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Continuing Education - 7 / 13: That costs the further education

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The main focus of your continuing education is the costs and financing. Because it does not matter to you that there are theoretically meaningful further training courses that you can hardly pay in practice. But how much is a training course at all and what are your options for financing it? Unfortunately, statistical surveys and comparison tables are also missing. The costs of further training can be very different and can be difficult to compare, also due to different content, objectives and duration.

Continuing Education - 7 / 13: That costs the further education

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Overview: Cost of continuing education

The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training has determined a few average values ​​for the costs of further training in a study in which 2000 people were interviewed. According to this, the costs, which are directly related to further training (as participation fees, teaching material, etc.) per year and person are on average 568 Euro.

In many cases, participants often do not pay for themselves, but are reimbursed in part - for example, by the employment agency or the employer. On average, this refinancing accounts for approximately 36%. In the end, the participants will pay 375 Euro themselves. The main part of this will be the registration fees and the travel costs. In addition, there are indirect costs, such as the loss of earnings of 137 Euro per participant, whereby costs are reimbursed to a lesser extent (on average about 7%). Eg by subsistence allowances. But these indirect costs can not only be calculated in euros: in any case, you must also take into account the amount of time, the time that you may have to rework at work.

On average, 138 hours are spent annually on further education. 74 hours of this do not come into the working hours, but cost free time. Additional 59 hours must be spent on overtime (due to further education), information, preparation and follow-up, as well as travel times.

Differences yes by target group

In addition, there are significant differences in terms of the costs of continuing education among the individual groups of participants: Persons who take part in non-company further training spend considerably more money each year with 856 Euro than with participants in further training programs - namely 285 Euro. This is because employers often pay the costs, while non-company training participants receive only 14% reimbursement.

Employees are much more likely to have the opportunity to continue their education as unemployed or self-employed. Sociodemographic characteristics also play a role: young participants up to 24 years are more often free of charge, participants between 25 to 34 as well as from 55 to 64 average the highest costs for further training. Education also plays a role: the higher the level of education, the higher the average training costs are, since those who already have a higher basic education are more willing to invest in higher-qualification and correspondingly expensive further education.

Differences according to type of development

Depending on the type of further training, the costs are very different and also vary widely between the individual participants: Approximately 45% of the respondents do not have to pay any costs themselves. 14% will have costs up to about 99 Euro, 28% will bear costs between 100 and 999 Euro. 13% of participants must shell out more than 1.000 Euro and 2% even have costs of more than 5.000 Euro. The highest costs are caused by classical course forms: in addition to participation fees, there are also travel and, if necessary, accommodation costs. In addition, the loss of earnings must be taken into account.

Although the participation fees often seem to be higher, e-learning and self-organized learning forms are somewhat more favorable overall: the learning and working methods (books, PC, telephone and Internet access, etc.) are particularly important here. On the other hand, these learning forms require the least amount of time; the travel expenses are not applicable and the loss of earnings is lower.

This should pay attention to you!

When planning an advanced course, think about what this costs and how these costs will affect you both financially and time-wise. In any case, please inquire about the total costs of the respective course. Take into account all direct and indirect costs, thus providing you with a broad overview of the various offers. Look carefully! How many lessons have the course? How are these distributed, is this suitable for you? Here the time factor mentioned above is also important! Note that lesson time is not the same as the lesson: In general, one is from 45 minutes per lesson, but some providers may be more or less. In any case, you must take this into account when comparing.

There are also qualitative differences in other points, as the following examples show:

Example: In a crafting chamber, you would pay 33 Euro for a course in Spreadsheet I: MS Excel (330 lessons in three days). A private education provider requires 2007 for a basic Excel 207,64 course (duration: l day with seven lessons). However, only a maximum of eight participants are admitted per course, which promises a better learning atmosphere. An English language course with the same provider costs between 420 Euro (for simple language courses) and 500 Euro (for professional language courses and conversation) - all courses with a total of 60 lessons.

For comparison, the prices of a public school: 26 lessons, no matter what level, cost 72,80 Euro, if 10 people take part in the course, the price drops to 52 Euro. Larger classes are, of course, again bad for learning and national colleges generally do not have the best reputation. But maybe you only pay for the image with your private provider?

Incidentally, it is significantly more expensive if you want to make up a whole education: a training as a European secretary with a total of about 4.800 lessons (30 months full-time) costs at one institute 12.000 Euro, at another provider 10.400 Euro - however, only about half at lessons. An extra-occupational intensive training course for Fachkaufmann Personalfachwesen (duration: 4 months, approx. 12 hours / week) suggests a provider with 3.000 Euro, in the competition you would pay for a six-month course (total 460 lessons) but only 2.875 Euro. If you then want to add the business economist to the specialist trader, you can, for example, For example, for a class with 700 lessons, expect 3.579 Euro.

What are the costs?

In some courses the examination with the fees is already included, but with other providers you have to pay them extra. In the case of the examples presented here, the examination fee is between 260 Euro and 450 Euro, depending on the type of financial statements.

Consider the costs and the time required if you are planning an advanced training and if necessary, look for more favorable alternatives. However, inexpensive is not necessarily cheaper: for the individual images, there are in some cases large differences in the length, content and duration of the further education. What is better, you can certainly only in the individual case and not flat-rate. Look also at the payment terms in the contract:

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Some providers offer the possibility of an installment payment; usually at least a part of the sum has to be paid in advance. If the total amount has to be paid before the start of the action, there may be problems with the refund afterwards. Therefore, you should be careful with such terms of contract.

Incidentally, whether you receive at least part of your money if you do not like it depends on the individual terms of the contract. So read the fine print carefully. For longer-term measures, you should arrange a quarterly or monthly payment - this can save you a lot of financial trouble if you want to terminate early. Tip: Tax deductible The costs of continuing vocational training are usually tax deductible if you do not receive any grants.

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