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Please quote course code: 08790

This online eCollege course, which is divided into six modules, will teach you Irish phrases and words that can be used in general conversations. Participants will also have access to a very robust phrase book.

SOLAS executive director Fiona Hartley said: “This is the first time that SOLAS eCollege has run an Irish language course. We know from Foras na Gaeilge and an ESRI report published last year that less than half the Irish population consider that they have ‘basic fluency’ and only 14% have ‘advanced fluency’, despite a very positive attitude to the Irish language. [The centenary of] 1916 is a fantastic opportunity to build on this positivity and to encourage people to start using our language again.”

Module 1: Irish for beginners 

  • A series of recordings will introduce you to basic Irish phrases and words.

Modules 2 to 5: Conversation and grammar

  • Once you have grasped the concepts in module 1, the course reviews conversations that take place in different social settings.

Module 6: Culture

  • This module, which is updated regularly, introduces participants to songs, poems and stories relating to Ireland, Irish heritage and the Irish language.

Within the programme, there are numerous quizzes that test your knowledge after each module.

Certification: On completion of the course, you will be awarded a Moodle digital badge.

Fee-paying enrolment duration: 26 weeks (you must complete this course within 26 weeks of enrolment)

Cost: €19.16 (free for job-seekers)

This course is free for job-seekers, please sign-up at your local Department of Social Protection or Intreo office.

Please quote course code -  Under Construction

This course in web design and application development covers the three technologies HTML, CSS and JavaScript, now commonly collectively known as HTML5.

HTML, CSS and JavaScript, often used together they are the official languages of the world wide web.

HTML allows content to be displayed on the web, CSS gives this content style and layout, and JavaScript brings the functionality we’ve come to expect from modern websites.

Not only does this course teach web development, but these three traditionally web technologies are now being used to develop standalone applications for desktops, tablets and mobile phones.  The course and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certificate also stresses and teaches this use of HTML5 for standalone application development.  The course will also teach some application lifecycle management, the development process and some of the common tools used to code HTML5.

To begin your course you must complete the topics:

  • Getting Started
  • Course Resources

Topic 1 - Identify Exam Expectations- will be your third 'topic' and will help you to:

  • understand how the exam is scored
  • know the exam format
  • know when and where to take the exam
  • appreciate the advantages of taking this exam

The main course content:

Topic 2: Introduction to HTML5

Topic 3: HTML5 Layout

Topic 4: Managing the Application Life Cycle 1

Topic 5: HTML5 Forms

Topic 6: Building the User Interface by Using HTML5: Text, Graphics, and Media

Topic 7: HTML5 API's and Media

Topic 8: Building the User Interface by Using HTML5: Organisation, Input, and Validation

Topic 9: Understanding CSS3 Essentials: Content Flow, Positioning, and Styling

Topic 10: HTML5 and CSS3

Topic 11: Understanding CSS3 Essentials: Layouts

Topic 12: HTML5 Layout with CSS3

Topic 13: Managing Text Flow by Using CSS3

Topic 14: HTML5 and Advanced CSS3

Topic 15: Managing the Graphical Interface by Using CSS3

Topic 16: HTML5 and JavaScript

Topic 17: Understanding JavaScript and Coding Essentials

Topic 18: HTML5 Graphics and Canvas

Topic 19: Creating Animations, Working with Graphics, and Accessing Data

Topic 20: Advanced HTML5

Topic 21: JavaScript Coding for the Touch Interface, Device and Operating System Resources and more

Topic 22: Advanced Features of JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5

Topic 23: Manage the Application Life Cycle 2

Course Appendix A: Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

Completing your Course

Preparing to complete your course will involve:

  • Test Preparation
  • Exam Booking

Exam: Microsoft HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals (98-375) 

Certification Retirement Date: No date set

Recommended Duration: 16 weeks (approx. self-paced)

Prerequisites: A potential learner should:

  • have a keen interest in computing and web design
  • have researched the area and be aware that this course teaches the coding of web design and development, not just a graphical design approach
  • be a logical thinker and problem solver with an eye for detail
  • have an interest in art or visual design.

N.B. Potential learners must be highly computer literate, though a previous qualification is not essential.

Possible Progression Courses: 

Aspiring web designers could progress their skills and certification with eCollege courses through:

Aspiring web developers and computer programmers could progress and expand their skills with:

Course cost: €475.00 (free for job-seekers)

Fee paying information: Click here

This course is free for job-seekers. Sign up at your local Department of Social Protection or Intreo office. (Click here to find your local office.)

Please quote course code: N01

This online course provides learners with the knowledge and skills to perform basic functions on a personal computer and use a range of software applications. Modules include concepts of information technology (IT), managing files, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations and information network services.

There are seven modules in this course.

  1. Computer essentials
  2. Online essentials
  3. IT security
  4. Word processing
  5. Spreadsheets
  6. Databases
  7. Presentations

You must pass all seven modules to receive your European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).

