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Help! Where do I find a course that doesn't cost the earth?

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by independantal, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. independantal

    independantal New Member

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    Desperately seeking advice on becoming Microsoft MCSA/MSCE Certified, that doesn't require me to lay out £1000's for the privilage...

    So far I've looked at Computeach, Advent and James Thornton, New Horizons.

    Read some pretty disturbing reports on all these companies though. :(

    Should I just go back to college...:unsure
     
  2. Stoney

    Stoney Megabyte Poster

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    Self study!!!

    Welcome to CF by the way :thumbleft
     
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  3. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Another vote for self study, grab the books and have a look through! Cheaper and you can work at your own pace etc.

    Welcome to CF :)
     
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  4. grim

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    self study is the only cheap way but it requires commitment

    Grim
     
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  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    As they say - self study is the way to save thousands!

    Harry.
     
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  6. disarm

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    They'll all charge thousands for the privilege, and then you still have to work hard at getting a job.

    An MCSA/MCSE without any commercial experience is useless.

    Self-study is the way forward.
     
  7. sunn

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    Initial vote is Self-Study. At least attempt it first and spend money on training partners afterwards. Even if you do choose a trainer, the foundation built with Self-Study will be a benefit to your learning and understanding of the material.

    By the way, what's your experience level at?
     
  8. sunn

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    Is this in referrence to a time commitment? I’d say using a training partner requires the same (if not more) time. A student will attend the class during the day, and then do labs (usually after-hours and weekends).

    Self-Study does take discipline and some time management skills :blink
     
  9. BosonMichael
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    Yet another vote for self-study. It's the way to go, mate. :)
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    EDIT: duplicate post
     
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  11. BosonMichael
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    EDIT: uh... triplicate post! :blink
     
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  12. Notes_Bloke

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    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    Another vote for self-study.

    Good luck with whichever route you take.

    NB
     
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  13. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

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    All right. Quit spamming the board to run up your post count.... :twisted:
     
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  14. Sparky
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  15. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

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    I didn't get that... What are you trying to say? :twisted:
     
  16. BosonMichael
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    Ack! I posted once! :blink

    Had trouble connecting for a few mins around that time... weird.
     
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  17. BosonMichael
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    ...he should REALLY consider self-study. And I feel THAT strongly about it! rofl! :biggrin
     
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  18. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Welcome to CF! 8)

    Another vote for self-study here as well...
     
  19. ManicD

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    You, knwo i thought that word for word when i read the post!!!

    you just need to have the commitment to it.
     
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  20. ffreeloader

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    I took some classes from a local community college back in 2000. Just over the door they had this big sign that they considered necessary as they didn't believe a large percentage of their students understood it. The sign said: If you don't go to class you won't succeed.

    I looked at that sign and couldn't believe it it was actually necessary to people that. I asked a member of the staff about it and they told me that the sign was necessary as a large portion of their students didn't understand that a commitment to the entire process was necessary.

    Common sense just seems to be a very rare commodity these days.
     
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