Sufficient technology and Internet access is required to complete online classes at SDI. The following hardware and software requirements are provided to assist students to ensure they meet or exceed the minimum standards. While tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may allow for some completion of coursework, they are not guaranteed to support every aspect of learning with SDI.

Minimum Computer Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac OS X
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 120GB available free space
  • Webcam resolution: 640 x 480
  • Recommended Computer Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 or higher
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 200GB available free space
  • Webcam resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Required Components/Software:
  • MS Word or equivalent
  • Webcam
  • Flash 10 or latest version
  • PDF reader
  • Java

Recommended Computer Browsers

  • Chrome 30 (minimum) or latest (recommended)
  • IE 9 (minimum) or latest (recommended)
  • Mozilla 25 (minimum) or latest (recommended)
  • Safari 6 (minimum) or latest (recommended)

Software Requirements

Students are expected to submit written assignments using broadly used software such as Microsoft Office or other commonly used document processing tools which will be accessible by SDI faculty and staff.


Other Operating Systems

If a student chooses to use any operating system other than Windows Vista, or Windows 7 or 8, SDI cannot guarantee compatibility to the Learning Management System.


Third-Party Software

Certain SDI courses and exam proctoring may require the installation of third-party software. The system requirements for third-party software should fall within the published specifications above, but please consult the individual software packages to ensure compatibility.


Tools and Equipment

Tools and equipment are provided by the Institute and included in the total program cost. Students in the School of Firearms Technology may need to have access to a firearm and a drill press, as noted for each specific program.

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