The LabVIEW Academy Program


What is LabVIEW Academy

LabVIEW Academy is a global program from National Instruments that provides a learning path for academic institutions seeking to enhance their engineering programs by bringing industry-relevant technology into the classroom and providing students with professional certification in LabVIEW. Using a comprehensive classroom curriculum, academic institutions are equipped with the resources necessary to support both credit and noncredit LabVIEW courses. Upon completion of the program, students have the opportunity, knowledge, and tools to attempt the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam with confidence. Furthermore, students can use this certification as an asset when applying to jobs after completing their education.


Figure 1. LabVIEW Academies can be found in more than 40 countries around the world.


LabVIEW Academy Program Benefits

Academic institutions that become LabVIEW Academies give their students a competitive edge through a deeper understanding and working knowledge of industry-standard measurement and automation hardware and software. Learn about the key benefits of the LabVIEW Academy Program.


Exclusive Learning Content
Reduce time for course development by gaining access to the LabVIEW Academy Curriculum Package. These teaching materials combine face-to-face teaching with engaging content and hands-on lab exercises.     
Industry-Relevant Technology
NI academic solutions, from portable devices to laboratory stations, are built on the same industry-standard measurement and instrumentation hardware and software used by engineers and researchers around the world.
Professional Certification
LabVIEW Academy students have the opportunity to assess their skills with the NI Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam. This professional certification validates students’ expertise and improve their project and career opportunities.
Innovation and Discovery
Expand the use and success of NI laboratory solutions and build an infrastructure that consistently develops LabVIEW competency in your institution to facilitate your ability and that of your students to do groundbreaking research across a multitude of disciplines.



LabVIEW Academy Curriculum Package

The LabVIEW Academy Curriculum Package is the backbone of the LabVIEW Academy program and equips academic institutions with the resources necessary to effectively teach LabVIEW Core 1 and 2 courses. The topics included in these courses prepare students to develop data acquisition, instrument control, data-logging, and measurement applications.


The LabVIEW Academy Curriculum Package includes:

  • Instructor's guide.
  • Lecture slides.
  • Instructor's notes.
  • Participant guide.
  • Library of exercises and solutions.
  • Multimedia modules for teaching specific LabVIEW concepts.
  • Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam preparation materials.



In the LabVIEW Core 1 course students familiarize with the LabVIEW environment, explore dataflow programming concepts, and use common LabVIEW development techniques. At the end of the course students are able to create applications using the state machine design pattern to acquire, process, display, and store real-world data.

The LabVIEW Core 2 course, an extension of LabVIEW Core 1, gives students the opportunity to learn how to use common design patterns to implement and distribute LabVIEW applications. Topics covered include programmatic control of the user interface, techniques to optimize reuse of existing code, use of file I/O functions, and tools to create executables and installers.   


Figure 2. The LabVIEW Academy Instructor's Guide details the material covered in the program.


The LabVIEW Academy Curriculum Package provides guidance for teaching LabVIEW Core 1 and 2 following a ten week syllabus. The LabVIEW Academy Instructor's Guide details the material covered in the program and is an excellent resource for organizing how you teach LabVIEW in your LabVIEW Academy course. Visit the Engineering Teaching Resources portal to download a copy of this guide.


How to Become a LabVIEW Academy

Join a globally recognized program and prepare your students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. Only academic institutions are eligible to become LabVIEW Academies.


LabVIEW Academy Program Requirements

  • LabVIEW Academy Curriculum Package (annual renewal required).
  • LabVIEW software.
  • NI data acquisition hardware.
  • Appropriate facilities to teach the class (classroom or lab).
  • All LabVIEW Academy instructors must be Certified LabVIEW Associate Developers (CLADs).
  • Course delivery: 30 hours of classroom instruction, 30 hours of homework exercises and projects.


To discuss program requirements and application process in more detail we recommend you to speak with your local NI representative today.