Training & Certifications

Convergence features a variety of pre-conference trainings that help you dive deeper into some of our most popular topics around Cornerstone solutions.


Ready to test your knowledge? We also offer a discounted rate toward our client certification exams when you register for Convergence. See below for more information.

Pre-Conference Training

Monday June 3, 2019

Pre–conference trainings are an additional fee to the conference fee.

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Full-day training

$1,495

How to Win Executive Support by Building a Compelling Case For Change

Description

Putting together a strategy to get executives to support your transformation efforts can sometimes feel like working on a puzzle without a box cover to guide you. In this engaging and interactive workshop, we intend to help you make that picture clearer. To accomplish this, we will work with you to develop a value-based story that aligns your people strategies with the priorities of your company. We will then work with you to connect the strategies discussed to value metrics that demonstrate the opportunity that exists for your organization so that you can gain the support that you need from key executives.

Topics

  • How macro trends are impacting HR and why HR strategy matters now more than ever
  • How to tell a compelling story to get executives attention and support
  • Developing a talent strategy map to clearly demonstrate the value and importance that your initiative will have on the business
  • Understanding the potential business impact and begin Identifying and quantifying value metrics
  • Understanding the value metrics that impact HR and those that are most important to executives
  • How to build out and show the financial impact of your change initiative, including ROI analysis
  • Finally, putting all of the pieces together to ‘tell your story’ for change, that is aligned to the strategies of your business

Target Audience

Director-level and above HR Leaders and Talent Management process owners

Prerequisites

  • Knowledge and experience leading key talent management processes and initiatives within your organization
  • The desire to work with a personal Cornerstone Value and Thought Leadership Principals during the session
  • 1-2 hours course pre-work
  • Laptop for use during the session
  • This workshop is designed to be hands-on and customized, so space is very limited

Cost

$1,495

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Half-day training (morning)

$495-$595

Optimizing Your Content Strategy to Maximize Efficiencies and User Adoption

Description

This dynamic, half-day workshop is designed to help you identify a content strategy that aligns to your organization’s business strategies. The unique aspect of this program is that you will work with fellow clients to compare your content strategy to begin to create your content plan within the workshop and gain valuable feedback from industry thought leaders and fellow clients. You will also have the support of Cornerstone Thought Leadership Principals to talk you through the process and ensure that you are setting up for success. Additional post-workshop support from your Cornerstone Principals is included, if desired, to ensure your content strategy is successful in your organization.

Topics

  • Identifying a content strategy that is aligned to the business objectives of your organization
  • Understanding the potential business impact of an effective content strategy
  • Translating your company’s business objectives into talent needs
  • Identifying solutions to drive greater user adoption and consumption of content
  • Developing strategies to enhance user experience within your LMS
  • Introduction to strategies to identify your current optimization opportunities
  • Creating the beginning of your own content strategy with the support of your Cornerstone Principals
  • Planning the communication of your strategy and building a business case for your senior leadership
  • As a special bonus following the workshop, you will receive 2 one-on-one sessions with your Cornerstone Principals to help you prepare for presenting your content strategy within your organization

Target Audience

Director-level and above HR Leaders and Talent Management process owners

Prerequisites

  • Knowledge and experience leading key talent management processes and initiatives within your organization
  • Familiarity with Cornerstone systems is helpful, but not required
  • The desire to work with a personal Cornerstone Thought Leadership Principals during the session
  • Willingness to share with other clients and gain from their experiences
  • Laptop for use during the session
  • This workshop is designed to be hands-on and customized, so space is very limited

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Establishing Modern Learning Strategies Using the Learning Experience Platform and Playlists

Description

According to Bersin’s High-Impact Learning Organization research, “More mature organizations see development as an organizational responsibility that should involve executives, line-of-business leaders, managers, and employees themselves, in addition to those in L&D roles.” Learn how to keep up with today’s modern learning environment while also empowering your employees to teach and learn from each other. This dynamic workshop will cover how to use the Learning Experience Platform and Playlists to enhance the browsing and consumption of content for your learners through updating training metadata, subject management, and learning curation.

