What’s the Ideal Size for a Group Software Training Session? 

When our clients book classes, we often get the question, “What is the optimal classroom size?”

The answer can depend on a number of factors, one of them being the desired outcome.

Many times our clients are so enthusiastic about the upcoming training session that they squeeze in as many participants as they can find. That kind of enthusiasm is wonderful to see, but it can come at a price. For technical training especially, you can lose a lot of time in class for each additional person.

Generally, several will ask questions, and again that is wonderful to see. It means the participants are engaged and actively thinking about what they’re learning. However, if you have a class that was designed for six to eight students, and then an extra six attend and ask additional questions, you can lose lots of training time. Each question may take 10 minutes to ask and answer; that could mean the facilitator now has 60 minutes less time to cover the material. Something will have to be sacrificed for that to happen. The cost may be less depth in the topics, less time for hands-on practice, or a generally rushed and unsatisfying feel to the class.

Additionally, with software training, it’s very common that everyone is at a different level of experience. So, a larger class means a greater disparity in skill levels, leaving some feeling that they’re lagging behind, while others feel disengaged as they wait for the less experienced to catch up. It reduces the ability to customize the course and adapt to the needs of each student. Generally, it’s better for students to have plenty of time to practice what they’re learning; this can be done more effectively with smaller groups.


We would recommend ideally around 6 students per class, but we will allow up to 10 or 12, or indeed, whatever the client desires. We’re happy to work with you to achieve the best possible outcome.


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Contact us at 416-264-6247 or email us at info@greatcanadiantraining.ca about your training needs and your desired training outcome, and we can help you decide the optimal class size for your particular circumstances.

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