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I can't comment on why PMI/DA elected to make taking a class a prerequisite for the CDA certification, but I can say that there are training partners available globally to provide training to those interested in achieving this or another DA certification. Most PMI Chapters will also have DA champions identified later this year who will help their members locate suitable training...
While I agree with you, yet, the price is not any different. It’s super expensive. My colleague is joining a class for $1,300.
Thank you for sharing your opinion, nevertheless I think that class is way to expensive. I do not know about the other chapters, but my chapter (Portugal) despite my efforts on obtaining information about this process didn't have the kindness of replying to my email after two months and I know personally the direction board.
I know for a fact that the champions will not be able to provide training, so their function is limited to spread the word and advising.
Probably later this year I let my membership expire because the costs are greater then the benefits, I am not optimistic about the future and I am preparing as contingency plan a certification in other project management institution.( institution that's also see importance in European countries, not mainly in the american continent)
There is significant value in an in-person class. The power of the group, networking, etc., is a significant piece of the cost and is only justified through a positive experience, but substantiated nonetheless. That said, could help spread faster with reduced cost or removed requisite of the 2-day class.
For those whose attendance is not sponsored, shelling out that cost is, well, optimistic. And even if sponsored, still a hefty cost.
You wrote: "PMI Chapters will also have DA champions identified later this year who will help their members locate suitable training..."
Is the training of the PMI Chapters champions free? All courses promoted by DA?
I can recommend you the Scrum.org certifications (acknowledged worldwide). They advise but do NOT mandate classroom training / workshop before taking an exam. They provide materials for self studying. I used these materials and completed my online certification exam successfully.
According to the program annouced, the Champions don't have to be certified in DA and if the local chapter or the champion, see's that there is value in that, in that case could pay the training to the champion or the champion himself pays the training.
So as you see there are no free lunches for the local chapters, they should make the publicity and even so they have to support the costs, the only thing that is offered are 10 books of the WOW DA.
An initial batch of DA champions was trained in Atlanta in November at the first train-the-trainer session which I attended. They have also benefited from free access to the DA exams.
As far as the pricing model goes, training companies like ours are setting the prices high because we have to pay royalties to PMI for use of the IP. I would expect some discounts for companies who will train on behalf of PMI chapters but not significant ones.
I recently read that PMI was looking for a way to acknowledge existing Lean or Agile experience. So perhaps a class won't necessarily be a requirement for everybody?
Nevertheless, I'm not one of those who decries the classroom and mentorship model. I understand the concerns about the cost, but it's a valid approach to certifying that someone has received training. Remember, too, that PMI has one of the most highly-favored and widely-recognized certifications (PMP), which requires documented work experience, Project Management training, and potentially a 4-year-degree. How much does all THAT cost? Yet that's an inherent part of the value in the certification. If it were merely an exam with no validation for experience, would the PMP be worth as much?
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