Skills Validation

Know it? Prove it!

Lab completed does not mean skills developed.

Having well-designed hands-on labs is only half the solution for truly effective skilling. You have enabled skills development, but now you need to assess what they have learned in order to have a validated skills outcome. This is a critical difference between skilling with validated outcomes compared to traditional training, which typically produces attendance-based outcomes (watched the videos or attended the class).

Perhaps the real question should be whether you believe learners become more confident and job-ready if they were asked to resolve real-world challenges in real-world software environments designed to help them figure things out on their own and then get scored on their performance?

Show what you know.

Skillable believes that the best way to validate technical knowledge is by providing your learners the opportunity to “show” what they “know” by demonstrating their abilities in a real-world environment that can measure and score their actions against real job tasks and outcomes. 

The Skillable approach to skills validation.

Scored labs transform the way labs are created and delivered as they can focus exclusively on the skills that the learner acquires, rather than just their raw knowledge of the subject. 

Scoring within a lab can range from multiple choice and fill in the blank questions all the way to scoring scripts that can measure changes the learner made to the lab environment.

Likewise, how scoring is used in a lab can vary from assessments throughout as knowledge checks to having an all-encompassing assessment at the very end. Assessments can even be written to require the learner to successfully pass before being able to continue in a lab (great for skills that need to be “stacked”).

Scored labs can be used in a variety of scenarios ranging from using a scored lab to assess a learner’s existing knowledge prior to training, preparing for a certification exam and finally, within a certification exam itself. It all depends on how your team wants to assess your learners’ knowledge of your software.

For example, both Microsoft and Amazon Web Services have added scored labs to their certification exam in their quest for effective performance testing (also known as Performance-Based Testing or “PBT”).  

Skillable is a pioneer in the world of performance testing, active since 2007, working with over 30 software companies to build performance testing-enabled exams in 13 languages and successfully delivering more than 500,000 live exams worldwide.

In addition to enabling customers to create their own scored hands-on labs, Skillable has created a large catalog of scored hands-on learning experiences across a variety of IT topics that drive learners to figure out how to arrive at specific outcomes. 

These Challenge Labs can be a great complement to your own labs or can be used on their own to help learners build competency and skills mastery across multiple technologies.

Achieve skills validation with Skillable.

The complete checklist is on our Solutions page, but here are some specific things to consider when you are looking for a partner to help you implement the right skilling strategy to deliver effective learning experiences at scale:

 

Management and reporting

Building and delivering

Scaling and flexibility

Capabilities

  • What kind of usage data can they produce – and is it accessible via API for use with business intelligence and analytics software?
  • Can they demo a good lab reporting experience on a third-party LMS?
  • Is there support for all the environments you need (cloud environments, virtual machines, containers, coding, data science, etc.)?
  • Can their platform automatically score a lab based on the results produced by the learner? 
  • Do they have expertise in instructional design and specifically, challenge-centric learning?
  • Have they delivered labs reliably to every global region you plan to serve?
  • Can they ensure a consistent user experience for all learners?

Services

  • Do they have proven expertise implementing and maintaining LTI integrations?
  • Do they have the engineering expertise to build out highly secure, highly custom and highly available environments?
  • Do they have established partnerships with multiple enterprise customers?
"Skillable allows you to spin up real instances of IT environments, and then present issues that have to be resolved by the student. Like taking a real driver's test in a car...or a starship. Very impressed."

Skilling is the
future of training.

The talented team at Skillable can help you create a skills validation solution that will help you assess your learners’ technical abilities. 

Tried and Trusted.

We’re not new to enterprise skills validation. Just ask the leading tech and training companies we work with.