For professional development we cover all costs for the course and materials , exams etc. . We also have a $1500 annual personal development fund for employees to take whatever courses or classes they like . They don’t have to be related to their job . We have had people take cooking courses , dance classes , golf lessons etc . the employee gets approval up front , then takes their course or class , provides proof they completed it and are then reimbursed . We encourage our staff to learn something new .. you never know if that class may be of use some day in their every day job or another position in the company they are interested in .