Presently more and more people want to get a job of SAP consultant and, therefore, the demand for SAP training is constantly increasing. High demand for SAP training lead to the situation where more and more training institutes offer various SAP classes. SAP training market is extremely diverse and for this reason newcomers are often confused and do not know which course better suits their needs. Unfortunately, it is impossible to provide a review of all SAP training providers that currently operate on the market, because by the time we finish this review some training companies will disappear and new companies will take their places. So, we decided to write an article, which focuses not on particular training providers, but on the types of SAP training. In particular we want to discuss here the advantages and disadvantages of online SAP training and classroom SAP training.
SAP Classroom Training
SAP Classroom training is a traditional way to learn SAP. Depending on the training provider, you will be enrolled in a group with 10-12 students. In most cases training classes start in the morning and finish in the evening (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) with one hour break for lunch. The training course normally focuses on one of the SAP modules: SAP SD, SAP MM, SAP FI, SAP BI, SAP HR and others. Moreover, some courses teach two adjacent modules (e.g., MM and SD) at the same time. You will be given a handbook with theory and exercises. The handbook is usually included in the price of SAP course. There will be also computers in the classroom with an access for training SAP IDES installation. You should be able to access SAP via these computers anytime when you are in the classroom, but probably not from home. Due to the fact that there are several students in the group, an instructor will go through the materials with an average speed. So if you need more time than other students to understand something, you will not be given time for it. On the other hand if you are have good knowledge of SAP, then the speed might seem too slow for you.
SAP Online Training
SAP online training emerged recently and many people are still a bit suspicious to this kind of remote education. However, SAP online training has several big advantages over the traditional classroom based training. That is why more and more people to learn SAP online. The first and the main advantage is of course the price. SAP training is quite expensive for a number of reasons and many recent graduates just cannot afford it. Therefore, the low price of SAP online training is a major factor. Another good thing about online courses is that you go through them alone at your own pace. At the pace which is comfortable for you and allows you to understand the course better. In 90% of cases you will also be given with a 24/7 access to SAP system for practice. However, when you choose the training course, you should always ask if the course provider gives you an access to a training SAP system. In some cases training providers try to be silent about it until you pay for the course. Read more about fake SAP training. With online training you unfortunately loose the contact with a live instructor. You have to understand everything yourself. And if you have any questions there is no one to quickly answer them.
SAP Training: Online or Classroom? What to choose?
Of course each situation is different and you should decide yourself which type of SAP training better suits your needs. Here we tried to briefly describe what to expect from these two types of SAP training. It can be clearly seen that each training type has its own advantages and disadvantages. That is classroom based SAP training is a better fit for people who very much like a guidance of a live instructor during the course. On the other hand, online SAP training might be good for those who like to learn on their own pace. Another important factor is the price of the training. Classroom based SAP training is traditionally way more expensive than online SAP training.
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