Practical Catia



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Collaborative Training

Why is Practical Catia Training so effective? The answer: Our course is developed and taught by seasoned design/engineering professionals, we limit class size to two students per class, and we employ a teaching method known as "Collaborative Training."

Collaborative Training is regarded the world over as one of the most effective training methods. With Collaborative Training you work as a team with a "training partner". You become invested in each other's success and you assist each other in achieving the course objectives.  With Collaborating Training the pressure to "keep-up" with the rest of the class is eliminated.

Understandably, many students like to take notes during lectures.  However, with traditional training this is nearly impossible.  While the student is busy writing down what the instructor is saying, they are not able to fully concentrate on the lecture.  Their attention is divided between the lecture and their note taking.  They are always slightly behind the lecturer.  As such, they are not taking in the lecture at a level that allows them to fully comprehend the material that is being presented.  When the lecture is over and it's time for them to do the exercise, they are quite often stuck.  Because they were not wholly present during the lecture, they don't know where to begin.  At this point their notes are of little use because there is no associatively between their notes and the material as it was presented.  This became such a problem during "traditional training" lectures, that we finally had to restrict note taking. Collaborative Training eliminates this problem.  Instead of taking notes during the lecture, the student jots down notes while they observe their training partner doing the exercise.  The added benefit to this is that they have already observed the lecture and have a much better idea what to take note of.

Studies indicate that a 3-prong approach is the most effective method of learning anything new.  The 3 prongs are as follows:

  1. observe someone doing what it is you are trying to learn

  2. do it yourself

  3. help teach someone else how to do it

With Collaborative Training you observe a lecture, you do the exercise, and then you assist your training partner as they complete the exercise.

Collaborative Training is the method I prefer and the option most people choose. It is also very cost effective at nearly 1/2 the cost of traditional training.


Hi Keith,

I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the CATIA v5 class I had taken in November/ 2006. The way you structured and formatted the class was better then any other v5 classes that I have taken in the past. I enrolled in your class for a refresher but came away with a lot more then what I had in previous classes. I will definitely recommend your course to anyone looking for CATIA V5 training!

Kurt M.

Keith is a born designer and teacher which together along with his old school knowledge and real world experience give him an excellent and unique ability to convey the CATIA information in a practical way. I salute Keith for the fitting title of the course. I've participated in larger classrooms before trying to learn a 3D software packages, waiting for my question to be asked, losing my thought process and sometimes my interest in the meantime. With only two of us sharing a computer, my questions were answered in real time, creating an efficiency in learning which I've rarely experienced.

After Keith explained the methodology, I tried it, then after the other student performed the picks, I felt the information sinking in deeper with the combination of "seeing, doing and seeing again" approach. He ensured we had the big picture as well as the hands on details to understand what we needed to know once we enter the job site and have to perform.

After searching for other CATIA V5 courses locally on the web, I'm glad that I found your course because I'm convinced I could not have done any better. Thanks, again, Keith for the kind and relaxed hospitality.

Susan T., Product Design Engineer, Plymouth, MI"

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DISCLAIMER: The Practical Catia Training course is not offered as vocational training or as qualifying one for any particular employment.  There are no course credits transferable to any accredited educational institution.