During the course, you will receive:

  • Course content for all modules
  • Practice exercises and quizzes
  • eTutor support (online)
  • Practice exams for each module (7)
  • Certification exam vouchers for each exam (7) – there is no fee for repeat exams

Exam: ECDL X 7 exams

Microsoft Office versions: 2010, 2010 and 2016

Certification retirement date: No date set

Recommended duration: 26 weeks

Cost: €450.00 (free for job-seekers)

Fee paying information: Click here

Prerequisites: You should have the ability to use a web browser and send and receive emails. 

Suggested progression courses: Microsoft Office Specialist (v 2010)Microsoft Office Specialist (v 2013).

This programme is free for job-seekers. Sign up at your local Department of Social Protection or Intreo office. (Click here to find your local office.)

Please quote course code: 08811 

This online programme will help you in your search for work by providing you with basic health and safety certificates and expertise. It focuses mainly on the retail sector but some aspects, such as manual handling, can be applied to any sector.

The course will provide you with knowledge and qualifications in areas such as food hygiene, retail customer service, manual handling, how to work with dangerous substances and how to work safely in the workplace. Participants will be able to apply this knowledge in a workplace setting.

This programme is not suitable for employment on construction sites. The Safe Pass certificate is required to work in the construction sector.

The programme is divided into four modules, with individual certificates awarded on completion of each module. Modules can be repeated, if necessary, at no extra cost.

Module 1: Safe manual handling

More than one-third of all reportable ‘over three-day’ injuries and nearly 10% of ‘major injuries’ are associated with manual handling – the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or by bodily force. Many injuries are not immediate or obvious but are from repeated exposure to manual handling operations. Such accidents and absences can lead to a loss of earnings, missed opportunities and significant pain or discomfort. By looking at how manual handling risks arise and how to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of injury in different work environments, this module will help you to avoid becoming a Health and Safety Executive injury statistics. The module includes:

  • ·    The law and manual handling
  • Strategies for avoiding manual handling
  • Reducing the risk of injury by assessing personal capacity for load handling
  • How the back works
  • Safe lifting technique
  • Handling awkward loads
  • Risks in the office environment
    • The task
    • The load
    • The environment

Certification details: Certificate of completion approved by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Cost: Free (only available to job-seekers)


Module 2:  Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCPs) – level 2

Food safety management systems based on HACCP principles are regarded as the most effective method of preventing food-borne illness. Since 2006, HACCP has become part of food safety law in the EU, the USA and many other countries. Food workers use HACCP systems on a daily basis. It is vital for anyone working with food to understand the basics of HACCP and the aims of HACCP systems and have the knowledge and understanding to carry out their role correctly. This module is designed for all food industry workers. It provides the knowledge required by EU food hygiene legislation to implement and maintain hygiene procedures based on HACCP principles.

This online module covers the following topics:

  • What is HACCP and why do we need it?
  • Personal hygiene
  • Correct personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Illness reporting
  • Pest awareness
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Contamination and cross-contamination
  • Colour coding
  • Storage
  • Transport
  • Waste management
  • Allergen controls
  • Be part of an HACCP team
  • Monitor systems
  • Record data
  • Check procedures
  • Understand critical control points (CCPs)
  • Establish corrective actions
  • Complete documentation

Certification details: Certificate of completion approved by RoSPA

Cost: Free (only available to job-seekers)


MODULE 3: Staying Safe with Hazardous Substances (DSEAR & ATEX)

What is DSEAR?

DSEAR stands for the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. Dangerous substances can put peoples’ safety at risk from fire and explosion. DSEAR puts duties on employers and the self-employed to protect people from risks to their safety from fires, explosions and similar events in the workplace, this includes members of the public who may be put at risk by work activity

What is ATEX?

The ATEX directive consists of two EU directives describing what equipment and work environment is allowed in an environment with an explosive atmosphere. ATEX derives its name from the French title of the 94/9/EC directive: Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosibles.

Certification details: Certificate of completion awarded by eCollege 

Cost: Free (only available to job-seekers)


Module 4: Basic retail customer care 

This module will equip you with the knowledge, skill and competence to provide effective customer service within a retail environment.

This module looks at:

  • The importance of customer service
  • The differences between internal and external customers
  • How you can go above and beyond the call of duty when serving customers and ensure their needs always come first
  • The importance of creating rapport using different types of body language
  • How you can improve your listening skills
  • The best methods of communication
  • Being polite at all times
  • Acknowledging the customer’s needs
  • How you can persuade and influence customers
  • What language you should and shouldn’t use when talking to customers
  • What you should do if a customer makes a complaint
  • How to ensure the situation doesn’t escalate further
  • How you can deal with a queue
  • What the law says about refunds and exchanges
  • How you can use social media to your advantage
  • How mystery shoppers, feedback and training can all be used to improve your customer service skills

Certification details: Certificate of completion awarded by eCollege 

Cost: Free (only available to job-seekers)