Skill training in Zone Alpha is done by intravenous injection. A milky fluid comprised of a complex medical compound including engineered proteins and high level nano devices, is slowly injected of a period of 4 hours. During this time the character is dazed and disoriented (unable to perform any useful task) as their brain is restructured. When the injection is finished the player knows the Skill at level 1. These skills do not require pool points to learn.
Spells are learned off of scrolls. The scroll takes four hours to read and is consumed in the process. Spells do not require pool points to learn
Self-taught Skills, Styles and Specialties still are self teachable and take their pool point cost in four hour blocks to learn. Only self taught Skills, Styles and Specialties require pool points to learn