“The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.”
~ Henry Ford
An investment in yourself or in your team is never a wasted investment. Letting the cost of training and certification hold you back can end up costing you in the long run - as an individual or as a team leader.
We all know the (sometimes high) cost of training and certification:
- Often training is required in order to earn certification, and IT training can come with a daunting price tag.
- Certification exams are typically priced separately from training, and if you don't pass on your first attempt, you must often pay to take the exam again.
- There is the investment of time and materials to prepare for your exam.
- You may need to take time off work.
- Sometimes there is travel involved which may include airfare, lodging and food.
While few professional-level certifications incur all these costs at once, the training, time investment, and exam cost alone can give an individual test taker pause. Managers looking at getting an entire team trained and certified may want to run screaming!
So let's flip the scenario. We're all quite familiar with the cost of training and certifying, but what can it cost you to NOT pursue training and certification for yourself or your team?
- According to Pearson VUE's 2017 Value of IT Certification Survey, a quarter of respondents received a salary increase after certifying. For individuals, one of the biggest costs in NOT training and certifying is the loss of potential salary. This adds up over the span of your career.
- Foregoing training increases the likelihood of needing to raise service requests for support.
- Those who have not been trained and certified can make costly errors.
- There is also the cost of poor performance and productivity. CertMag's recent 2018 Salary Survey found that, "A substantial 50.4 percent of all Salary Survey respondents report that they use skills “learned or enhanced through certification” several times a day at their current jobs."
- Finally, a huge concern in today's world is the cost of poor security.
Many of these points above cost time, which can increase your overall project cost and possibly affect customer satisfaction.
With this in mind, the question is not whether you can afford training and certification, but can you afford to NOT train and certify?
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