I have had a few questions about this recently, so here is a brief Q and A discussing cost, why, RPL and time commitments.
Q Why did you do it?
I had a Cert III from a long time ago. As part of my planning in late 2010/early 2011, I reviewed the job ads in Seek and similar resources. All the trainers jobs and contracts were asking for Cert IV. I also needed a current training certification as part of meeting the standards for Adobe and Microsoft trainer certification programs. In late 2010/early 2011, I was looking at broadening my client base, the Cert IV was an important marketing tool.
Q Why didn’t you just RPL?
It costs the same to do the subject as it does to go through the Recognition of Prior Learning process and I’d have to prepare evidence as well. So I thought doing the course would spread out the work and I might learn something (I did).
Having the 15 week course cycle to work to also meant I had to set objectives and get it done. I wouldn’t have had this doing RPL. (I figured if I did the course, I’d get it done!)
Q Which provider did you use?
Southbank Institute of Technology (SBIT) (Lecturer/Facilitator/Instructor was Jill Cuthbertson)
There were other that were cheaper and shorter, but ultimately you still have to do all the work so I went with SBIT because:
- It was mostly in evenings – so I wouldn’t lose work while doing it
- Their web site featured information that was pretty complete
- I thought SBIT was a better brand name to have on the certificate than a private college not necessarily known by potential employers (which has proven correct)
- SBIT is close to the train station
Q. How much work is it?
- More than I thought
- Lots of little bits to keep up to date each week
- a couple of big bits to get the practical sessions prepared and done at the end
Q. What did it cost?
- $1650 (AUD) (my money, up front, ouch)
- fifteen evenings
- a one of two hours on the Sunday night before class
- time to do the practical sessions – most of two days by the time its done
- a lump of time to get it all together and handed in at the end
What are the benefits of doing the course?
- You will learn or get refreshed on a lot of good process stuff.
- You’ll get a useful bit of paper – what has essentially become your trainer’s “ticket”
- You will get to meet a good bunch of people, I did!
Have you actually used any of what you learned?
Yes, used some of the tools in the course to do some training needs analysis. I am also working on a few other ideas I picked up.