Why is Salesforce-certified training important?
In Juho's words: Attending an official Salesforce University course guarantees that your instructors know the products inside-out and that the skills you will learn are going to be ones that you can use globally in any Salesforce organisation.
Salesforce offers formal training exclusively through themselves or via trusted, certified partners in certain geographies. When you attend an official Salesforce training, you are sure that the curriculum covers the latest features available with each release and that the trainers have been vetted by Salesforce to give you a professional and unified learning experience, no matter where you attend the training.
What do you get from a certified training that you cannot get elsewhere?
Official Salesforce University courses prepare you to become a Salesforce.com Certified Admin, giving you internationally recognised status as a Salesforce Administrator.
There are no shortcuts to becoming a trainer. You need to have several years of Salesforce experience and a solid understanding of all functionalities about the topics that you teach.
If you are approved into the training programme, on top of a thorough product knowledge, you also need the ability to communicate concepts in a clear and understandable way to a group that might have different skill levels. Excellent class management skills and a professional demeanour are also essential! Salesforce tests everything in teaching certification sessions before approving you as an instructor.