Target Audience

Talent Management Business Process Owners and Experienced System Admins

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Keeping Up with the Evolving Workforce Through Feedback 2.0 and Redefined Competency and Skills

Description

About 10,000 Baby Boomers a day are retiring, and according to recent research, 70% of companies expressed a desire to redesign and simplify Performance Management processes to cater to GenX and GenY. The need for agile methods on performance feedback is on the rise to cater to these modern workforce. In this interactive workshop, learn how to use Conversations and Feedback 2.0 to provide continuous feedback, and how to adopt the redefined Competency and Skills in an ever more agile work environment.

Target Audience

Talent Management Business Process Owners and Experienced System Admins

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Achieving Better Conversion Rates with Improved Hiring Manager Experience and Mobile Candidate Experience

Description

The job market has become candidate-driven which has shifted the power from employer to the employee. Job seekers have many choices when it comes to new opportunities, and it is important organizations make the application process as simple as possible. The average candidate conversion rates of Cornerstone clients is 38% higher than the industry average. In this dynamic workshop, learn how to create an efficient experience for considering and managing candidates via improved Manage Candidates, Modular Offer Letters, and LinkedIn Recruiter System Connect, and learn how to create a Mobile-Friendly Career Site and Candidate Application.

Target Audience

Talent Management Business Process Owners and Experienced System Admins

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Core Fundamentals

Description

This session will focus on the fundamental skills needed to administer your Cornerstone solution. Perfect for the new administrator, topics covered include:

  • Organizational Units
  • System Preferences
  • Security Roles
  • Groups

Target Audience

New System Admins

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Reporting 2.0 - Level I

Description

Powerful analytics are at the core of every Cornerstone product. Regardless of which Cornerstone product you use, this applicable session is designed to give you the essential skills to effectively use Cornerstone’s basic reporting tools. Perfect for the new to experienced administrator, this session includes the following Reporting 2.0 functionality:

  • Creating, Sharing and Delivering Reports
  • Exception Reporting
  • Data Mapping
  • Templates
  • Filter Properties
  • Charts

Target Audience

New to Experienced System Admins

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

1:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Half-day training (afternoon)

$495-$595

Optimizing Your Content Strategy to Maximize Efficiencies and User Adoption

Description

This dynamic, half-day workshop is designed to help you identify a content strategy that aligns to your organization’s business strategies. The unique aspect of this program is that you will work with fellow clients to compare your content strategy to begin to create your content plan within the workshop and gain valuable feedback from industry thought leaders and fellow clients. You will also have the support of Cornerstone Thought Leadership Principals to talk you through the process and ensure that you are setting up for success. Additional post-workshop support from your Cornerstone Principals is included, if desired, to ensure your content strategy is successful in your organization.

Topics

  • Identifying a content strategy that is aligned to the business objectives of your organization
  • Understanding the potential business impact of an effective content strategy
  • Translating your company’s business objectives into talent needs
  • Identifying solutions to drive greater user adoption and consumption of content
  • Developing strategies to enhance user experience within your LMS
  • Introduction to strategies to identify your current optimization opportunities
  • Creating the beginning of your own content strategy with the support of your Cornerstone Principals
  • Planning the communication of your strategy and building a business case for your senior leadership
  • As a special bonus following the workshop, you will receive 2 one-on-one sessions with your Cornerstone Principals to help you prepare for presenting your content strategy within your organization

Target Audience

Director-level and above HR Leaders and Talent Management process owners

Prerequisites

  • Knowledge and experience leading key talent management processes and initiatives within your organization
  • Familiarity with Cornerstone systems is helpful, but not required
  • The desire to work with a personal Cornerstone Thought Leadership Principals during the session
  • Willingness to share with other clients and gain from their experiences
  • Laptop for use during the session
  • This workshop is designed to be hands-on and customized, so space is very limited

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Learning Fundamentals

Description

This session will focus on the fundamental skills needed to administer your Cornerstone Learning solution. Perfect for the new administrator, topics covered include:

  • Learning Objects
  • Course Catalog
  • Learning Admin Console
  • Learner Home and Learning Playlists
  • Curricula
  • ILT Events, Rosters and Sessions
  • Learning Assignment Tool
  • Emails for Learning

Target Audience

New System Admins

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Performance Fundamentals

Description

This session will focus on the fundamental skills needed to administer your Cornerstone Performance solution. Perfect for the new administrator, topics covered include:

