I attended tech pros group at the one of their boot camps during the month of April 2007. It was not easy. Did I get my moneys worth? Yes I believe that I did. This training will cost you a lot, about 19% of your income after you complete the course if they find a job for you. I opted to pay lump sum which was a lot less than it would have cost it I have let them that 10% of my salary for 15 months. It is a lot of hard work that if you do it according to their plan you will succeed. I was in a class of 25, only 12 of us finished the month project. One person had a family emergence and would return for a later training. The other 12 either quit or did not make the cut to continue each week due to poor performance. You see each week they evaluate you to see if you passed that week and thus continue. I think that most of the complainers are who could not cut the mustard, expected to get a free ride or were to dedicated enough to put in a 110%.
The days are long, M-F 8 am till 10 pm, sat, 9 – around 7. Sunday you are off. The other deal that some people can not handle or do not like is that you are sharing a two bedroom two bath apartment with 5 people two an apartment men and women are in separate apartments.
I do not feel that they are scammers. Read the material carefully, it all there and just as in any other contract it will be hard to beat them in court. After all if you signed the contract and you did not understand it all whose fault is that?
During training and afterword it had good support from them; however, I paid them their fees. I have not complaints. I was in a class with 4 other women and 20 guys. Three or four of the men were Islamic. During the second the week we had to team in pairs to work together to share equipment between (Cisco Switch), they all complained about the fact that women were in the class. TPG’s attitude was 1, we are in California which does not allow sexual discrimination, 2, If you have a problem with working with or for women then this career field is not the best choice for you, as women probably equal or out number the male work force. Two continued to complain citing the religious beliefs; they terminated and escorted to the airport the same day.
TPG expect a wash out rate of 10% to 15%. If you quit you still have to pay a pro rated amount. All this was explained on the first day before getting started and had the option to quit then with out additional charge. You are made to sign a document stated this and I think the complainers are just dissatisfied that hey did not put in the required efforts to complete the course.
I obtained my CCNA and MCSA during the program. I still need a couple of tests to get MSCE cert. Having my CCNA I am now working a Network Operations Center. I am currently working for DISA Europe in Stuttgart Germany. I would not have this job if I did not have my CCNA. Did TPG help get a job? No not directly, but the certification I achieved allow me to obtain work in the IT career field. Experience, training, certification get you an interview, an interview get you a job, nothing else. One guy got a job before the course was completed with the direct help of TPG. I am sure others in the California area west coast were able to get a job as well with TPG help. I live near Washington DC metro area in Northern Virginia, one of the three hotbeds for IT work.