Monday, 8 June 2015

Training Needs Analysis (TNA)

Popular AEC trainer and author, Shaun Bryant, is writing a 3-article series for AEC Magazine, about how design and engineering firms make the move to BIM.

Part one of the series can be found here.

In part two, Bryant addresses the issue of identifying training needs, in the context of a wider Revit software implementation.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

CAD manager to director level

“We will need to ensure that all Revit users undergo a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) to assess their training needs and requirements. This will give us a picture of exactly what they need and allow us to use the training effectively and get the most out of our incumbent training provider. It is imperative we allow the team to work with their strengths but also get trained up on areas of weakness, so that we have fully rounded Revit users that are effective and productive.”

CAD manager to the team

“We need you all to undergo a Training Needs Analysis (TNA). This is to assess your existing Revit knowledge (if you have any) and what areas you need to work on to make sure you are fully trained on every aspect of Revit you need to perform your role within the practice effectively. We need you to make sure that you include everything in your TNA so that we can get the best training for you from our training provider.”

Effective training on any CAD product is imperative. The CAD manager is using the TNA to ensure each Revit user is trained to their strengths and that any areas where their product knowledge is weak is thoroughly assessed and appropriate training given. The TNA is done individually per user to make sure that each user gets training tailored to them. It also provides the user with the reassurance that with the new CAD product, in this case Revit, they will be fully trained and prepared to use the product on live projects that the practice is, or will be, working on.

The full article can be found here.

KnowledgeSmart is a popular choice for AEC firms who are looking to capture accurate, independent data on software skills gaps, across their business. Detailed training needs analysis for individuals, teams and organisations is a key deliverable of the KS tools.


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