  • Goals
  • Feedback
  • Competencies
  • Performance Reviews Sections and Tasks
  • Development Plans
  • Observation Checklists
  • Skills Matrix
  • Emails for Performance

Target Audience

New System Admins

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Recruiting Fundamentals

Description

This session will focus on the fundamental skills needed to administer your Cornerstone Recruiting solution. Perfect for the new administrator, topics covered include:

  • Recruiting Preferences
  • Recruiting Custom Fields
  • Requisition Templates
  • Career Sites
  • Managing Candidates
  • Emails for Recruiting

Target Audience

New System Admins

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Reporting 2.0 - Level II

Description

This session covers complex reporting functionality to further maximize data extraction from the Cornerstone solution regadless of which Cornerstone product you use. Designed with advanced administrators in mind, this session includes the following Reporting 2.0 functionality:

  • Calculated Fields
  • Report Schema Builder
  • Advanced Filter Properties and Reporting Logic
  • Report Permissions and Constraints

Target Audience

Advanced Administrators (2+ years)

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Certifications Prep (Product Agnostic)

Description

Getting Cornerstone certified is a great investment both on the part of your organization and you as a professional. By achieving a certification, not only do you achieve credentials you could add to your own professional profile, but you and your organization ensure you have the necessary product knowledge mastery to maximize the investment in the Cornerstone solution. In this session, know which resources could help you pass the exam, get tips and tricks for studying for the exam, and get a taste of what the exam is like through sample questions.

Target Audience

Advanced Administrators (2+ years)

Cost

$595 for first session per person
$495 for any additional sessions per person

Client Certification Exams

Client certification exams are available again this year for Convergence attendees at a special rate of $150 per exam ($200 value).

All exams will be accessible online only and the discounted rate will expire on June 3, 2019. No on-site exams will be available and no extensions will be permitted.

You may choose from the following exams: Core System Administration, Learning Administration, Advanced Learning Administration, Performance Administration, Advanced Performance Administration, Recruiting Administration, Succession Administration, Compensation Administration, or Advanced Recruiting Administration.

To receive the discounted rate, a promo code will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration for Convergence. You must register for the exam before the promo code expires on June 3, 2019. To register for the exam and apply the promo code please visit the Cornerstone Success Center.

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  • Core System Administration

    Core System Administration

    The Core System Administration Certification exam is a 2-hour multiple choice proctored test of 70 questions that validates a candidate’s abilities to perform essential system administration functions in any Cornerstone solution, regardless of the modules that are implemented.

    Individuals who pass this exam will earn the Cornerstone System Admin Practitioner certification credential.

    Exam Topics include: OUs and Users, Groups, Security, Page Management, Email Management, Reporting

  • Learning Administration

    Learning Administration

    The Learning Administration exam is a 2-hour multiple choice test of about 60 questions designed for candidates who can perform essential system administration tasks in a Cornerstone Learning solution. Qualified candidates can perform basic Learning module administration, configure and manage Learning Preferences, use training tools, create and manage learning objects, and run training reports. Candidates should have experience administering a Cornerstone Learning solution for at least one year prior to taking the exam.

    Individuals who pass this exam plus the Core System Administration exam will earn the Learning Admin Specialist certification credential.

    Exam Topics include: General Administration, Learning Preferences, Tools and Functions, Learning Objects, Reporting

  • Compensation Administration

    Compensation Administration

    The Compensation Administration exam is a 2-hour multiple choice test of 60 questions designed for candidates who can perform essential system administration tasks in a Cornerstone Compensation solution. Qualified candidates can perform general Compensation administration tasks such as configuring Base and Bonus types as well as using email and reports. Qualified candidates can also manage employee salaries, configure adjustment guidelines, and create and manage Compensation templates and tasks. Candidates should have experience administering a Cornerstone Compensation solution for at least one year prior to taking the exam.

    Candidates who are interested in earning the Cornerstone Compensation Admin Specialist credential must pass both the Core System Administration exam and the Compensation Administration exam.

