Education Services

Accelerate Your Ramp to Success with aPriori LIVE

You’re using aPriori in a certain role … perhaps as a Design Engineer? Or with Sourcing? Or Manager of your Virtual Production Environments? You need hands-on training using aPriori software specifically for your role. You can’t travel. You don’t want to deal with any software setup. Oh, and you can’t spend more than a half day including your hands-on labs.

Can you get training that meets all those requirements?

Yes! By enrolling in the appropriate aPriori LIVE (Live, Instructor-Led Virtual Education) 4-hour courses.

How Does aPriori LIVE Work?

The entire class is virtual, with students from around the globe participating simultaneously (classes are typically limited to 12 participants to ensure individual attention). Lectures with “open microphones” for all students participating are delivered through web conferencing specifically designed for training (lectures, demos, polls, pop quizzes, breakout sessions, and other types of interaction).

During class, you access the aPriori software and perform hands-on labs by connecting to the aPriori Playbox. Need help while performing your lab work? Just click the “Assistance” button and the instructor can look at your screen and help get you to the next step.

What Do You Need to Participate?

High-speed Internet connectivity – because audio communications use VoIP (Internet telephony). Also, highly recommended is a headset that lets you keep your hands free for hands-on lab work.

Can You Connect to the Virtual Labs?

Test the link below from the same computer, Internet connection, and browser you intend to use for your training to see if you can participate:


aPriori LIVE Course Catalog

To register for any of the classes below, refer to the section immediately following the course descriptions.

Product Cost Management for Sourcing

Format: 4 hours lecture/hands-on virtual lab      

Follow the story of Steph, a Buyer in the Sourcing group at Big Global Manufacturing (BGM) headquartered in Wichita, Kansas USA. Students will see and then perform hands-on exercises on how to create a regional SHOULD cost estimate as an efficient manufacturing cost baseline for comparing supplier quotes; explore different materials and stock forms to cut material cost; estimate and compare costs for different manufacturing scenarios to reduce cost; interpret process-by-process cost estimate details and the formulas and cost assumptions behind them; bulk cost components to look for cost outliers; use cost details to employ fact-based price negotiations with suppliers.

Cost Estimation for Engineers

Format: 4 hours lecture/hands-on virtual lab         

Follow the story of Devan, a Principal Engineer at Big Global Manufacturing (BGM) headquartered in Wichita, Kansas USA. Students will see and then perform hands-on exercises on how to cost parts and deep cost assemblies; explore different materials and their forms to cut cost while maintaining fit, form, and function; compare costs for alternative designs and alternative manufacturing scenarios; evaluate cost drivers such as tolerances, surface roughness, and selected manufacturing process options for their impact both on process routings cost; create and manage Cost BOMs.

Managing Machines, Materials, & Other VPE Data

Format: 4 hours lecture/hands-on virtual lab          

Follow the story of Viv, the manager of the aPriori Virtual Production Environment (VPE) factory computer model of the Big Global Manufacturing (BGM) factory in Spain. Viv is working with aPriori Professional Services to create and deploy a VPE for BGM Spain by repurposing an existing BGM VPE.  Students will see and then perform hands-on exercises on how to manage and update machine, material, and toolshop data for the factory to ensure cost estimate accuracy; how to manage out-of-the-box aPriori Starting Point VPEs and Regional Data Libraries; how to create and manage VPE inheritance and Overlay VPEs; how to bulk load and create cost estimates for a large group of components; and how to create and manage VPE changes within a staging environment.

aPriori LIVE Class Schedule and Registration