Wednesday 17 Jul 2024
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American Design Drafting Association


ADDA's Mission....

During these times, consider becoming or staying a member of ADDA.  This organization recognizes your education and training to become the professional you are.  Membership in ADDA also shows that you support your profession and ADDA Membership also helps those who are striving to enter our career field.  The cost is affordable and many companies will reimburse or pay for membership.  Just ask.  Email Donna at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

We are also changing the way we offer testing to schools and professionals.  If you would like to become a certified professional at any level it is easier than ever before.   We are offering our examinations in single modules.  Download the review guide and review the information.   You can then choose a single section or multiple sections and take that part of the examination.   When you are ready you can choose an additional section or sections.  Once you have completed all the sections you will be certified.   If you are unsuccessful on any section, that section can be retaken.    We feel this will benefit professionals and students alike.   Students will be able to take the examination in the order the class curriculum is being offered and not have a major examination at the end of the training program.   Contact Pennie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   for more information.

Our Curriculum Certification has also changed.   We are now offering the Certification without all the extensive paperwork that was once required.   If you would like to certify  your school’s training program contact Pennie at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   and she will explain the process.

We are now updating the paperwork and forms for these new processes, but most of them can be managed by email and telephone until we get them completed.

We are currently working on a new protocol and process for the Poster and Drafting Contest.  Due to the way schools are operating differently across the country it has made it difficult to manage these programs.    Due to many schools being online only and companies downsizing and many employees working from home, coordination and review has been difficult to arrange.   Our plans are to have a system operable by next school year.


Instructors, ADDA is now proud to offer Instructor Certification at three levels of certification: Certified Instructor, Professional Instructpr and Master Instructor.  Each level requires different amounts of experience and education in a specific area of design drafting instruction.  Those areas of instruction are Architectural, Mechanical, General and Digital.  ADDA believes that this will become more important and possibly a requirement as schools, school districts and state departments of education look for industry certification of their instructional staff.  Please check our website for additional information.

In closing, I would like to remind all of you, member or non-member, that the ADDA is the only organization that totally supports the drafting/design profession with continuing education for professionals and soon to be professionals within the drafting/design profession.  Check out what ADDA has to offer!

Remember ADDA is a 501c3 non-profit volunteer association.  All our directors and committees donate their time and effort to improve the profession to benefit other drafters, designers and graphic professionals.  If you would like to assist with any program or be involved with a committee or specific area, please contact me.  Most of our volunteer opportunities can be accomplished through emails and telephone calls.  Volunteering will give you exposure at the next level in your career to improve your network, job skills and personal development.

Design Drafting Contest Information  
Poster Contest Information