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Firebrand Training: accelerated training for thousands of students

Firebrand Training is the leading provider of accelerated training in IT, project and process management. We offer our services in the following European countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Since the company was founded in 2001, 124229 training participants have already successfully completed our unique firebrand accelerated training method in combination with recognized certifications.

2021

Daniel Krüger became Sales Director DACH of Firebrand Training GmbH in June 2021. In this new role, Daniel Krüger, as a member of the global management team, will focus on sales management for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Daniel Krüger

"With him, we are pleased to have an experienced and successful manager with many years of B2B sales expertise in the area of complex IT service lines on board. He will continue the ambitious growth course and the Firebrand success story in the German-speaking region," says Robert Chapman, founder and co-CEO.

Our training centers are NOW open again.

Britta Homscheid, Marketing Manager of Firebrand Training GmbH, comments: "We are pleased to welcome you back to our certification courses! All areas are usable again under consideration of all required hygiene and distance regulations. All necessary safety measures have been taken to protect all participants as best as possible during the course."

Because after all, the protection of staff, participants and partners is our top priority. We are determined to keep our promise and provide training to people who trust us to provide training.

In 2021, we will continue to offer both online instructor-led (OIL) training for our customers, as well as face-to-face courses again (taking all necessary measures to protect everyone from the pandemic).

OIL as an addition to our offer

The OIL trainings enable our participants to attend trainings from home and to get a certification. This uses Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex, which provide a comprehensive, interactive classroom, allowing participants to be immersed in learning and replicating the physical experience as closely as possible.

Paul Dillenburg, Managing Director of Firebrand Training GmbH, comments, "As the response from "online instructor led" OIL training has been very good with our customers, we will continue to offer both face-to-face and online training. It is clear to us that the majority of our customers prefer firebrand intensive training in the form of face-to-face training - nevertheless OIL has established itself as an additional alternative form of training in a short period of time. As the response of "Online Instructor led (OIL) trainings has been very good with our customers, we will continue to offer both face-to-face and online trainings."

2020

A year that many would probably have imagined differently. At the end of the first quarter, in March, the corona virus caused a worldwide lockdown. Also affected was our training center, which had to close for several weeks. In order to continue our business, we developed a new form of learning overnight: Online Instructor-Led (OIL) Training.

2019

Firebrand has experienced another year of fast, sustained growth in 2019. Not only have we expanded our offerings, but our commitment to quality has seen widespread industry recognition.

In the first quarter of 2019, Firebrand is all about Microsoft. As a Microsoft Learning Partner, Firebrand is one of the first providers to offer certification courses for the new role-based Microsoft Azure certifications. In collaboration with Microsoft, 2 training sessions have already been held for Firebrand employees on this topic in the first quarter. This will allow our course consultants to better present and target the new role-based training courses and certifications to our customers and demonstrate the benefits.

In July, we received the Fair Train Work Experience Quality Standard Gold, which is the highest level. Fair Train is a leading expert in quality assurance for all forms of work-based learning.

For the tenth year in a row, Firebrand was named one of the top 20 best IT training companies of the year.

As a training partner, Firebrand was awarded the prestigious EC Council ATC Circle of Excellence Award for 2018/19 in recognition of our contributions to cyber security workforce development.

We were also pleased to announce the winner of our Free Training For Life competition - Arjan Op't Hof, Senior Engineer Windows at Solvinity!

2018

In January, Firebrand announced an official partnership with ISACA. As an Accredited Training Organisation (ATO), Firebrand’s students are now able to sit official ISACA exams during their accelerated training at European training centres.

For the second year running, Firebrand was awarded a Platinum Partnership with CompTIA as well as the 2018 (ISC)2 Official Training Provider Recognition Award. Firebrand training centers receive Pearson Vue Select status.

In the summer, our youngest participant to date successfully completes an intensive training course. The fifteen-year-old student from Biel, Switzerland, receives the official Certified Ethical Hacker certification.

In early August, Firebrand opens an office and training center in Austria to better serve the needs of our Austrian customers and now offer certification courses in Vienna. "In addition, we are pleased to have gained Ms. Tayeb Hardiman, an experienced Firebrand account manager with many years of experience, for this important market for us", says Paul Dillenburg, Managing Director of Firebrand Training GmbH.

2017

In the first quarter of 2017, Firebrand is devoting itself entirely to the topic of IT security - with new security courses in the portfolio, information and campaigns around IT security. All Firebrand employees take an online course on data security in the workplace and receive a personal certificate.

Firebrand is stepping up efforts to collect personal stories and experiences from participants, partners and employees. Graduates, for example, share how they fared before, during and after the course, while employee stories provide a glimpse into Firebrand's day-to-day operations. Paul Dillenburg, Managing Director of Firebrand Training GmbH, explains: "We are pursuing the strategic objective of integrating our customers, our partners and our dedicated employees even more closely into the further development of our company. This will allow us to better target and develop our range of intensive IT training services to meet the ever-changing demands of the market."

Firebrand is introducing a new initiative to help employees get involved with nonprofit organizations and events. By volunteering, helping with social projects and fundraising runs, Firebrand employees are participating.

This year, Firebrand wins EC-Council's Accredited Training Centre of the Year Award for the ninth year in a row and is included in the Top 20 IT Training Companies for the eighth time. One of Firebrand's trainers also receives the Cisco Instructor Excellence Award.

Firebrand also picked up PECB UK reseller of the Year 2017 for the first time, while Firebrand instructor, Dave Petts, picked up a Cisco Instructor Excellence Award.

