IKM ATAC™ (Assess-Train-Assess-Certify) improves the training and certification process by utilizing existing skills and eliminating wasted training

New Jersey – USA – Wednesday, February 7, 2007 IKM, a leading provider of web-based employee and candidate knowledge measurement solutions and services, today announced the success of IKM ATAC™ (Assess-Train-Assess-Certify), a training and certification methodology that improves the efficiency of HR initiatives.Offering leading knowledge and aptitude assessments to blue chip clients for candidate and employee testing, IKM incorporates a proven methodology to maximize the output of training and certification programs.

Using a four-stepped approach, IKM ATAC™ facilitates the initial assessment of skill gaps, identifies individual training requirements, and provides follow-up assessments to determine the extent of which the training need has been met. Participants who satisfy the defined criteria throughout the process are awarded certification.

Through the identification of employee’s strengths and weaknesses at job task level, IKM ATAC™ allows the development of tailored training programs and homogeneous classrooms. Not only will this ensure that course content is relevant, but will also increase the uptake of knowledge and reduce wasted resources.

“There is no need to put every employee through a ‘one-size-fits-all’ training and certification program. IKM ATAC™ allows customized programs that provide greater results for the business and the employee,” said Ken Strauss, COO, IKM.

Unlike traditional training and certification programs, IKM ATAC™ identifies individuals who already possess the desired level of knowledge. This eliminates unnecessary training and provides an opportunity to establish mentor programs.

“Using IKM ATAC™, we have revealed that an average of 15% of employees within an organization will not need training. A further 25% will only require training in a subset of the curriculum – further reducing training time and cost. Utilizing these skilled employees as mentors is a very efficient way of sharing knowledge across the organization,” said Strauss.

With the ability to leverage existing knowledge within an organization and focus resources where they are needed most, IKM ATAC™ has already been adopted by existing clients across the globe. For more information visit: http://www.ikmnet.com/solutions/certification.cfm or contact your local IKM office.

About IKM
IKM provides knowledge measurement solutions and services including web-based assessments, applications, and certification that allow you to enhance and optimize hiring, training, project staffing, skill-gap analysis, benchmarking, career development and certification.

Known for its flagship solution IKM TeckChekTM, IKM’s professional range of solutions offers a unique assessment methodology to deliver the most cost efficient and effective way of measuring knowledge.

IKM has a wide range of assessment and certification packages for all industries and disciplines, including IT, Project Management, Sales, ECDL/ICDL, MS Office, Clerical, Legal, Accounting, Retail, Nursing and Call Center.

Used by corporations, IT Outsourcing companies, staffing agencies, training organizations and schools, IKM is a subsidiary of Krest LLC and is headquartered in the US, with offices and affiliations spanning the globe.

IKM’s client base includes Keane, Compuware, Accenture HR, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, GE Capital, Lloyds TSB, Prudential, IBM, Siemens, Nortel and Reuters Software. For more information visit: www.IKMnet.com

IKM AmericasChief Operating Officer USA
Ken Strauss
Ph: +1 (732) 249 9812 x100
Email: kstrauss@IKMnet.com 
IKM EuropeVP European Operations
Richard Newton
Ph: +44 (0)20-8401-1188
Email: rnewton@IKMnet.com
IKM AustralasiaVP Asia Pacific Operations
Frank Palinkas
Ph: +61 (3) 9580 1633
Email: fpalinkas@IKMnet.com
IKM AfricaVP of South Africa Operations
Andrew Stark
Ph: +27 (84) 554-9238
Email: astark@IKMnet.co