Q: What is the Training Top 125?
A: A ranking of organizations that excel at human capital development, as determined by Training magazine.

Q: Who can apply for the Training Top 125?
A: Any company or organization can apply, as long as it does not provide training or training-related services to other organizations. If it does, those services must constitute less than 5 percent of the organization’s annual revenue. All applying companies must either be a holding/parent company or a wholly owned subsidiary or division. (This does not apply to nonprofit agencies, government agencies, etc.)

Q: When is the application due?
A: The deadline has been extended to October 1, 2012.

Q: How do I apply?
A: Follow this link to download the application; fill it out; register, pay for it, and upload it at the "Register Now" tab above (or follow this link), and also e-mail it to lorri@trainingmag.com. All applications must be a 2003 Word (.doc) document. We have established word count limits for certain questions. Please observe the limits, as we have established them to cope with the volume of applications we receive.

Q: How much does it cost to apply?
A: Training magazine charges a $179 application processing and handling fee.

Q: How do I pay for my application?
A: To pay by credit card, click the "Register Now" tab above (or follow this link), and then print out your receipt.

To pay by check, click the "Register Now" tab above (or follow this link) to register your application and send the check to the address listed on the form.

Q: When is the Training Top 125 Awards Dinner?
A: The Awards Dinner takes place during the Training Conference and Expo; it will be held February 18, 2013, at the Walt Disney World Resort®, Florida.

Q: When will content about the 2012 Training Top 125 be published?
A: Training magazine’s February 2013 issue will include the final rankings and feature stories on the Top 5 companies, plus Best Practices and Outstanding Initiatives Award winners.

Q: How do you arrive at the Training Top 125 ranking?
A: The applications are evaluated both quantitatively (70 percent of the total score) and qualitatively (30 percent of the total score). On the quantitative side, an outside research company scores the application on five different sections as follows:

  • Training Program/Scope (including hours of training, number of trainers, training budget, best practices, and outstanding initiative) (worth 25 percent of score)
  • Tuition Reimbursement (worth 10 percent of score)
  • Training Infrastructure and Delivery (worth 20 percent of score)
  • Evaluation/Metrics (worth 25 percent of score)
  • Human Resources (including competency maps, compensation tied to training, employee satisfaction surveys, length of service and turnover, job openings filled by internal candidates, and percentage of new hires referred by employees) (worth 20 percent of score)

On the qualitative side, Training editors look for demonstrable results, progress of programs, innovation, success factors, training strategically linked to business goals, corporate commitment to training, the potential applicability of best practices companywide and to other organizations and industries, and the ingenuity of outstanding initiatives (usually a fairly new program that hasn’t had a chance to demonstrate long-term results) and their potential to become best practices.

Q: When will I be notified if my organization made the 2012 Training Top 125?
A: Judging will take place in October and November 2012. All applicants will be notified if they made the list or not in November 2012. Invitations to the Training Top 125 gala will be sent out in December 2012.

Q: I have other questions. How can I contact you?
A: Send an e-mail to lorri@trainingmag.com.

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