    Exam topics include: General Administration, Employee Salary Management, Adjustment Guidelines, Compensation Templates, Compensation Tasks

  • Performance Administration

    Performance Administration

    The Performance Administration exam is a 2-hour multiple choice test of about 60 questions designed for candidates who can perform essential administration tasks in a Cornerstone Performance solution. Qualified candidates can perform basic Performance module administration, configure and manage performance reviews, competencies, observation checklists, goals, and development plans. Candidates should have experience administering a Cornerstone Performance solution for at least one year prior to taking the exam.

    Individuals who pass this exam plus the Core System Administration exam will earn the Performance Admin Specialist certification credential.

    Exam Topics include: Standard Performance Reports, Performance Emails, Custom Relationships, Peer Management, Performance Reviews, Competencies, Observation Checklists, Goals, Development Plans

  • Recruiting Administration

    Recruiting Administration

    The Recruiting Administration exam is a 2-hour multiple choice test of 60 questions designed for candidates who can perform essential system administration tasks in a Cornerstone Recruiting solution. Qualified candidates can perform basic Preferences configuration, set up application and pre-screening processes, create and post job requisitions, set up and generate offer letters, configure emails, and run Recruiting standard reports. Candidates should have experience administering a Cornerstone Recruiting solution for at least one year prior to taking the exam.

    Candidates who are interested in earning the Cornerstone Recruiting Admin Specialist credential must pass both the Core System Administration exam and the Recruiting Administration exam.

    Exam topics include: Configuration & Preferences, Application & Pre-screening, Requisitions & Applicants, Interviews & Offers, Emails, Reporting

  • Succession Administration

    Succession Administration

    The Succession Administration exam is a 2-hour multiple choice test of 60 questions designed for candidates who can perform essential system administration tasks in a Cornerstone Succession solution. Qualified candidates can perform general Succession administration tasks using email and reports. Qualified candidates can also manage aspects of Universal Profile as related to Cornerstone Succession, configure My Team and Talent Profile preferences, and create and manage SMP templates and tasks. Candidates should have experience administering a Cornerstone Succession solution for at least one year prior to taking the exam.

    Candidates who are interested in earning the Cornerstone Succession Admin Specialist credential must pass both the Core System Administration exam and the Succession Administration exam.

    Exam topics include: General Administration, Universal Profile, My Team/Talent Profile Preferences, SMP Templates, SMP Tasks

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  • Advanced Performance Administration

    Advanced Performance Administration

    The Advanced Performance Administration exam is a 2-hour multiple choice test of about 60 questions designed for candidates who can perform advanced system administration tasks in a Cornerstone Performance solution. Qualified candidates have a detailed understanding of advanced system administration concepts and tasks. It is highly recommended that candidates have experience administering a Cornerstone Performance solution for at least two years prior to taking the exam.

    Individuals who pass this exam plus the Core System Administration exam and Performance Administration exam will earn the Performance Admin Expert certification credential.

    Exam Topics include: Custom Performance Reports, Performance Email Digests, Custom Relationships, Peer Management, Performance Reviews, Competencies, Observation Checklists, Skills Matrix, Goals

  • Advanced Learning Administration

    Advanced Learning Administration

    The Advanced Learning Administration exam is a 2-hour multiple choice test of about 60 questions designed for candidates who can perform advanced system administration tasks in a Cornerstone Learning solution. It is highly recommended that candidates have experience administering a Cornerstone Learning solution for at least two years prior to taking the exam.

    Individuals who pass this exam plus the Core System Administration exam and the Learning Administration exam will earn the Learning Admin Expert certification credential.

    Exam Topics include: General Administration, Learning Preferences, Tools and Functions, Learning Objects, Reporting, e-Commerce

  • Advanced Recruiting Administration

    Advanced Recruiting Administration

    The Advanced Recruiting Administration exam is a 2-hour multiple choice test of 60 questions designed for candidates who can perform advanced system administration tasks in a Cornerstone Recruiting solution. Qualified candidates have a detailed understanding of advanced system administration concepts and tasks. It is highly recommended that candidates have experience administering a Cornerstone Recruiting implementation for at least two years prior to taking the exam.

    Candidates who are interested in earning the Cornerstone Recruiting Admin Expert credential must pass the Advanced Recruiting Administration Exam in addition to the Core System Administration Exam & Recruiting Administration Exam.

    Exam topics include: Configuration & Preferences, Application & Pre-screening, Requisitions & Applicants, Interviews & Offers, Email, Reporting