About eCollege | Online Learning | Distance Learning


What is eCollege?

eCollege is a leading learning institution that delivers online and distance training courses in business, project management, SQL, Cisco, graphic design, web design, digital marketing, software development and basic computer literacy. 

At eCollege, all our courses are aimed towards three types of people:

eCollege Job Seekers

Our eCollege online courses are available free of charge to unemployed clients and transitional workers. These courses are designed to give a flexible response to the specific skills needs of job-ready individuals who require training interventions with certification to assist them to re-enter the labour market.

eCollege upskillers

Courses are also available for a fee, to employed persons who wish to update their skills. 

eCollege Employers

Employers, please talk to eCollege about the subsidised rate available from SOLAS for employers who wish to enhance the skills of their employees. 

What do I get with an eCollege Course?

While these courses are delivered completely online, dedicated eTutor support is available throughout all our courses on a daily basis.

There are many benefits of studying at eCollege including:

  • All course materials included
  • eTutor support five days a week
  • Practice tests and Examination costs included
  • Online access to your course 24/7 
  • Licensed software (if applicable) will be provided for the duration of the course
  • All courses lead to Industry recognised certifications

What courses are available?

We have a large variety of online courses which can be viewed by going to the following page


For some courses, we will provide students with the software required. For example, students enrolling onto our Adobe awards will get a license to Adobe Creative Cloud. Please be aware, that software will only be accessible during the course.

How to enrol?

If you are currently in receipt of social welfare, you can go to your local Department of Social Protection or Intreo office and ask to enrol on an eCollege course. You may wish to visit our courses page prior and take note of the course code.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Convenience of learning at home, place of work or other preferred location
  • Option to customise the learning, self-assessments to measure your progress, flexibility.
  • Available around the clock.
  • Ability to be able to learn at your own pace.
  • One very important aspect of learning with eCollege is the eTutor Support provided:
  • eCollege have 15 eTutors across all disciplines that work Monday - Friday.
  • You can message your eTutor with your query and they will message, call or text you a reply.

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 online.


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. Those on job seekers will continue to sign with DSP and retain their 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:

  • Processor: Pentium or above
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM minimum
  • Hard Disk: 30 GB
  • Monitor: Recommended to have a 17 inch Monitor
  • Broadband: eCollege courses require consistent broadband access of ≥ 5mbps.
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 X 768
  • Software: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox (the latest versions of each are required)
  • Operating system: Windows 7 or higher
  • The following are not compatible with eCollege courses:
  • Web Browser: Microsoft Vista
  • Web Browser: Microsoft Edge browser.

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 login using, your 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 online. However, you must attend an accredited test centre.


Online testing is the process of taking an exam via a P.C. over the Internet. To take a test online, 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 online test centres operate on an advanced booking basis i.e. you contact the test centre to book an exam for a particular day and time. 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.

Last modified: Thursday, 4 May 2017, 2:18 PM