Manufacturer's training sees an 11 percent increase in participation over last year.

Carrier Corp. has announced that its Carrier University, which offers training on pricing, selling and marketing, now has a bigger student body.

"So far in 2005, we have had a total of 2,568 participants in one or more of our Carrier University classes," said Brenda Schmidt, manager for marketing support and channel training. "This represents an increase of 11 percent over participation in the full year 2004, and I'm delighted to see so many people interested in learning methods to grow and improve their businesses."

Carrier distributors, dealers and their employees are eligible to attend Carrier University courses. Many distributors offer free Carrier University training as part of the Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer Alliance program and the factory provides opportunities as part of the national Dealer Alliance program for dealers to attend training with no out-of-pocket costs for the attendees.

Classes are updated annually. Most recently, the service-agreement course was updated. In addition, Carrier offers online practice testing for North American Technician Excellence certification and separate technical training programs through its Bynum Center.