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Frequently asked questions

Our education policy is designed to help you use the latest V-Ray® technology in classrooms and training centers.

Below, you will find answers to the most frequent questions about the relationship between Chaos® and Students, Educators, Educational Institutions, Training Centers and Professionals.

Educational institutions

We’re an educational institution. Do you offer educational licenses for non-commercial purposes?

Yes. Chaos offers special discounts for educational institutions. These include public and private universities, colleges, junior colleges, elementary, middle schools, high schools, technical schools and commercial training companies.

What types of discounts do you offer?

We offer progressive volume discounts which allow institutions to easily scale up their V-Ray licenses and still meet their budgeting needs.

Which products are available to educational institutions?

To educational institutions we offer the V-Ray Education Collection, our all-in-one product.

What is included in the V-Ray Education Collection?

The V-Ray Education Collection offers quick-and-easy access to a wide selection of products, services, and assets for creative 3D professionals. It’s the ultimate toolset for learning and teaching 3D rendering and fluid simulation, allowing educational customers to focus on the artistic challenge — rather than worry about licenses.

The V-Ray Education Collection includes V-Ray for 3ds Max, V-Ray for Maya, V-Ray for SketchUp, V-Ray for Rhino, V-Ray for Revit, V-Ray for Unreal, V-Ray for Houdini, V-Ray for Nuke, V-Ray for Cinema 4D, Chaos Phoenix for 3ds Max and Maya, the Chaos Scans library & plugin, Chaos Vantage, and Chaos Player.

Not included: Additional render and simulation nodes, Chaos Cloud.

How do we purchase educational licenses?

Educational licenses can be purchased directly from Chaos or through our authorized resellers worldwide. Go to our Find a Reseller page and select your region and the product(s) you’re interested in. 

How can I get a quote or offer for educational licenses?

To help you figure out the total price for your order, please use the pricing calculator we’ve created. For an official quote, email us at education@chaosgroup.com, fill in the form or contact your local reseller.

Do you offer longer licensing terms?

Yes. We offer 3-year term licenses with additional discounts.

What are the benefits of V-Ray educational licenses?
  • Fully featured, commercial-grade V-Ray software — with a big discount!
  • Unlimited access to new product releases for the duration of the license.
  • Free technical support and access to Chaos’ educational resources.
  • Easy online licensing — Licensing that’s fast and secure, with no physical dongles to manage and keep track of. Get access to your software quickly.
Are educational institutions allowed to purchase licenses for their students and take advantage of the volume discounts?

Yes. Educational institutions can purchase licenses on behalf of their students. The purchased seats will be added to the university’s account and then may be assigned to individual students or teachers through the Self-Service Portal. To learn more about the Self-Service Portal, please contact us at education@chaosgroup.com.

Volume discounts will be applied according to the Pricing policy for Education.

Students / Educators

Do you offer student licenses?

Yes. We have a special offer for students on all Chaos educational products. 

Do student licenses differ from commercial licenses in terms of functionality?

No. Student licenses are fully functional and don’t have watermarks, however they are only to be used for non-profit work.

How can I purchase a student license and Chaos Cloud credits?

Educational licenses and Chaos Cloud credits can be purchased directly from the Chaos Store or through our authorized resellers worldwide. Go to our Find a Reseller page and select your region and the product(s) you’re interested in.

I am a student. How do I prove my eligibility?

To verify your student status, you’ll need to submit valid proof of your current enrollment at a government-accredited educational institution, using this form. To access the form, log in to your Chaos account or create one if you haven’t already.

Please fill in the details and upload a valid, dated student ID which includes your name and photo. If you don’t have a current student ID, you can provide a valid photo and evidence of current enrollment.

What is considered valid evidence of current enrollment?
  • An academic document which states your enrolment status, your name, educational institution and dates of enrolment. Examples include a transcript of records, current student report card or progress report, dated current class schedule, etc.
  • A tuition bill with your name and the educational institution’s name on it.
Do I need to be an active student to be able to purchase a student license?

Yes. To qualify for student discount pricing, you need to be enrolled in an academic degree program and submit proof of student status.

