In the modern world, support workers who are able to solve problems with PC’s and networks, and give daily advice to users, are indispensable in all sections of the economy. Due to the progressively complex nature of technology, more and more IT professionals are being looked for to dedicate themselves to the smooth operation of functions we’ve become dependent on.
Always expect accredited simulation materials and an exam preparation system as part of your course package.
Often students can get thrown by practicing questions for their exams that aren’t from official sources. Often, the phraseology can be quite different and it’s important to prepare yourself for this.
Be sure to ask for exam preparation tools so you’ll be able to verify your understanding at any point. Simulations of exams add to your knowledge bank – then you won’t be quite so nervous at the actual exam.
Most training providers only provide support available from 9-6 (office hours) and sometimes later on specific days; not many go late into the evening (after 8-9pm) or cover weekends properly.
Email support is too slow, and phone support is often to a call-centre which will take the information and email an instructor – who will attempt to call you within 24-48 hrs, at a time suitable for them. This is no use if you’re sitting there confused over an issue and only have a specific time you can study.
Top training companies incorporate three or four individual support centres across multiple time-zones. Online access provides the interactive interface to seamlessly link them all together, no matter what time you login, help is just seconds away, without any problems or delays.
Never make do with less than you need and deserve. Support round-the-clock is the only kind to make the grade for IT training. Maybe burning the midnight-oil is not your thing; often though, we’re working when traditional support if offered.
The way a programme is physically sent to you isn’t always given the appropriate level of importance. How many stages do they break the program into? What is the order and how fast does each element come?
Many think it logical (when study may take one to three years to gain full certified status,) that a training provider will issue the training stage by stage, as you pass each element. However:
What could you expect if you didn’t actually complete each section at the required speed? And maybe you’ll find their order of completion won’t be as easy as an alternative path could be.
In an ideal situation, you’d ask for every single material to be delivered immediately – enabling you to have them all for the future to come back to – at any time you choose. Variations can then be made to the order that you complete your exams if you find another route more intuitive.
A sneaky way that training companies make a big mark-up is through up-front charges for exams and presenting it as a guarantee for your exams. It looks impressive, till you look at the facts:
In this day and age, we are a tad more knowledgeable about sales gimmicks – and usually we know that for sure it is actually an additional cost to us (it isn’t free or out of the goodness of their hearts!)
Students who take each progressive exam, funding them as they go are in a much stronger position to qualify at the first attempt. They’re aware of the cost and revise more thoroughly to be ready for the task.
Doesn’t it make more sense to go for the best offer at the time, not to pay the fees marked up by the training company, and to do it locally – instead of miles away at the college’s beck and call?
A great deal of money is netted by some training companies that get money for exam fees in advance. Many students don’t take them for one reason or another and so they pocket the rest. Surprising as it sounds, there are training companies who actually bank on it – as that’s where a lot of their profit comes from.
Re-takes of any failed exams with companies who offer an ‘Exam Guarantee’ are monitored with tight restrictions. You will be required to do mock exams until you’ve demonstrated an excellent ability to pass.
With average prices for VUE and Pro-metric exams costing in the region of 112 pounds in this country, the most cost-effective way to cover the cost is by paying when you need them. There’s no sense in throwing away maybe a thousand pounds extra at the start of your studies. A commitment to studying and the use of authorised exam preparation tools are actually the key to your success.