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Feature vs. Process-Based Training: Why Not Do Both?

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Process Based Training 2.jpgThe debate between feature or role-based training and process based training is longstanding and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Like any decision you must make, there are positives to either option, so how do you know which type of training to choose?


Luckily you don’t have to, because starting with NX 10, Siemens has introduced new process-based training programs in addition to existing feature-based courses. If you’re scratching your head wondering what the difference is, keep reading because I will explain exactly what the difference is between the two types, as well as highlight some of the pros of both options.


Process-Based Training


Process-based training is a program that offers a big picture view. While individual features and their corresponding syntax are covered, the emphasis is truly on how to execute a specific business process in the best, most efficient way possible.


A process-based class mimics the exact processes you will be expected to complete in your day-to-day job upon returning from training. This type of training requires you to ask questions like how do I reach a specific end goal? What am I trying to achieve? By answering these questions first, you can find the best process to use for the job at hand. For example, say you are going to create a part. The part has to be robust, because it will be used downstream by many other people on your team. A part such as this requires a different process than that of a part you’re trying to quickly throw together for a one-time use as a concept.


Process-based training, in this way, offers some obvious benefits.



  • Reduces learning curves
  • Enables you to perform your job
  • Connects the dots between commands
  • “Big picture” view leads to overall understanding
  • Increases efficiency


Feature-Based Training


Traditional feature-based training concentrates on the menus, forms and syntax of individual functions and commands. Often in a feature-based training program, you learn as much as possible about one command before moving on to the next. Commands are strung together, so you don’t focus on a specific process, but rather learn each command individually on its own.


This type of training is great for students and beginners, because it allows you to focus solely on the commands you need to know to perform your immediate job, which makes for a more tailored and personalized experience.



  • Deep dives into each command
  • Allows you to focus on specific commands you need to know
  • Works best for students or beginners


The new process-based training programs are now available in Siemens training centers across North America. These courses cost the same as our existing feature-based training programs. If you have already taken several of our feature-based courses, we recommend your next course be a process-based class! You can choose the track that best suits your role or experience level:

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NX CAD Fast Start for Experienced 3D CAD Users

NX CAD Fundamental Processes

NX CAD Basic Processes

NX CAD Advanced Processes

NX CAD Surface Modeling Processes


Regardless of the type of training you choose, you will gain new skills to help you perform your job more efficiently. The courses Siemens offers provide you with tips and techniques on not onlycommands, but also customization of the NX interface, CAD translators, hot keys and more.


To register for a course or for more information, please contact the Education Services team.


I think offering process-based training is a really good idea as I don't think enough people are aware of how the execution of features for the work they are doing can have a big impact on potential downstream users.


Will process-based training eventually be added to the NX Analysis learning track?

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Hi @JDunn,


Thanks for your comment! To answer your question about process-based training for analysis, unfortunately Education Services won't have this available in NX 10. They will continue to explore opportunities for more process-based courses in the future though.




Amy Allen 

Product Engineering Software 

Siemens PLM Software, Inc. 


I like the idea of having process based training as an option.  Unfortunately that's not what Siemens is doing.  Siemens is replacing feature based training with process based training, and in the exchange are dismissing a great deal of content.


Users should compare NX8 Essentials, NX Basics, Selecting Objects and Manipulating the WCS, and Organizing and Displaying Parts (Layers, Categories, Hide/Show), with the NX10 Essentials, NX Basics courses.  The noted courses and content no longer exist.  My users are now deprived of these essential skills that are required on the first day of the job.


The same happens again to NX9 CAD Foundation, Assembly Modeling - Fundamentals, Creating Assemblies.  In NX10, content like: Reference Sets, Assembly Load Options; Bottom-up Assemblies; Top-down Assemblies; are either not covered, or covered in only the scantest detail.  Again, my users are deprived of essential skills that are required on the first day of the job.


My company has not found this removed content anywhere in NX10 Learning Advantage.


If the removal of essential content is the intention for this transition to process based training, then Siemens has miscalculated the overall need of their customer base.  My company does not have the budget to provide hundreds of hours of basic NX training.  What we do have is minimum budget to train the necessary (cherry picked) NX basics, minimum budget to train my company specific NX process, and a large base of experienced users, to support a new user who knows the basics of NX and our process!  (That is, not whatever process Siemens is promoting in their process based training, which is much more difficult to cherry pick, and has the possibility of being excluded because it instructs a process that may be expressly prohibited by my company.)


What we need is both Feature based and Process based training options, as stated by the Blog poster!