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Online Cisco Networking Professional Training (Skills-Train.co.uk) Possible?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO BECOME CISCO NETPRO through online training

I am in the UK, just came in actually from Nigeria. I was looking for work through advert placements on the paper and came across this www.skills-train.co.uk.(check it out), I registered on-line on my interest and in a week I got a phone call and the next thing thisyoung chap, cool guy comes to my house, tell me about the options, he adviced that I go for the CISCONETPRO because I studied Mathematics.

To be honest the only thing I can do with my laptop is browse, type, draw a little basically not too much. The package looks good though, promises of getting me a job once I get certified.

The programme he mentioned, will start with a foundation in CompTIA N+ certification programme then CCNA, CCNP and all training is done on-line, one practical session every 2 months. I was informed I don't need to go for the practicals. Then I will be assigned to a Phone tutour.

My problem is I have never had on-line training before, and I don't know how I am going to cope with it. Then I have to sign a contract, this means no going back if I don't like what I get this will cost £70 each month for 34 months. I need some expert advice on this issue.

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Well i'm very happy to read this threat(And very unhappy too), First the guy come to my house at 3 days ago, i gave the 50 quied in cheque and i sign the enrolement, I've read alot of foruns of ppl complaininfg about it!!I'm not gonna wait until the material's come!Next monday gonna cancel the cheque and phone them and saying i dont want anything from them or saying i changed my mind!!Thank's too all, Hope i'll cancel it in time!!!

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SCORPIAN5,

Reading your posting breaks my heart. I posted this topic last year. I couldn't make up my mind and everyday I wake up I ask myself should I have gone for this course, would I have been better off with myself a year after, who i have been an IT professional.

I did not enrol because I was wary of singing a contract, especially one that requires me being committed for 3 years.

I wish you the best of luck. Hope that you get the support you require. Don't give up.

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Skill train promise you a course for an upfront fee (enrollment fee) try to make you pratically beg for the course first. The rep then states that you make payments monthly for the course.

What you actually sign is a contract for a LOAN. Once you sign the contract for the loan you have commited to paying back this loan money regardless of the course. A flashy pack is put together, the information that you get through your course is not up-to-date, or acurate, and you wouldn't know any different (why would you take a course about something you've already learnt about?) but you are legally binded to pay money back for the loan(course) as this is a clause in the contract.

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Hello,

i'm certified in A+,N+,CCSP,MCSE and CEH. I might not be as old or as wise as u are cos i'm 20yrs and still in LAG but i'm experined and i'm an instructor with a highly reputable IT traning institution in lagos. i'll advise u get d book's and read at home. u can get N+ books online and a cisco books form cisco press but i advice u get it from sybex. the practical aspect in ccna is just router and switch configuration that can b taken care of through a cisco simulator. for ur exams there are lot's of past questions call'd DUMBS or DUMPS online some free. U can get a lot of materials online. i'm a certified ethical hacker and i didn't go to india 4 training.

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i signed up for a skills train course on the belief i could cancel at any time 'what rep told me'

have tried to cancel but cannot because i was too late citizens advice bureau working on it at the moment. i would appreciate any advice on how i can get to cancel. if anyone having same problems you can email me at john.coogan@blueyonder.co.uk

i believe i was not told the truth when their rep visited me and i think they should be reported to watchdog or rogue traders

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Good luck man, I love your faith.

Profess the word, am sure you will do well, You have got the attitude.

I didn't have the heart to do it over 8 months ago and I will probably never do it.

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whats @ unhappyman talking about?

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If I`ll not receive the canceling letter by them I `ll support you.

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hi, i cancelled mine by insisting, i insisted dat i sent it on time and even put photocopies of all the letters i've been sending them. they kept insisting i didn't send it on time, they even sent a letter threatening court action, i even went as far as going to citizens advice bureau to seek advice but then d lady asked me to fone them up telling them i sent their training materials back on time. So, i got home dat day and foned them up and they said its been cancelled. I only lost one payment of £70. Dat was it, then they sent me a letter stating that the contract has been cancelled. Did u record their package? If u did send it via recorded delivery which i believe u did then dats enough evidence. Photocopy it as well and write them and above all fone them up. Was it a card purchase u did? if its not a card purchase then u could cancel it wiv ur bank but if its a card purchase then u can't cancel it without skillstrain's consent. They have to cancel it. Thats it for now. I wish u all the best. Dont hesitate to contact for further advice. cheers

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they promise you things like a tutor that calls you to check up on you and after every 2 months you get to go on to a class for a practical, but the tutor never calls and wen i called him he told me that i dont need to go, i have bin looking at forums and other things on the net about skills train and have found out that there are alot of people hu are also not happy with the course, my advice to you is look for other alternatives DO NOT SIGN WITH SKILLS TRAIN

ps all those who want to cancel their contract with skills train i am trying to get in contact with watchdog but i need other people to support me so if you can get in contact with me that will be helpfull my email address is razarecta'msn.com

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Raz,

why do you want to cancel the training, is it not what it promised to be. i have been considering registering since last year. I am still not sure. Are they not giving the support they promised. I wish you the best and if you want to pull out I hope you succeed fast before they milk you dry.

I think it is better going for a degree course, i have been thinking of that option.

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Hello, i went through the same thing with skillstrain. as soon as you sign the contract there's no going back. They will say to you u've got 10 days or something to cancel the contract and at the end of the day they might deny it like they did to me but i insisted and persisted until it was cancelled but by then i had lost some money. The big question is this, "why is it easy to enrol but difficult to cancel?"My advice is that you go to a college where you will gain hands-on training. I doubt you succeeding in achieving those certifications with home/self study. Since you've not had any job experience in IT the best bet is to register in a college if u've got the money. Colleges like westminster computer college offer these courses. If you actually want to study on your own why not go to any pcworld store and buy the self-study kit for that particular certification exam. Its far cheaper for you because telephone tutoring will not work, believe you me. Cheers

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Yangie is right...you should not have to sign a contract...certainly not one for 34months!

The very point of doing the course online(elearning) is to fit it around your schedule and do it at your own pace. I 've come across some lab simulations that are quite realistic so I suppose you might get away without doing real practicals. As for their promise of getting you a job...I'd take that with a pinch of salt.

What ever you decide....go one step at a time.

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My advice is that you should visit the official Cisco NetPro Forum to ask this question since they have more experience with what works in the UK.

See also: Cisco Certification Advice, Materials - Nairaland

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slazzy i registered with skill train aswell, n tried ta cancel i sent them the letters needed but they told me that they neva got it in time, i was hoping you can tell me how you managed to get your contract cancelled, and how much money did you loose?

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Neverr sign a contract. 34months is 3YEARS! Do the math, and the research of course

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