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Networking for Beginners Training Courses

When deciding to embark on a career in data networking most people will require some form of basic professional training in order to grasp the fundamentals. If this training is not part of a University degree course or equivalent, then you will need to find the resources you need in order to give you the foundations. Most technical training companies specialising in IT training will have some for of Networking for Beginners training course to offer.

Firstly, the question whether to enrol or embark upon an online training course or instructor-led training course needs to be answered. Some individuals find online training easy to follow and find the online method of training suits their learning style. Others like to be able to listen to an instructor and be able to ask first-hand questions. Of course, if you want to obtain the necessary data networking skills then online or classroom-based theory classes are never sufficient. There has to be a practical element to the course and in my opinion this is best served by a good quality instructor-led course with real world equipment in the classroom. Some training companies compromise by having equipment in a central location which is accessible via a terminal server and students just have to login and are able to configure remote networking equipment. This works well, particularly for those students who have worked with the equipment before or have at least seen the equipment. Unfortunately data networking not only involves configuring networking equipment such as routers, switches and servers, there are physical connection usually comprising copper wires or fibre optic cable. In order to get exposure to a network ‘warts and all’, a good quality instructor led training course with hands-on experience with network equipment and cables is the answer. I always used to consider Cisco CCNA courses to be an excellent foundation and still do, but some people do not necessarily want a vendor specific course with the option of a certification at the end of it, subject to the passing of the appropriate exams of course.

What about the content? Well any beginners introduction to networking training course should give the student a good grounding in the core TCP/IP protocols, with theoretical explanations backed up by hands-on demonstrations that should include the use of some form of network analyzer. The TCP/IP and OSI networking models should be explained in order to understand the concept of layered networking. The common LAN (Local Area Network) and WAN (Wide Area Network) protocols, connections and typical media should be covered and used in classroom practical exercises.

The beginners introduction to networking training course should allow the students to slowly build a classroom network, adding physical devices and connections as the course progresses in order to allow the students to understand the building blocks of networks. Routers, Ethernet Switches, Hubs and Servers should be used in the classroom in order that students get a real feel for networking.

All modern networks still have Routers, Layer 2 Switches and Layer 3 switches as the basic building blocks of the network with a variety of peripherals such as Workstations, Servers and Firewalls. Additional network peripherals such as VoIP phones, IP PBXs and Wireless Access Points would be the subject of more advanced training.

A good 50% of any basic data networking course should be reserved for practical hands-on exercises designed to cement the knowledge learned through the theory lectures. The duration of the course would depend on just how much knowledge and skill you want to gain on this first exposure to data networking. Most courses offered in the UK by the popular training vendors usually vary in duration between 2-5 days, and I would probably recommend 4-5 days as a shorter course probably couldn’t offer sufficient hands-on time to make it worthwhile. I personally would also look for a training course where the vendor offers sufficient post course support either by email or telephone, with email often being the preferred method.

There are many training vendors offering a range of data networking courses for beginners in the UK at locations across the country, so you shouldn’t have to travel far to find one. Just make sure your Beginners Introduction to Networking course has all the elements that you require.

What Electrical Training Courses Do You Need?

An electrician is one of the most popular trades in many countries and also one of the top paying trades. Hundreds of students choose this as a career, eliminating the need to be stuck in an office all day, while enabling them to meet new people and give clients with fantastic services that they can rely on and trust.

There are many electrical training courses you will want to complete throughout your career, enabling you to work on different properties and electrical systems. In many countries, there are strict qualifications that must be completed in order to work as an electrician. It is essential you secure the right training based on what type of electrical work you want to undertake now and moving forward.

Electrical installation courses are the most common courses and usually the first step in a string of electrical training courses you will want to complete during your electrical career. The electrical installation course gives you the essential industry recognised qualification you need to carry out installations in domestic properties.

Once completed and you are completing an apprenticeship, you will want to complete your installation course on electrical systems and equipment. This can open up more doors and introduce you to more possibilities as an electrician. It will increase demand for your services now and in the future.

You may want to start with domestic electrical training courses, which you can always upgrade at a later stage to include commercial. If you intend working for yourself, you will want to complete as many courses as possible, so you can help more clients in the long run. If working for an employer, find the type of electrical services they offer and then choose your training courses based on their demand, helping you progress in your career moving forward.

There are some important factors to consider when choosing your electrical training courses to make sure you get the best learning experience and qualification based on your particular electrical needs and budget.

It is advisable, wherever possible to complete in-class training. In-class training provides you with one on one training with experienced electrical professionals. The benefit to this is that you don’t only complete the course work provided, but these professionals can give you insider knowledge, tips and advice to help you in your career now and in the future.

Your next consideration is your budget. Each training specialist company will charge their own prices, but there shouldn’t be too much difference in price from one training company to the next. Remember not to rely on price alone. You want to make sure you receive the best training experience, you gain the knowledge and skills you need and you enjoy the benefit of an accredited and industry recognised certification once you have successfully completed the electrical training course.

