Self Study Versus Attending Accredited Training Course

When it comes to learning, people have different opinions and preferences. Some believe in self-study whereas others are more comfortable in attending accredited training organizations (ATO’s).Not only is the atmosphere of learning different for each but so are the outcomes. In case of ITIL, the certification program leaves an open-ended choice for candidates. But the objective of this certification can only be achieved after taking proper training from an accredited institute as these training centers are more focused on collaborative learning and allow a deeper level of development.

The article focuses on identifying the benefits of training organizations that help individuals in mastering key concepts of this certification program. People who opt for self-study should know that the approach might help in passing the exam but shall add no value to overall career development. Whereas attending proper training sessions not only increase the success rate of passing the examination but also improve confidence in career. If a candidate has learnt the right concepts and has the required skills of execution, his organizational growth becomes definite. Self-study eliminates the most valuable benefit of an organization i.e. a trainer who serves as a mentor during the span of training and also a door to solutions and guidance after completion of the certification.

Experts suggest that a classroom is indeed an ideal option for learning as it offers a face-to-face environment and is worthwhile if one can take leave from work for number of days. If an individual receives training from an accredited training organization he has the guarantee of quality and wider sphere of knowledge. Why people face difficulties in practical implementation is lack of knowledge which is a direct consequence of self-study. Rapid career growth and development are the major benefits of proper training from an accredited training institute but along with this the following three benefits cannot be ignored:

  • Firstly, in an accredited training organization, learning takes place at a much deeper level.
  • Secondly, the different levels of ITIL certification provide a strong framework for identifying, planning, delivering and supporting IT services that can be effectively used for business processes and organizational environments. The ITIL best practices are aligned to the needs of businesses and they support the fundamental business processes. This knowledge boosts and individuals’ performance levels and opens up doors for professional development.
  • Thirdly, these sessions guide professionals to use IT as a tool for facilitating business change, transformation and growth.

Understanding the value of an accredited training organization, United Kingdom strongly recommends that candidates attend training sessions. These institutes are hubs of professional development, where an individual learns to manage expected corporate issues smartly. Certification acquired from a proper ATO is not only a proof of passing the examination but portrays the capability of an individual to perform in any competitive environment.

About the Author

Ikram is the co-founder and CEO at Business Beam UAE and Pakistan. He is also an active corporate advisor, writer, speaker, and workshop leader. In his 22+ years of industry experience, he has successfully completed 80+ consulting assignments related to IT governance, IT service management, project & portfolio management, information security, business & ICT continuity, software engineering, etc. His clients ranked him “excellent” in technical knowledge, capability to deliver, helpfulness and overall value delivered. He is also an internationally accredited trainer for COBIT, TOGAF, CGEIT, CISM, CISA, ITIL, Scrum, PMP, PRINCE2, P3O, DevOps, ISO 27001, ISO 22301, ISO 20000, ISO 9001, ISO 38500 and Six Sigma. He has successfully conducted 250+ training courses and workshops in USA, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. and Pakistan. More than 5,000 executives and professionals from 600+ organizations have benefited from his training sessions. You may connect with Ikram at LinkedIn.

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