When should you consider getting customized training for your company over a standard course? Many factors need to be evaluated when determining if a standard training course in will meet your company’s training needs:
- Is certification a requirement?
- Length of training (may be too long based on student availability)
- Cost of training (Too many days, leading to increased cost)
- Training does not cover desired information
- The majority of training content does not apply to your company’s mission
- Unique company work environment
- CEU or CEC credential renewal requirements
It is important to know why standard training may not work for you. Unfortunately, many times the reason why a company wants to look at specialized training had more to do with cost than the course content. Reducing the number of days of standardized training may reduce costs, but needs to be evaluated carefully to ensure all the pertinent information remains in the new customized course. When students are training to obtain a certification, many certification courses were designed to give specific information that will lead to success in passing a test. If a credential preparing course is shortened or information is taken out, then the desired results may not be achieved. Alternatively, a company may not feel certification is as important as getting their employees the information or skill set that is part of the training.
The best reasons for creating a customized course is to get specific training that cannot be found in a standard course or to shorten a standard course to provide only the material your company needs. Talking with a training company specialist about your specific requirements and desired time frame will allow the training providing company to give you options that will allow your company to make an informed decision.
The cost of customized training will fluctuate based on the number of students and amount of course curriculum creation or reconfiguring. We have found that if training can help eliminate a problem or increase productivity, then the rewards will by far out way the cost of training. We find that companies or organizations that do not need to be certified but do need specific training are the best candidates for customized training. We also find that companies that have a very specific cliental or that are in a specific industry or military application may need training that cannot be found in a standardized course.
Here are some things to consider:
- Do we need certification?
- What is our training budget?
- What do we need to be trained on?
- How many employees can we afford to take out of the field at the same time to attend training?
- When do we need the training completed by?
- What results are we expecting after completion of the training?
You may be surprised at the various training options that you will receive from a training professional. You may find that your specific training needs are already available through standardized training that you were not aware of, or a customized class is your best option.
If you're looking for more information on this subject, ICT Training Group has several design and installation courses, including unique 'hands-on' classes to meet your training needs. If you do not see a course that covers your design or installation requirements, please contact us for information on putting together a custom solution to enhance your team's educational experience.