DO NOT recommend going to this school for ANYTHING. there is zero accountability, and you have to do the schools job for them in order to make it through.

I set up and implemented my own practicums, and had I not I would have had to "do random school work to keep up my attendance".

I honestly cannot even actually put into words how pathetic this school really is. Definitely a cash grab, and nothing more.

I do feel bad for the instructors, even they were constantly asking us to put in complaints and requests so that they could be given the chance to actually teach us, as they kept taking away any "teaching" time that they had.

It was all roses, rainbows and promises when is signed up, and it was ALL lies.

The worst
October 24, 2023
I attended CDI College to pursue the Oil and Gas Administration program. Unfortunately, I did not receive a practicum opportunity as part of my program. As a result, I accumulated a significant debt of over $30,000. Furthermore, since 2013, I have faced challenges in establishing credit under my name. Given my personal experience, I do not recommend CDI College.

Enrollment Call People Are Given Bonuses For The Amount of People They Get to Enrol.
August 28, 2023

If You Value Your Future, Do Not Enroll At CDI College. I read most of the reviews here and my situation is no different. From day 1, we were mislead and that was just the beginning. Everything from expired content, to gross inflated book fees (that aren't even CDI College content), to withheld certification exam codes to not having a teacher at all for our live classes.

My practicum also was started late, my student loans also nearly all went to this 'school'. I have been so broke, most months I went without much food and was constantly stressed out over misallocation of assignments and you name it, whatever could go wrong did go wrong.

So i began the process of submitting my complaint which starts of course with submitting it to CDI admin themselves.

What good is a complaint process if you are submitting your evidence and docs to the business or person your complaining about??

Anyway, i began that process last November. Every single stage of this process, the student is required to submit docs and evidence within a certain amount of time. But CDI can take as much time as they wish to resolve or even deal with your complaint. They don't even give you an approximate time by which it will be resolved. So, here we are nearly in September 2023, and I am still waiting to hear back from Private Career Colleges of Alberta on their investigation.

Though my hopes for a fair and just resolution in my matter are fading by the day.

Considering that I know now what the investigation entails, there is no to no hope for justice in my or anyone else's complaints.

CDI admin has gone through extensive lengths to absolve themselves of any wrong-doing in the student contracts that I and everyone else signed upon enrollment.

They take advantage of peoples excitement of going back to school by outlining the terms of the agreement so that no matter what, once its signed, you are screwed.

I have applied at over 1000 jobs since last fall, and still I am without work, without prosperity, without earning income and without hope.

And yet still just last week, CDI Admin called me, (even though I have a current complaint investigated about them) and asked me for the rest of the book fees that I still owe them for.

How this is even legal in this or any country is beyond my understanding.

So, if you value your future at all, do NOT enroll with CDI Colleges. Your better off wingin' it.

Regret and resentment
June 21, 2023

I wish I could say I had a positive experience with remote learning, but it has been nothing but anxiety and frustration. I have been done with my required studies since April and was supposed to be placed in a local business to complete a practicum.

I missed a prerequisite due to their mismanagement that nobody helped me resolve for 3 months. I have been waiting for a practicum placement for almost another 2 months now. I know my emails are forwarded and bounced around to the people "in charge" of this process but they seem to be understaffed and not able to carry out the promises they put in their contract.

They are very quick to email me asking for money if it's not paid right at the beginning of each month even though I'm literally doing nothing (100% of the student loan I get has gone for them so I have been living without income for a year) and I keep getting these automated (I'm assuming) emails threatening to withdraw me from my program because I have not completed attendance records (I can't do anything and its even prohibited to approach businesses to ask if I can do a practicum there).

It's hard to not build resentment against the people working there like the teachers, who I know are doing some real work, as they are kind of complicit in what is looking more and more like a scam organization--one severely lacking standards and hiding behind bureaucracy.

I can't even back out now because I have paid them with debt money that the government themselves gave me and none of it can be returned. I don't think my diploma will mean anything positive when I am done, even though I had multiple 100's in classes which of course "looks good", but the material is nowhere near as hard as real university.

I don't know how ignoring your top performing students helps your reputation. I one hundred percent regret my decision, I could have put that loan to better use in my country.