2016

The Firebrand training center at Rotenburg an der Fulda will be extensively modernized and expanded in the fall. In addition to new training rooms with the latest, modern equipment, the center now offers an even higher standard of quality and service. Far away from the stress of everyday life, the training center offers the ideal environment to conduct our accelerated training courses.

New product lines such as Firebrand's Microsoft Azure Academy and Firebrand One expand the course portfolio. For the eighth consecutive year, Firebrand Training is awarded EC-Council's Accredited Training Centre of the Year Award and EC-Council Instructor of the Year. Firebrand is again named to the Top 20 IT Training Companies of 2016.

2015

Firebrand continues to expand, reaching 50,000 trained course participants.

Firebrand's unique training methodology is recognized with a number of prestigious awards including EC-Council's Accredited Training Centre of the Year, Top 20 IT Training Companies of 2015 and Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year.

2014

At the beginning of January Firebrand Training opens a new training center in Switzerland!

The training center is connected to the Hotel Leuenberg in Hölstein and only 25 minutes by car from Basel. It offers good travel options for customers from the south of Germany and Switzerland. "With the decision to open a training center in Switzerland, we are responding to the wishes of our customers from Switzerland and southern Germany. Now our customers have several options in which training center they would like to complete their certification courses using the Firebrand accelerated training method," says Paul Dillenburg, Managing Director of Firebrand Training GmbH. Firebrand's training centers are designed for disruption-free learning. Together with trainers with practical experience, course participants can apply the Firebrand accelerated Training Method. In doing so, Firebrand offers IT and project management training courses that require significantly fewer training days than traditional training to deliver the learning content and prepare for the certification exam.

For more information on the new training center and our other locations, please visit Locations.

2013

As of April 01, 2013 Firebrand Training becomes an official Cisco Learning Partner!

Paul Dillenburg, Managing Director of Firebrand Training GmbH, explains: "With this step, we address the increased quality requirements of our customers from the Cisco sector. Since then, Firebrand Training has been convincing with its concept of practice-oriented accelerated training. Our courses with original Cisco hardware consolidate and deepen the knowledge of the participants. The Cisco certification exams are naturally taken as part of our accelerated courses. With our training concept, participants achieve official Cisco certification in the shortest possible time."

2012

Firebrand Training continued to grow in 2012. More than 1,300 participants took courses and exams at our training center in 2012.

In parallel with the expansion of the training center and the modernization of the existing premises, we also further improved the technical infrastructure and equipment. This enables us to ensure the continued high quality of the content and form of our accelerated training courses.

2011

With the start of the new year, the new branch of Firebrand Training GmbH was officially opened in Cologne at the beginning of January 2011.

Paul Dillenburg, Managing Director of Firebrand Training GmbH, explains: "We are pursuing the goal of further expanding our growth with our excellent IT training offerings and establishing ourselves on the market in the long term. With the opening of the new Cologne office, we are also creating the conditions to further expand our team."

In 2011 we were able to repeat the success of the "Training Partner of the Year" awards by our partners EC-Council and (ISC)2. Firebrand Training Nordics received the Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year award for the 2nd year in a row.

2010

In March 2010, Paul Dillenburg became the new managing director of Firebrand Training GmbH. As part of the newly created position, Dillenburg is also a member of Firebrand Training's European management team and will be responsible for the business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Stefano Capaldo, founder and CEO, explains: "With Paul Dillenburg, Firebrand Training gains an experienced and successful manager from the IT, Internet/New Media industry. With the expansion of our local presence, we will continue our success story in the German-speaking markets, which are very important for us."

Firebrand Training is included in the "Top 20 IT Training Companies" list by TrainingIndustry.com for the first time. The selection and award is made annually.

2009

2009 was a very successful year for Firebrand Training despite the economic challenges. The Firebrand success story in Europe continued with the establishment of Firebrand Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Norway).

2008

Firebrand Training wins the "Training Company of the Year Award - Institute of IT Training" for the third year in a row. The German Firebrand Training GmbH reaches the threshold of 1000 training participants per year for the first time.

2007

This year was characterized by exceptionally strong growth in sales and participant numbers. In line with this success, the company was repositioned under the new Firebrand Training brand in October 2007.

Also this year Firebrand Training wins the "Training Company of the Year" award from the Institute of IT Training.

2006

Firebrand Training wins the Institute of IT Training's Training Company of the Year award for the first time. Commenting on the award, the judges said "Firebrand Training has developed a very challenging course program. The holistic approach to accelerated learning creates clear and decisive added value for customers in the transfer of knowledge and the achievement of learning objectives. This is done with integrated success monitoring and respectable time benefits to achieve learning objectives."

2004

After the first successes in marketing and delivery of IT training courses, the expansion of activities in the German-speaking markets takes place with the foundation of Firebrand Training GmbH in Rotenburg an der Fulda.

2003

Following the exceptional growth of the first two years in the UK, a new training center is established in Rotenburg an der Fulda, Germany. The training courses are offered in German. This is the first time that an IT training offering using the accelerated learning method has been successfully established for the German-speaking markets.

2001

Firebrand Training - originally under the name of Training Camp UK - was co-founded by Stefano Capaldo and Robert Chapman. Impressed by the Accelerated Learning style offered by Training Camp US - and inspired by The Accelerated Learning Handbook by Dave Meier - they decided to launch the first programme of courses in the UK in 2001.