ExpertRating training offers ISO 9001-2000 certified online training and testing services. They offer many training topics including instructor led classes. Beyond the online web design tutorial services, they provide exams that offer certifications. Companies can use the website to test potential applicants on their skills in specific areas. Each training session is offered with exams and certificates. Instructors are available in each course to answer questions or to offer feedback.
Unlike training services online, Expert Training offers instructor led courseware and certificates of completion after one passes a mastery exam. This makes the company’s service unique. Each subject area is offered for a separate fee of $99. The costs can add up if one wishes to utilize multiple training sessions and there is not a multiple course discount offered.
The ability to obtain a credible certificate after completing a mastery exam is very appealing. The interaction of instructor led courseware can be extremely helpful in learning about web development topics which often require a great deal of practice for mastery. Unlike other training services, the training sessions are offered monthly and are not completely self paced. Free online tutorials are also offered with exercises to aid in recall. Some courses require the purchase of certain applications or hardware, depending on the topic.
The one problem is the costs. At $99 per training session, one’s bill can add up fast if multiple sessions are needed. Unfortunately, web development or design requires more than one training session and often requires multiple subject areas to be covered. If one is starting from scratch then the costs may be very prohibitive. Another problem is the high average technical language might be a turnoff for beginners.
Courses are offered on many computer, web design, and programming topics. For web development, they offer courses on Dreamweaver, HTML, XHTML, FrontPage, web design, SEO topics, Flash, and other areas.
The quality of instructor led courses is very good and the additional exercises for working on many difficult subjects is a major plus. Web design and development is a complex set of practice, interaction, and learning that can best be enhanced with instructor communications. The subject content is presented with professional language, revealing a high quality of instruction overall.
The video instructors are well qualified experts in their fields and each course presents the instructor’s biographical background. The use of discussion boards and interaction with the instructor is a major plus for the training sessions. The company is one of the few online training centers offering ISO 9001-2000 certified courses. This means that one can be assured the training is of high quality and that each certificate of completion will be respected by many companies.
The ExpertRating website is fairly average in its usability. It might appear confusing to beginner learners. The language used is fairly above average for each topic which also might make the different content areas more difficult to learn. The site uses large chunks of links to navigate throughout the site, which can also appear a little complex for some users. For average to expert level computer users, the site might be easier to navigate and more acceptable in content.
While there wasn’t a knowledge or reference section, they did offer exercises, projects, and quizzes to help learn each course’s material.
Many of the courses taught through ExpertRating are a little out of date, covering applications such as Dreamweaver CS3 instead of CS4.
The unique nature of the instructor led coursework is a major aid in learning about web development topics. At $99 per session, the costs may be a little high for some learners. On the other hand, one can obtain certificates of completion after finishing a mastery exam. The fact that ExpertRating is ISO 9001-2000 certified lends a great deal of credibility and respect for the certificates offered. This is a service not found on other online training websites.