I sincerely hope there is a fair investigation done by federal authorities to close this business if they are not meeting standards. I am writing this because reputation points are the only way I have of feeling any degree of justice.

JackieSovick November 08, 2023

I 100% agree. If I had not pushed and pushed and pushed, I would have been in the exact same position. I luckily saw very quickly how poorly this school is run, and did a LOT of "squeaky wheeling". They honestly should be shut down! I paid them $15,000 and seriously did almost everything myself, including my practicum placement and set up. It has been a LITERAL joke attending this "school".

Would give zero stars if I could. Worst “school” ever. Needs to be investigated and shut down. Do not fall for it.
May 18, 2023

Worst experience of my life, I feel stupid and scammed for signing up with them. I wish I did a little more research into this place it has messed my life up so bad right now. Please do not go to this school!!!!

SCG September 20, 2023

Hi Jordan. I think we were in the same class.

JackieSovick November 08, 2023

I agree. They are withholding my diploma for something THEY screwed up, even though I am 100% done with the course and have been hired by my district!! Horribly run and corrupt "School".

Student loan thieves and scammers
March 6, 2023

Zero stars and minus stars. This all for money and all for student loans business only cares about student loans and does not care about education in my personal experience. Incompetent staff, zero integrity as management, and extremely poor communication once you enroll. They are thieves in broad daylight in the name of education, ripping students off on their loans. Do not ever join cdi calgary south. do your research and read the recent marketplace review.

JackieSovick November 08, 2023

100% agree with this review.

CDI College Calgary Campus----Scammers and thieves, ruining students lives
February 24, 2023

Worst experience and I highly regret ever joining them. Put out publicity everywhere and trap students for money and once question about the quality of service, collect tuition fees for staring at empty screen. 

Absolutely irresponsible and purely money minded and zero integrity as an institution. Worst decision of my life.......Highly recommend staying away from their traps.

December 14, 2022

CDI has the worst people ever working for them. DO NOT EVEN TRY, TO SPEAK WITH THESE GUYS.

I need anyone of you that have written a review, PLEASE if you can get ahold of me, It is time we band together and SUE THEM, I have a case against them, They are trying to get 5,000 dollars out of me and all, I did was watch their presentation. They never helped me, I never bought any books, all I did was sign up. Signed their paper work and now they think they have a case, NO THEY DO NOT, I have been in touch with a Lawyer and he said once they put me in collections then I can sue them.

I need anyone in these reviews to contact me so we can get together and SUE them and put them out of BUSINESS. The head owner lives on VANCOUVER and they have been stealing and scamming, INNOCENT PEOPLE for years, TIME TO PUT A STOP TO THIS, MY NAME IS LEANNE, Here is my email, [email protected]

CDI College is an awful school
November 22, 2022

Incredibly frustrating...CDI College is an awful school and very expensive for nothing. The college do not provide good customer services or attend to the student's needs once they have the money$$$. The staff are so rude and unhelpful. It's incredible that they are still in business.

The practicum coordinator did not do anything beside sending the papers needed to be submitted. The practicum coordinator Abinesh, could not even help me in writing the practicum letter request or give me advices about finding a good practicum host. He just said; As long as you're doing something like IT at your work it's still valid for the practicum, making sure he didn't have any work to do. I think we should gather together and expose them!

Most of us sending complaints to the news means more of a chance to expose those scammers. Please reach out to me at mishinata at hotmail dot com with the subject line Together against CDI College. Thanks!

SunshineR November 29, 2022

I sent you an email plus i have lawyer in hand too, that has reviewed all details for wrong conduct with students.

SunshineR November 29, 2022

I sent you an email waiting for your reply Mishinata.

MayasaySey December 02, 2022

All Sunshine I swear I did not see you email. You can text at 236 882-31 23 or email mishinata at hotmail dot com

MayasaySey December 03, 2022

All Sunshine I swear I did not see you email. You can text at 236 882-31 23 or email mishinata at hotmail dot com

MayasaySey December 03, 2022

All Sunshine I swear I did not see you email. You can text at 236 882-31 23 or email mishinata at hotmail dot com

Silverblue December 11, 2022

How about Early Childhood Education certificate? Is it accredited/ recognized by a licensing body? I am studying this program now and worries that after finishing the program won’t get any level up certificate by the licensing body in Childcare.

