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Certification Exam Sponsorship

Discussion in 'Polling Station' started by dmarsh, Jan 20, 2010.

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To what extent have your examination costs been employer funded ?

  1. 100% funded by employer

    18 vote(s)
    24.7%
  2. 90% funded by employer

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  3. 80% funded by employer

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  4. 70% funded by employer

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  5. 60% funded by employer

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  6. 50% funded by employer

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  7. 40% funded by employer

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 30% funded by employer

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 20% funded by employer

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  10. 10% funded by employer

    3 vote(s)
    4.1%
  11. 0% funded by employer, I do it all off my own back !

    44 vote(s)
    60.3%
  1. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Hello, we've been having a few disscussions lately, and one thing that came up was to what degree your examination fees get funded by your employer.

    So in the aim of trying to be a little more scientific about it heres a poll ! :D

    (Ideally we'd break this down by demographic, geographic region, etc so we could slice and dice the data, but thats not gonna happen ! )
     
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  2. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

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    My last place didn't fund it at all and claimed it didn't benefit them.. My new place will pay for courses and exams though.
     
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  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Just to clarify, the percentages are what percentage of the cost of exams you have actually taken have been paid for by your employer or previous employers averaged over all your certification exams.

    It is not whether your current employer pays 100%.

    So if you took say two exams self funded, moved jobs, and your current employer now funds all exams 100% but you have only since taken only one exam then the percentage would be 33% (approx).

    You would then round this figure to 30%.


    In my example only one of my exams has ever been paid for by an employer, it was a Sun exam for £150 and was 100% funded, when I take this cost as a percentage of total cost of all my other taken exams its around 8% (approx). So I rounded up to 10% !


    To get 100% EVERY single certification exam you have ever taken (except free betas) would have to have been FULLY paid by your employer !

    If you have paid for a TP and get free exams this is self funded, but you should only count exam cost. If a government scheme has funded your certs this should not be counted.

    This poll is not measuring what percentage your current employer will pay in theory.

    This poll is only related to certification exam fees and should not include other costs.

    If you have yet to take any certification exam, please do not vote ! (0% means you are self funding, not that you've spent nowt ! )

    If you think you've voted incorrectly please contact a mod !

    Tried to make it as clear as I can, thanks ! :)
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2010
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  4. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Previous place, I had to pay for my exams and then they were reimbursed if I passed, else it would be out of my own pocket.

    Current place, all exams and courses are paid for.

    I guess it all depends on the company you work for.

    Qs
     
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  5. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    In Q's case failed exams would count as self funded, passed as employer funded.

    Work out the proportion as a percentage that was employer funded if you failed any. :D

    Anything less than 100 votes is going to be statistically insignificant, so please vote everybody !

    We have a kind of reverse bell curve at the moment which seems strange...:hhhmmm
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2010
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  6. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    I haven't. Hence the 100% employer funded vote. :p

    Qs
     
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  7. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    Work pay for mine.
     
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  8. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    I funded myself at first. But then my employer said they would pay for the exams, but if I failed I would need to pay for the resit myself.
     
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  9. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

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    Work pays for mine, plus relevant professional memberships etc.
     
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  10. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

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    In that case mate, 0% funded by employers so far. (I've voted.)
     
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  11. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    I've gone for 60% funded.

    I started out on my own a while back with A+ and then my employer found out and said they'd help with any costs of books, exams etc. Generally I get one or two books from work, and the exams paid for. Other stuff like Transcender that I get for every exam, I pay for.
     
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  12. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    It is my understanding that the poll is asking for just the portion of exam fees that your employers have paid, NOT including any costs for training materials, such as classes, books, videos, and practice exams. So if an employer has paid for training materials but not any exams, that'd be 0%; if an employer has paid for all exams but not training materials, that'd be 100%.
     
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  13. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

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    Ooops I answered wrong

    a good 90% of my exams were paid for myself, back in the early days

    but since becoming a consultant my employers pay for it all, even resits, its in their best interest to :)
     
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  14. nugget
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    0% funding for me. :cry:

    It's all me.
     
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  15. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Ahh, my bad, I am mistaken. :oops:

    Although thinking on it, it'd be 60% spot on in the case of just exams, I paid for A+ (2 exams) and my employer paid for Net+, 270 and has already paid 290 for me. They are also going to pay from now on, so that percentage will only become higher and higher. :twisted:
     
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  16. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    a big fat zero either way you look at it!
     
  17. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

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    0% for me - 4th largest IT outsourcing company in the UK (or at least what we're told) and they don't and won't pay for a single dime/pence/ruble towards our exams. Actually, the don't even care if you have them or not!
     
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  18. Josiahb

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    A nice easy to work out 50% here, although that percentage is likely to totally fall apart this year as I think my available training budget from work is precisely £0.00 :cry:

    Available training budget from the parentals on the other hand appears to be 100% of all costs.... (think its because they didn't have to fund me through uni) :D
     
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  19. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    My employer will pay for the exam but only if I pass... so usually I would pay for the exam and if I pass I get the money back.
     
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  20. kevicho

    kevicho Gigabyte Poster

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    100% self paid for at the moment, but i think that will change if i decide to do a few more this year (as long as they benefit where im working)
     
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