More than 80 percent of IT professionals believe that training is either "very valuable" or "extremely valuable," and most believe it can increase job opportunities and salaries, according to a new survey.
However, 39 percent of IT professionals said their employer places limited to no value on IT training, and 54 percent said they would pay for all or some of their training courses on their own.
The Spiceworks report, "Making the Tech Grade," examined the IT training and certification priorities and plans of IT professionals in North America and EMEA. The report was sponsored by New Horizons, a provider of IT training and certification courses.
"IT professionals are responsible for making sure organizations of every size and shape are running in peak condition," Spiceworks Voice of IT program manager Kathryn Pribish said. "However, the technology industry is constantly evolving, new threats and challenges are emerging and IT departments are constantly asked to do more with less. IT training is crucial in not only the professional development of technology professionals but in helping them stay on top of the latest technology trends while keeping their organizations up and running at all times."
According to the IT professionals surveyed, 47 percent took at least one training course in 2013 and 78 percent plan to enroll in a course this year. Of those who are not planning to take a training course in 2014, 67 percent plan to train themselves, 63 percent believe training is too expensive and 62 percent don't believe they have enough time.
Additionally, IT professionals believe certifications can have a positive impact on their career. Sixty-seven percent said they can help increase the job opportunities available to them, 55 percent said they can improve their credibility, and half said certifications can help increase their salary or rate.