There is no precise answer to this as each person's learning curve is different. We recommend that learners go on-line each day and cover 2-3 topics, come offline and put into practice what they have covered on-line.
If you are paying for a course, you can complete the online registration form. Courses are free of charge to unemployed clients. You can discuss course options and register for a course by visiting your local employment services office.
Jobseeker's in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance, Jobseeker's Benefit, Disability Allowance or One Parent Family Allowance and those signing on for credits are eligible for Online Training. The Employment Service Officer verifies the client's status from the system. The "two-year rule” is not applicable as these are not full SST or Traineeship programmes. The job seekers will continue to sign with DSP and retain his/her allowance/benefit and will not receive a Training Allowance.
At a minimum, the recommended specification of a Personal Computer to access online courses on eCollege are as follows:
The following are not compatible with eCollege courses:
You will be sent a welcome email with an activation link, you must click on this link to activate your course.
You will be asked to change your password, once completed you will be able to log in using, username and password.
You will see on your "Home" page all of the courses you are registered on.
To take an exam/assessment, you must attend an approved test centre for that course. Exams/assessment are administered on-line. However, you must attend an accredited test centre.
On-line testing is the process of taking an exam via a P.C. over the Internet. To take a test on-line, you have to go to an approved test centre for that exam/subject. The Test Administrators for the specific courses regulate the test centres. Nearly all approved on-line test centres operate on advanced booking basis i.e. you contact the test centre to book an exam for a particular time and day. Exam fees are paid to the test centre, generally in advance or on the day of the exam.
You will need an email address to register for an online course. There are many ways to get a free email address. Here is a list of a few of the most popular free email providers: a) Google Gmail address b) Yahoo email address c) Microsoft Windows live.
Please click here to see the list of eCollege test centres.