I work at a company that provides professional development expense reimbursement - like the cost of attending a conference, or books, etc.
I have already let my manager know that I'd like to use my portion for a training and certification program (Amazon Web Services certification). This knowledge will help me directly in my job now as well as augment my career prospects for the future. She has agreed this would be a good idea.
Other people generally use their budget for conferences, which they are then allowed to attend on work time without having to use their PTO.
My workload is generally pretty high, but I'd like to ask if I can start setting aside a few hours a week for the time it takes to review the materials and get certified. This would be an ongoing block of time each week.
Is this a normal request? Are employees more often expected to complete this sort of thing on their own time?