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.
I am currently in the process of transitioning back to being a fully freelance contract trainer, studying for my Certificate IV TAE and a SharePoint exam. And I have been doing a few custom courses recently.
All of which doesn’t leave a lot of time for blog posts!
I have some posts planned including:
How to tell what version of SharePoint you have
Some video posts on Pivot Tables and SharePoint/Office 365
Another little project I have started, as part of the bringing my skills up to date part of the business plan, is doing the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110 as an evening course over the next few months. Should be interesting to see what has changed since I did my original trainer certification in 1998.
Thought about going down the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route, but the cost is the same as attending the course, and one of my objectives is to give my technique a brush up. The second key aim is for marketing and promotion where many jobs have this as a selection criteria. The third goal is to combine with some certifications to apply for Certified Trainer” status with Adobe and later Microsoft.