With every man and his dog offering project management training, how do you work out what’s the right package for you? There are a variety of different ways you can go with this, web-based, self-paced courses are becoming popular now, but classroom training definitely has it’s benefits. Let’s have a look at both.
Advantages to web-based training are that you can do it at your own pace, in your own time, and in your pyjamas. This type of training can be useful if you want to brush up on knowledge you already have, or if you just want to do some self-learning. They can also cost less than classroom training and there is a lot of free offerings. However the big disadvantage is that there is no course presenter right at your elbow happy to answer any questions you may have.
What do you get with classroom training? One big advantage is that if you pick the right company with the right trainer, you can get an expert on hand who can not only answer any questions you have, but has also worked in the industry and can apply any theoretical knowledge to real world examples. This practical information is often enormously more enlightening than a bunch of theory. Classroom training also often comes with a detailed student manual which you get to keep as well as accompanying slides, which, coupled with explanations from the course presenter, make the information a lot easier to digest. Classroom training also often involves discussion with other students, questions and exercises, which illuminate the content.
What’s your experience with both types of training and which would you recommend?