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  • Hi

    I have just been offered the chance to fast track online train for and gain certification for 70-536, 70-528, 70-526, 70-235 and 70-431 for £2000 with dotnettrainingonline.com.  They say that they fund the other half of the costs by getting me to do productive work while I am training.  Does anyone out there have any experience of this company (good or bad) and is it a good offer?  I have been a developer for 30+ years, am now redundant but have no .net experience so this would seem like a good option.  They estimate that it would take 6 months to complete this online training.  I can't find any info about them other than their own website.

    They quote:-

    We update the right candidates in the latest Microsoft technologies such as MCTS.NET (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist), Biz Talk and MCDBA we then give up to 3 months hands on experience working on live projects. (The skills you will gain with the hands on experience will be invaluable)

    All learning is done online from the comfort of your own home, if you follow the preset program you should complete the career path in just 6 months, there is a choice to study, with specialized tutors, in the morning or in the evening and the classes can be viewed 24 hours a day. Upon successful completion of your course and commercial experience with us, we have internal positions available and over 300 agencies/organisations at our disposal to assist the right people with their career choices, 



    Thanks
    Monday, June 22, 2009 11:21 AM

Answers

  • Hi Bob,

    There are several companies that advertise services like this. I've always been very suspicious of them. Looking at this website, the company has Microsoft Certified Trainers, but are not a  Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions. If would tread very carefully.

    Have a look at this link, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/start/start-right-courses.aspx#tab1

    Essentially, I would be very suspicious of any company that asks you for money so that you can train from home, and then expects you to work for them for free for a while, but doesn't guarantee you a job at the end of it.

    If you have no .net experience, but are an experienced programmer, then while looking for a job, why not spend £30 on an MS Press book for 70-536, work through it and then spend £88 on taking the exam. If you did this for all of the 5 exams you'd have spent a total of £550 (ish) and still have the same qualifications. If you find you are getting stuck you can still buy some microsoft elearning or even a classroom training session. I bet this company charge you again if you take the "choice" to take the classroom training.

    It is, at the end of the day, up to you, but bear in mind that there are many companies looking to take advantage of those that have been made redundant at the moment, and this company IS NOT a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions.

    Tread with caution.

    Brian
    MCDST
    MCITP - Enterprise Support Technician - Charter Member
    MCTS - Vista Configuration - Charter Member
    MCTS - Volume Licensing Specialist, Small and Medium Organizations - Charter Member
    MCITP - Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS - Windows Server 2008, Active Directory Configuration
    MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, January 7, 2010 4:10 AM
    Monday, June 22, 2009 1:01 PM

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  • Hi Bob,

    There are several companies that advertise services like this. I've always been very suspicious of them. Looking at this website, the company has Microsoft Certified Trainers, but are not a  Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions. If would tread very carefully.

    Have a look at this link, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/start/start-right-courses.aspx#tab1

    Essentially, I would be very suspicious of any company that asks you for money so that you can train from home, and then expects you to work for them for free for a while, but doesn't guarantee you a job at the end of it.

    If you have no .net experience, but are an experienced programmer, then while looking for a job, why not spend £30 on an MS Press book for 70-536, work through it and then spend £88 on taking the exam. If you did this for all of the 5 exams you'd have spent a total of £550 (ish) and still have the same qualifications. If you find you are getting stuck you can still buy some microsoft elearning or even a classroom training session. I bet this company charge you again if you take the "choice" to take the classroom training.

    It is, at the end of the day, up to you, but bear in mind that there are many companies looking to take advantage of those that have been made redundant at the moment, and this company IS NOT a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions.

    Tread with caution.

    Brian
    MCDST
    MCITP - Enterprise Support Technician - Charter Member
    MCTS - Vista Configuration - Charter Member
    MCTS - Volume Licensing Specialist, Small and Medium Organizations - Charter Member
    MCITP - Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS - Windows Server 2008, Active Directory Configuration
    MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, January 7, 2010 4:10 AM
    Monday, June 22, 2009 1:01 PM
  • That having been said, would you want to take .net training from a company with such a basic website?
    MCDST
    MCITP - Enterprise Support Technician - Charter Member
    MCTS - Vista Configuration - Charter Member
    MCTS - Volume Licensing Specialist, Small and Medium Organizations - Charter Member
    MCITP - Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS - Windows Server 2008, Active Directory Configuration
    MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
    Monday, June 22, 2009 1:07 PM