If you’re considering enrolling at ACI Learning, the first step in that process is an informational session with an expert Career Training Consultant. This person will connect your career aspirations with realistic training paths for the certifications you'll need to get hired into the role you really want. This is an opportunity for the ACI team to get to know you and help you decide if certification prep training at ACI Learning is right for you. Did you know...ACI Learning has helped thousands of students advance or change their careers much faster than traditional educational options like associate's or bachelor’s degrees.
Read on to learn more about what will be covered at your first meeting.
A Conversation with Your Career Training Consultant
First, you and your consultant will have a conversation about your background. This person will make sure that ACI Learning is able to match you with a training program that will fit your experience level as well as your desired career path. They will want to know about your employment history, educational background, and so on. Your consultant will also want to know why you’ve decided that now is the time to get training to change industries or advance your career. Dissatisfaction with their current job role? A life change that has made securing a higher income a new priority?
Skills Mapping & Career Pathing
Where do you want to be working in five years? What kind of salary are you looking to achieve? How about ten years from now? And how can you get from where you are now to where you want to be?
Based on your experience and skill set, your consultant will help you identify a career path that can help you reach your goals. For those just entering the industry, this will often include a program preparing you for foundational certifications that are in high demand with ACI Learning’s employer partners and other IT employers in the area.
This is also a good time to examine the steps you might want to take after your training is completed. For those who have no IT experience, it may take a few steps to get from tech support to cyber security analyst. Your consultant will help you plot out a course that will get you from A to B.
If you’re looking for intermediate or advanced certifications, they will make sure that you have the prerequisites to excel in these classes and sit for the exam. Some certifications, like PMP and CISSP, have strict requirements for who is eligible to take the test. This is a good time to ensure you are primed for success in the classes you take at the ACI Learning Hub.
Learn About ACI Learning
If you have any questions about ACI Learning, your consultant will be able to answer them for you. Consultants are experts in all things IT training, and they know the enrollment and training process front to back. Get into the details and ask them anything you want to know about:
Career services at ACI Learning
Instructor mentors and student support
Study materials, practice exams, and hands-on labs
Class schedules, day or night classes, attending online or in-person
Discuss Funding Options for Your Training
If you’re interested in training at ACI Learning, you’ll want to discuss how you’ll fund that training. Your enrollment at ACI Learning covers your training, lab equipment, practice exams, study materials, textbooks, and the cost to sit for the exam. Exams can cost as much as $500 alone!
There are many options for funding assistance at ACI Learning, including GI Bill® funding, TAA, State Vocational Rehab, VRRAP, VET TEC, and funding from local workforce centers. In addition, there are educational loan programs with various rates that cover the full cost of tuition. Your consultant can walk you through these options and help you with the application process.
Tour the Learning Hub
Should you choose in-person learning, you’ll be spending a lot of time at your Learning Hub. Your consultant will show you around the facility so that you can get an idea of where you’d be studying. You may also meet some of our instructors and other staff. Use this time to ensure you’re comfortable with your learning environment and ready to start training in new skills.
Create a Personalized Training Plan
Based on everything you’ve discussed, you’ll walk away with a personalized training plan. This training plan includes a list of the classes you’ll attend, class schedules, information about those classes and what they cover, the career you’d like to pursue after completing training, and information about possible funding options.
Take this plan home with you and think it over. If you have any questions, you’ll have your consultant’s phone number and email so that you can reach out and get the answers you need. When you’re ready, just give us a call and we can help you with the enrollment process.
Schedule an Information Session Today!
If you’re thinking about taking the next step in your career, ACI Learning can help. Schedule an information session at the campus nearest you.