Survey: IT professionals favor course training over self-instruction

6 January 2014

When it comes to pursuing IT certifications, tech professionals often weigh the pros and cons of investing in a classroom program or simply teaching themselves the material on their own time. While there is something to be said for limiting expenses through self-teaching, data suggests that IT workers favor a classroom model when learning about the latest tech tools and trends. 

According to Business 2 Community, a recent survey from Firebrand found that the vast majority of IT professionals would rather conduct classroom training that self-study initiatives. The source noted that 87.2 percent of respondents value classroom instruction over solo learning.

There are a number of reasons why IT professionals believe the classroom structure is more beneficial. The survey found that 75.8 percent cite self-study distractions as a major barrier to learning. Also, 71.5 percent said that the lack of an instructor is a major disadvantage to self-study. The latter can be a major concern when it comes to learning about technology. New systems and platforms such as cloud computing and big data analytics feature complex procedures and terms that are difficult to understand without outside help. 

For this reason, IT professionals thinking about participating in quality industry certifications should consider enrolling in a Microsoft training course. Some vendors, including TrainLive, offer guaranteed-to-run classes online. Very few training providers are able to leverage such classes, which will kickoff even if just a handful of participants sign up for a course. 

There are a number of different certifications IT professionals can work toward with the help of TrainLive. Database administrators can take SQL training classes to build server setups in SQL environments, while software managers can participate in courses for various Microsoft Office programs to help organizations leverage the useful business suite. 

College credit possible
Some certifications can even help aspiring IT professionals get college credit. Business Management Daily noted that some institutions provide credit for a number of different Microsoft certifications, such as the Microsoft Office Specialist credential. The source stated that certification holders should access the American Council on Education's website to determine if they are eligible to gain college credit for their certifications. 

The fact that colleges even recognize the value of Microsoft certification courses is a testament to their reputation. By investing in Microsoft classes, IT professionals can rest assured that they are paying for something that will set them apart from the pack. 

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