When you start a company you must have goals of some sort. You’re really supposed to have a business “plan”. Well – I built a plan in my head and pretty much stuck with it through all sorts of issues and problems. At any point when things got weird on my end (and they have a lot if you’ve been keeping up) I fell back on “the plan“. I grew to hate that plan toward the end of last year which made it hard to follow.
Training was always in the plan. I always thought aligning myself as an ESRI Business Partner and becoming an ESRI Authorized Trainer would be a step in the right direction. I’ve struggled with training. Mostly because it is (was) easy to get into the ATP program but nearly impossible as a new trainer to teach if you didn’t have connections into an organization. It’s tough…it’s competitive.
So last year ESRI changed from the ATP program to the CTP Program. There were a large number of hoop$ that needed to be jumped through. It was time-consuming and it was expensive…and mostly on purpose I think. Starvation is a great way to weed out trainers. So essentially from March of last year till now I haven’t trained. Over all looking back it was a good thing – because I had to scrounge up more work to fill in lost revenue. Last year was rough partially by design and partially I made it that way. I got introspective…I got annoyed and I developed The Plan Part II: Revenge of the Plan.
So I completed the last hoop – I’m temporarily Certified (or is it authorized) to teach ArcGIS Desktop I, II and III.
With all of that said please go to the training page and check out the prices. I am lowering them as low as I can even though materials have more or less doubled. I am currently working on a training facility as I type this. If prices are still too high – email me and we can work something out. If you can’t come to me, I go to you. I can’t keep the prices this low for long – they will go up. Yes it’s the same class as the big company teaches…yes this training will go toward your GISP. Yes – the last day (if held in town) is lunch on me. Yes – pay attention and take notes for it will help in your ESRI <fill in the blank> Certification
With that being said – I’m announcing a non ESRI class: Model Builder with a little bit of Python. I did a 1 hour workshop and had some interest so I decided to turn it into an 8 hour class. My price has yet to be determined because I have yet to finish putting it together.