Jordan May 18, 2023

What's your email I want to help take them down?

Do not try even to enroll on CDI College all over
November 6, 2022

The worst college ever. I have bad situation because of them. This College don't deserve to exist in Canada. They don't care about students and they only care about how they can get money out of your pocket. Its so sad that you use innocent people. You only nice when you try to enroll students. After you got them you, you don't care.

Pls people be aware about this College, do not enrol. This is a joke College, unprofessional, and scammers. Read reviews before you even try to enroll. I hope someone will not get scams a me.

MayasaySey November 22, 2022

Please reach out to me at mishinata at hotmail dot com with the subject line Together againts CDI College.


Not a real school! Don't fall for this scam!
November 1, 2022

I fell for the scam too and I now I'm stuck for at least 30% of my student loan and maybe more. Just in the process of withdrawing from my course right now. Like everyone else on here I had a very similar experience.

My classes consist of reading a textbook and watching free videos online no actual teaching. Any assignments you do don't get graded for weeks, after you're already in another class, and all you get is a mark no feedback on anything you've done. I figured out that for the 4 classes I've taken so far I could have done it all for less then $300 and had the exact same level of teaching that I'm getting for the 24k they're charging me.

The last straw was this new course I started where I'm again reading a textbook, watching videos and using a free community program for the work and I was finding I was learning more from a free course I was taking online on the same subject then I was from my class.

It sucks that I'm going to have a big chunk of money to payback for absolutely nothing received but glad to be getting away from this so called school. I hope that this site at least helps some people steer clear of this scam.

MayasaySey November 22, 2022

Please reach out to me at mishinata at hotmail dot com with the subject line Together againts CDI College.


Worse than Trump University
September 22, 2022
As a former student, it was the worst education I could ever think about. All they care about is money, terrible teachers and bad environment. I regret ever going to that college and wish no one make same mistakes I made.

MayasaySey November 22, 2022

Please reach out to me at mishinata at hotmail dot com with the subject line Together againts CDI College.


September 19, 2022
I wouldn't recommend this place to my worst enemy, these guys made me pull a student loan which I didn't even receive, not sure if they think I got the money but I got jack, they locked me out of the courses till I have them my student loan then just dropped me completely, fast forward a year they say I owe them 14k than 10k than it's going to collections cause I got nothing out of this college but debt, these guys are hard to reach and it's on purpose I feel like it's all just a pyramid scheme.

MayasaySey November 22, 2022

Please reach out to me at mishinata at hotmail dot com with the subject line Together againts CDI College.


Teacher's behavior was inappropriate
September 19, 2022

I took Medical Office Assistant course in 2020 at Winnipeg CDI location. The teacher was not polite with students, besides, she was showing racial bias in the classroom (for example, discussing student's skin color), which is inappropriate for the teacher.

When some students complained to Administration, nothing changed. They do not protect student's opinion and rights. I would recommend to stay away from this college!

MayasaySey November 22, 2022

Please reach out to me at mishinata at hotmail dot com with the subject line Together againts CDI College.


Do Not Study Here
September 15, 2022
Worst Educational Facility you may consider. 17,000 spent on a program, outstanding GPA and performance in the program. It has now been 6 months after graduation and I still don't have a job. The skills taught at this facility DO NOT equip you for your future.

MayasaySey November 22, 2022

Please reach out to me at mishinata at hotmail dot com with the subject line Together againts CDI College.


Over-promises, Under-delivers. Over Priced For Quality Of Instruction
September 2, 2022
CDI College over-promises and under-delivers. Most of the instructors for the Accounting & Payroll Administrator program don't know the topic they are teaching. Several of the instructors were new to Canada and only read from the PowerPoint slides. Anyone looking at continuing education would be better to go to a different college or get their education online from other reputable course providers.

CandiHaines September 07, 2022

I do agree with you. I am in this program right now. The payroll course was supposed to start Monday, Sept 5, It's now Wednesday, Sept 7, 5:30 pm, and nothing. Plus no replies from the college. I tried to reach out to the college a couple of months back with no replies or call back until they requested my book fees of course. My sister was interested in taking the same course but I recommended she go to a provincial college. I do not recommend this college.

MayasaySey November 22, 2022

Please reach out to me at mishinata at hotmail dot com with the subject line Together againts CDI College.