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Any decent training out there?

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Alex Wright, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. Alex Wright

    Alex Wright Megabyte Poster

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    Hi all,

    Does anyone know of any IT training companies that offer classroom based training for the MCDBA certification that I'm hoping to obtain. I live in the South West and can't find a genuine IT trainer that's not interested in lining his own pockets. Help needed please.

    Thanks

    Alex
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Have you tried your local colleges. More and more colleges are becoming CISCO and/or Microsoft training partners and offer training at reduced prices.

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  3. Alex Wright

    Alex Wright Megabyte Poster

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    Wagnerk thanks for the response.

    My local college doesn't appear to do any IT training would you believe! :cry:

    I rent my own flat and have bills etc to pay so need to be earning but am determined to learn about programming. Is there anything else that you can recommend?

    Thanks

    Al
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    The only other thing that I can think of is self study. Unless absolutely necessary I do not attend IT training companies for Comptia/MS/Cisco certs as, like you know, charge an arm and a leg for their courses.

    Have you looked into stuff like Learnkey and/or CBT nuggets? Granted they're not real classrooms but they try to simulate one. Also grabing a few books like MOC (MS Course books), MS Press, Syngress, Sybex for the MCDBA and getting a trial verison of the software you need, it may be a real alternative for you.

    You may also want to try out the new transcender exams to test your skills after doing the courses (I would recommmend it whether you do home study or classroom study).

    Hopefully others will be round with their opinion.

    Hope this helps anyway.

    -ken
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    I was wondering if maybe the MCTS, MCPD, MCAD, MCSD would better suit what you want to do. Click here for info on these.

    The MCDBA is designed for Database admin's not programmers, unless I understand you wrong.

    Just another thought. If you want to learn about programming and do not have the basics already you may want to do a C&G's or a BTEC course first. Microsoft courses aren't intro courses, so you won't be making any "Hello World" programs. But if you already have a good foundation knowledge in programming especially the .Net suite you should be fine.

    -Ken
     
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  6. Alex Wright

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    Ken I appreciate your help, thank you.

    I've always been fascinated with programming but have absolutely no experience of doing it. I'm willing to work hard and don't mind paying for the training but having looked through some of the posts on this forum it seems to be quite a large risk. Are there any organisations with specialist knowledge of IT training that could offer some much needed advice?

    Al
     
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    Hi there and welcome to CF :)
     
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  8. JonnyMX

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    You want the ones that do it as a favour?

    There are plenty of good training providers out there, but I'm afraid they all have the same motivation - they will want your money.

    Same as the supermarket, the petrol station, the video rental shop, the water board, the mobile phone companies...


    Seriously though, a good place to start is the Pearson VUE website. Testing centres are often also training providers with facilities. Have a look to find some in your area and give them a call.
     
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