8 Robotic Process Automation (RPA) training and certification courses
Robotic process automation (RPA) is already well underway in many companies: For example, more than half (53 percent) of those surveyed in Deloitte’s 2018 global RPA survey said that their “RPA journey” was already underway. The survey predicted that number would hit 72 percent in two years or 2020.
That sounds almost boring, however, when you consider this additional comment in the survey report on the current growth in RPA adoption: “If this stays at the current level, RPA will have near universal acceptance within the next five years,” says Deloitte.
If so, you will have a hard time finding a company that hasn’t implemented RPA in some form at some point in 2023. The automation of computerized tasks is just as common as that of the computers themselves.
RPA Skills: Opportunity Knocks
It follows that these companies need people with the skills to implement and iterate their RPA strategies. This is the sound of casual tapping, because apparently these skills are not yet abundant.
“78 percent of those who have already implemented RPA expect investment in RPA to increase significantly over the next three years,” says Deloitte. “However, scaling RPA is clearly proving to be more difficult than expected: only 3 percent of companies have scaled their digital workforce.”
When IT career opportunities arise, they usually hope that real IT professionals will open the door. That’s still true here, but another interesting aspect of RPA is that it’s not just an IT story. The potential for RPA use cases is widespread in many business environments and will not necessarily be the sole domain of IT. Finance or customer service professionals may be as likely to become RPA stars as IT professionals.
So if you want to open that door – or just want to build your own ability as an IT leader to effectively communicate and strategize about RPA – where do you go? As with other technologies, there is a growing segment of online education and certification opportunities that could provide stepping stones on the RPA journey. We have collected eight examples to illustrate the possibilities. Note that we are not advocating or rating these, but rather highlighting the range of emerging options for learning and professional development on the RPA front.
RPA training and courses:
1.Automation of robotic processes: RPA basics + building robots (Udemy)
This Udemy course, recently on sale for just $ 11.99, includes a five-step process of running an RPA pilot in your company, as well as the ability to use the UiPath platform to create an actual bot. Like many of the online learning opportunities for RPA, it doesn’t require a lot of technical expertise.
2. RPA, AI, and Cognitive Technology for Executives (LinkedIn)
This short (less than an hour long) video course introduces executives to the role of RPA, AI and cognitive skills in the digital age. Topics include: “Designing a strong top-down mandate, investing appropriately in digital transformation, and managing expectations for AI projects.”
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3. UiPath Academy
UiPath is one of several RPA software providers out there. Almost all of them offer some kind of training or certification path, either directly or through a third-party training site. (UiPath does both.) On the one hand, UiPath is just a representative example of provider-sponsored opportunities, but the UiPath Academy is also notable because it a) is free and b) offers role-based training. That said, if you’re a business analyst or project manager, for example, there’s a tutorial for you. There are also tracks geared towards RPA developers and other courses aimed at IT professionals such as: B. an infrastructure path.
4. RPA Business Analyst Training (MindMajix)
Speaking of role-based training, this certification path is for business analysts who want to add RPA credentials to their resume. The platform offers free demos of coursework (actual prices vary) and a variety of start dates.
5. Automation Academy
The Automation Academy, developed by the RPA software developer WorkFusion, offers both “community courses” that cover the basics, also for professionals outside of IT, and “partner courses” that are more aimed at people with a certain degree of technical sophistication.
6. The RPA Academy
This option is similar to various coding schools and boot camps. It offers training in several of the currently popular RPA software tools. It can get expensive too, depending on what you’re looking for; It offers individual options, but also group training. So it may be worth checking that your organization is paying for the professional development tab, especially for a team.
7.Automation of Robotic Processes and Beyond (AICPA)
This is one of the most fascinating training and certification opportunities, simply in terms of its broad potential for RPA use cases: it is offered by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). In other words, this applies to the CFO, not the CIO.
This should give you an indicator of the growing role RPA is playing in the company. The trade association says the certificate course is useful for anyone with a finance or accounting role: “This course helps you go through the business case and consider what to consider when choosing and implementing an automation tool. You will also gain an understanding of how a digital workforce affects accounting, auditing, and corporate governance. “
RPA is basically about software, but it’s not just an IT story. The people who handle the money also pay attention.
8. The Enterprisers Project
If you can forgive the self-promotion, our ongoing series of articles on RPA topics offers you a quick (and free) bootcamp on everything from simply explaining the technology to identifying compelling use cases – as well as useful metrics for evaluating your long-term term success. Start with these six posts:
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