Day - Training Examined:
4-Day - Training is defined as a CompTIA RFID+
certified preparatory course, taught by commercial organizations. Although
we have also included college curriculums in our examination.
Each training program is designed to familiarize an individual with all the
different facets of
RFID, as well as to prepare them to take the CompTIA RFID+ exam.
Currently, there are a few commercial providers and a few (but dramatically
growing) number of universities, community colleges and business schools
offering RFID training and instruction.
Commercial organizations traditionally offer courses on RFID+ Exam Preparation,
RFID in Supply Chain, RFID Software, and Vendor Specific
integration. In most commercial course
training, you will have several days of classroom study as well as a "hands
on" opportunity to work with tags, readers, antennas, etc. At the
conclusion of instruction, you may have the opportunity to take the CompTIA
RFID+ exam through your commercial provider.
College curriculums also cover several different types of RFID courses, tend
to provide much greater depth in specific areas of RFID, and are normally one or more
semesters long. At present, theses courses are traditionally a compliment to an existing
Engineering or Computer Science program, and may offer the
opportunity to achieve a Minor or Area of Concentration through the
university. Depending upon the schools financing or partnership with the
commercial sector, RFID labs might be present and offer a "hands on"
opportunity. At the conclusion of instruction, you may have the
opportunity to take the CompTIA RFID+ exam through your school, although
you will most likely need to engage a commercial testing facility.
While either a commercial provider or college will provide the necessary foundation to learn
RFID, you need the
select the one that best meets your needs.
You need to ask yourself these
- Am I a tech guy/girl by "choice" or by "nature"?
- How much can I afford to spend?
- How much time can I allocate to learn RFID?
- How far away is the training location I want?
- Does the training offer a "hands on" experience?
Lets go through each of these questions:
Am I a tech guy/girl by "choice" or by "nature"?
We all have gifts, whether its beauty or smarts or height or whatever!
But we have to be honest with ourselves and choose the most appropriate learning
methods consistent with our abilities. Take myself for example; I'm a tech
guy by choice, not by nature. What I mean is, I don't have a math brain,
I'm not going to learn difficult concepts the first time they are presented to
me. I might not even learn it the second time, but I will learn it the
third or fourth time, and my gift is that whatever I learn, I can teach. You need to ask yourself how intensive and how long of a program would be
beneficial to you? Is it a "boot camp" (a couple of days), a
week, or a semester long
program? Remember, it's not how quickly you learn, its how effectively you
learn and what you do with that knowledge.
How much can I afford to spend?
Obviously, this is a very critical question. For the most part, learning
RFID through a commercial provider, college, or even "boot camp"
provider, can be an expensive
proposition. Commercial providers are around four thousand dollars (4-days), just for the course, not including
travel, lodging, some meals, etc. I don't know about you, but four
thousand dollars is a lot of money to me. College pricing
today is staggering, and could easily range in the thousands if you include course(s), activity
fees, relocation (if necessary), etc. These options are not cheap, be sure to pick
the right solution, the cost effective solution for you.
How much time can I allocate to learn RFID?
Commercial courses are normally around 4 days (not including travel). At the
conclusion, in theory, you are prepared to take the CompTIA RFID+ exam.
The reality is, you're not even close. Could you just pass
the test? Maybe, but you wouldn't know the material really well like you
should. You are going to need to spend at least a couple of more weeks
reading your books, reviewing your material, and committing concepts and rules
to memory. A semester long course, or courses, offers a much more
comprehensive understanding of the technology, and a cumulative learning
affect. You will still need to study for the exam, but your knowledge will
be slowly built upon, and you'll be much more likely to remember the material
for a lot longer. Although not all of us have the time to commit to a
semester to learn anything. Once we're out of college, our "life
responsibilities" make it difficult to go back. However, if you are
in a favorable position to go to college, consider if it is the right choice?
How far away is the training location I want?
Unfortunately the training locations available today are all over the map
(literally). However, the major commercial providers are forging
partnerships with established training organizations and more and more locations
are becoming available. While ideally the training center or school
is in your home town, it's advisable to shop around 2 or 3 sites and compare
their curriculums and instructors. Not all training is created equal!
Does the training offer a "hands on" experience?
To develop an RFID Lab or "hands on" training center is equally an
expensive proposition. Just the hardware alone in labs can cost $25,000 or
more. Some training organizations have 1 or 2 labs, but provide
instructional courses over many locations. If the lab is in close
proximity to the course training then great, but if not, it will most likely be
an added cost to you in dollars and time. Make sure you are aware of where
the "hands on" training will take place before you commit to any
program. In addition, if your provider does NOT offer "hands on"
training, you need to find another provider.
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