Hands-on practice, facilitated by an expert instructor, is the only way to assure competence and retention of skills. Training structured to spend less than 50% of the time engaged in hands on practice will likely be ineffective in building competence.
Learning styles and circumstances vary a great deal. While budgetary limitations may lead some to be attracted to training solutions that eschew travel, many students prefer and learn best when they are working in a classroom with other students. Others prefer an instructor-led experience but are comfortable with remote-live options. Still others will benefit most when they work on their own, at their own pace, as long as there is someone to help them along when they get stuck. HOTT is alone among training providers by offering all three options.
To become competent on complex technical topics, students must complete complex hands on exercises. To believe that even dedicated, sharp professionals can complete all such complex exercises without assistance is unrealistic: if no one ever needs assistance, the labs are too easy, and the training will not achieve its goals. Therefore, HOTT's self-paced training includes a personal facilitator for every student and every course. These are the same seasoned, experienced professionals who develop and deliver our courses. No other provider offers this level of personal mentoring and facilitation.
You should be leery of providers who don't create their own courseware. Off-the-shelf courseware cannot provide the necessary emphasis on comprehensive hands on exercises that is key to learning and retention of complex topics. Ownership of our courseware allows us to incorporate comprehensive labs and continually upgrade the content, using both instructor and student feedback regarding what works best.
If all of a provider's instructors are consultants, watch out. You are dealing with a virtual training company. A virtual training company has no instructional staff and owns no courseware. It is a marketing company that makes money by selling training. When a sale is made, an instructor broker is contacted to provide an instructor, usually with pay rate and geography the deciding factors, and courseware is provided by the instructor or leased from a courseware leasing company. The results of such training are, at best, uneven.
HOTT's instructors, both staff and consultants, are experienced professionals, cross-trained in several technologies. They can relate the strengths and weaknesses of products and present alternative solution strategies when they are warranted. Only a tiny fraction of the instructors who teach for our competitors and apply to teach for us meet our strict standards and are considered qualified to teach for HOTT.
HOTT strives to make every student comfortable within their newly learned skill-set. If a student is not, they have the option to retake all or part of the course again for no additional charge. If a student lacks confidence we will work with them to develop the understanding that leads to confidence as well as competence.