Choose a training specialist company that has extensive industry knowledge and experience combined with a proven track record for providing top quality electrical training courses. Do your homework to find the company you feel is going to give you the best learning experience, while being a company you can use now and for any future electrical training courses you may need in the future.

Make sure any training specialist you choose only conducts small class sizes. The smaller the class the more one on one training you will receive. This can make sure that you complete the course with ease and confidence.

10 Questions to Ask to Help You Find a New Legal Training Course Provider

1. Easy To Find?

Your first test may sound like an obvious one, but does the legal training provider make it easy for you to find them? If you go onto the internet and do a search on core search terms such as “legal training” and “legal training courses”, are you able to find a selection of providers of courses? This is where everyone starts their search now and any company that is not only up to date with its subject matter should also be keeping up to date with the latest trends in how prospective clients will find their business.

So step one is to start your search on the internet.

2. A Variety Of Courses?

Do they have a variety of different types of legal training courses, or do they only offer one or two specialist courses that they run again and again? If you are looking for a training provider that you can use again and again (if they run the right quality of training course) you want to make sure that you can use them for a variety of training courses so if they have more than one course on offer and you try it and like it, you can return for many different courses without having to go through the search and selection process each time.

Do they have a variety of courses on offer?

3. Do They Offer A Free Newsletter/Training Updates?

Your time as a solicitor, personnel manager or partner is best spent working on the main aspects of your job rather than hunting around on the internet for new courses. Therefore, if the website you find offers a free newsletter in which they announce their new course dates and locations, this can save you a considerable amount of time.

Finding a supplier of legal training with a newsletter update service is the next step.

4. Do They Offer Training In A Variety Of Locations?

Can you attend the training courses in more than one location, or do they tend to only offer training in once location close to their premises? Whilst it may be easier for the training company to use their own premises, you need a provider that can serve your local legal training needs, so finding a trainer with courses in different locations could be important to save you time.

5. Do They Seem Approachable?

When you are choosing a provider, you want to make sure that you are dealing with someone that makes it as easy as possible for you to approach them with any questions about current or upcoming courses. Does their website make it easy for you to contact them? Is there a telephone number clearly displayed, an email address easy to find and a booking or general inquiry form? These are items you would expect to find as a bare minimum.

In addition, once you make contact, do they respond quickly to your inquiry, and when you contact them do they sound grateful for your inquiry (not desperate but happy to talk with you) and do they follow up as they say that they will do?

You are looking for someone with the complete package and being easy to approach is important to make your job in finding courses as easy as possible.

6. Is There Good Feedback From Previous Course Attendees?

The next step is a very important one; is there excellent feedback from other people that have already attended their legal training courses? If you are looking for a long term training partner, you want to ensure that they consistently deliver excellent courses. If you have not yet attended one, the only way you can have any feel for this is by looking at the feedback from other solicitors that have already attended.

Good feedback is vital

 7. Do They Specialize?

Moving on the nature of the training itself, one thing that you might want to find is a provider that specialises in the same area of law that you do. If you specialize in banking or finance, a course provider that only provides legal training for this sector is likely to go into far more depth and offer a larger variety of training courses because it is their “specialist subject”. Likewise, if you specialize in personal injury law, a personal injury course provider should offer you far more variety than a general legal training provider.

Specialism in one subject area is likely to give you more bespoke training in your chosen area of law.

8. What Type Of Training Do They Provide?

Legal training is legal training, or is it? Whereas it used to be quite acceptable for a barrister to stand at the front of a lecture style theater and recite his case notes and thoughts on statute, that style of training has been proven to be least effective. After 15 minutes of the same person speaking, whoever they are and however good they are, people begin to lose interest.

Practical, interactive courses with case studies where you are made to apply what you have just learned are the most effective way of learning. Does your prospective new legal training provider carry out their training in this way or the old, traditional lecture style which is less effective.

Practical and interactive with case studies should ensure you obtain the best results.

9. Do They Have Their Own Qualification?

If your legal training provider specializes in one area you might expect them to have their own qualification. This will show they have real expertise in their area of law and have been providing this type of training for sometime. Even if the qualification is too junior for you, or too senior, the fact that they have their own bespoke qualification shows a commitment to improve the standards in their field of law and shows a long term approach to their business.

You are looking for a committed provider that will be around to provide your legal training for many years to come, and having their own qualification is a good indication that you have found the right provider.

10. Do They Belong To Or Are They Associated With A Trade Body?

If a training provider is connected to, or associated with a well respected professional body this provides you with certainty as regards their long term future. However, perhaps more importantly it also means that they will be actively involved in new legislation and discussions with the government, the results of which they can pass on to you through their training courses. This will put you in the position of being ahead of many of your competitors.


From the ease of use to find a training provider, through ease of contact, specialism and type of training, all of these points should help you to find the legal training provider that can meet and exceed your legal training needs.