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9 February 2018
AgilePM® in 'learner-friendly' sessions - unique format part-time virtual course
6 February 2018
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5 December 2017
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4 December 2017
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1 December 2017
Learner-centered environments are the responsibility of the trainer and should be considered during the planning of any training event and actioned in good time, well before commencement of the course.
Uncomfortable, poorly laid out rooms detract from the ideal of delivering focused, intuitive learning therefore reducing the value of the learner's investment.
Learners attend professional courses in order to benefit their organisations and also for their own career development. The provider should endeavour to meet their side of the arrangement with a safe, learner-friendly environment.
The image has been appearing over the last year as part of QA's sponsored PPC campaign. Keywords / phrases that trigger it include prince2 training and agile training.
We finally had a good look at it and found numerous issues that point to poor practice and one issue that's particularly troubling.
The course appears to be a 'Best Practice' course such as PRINCE2 from the materials on the desks and the lack of IT in the room. The number of pages in the folders means that this is probably a three to five day training event.
At their current prices, with the 10 attendees shown on a five day PRINCE2 event, QA would have a revenue of £19,160 exclusive of VAT for the event which will return a substantial profit. With their upcoming New Year price-rise, this would be £21,410. It doesn't appear to have been spent on the classroom...
* QA and Focus On Training are within the same 'group', have the same directors and sell the same product albeit at widely varying prices.Read more...
10 November 2017
PRINCE2 2009 is still available until 31/12/2017.
PRINCE2 2009 is being replaced entirely by the 2017 version at the end of this year. If you've already studied towards 2009 or are in a team using it then it may be cheaper to sit the 2009 version. A bonus is that you'll be registered for FIVE years - until 2022!
The new version, PRINCE2 2017 is entirely compatible with the previous version and there is no requirement to update. The 2017 version has a three year validity period at the end of which you'll need to resit the Practitioner exam or maintain membership with AXELOS.
Phil H. studied with us in Sheffield in November 2017 and completed his five day course, with minimal evening work and passed the Foundation and Practitioner levels at the first attempt.
8 November 2017
Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies.
Join this exclusive group of Microsoft technical training professionals and reap the benefits of MCT training certification and membership, including access to the complete library of official Microsoft training and certification products; substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products; readiness resources and access to a members-only online community; and invitations to exclusive events and programs.
Mahdi B. travelled to Sheffield from Algiers and completed his three day course, passed the TK0-201 Computer Based Test and then completed his TK0-202 Video Submission all within a few working days. This, combined with his Microsoft certifications enables him to achieve MCT status.
Ninety-three percent of US companies say they are “not where they want to be” in terms of IT skills (CompTIA, State of the IT Skills Gap, February 2012).Read more...
7 November 2017
If you're training or teaching Abobe products then the best qualification is to be certified by Adobe.
By becoming an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) you'll receive industry recognition and direct support from Adobe to make your classes successful. You'll have access to training materials, timely product updates and promotional materials.
An Adobe Certified Instructor needs to be an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) with an instructor qualification - CompTIA's Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) is ideal.
You can attain the certifications in any order, CTT+ first or ACE first.
It may be most efficient to gain your CTT+ first from a course timing perspective. You don't need to have Adobe certifications to achieve your CTT+.
6 November 2017
Below, we discuss the need for project management and related project roles. We also describe why achieving your project management qualification matters.
Maybe you've watched with amusement/horror as the candidates on The Apprentice trample over each other while demonstrating their 'project management' skills. Often the result is a less than fit-for-purpose solution and the team resort to back-biting and recrimination.
Grand Designs almost always concludes with an amazing build though its rarely on time and on budget. Unlike in the real world, extra funding magically appears at the last minute.
Both shows make compelling viewing though neither meet the ideals of true project management. You'll know you can do better, even distinguish yourself.
5 November 2017
Project Management skills are in demand - banking, construction, healthcare, IT plus many other sectors can all benefit.
AXELOS have announced a refresh of PRINCE2. Below in the blog we cover the key points:
|Provider||Class Capacity / Makeup||Duration||Pass Rate||List Price (Ex. VAT)|
|TrainX||5 Days / Other formats||100% Foundation / Excellent Practitioner||£1095 - multiple offers available|
|QA||5 Days||Not on website||£2141 - QA Website 27/11/2017|
4 November 2017
Agile skills are in demand and are no longer just for IT projects - banking, construction, healthcare plus many other sectors can all benefit.
The flexibility and responsiveness in gaining real business value is attractive to start-ups and established organisations alike.
|Provider||Class Capacity / Makeup||Duration||Pass Rate||List Price (Ex. VAT)|
|TrainX||4 Days||100%||From £1195 - offers available|
|QA||5 Days||Not on website||£2430 - QA Website 8/11/2017 |
£2239 on 23/7/2016
8.5% rise (UK inflation 2.9%)
3 November 2017
Introducing our newly extended virtual training with greatly increased bandwidth and system resources.
The technology utilised provides not just the ability to attend from anywhere but to achieve from anywhere. You're able to study in a true online and real-time learning environment and you're now also able to take your exams in your own office or home!
|Training Provider / Product||Training Platform||Class Size / Makeup||Hands-On Equipment|
|QA / 'Attend from Anywhere'||Citrix GoToMeeting||16 combined Physical & Virtual Attendees||QA Managed|
|TrainX / 'Attend from Anywhere'||Citrix GoToMeeting or GoToTraining||8 Attendees - Virtual Only||Commercial UK Data Centre Hosted & Managed or Microsoft Hosted|
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