Can I purchase unlimited licenses with the student discount?

No. Students are eligible to purchase 1 license per product with the student discount.

Can I purchase additional render nodes to render my school projects?

No. As per policy students are not eligible for additional render nodes.

Do you offer student licenses to recently graduated students?

Student licenses are only available to active students who can provide proof of student status.

Can I upgrade my student license to a commercial one?

 Yes, with our student-to-professional upgrade policy, you can upgrade your annual educational licenses to the same-term commercial licenses with a 30% discount on the regular price. Learn more >

I am an educator. Do you offer educational licenses for educators?

Yes. All educators, currently employed by an accredited educational institution are eligible for a V-Ray Education Collection license.  You can learn more about our policy for educators here.

What is a government-accredited educational institution?

A government-accredited educational institution is defined as a:

  • University or college — accredited public or private university or college (including community, junior or vocational college) that grants academic degrees.
  • Primary or secondary school — accredited public or private primary or secondary school providing full-time instruction.

A non-government-accredited institution includes commercial training companies such as training centers, online course platforms, etc. 

Training centers

We’re a training center, not a university. Can we still access Chaos education licenses?

Yes. Commercial training companies are welcome to purchase V-Ray Education Collection licenses for their training needs, at a discounted price. To get a quote, please fill in this form or contact us at education@chaosgroup.com.

What is included in the V-Ray Education Collection?

The V-Ray Education Collection offers quick-and-easy access to a wide selection of products, services, and assets for creative 3D professionals. It’s the ultimate toolset for learning and teaching 3D rendering and fluid simulation, allowing educational customers to focus on the artistic challenge — rather than worry about licenses.

The education collection includes V-Ray for 3ds Max, V-Ray for Maya, V-Ray for SketchUp, V-Ray for Rhino, V-Ray for Revit, V-Ray for Unreal, V-Ray for Houdini, V-Ray for Nuke, V-Ray for Cinema 4D, Chaos Phoenix for 3ds Max and Maya, the Chaos Scans library & plugin, Chaos Vantage and Chaos Player.

Not included: Additional render and simulation nodes, Chaos Cloud.

What are the benefits of V-Ray educational licenses?
  • Fully featured, commercial-grade V-Ray software — with a big discount!
  • Unlimited access to new product releases for the duration of the license.
  • Free technical support and access to Chaos’ educational resources.
  • Easy online licensing — Licensing that’s fast and secure, with no physical dongles to manage and keep track of. Get access to your software quickly.
Do you offer certification for Training centers?

No. Currently there are no official certification options for Training Centers. 

V-Ray Professionals

What does V-Ray professional mean?

V-Ray professional is a personal certification option developed for freelancers who would like proof of their level of V-Ray knowledge. To take the V-Ray Certification Exam, you’ll need to visit a Chaos Authorized Training Center. If there is no center available in your region, please contact us at education@chaosgroup.com to discuss possible options. Upon successful completion of the exam, you’ll be awarded a V-Ray professional certificate.

You’ll also get listed on the Chaos website!

Can I do the V-Ray professional exam from home?

You’ll need to get in contact with an authorized center close to you. They’ll give you information on their exam session availability. 

How long is my V-Ray professional certification valid?

The certification does not expire and is specific to the V-Ray product and version you were tested in. 

Where can I find a list of V-Ray Professionals?

You can find a list of certified V-Ray Professionals on our V-Ray professionals page

What are the requirements for attending a V-Ray Professional exam?

It is recommended that you have at least 1-2 years of working experience with V-Ray in your preferred 3D platform.

I don’t need a V-Ray course. May I directly apply for a V-Ray Professional certification?

Yes, you can directly apply for a certification by contacting one of our Chaos Authorized Training Centers.

Where can I find my V-Ray Professional exam results?

Results are provided directly via email after the V-Ray professional exam submission.

What comes after I’m certified successfully as a V-Ray professional?

Upon successful completion of the V-Ray Professional Exam, you’ll be issued with a Certificate, supplied as a PDF and be promoted on the certified V-Ray Professionals list.

Got a question we don’t cover here? Contact us at education@chaosgroup.com

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