Individuals seeking certification can choose from many alternatives to help them prepare for their exams. Statistically, self-study is the most widely chosen option, adopted by more than half of all aspiring certificants in their quest for credentials. Those who attend classroom training sit at the other end of the spectrum, where less rather than more people participate. Ranges between 20 and 30 percent are typical.
Overall expenses for preparation strategies that involve classroom training are highest; typical charges vary from $25 to $30 an hour at community colleges up to $50 to $75 an hour for top-flight commercial training outlets, classes at conferences and boot camps. Between these two extremes, you’ll find computer-based or online training offerings, some of which seek to present instructor interaction in ways that make them more like a classroom than a purely self-study experience.
The bottom line is that traditional classroom learning methods still have tremendous value and appeal. That’s because in a classroom, students can ask questions, request clarification or explanation when it’s needed and interact with a knowledgeable instructor who can help them understand concepts and terminology in terms of their own frames of reference.
Instructors Make a Difference
As the common designation for classroom training—namely, “instructor-led training” or ILT—indicates, its biggest asset is the instructor. A qualified and talented instructor’s insight, knowledge, flexibility and leadership are what makes a class great. As instructors lack or are deficient in one or more of these essential characteristics, the quality of the…
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