I have been offered the opportunity to take a certification exam with optional training by sales in my company. At this moment, I haven't informed my manager (because I know most probably he will insist me, so I better to prepare answer first). This certification is quite important to my division, the sales, and company, so I believe they will insist me to take it.
However, I don't really want to take this certification because of the contract that my company would like me to sign. That states that I will have to reimburse them for the costs of the certification and training if I intend to leave the company within the agreed contract duration.
Here is the scenario for reimbursement/penalty:
- Training + certification exam: 2 years contract with penalty to reimburse 5x times of all total cost which the 1x total cost of itself is 4x my monthly salary.
- Certification exam only: minimum 3 months contract. I don't know up to how many months/year(s), but I assume will be less than 2 years.
I don't want to sign this contract since I am actively looking for a new job and the training and certification is very expensive. How I can politely reject this without making my company/manager distrust me?
Note: At this moment, I am not sure this is mandatory/optional, but I am quite sure this is optional.
Note from editor regarding the duplicate question: This question deals with some of the same issue as the linked question but a crucial difference is that the company in this case is applying an additional fine of 4 times the cost of the training. Answers should take into account how this particular detail affects possible and appropriate responses.