By John Mark Ivey
Spiceworks recently received a question from a user asking how to get the boss to pay for the VMware Certified Professional Course. The user was a network/systems manager for a manufacturing company, with fifteen years of IT experience.
“I would like to take the VMware Certified Professional course. He added that he was curious if anyone had asked their employer for payment and how they requested it. “I think they will have to pay it if I sell it.” What are the benefits to my company if I get certified?
Many IT professionals would love to see their work pay for their certifications and training. However, this can prove dangerous territory if it isn’t handled with care. How can you justify the cost of training? R. Lee Young, a healthcare help desk tech, offered some great advice.
“I believe it is important to ask several questions in a situation such as this first. These questions will directly impact whether or not you should ask your workplace to pay for it,” wrote he.
He first asked the questioner if he had ever used VMware before and if he would in the future. The questioner had some VMware knowledge. Three years ago, he had set up VMware hosts and migrated nearly all of their physical servers. His company now hosts approximately twenty-one servers on three ESXi hosts. This was a good thing, as it meant that his company wouldn’t have to pay for VMware training.
Young then asked: “How often do you need to make major changes to your VMware?” Are you required to hire a third party to make these modifications? How much per hour do you pay for a third party to do these changes? And how long do they stay there?
He explained that these questions are important because if you don’t need a third party to help you, and you spend very little on their support services, then the company won’t pay for a course.
He also asked, “What other benefits than costs for changing will it bring to the company?” Do you see any complex problems that you might be able solve? If so, how do you plan to make the system more efficient?
If you can list other benefits, the odds of your request being granted are higher.
“How can training you benefit them?” Young asked, “Why not another technician?” Young asked. Young asked. This may be possible at some point, but is it economically feasible for the company? Can you guarantee that you will not look at other companies for a certain amount of time? What will you be teaching your peers?
It is essential that your company’s decision-makers see this as a worthwhile investment. Be honest with them and yourself. It’s not a good idea to exaggerate the benefits and then not be able to deliver.
Young suggested that if you see this as a way for you to improve and find better pastures, then it is best to forget about it. “If you are looking to improve your knowledge to serve others better and then use it to apply for a job elsewhere, that is another matter. Expect to give for every taking.
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