One of the primary aims of CAAD education in our region is to give students the skills to work with (a selected number of) CAAD tools. This means that they have to be able to function more or less as a professional with such tools. Developments in CAAD software are quite fast - whatever they use in the first year will be old or even obsolete at the time they graduate. Students therefore need to learn not only what is current today, but they need to acquire computer skills that help them at least five years ahead. In this paper we present our investigation of this problem in our region, which has specific characteristics how CAAD is used in practice. We describe our findings conducted through several enquiries and how we feel education could be improved to better answer to the future needs of students and practice.