Private, or "on-site," seminars are those held at your site, or at a nearby site such as a hotel meeting room or rental computer classroom. Private seminars differ from public, open-enrollment seminars in the following key ways:
- Only members of your company will be present. You can feel free to ask questions pertinent to your future products or other confidential information. (We will be happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement if you require one.)
- Public, or open enrollment, seminars are usually limited to the most popular topics from our catalog, and are held at places and times of our choosing. For a private seminar you can pick any of our offerings, the place, and time.
- Public seminars always follow the stated course descriptions, while private seminars are almost customized to fit your needs.
- The cost per student/per day is about twenty percent higher for public seminars to cover the cost of meeting space, breakfast and lunch, and so on. You must also cover the cost of your own travel and expenses for a public seminar. For private seminars, you, the client, pay our travel and expenses (one person instead of all of your participants).
The bottom line: Public seminars are usually a good choice when you have only one or a few people who will benefit from the training. If you have more than that, it usually makes more sense for us to come to you.
All courses listed on our Course Descriptions pages are available as private seminars.
Beyond that, we can almost always customize a seminar to your needs and requirements. We can omit preliminary topics with which you're already familiar; we can eliminate or deemphasize topics not relevant to you; we can even combine material from several different seminars. While some parts of our standard offerings do have a logical sequence that needs to be followed, there is still much room for tailoring to your exclusive requirements. Please ask!
A customized seminar generally costs no more than a standard course of the same length.
Facilities and Equipment
For an on-site seminar we suggest a classroom-style meeting room, with adequate table space for each attendee and the seminar leader to spread out the course manual and to have easy access to the computers used in the labs (if the seminar is presented with labs). The specific lab setup requirements for each seminar (software required to be installed, for example) are available on request.
A data projector of at least XGA resolution is required. Also, we require either a flipchart or a whiteboard (preferred).
If you don't have a suitable venue, we have options. We have arrangements with several companies that provide computer-equipped training facilities, and we can often arrange very favorable rates.
Request a Seminar
Please to inquire about available dates, prices, customizations, and so on for private on-site seminars.