Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What types of Courses are offered in the Career Training Course Catalog?

The Career Training Course Catalog contains hundreds of SELF-PACED, (Note: Some courses include instructors.) cost affordable, non-credit courses on a wide variety of career fields.

Q. How can I view a list of all of the courses in the Career Training Course Catalog?

To view all of our course offerings, open our Course Catalog and click on the "Courses" link. Next, click on the "Expand / Collapse All" link.

Q. What can I expect after I register for an online course in the Career Training Course Catalog?

At the time of a "paid registration enrollment" our system will generate an automated email that will notify you that your enrollment is official. At the same time our instructors or course administrators will similarly receive an automated email. Within 3 complete business days all emails should have been processed and you will be given specific directions on how to begin your course of study.

Q. How do I complete a paid registration enrollment for a course in the Career Training Course Catalog?

Select a course from the Course Catalog . Click "Purchase Now". Next, select a Course Option with a "Start and End date" that you want to start the course. You will then be given the option to pay online.

Q. What type of completion information is available upon completion of a course in the Career Training Course Catalog?

Students may obtain a free letter of completion via email upon request and completion of a course. A paper-based certificate can be purchased for a nominal fee.

Q. Do you offer any other online courses outside of the in the Career Training Course Catalog courses?

Yes. Check out our Live Computer Training and Video Computer Training .

Q. How long are the online courses?

This varies and depends on the course. Courses are instructor-led or self directed and short courses are typically about 12 weeks long depending on the subject matter. Students have "immediate access to all of the course material", so students may work at their own pace and finish courses sooner than scheduled. Students may start courses "Anytime" or on a "Fixed Time Schedule" for fast completion.

Q. Can I work ahead of the course schedule?

Yes. Students have "immediate access to all of the course material", so students may work at their own pace and finish courses sooner than scheduled. Students may start courses "Anytime" or on a "Fixed Time Schedule" for fast completion.

Q. How can I view the course length of a specific course?

You can view this information without registering for a course. Click the "Purchase Now" button near the top within an individual course to view ”Start and End dates” as well as ”Start Anytime Dates” under the "Duration" column.

Q. How can I view information about the instructor of a course?

You can view this information without registering for a course. Click the "Purchase Now" button near the top within an individual course and then click on the instructor's name under the "Instructor" column.

Q. What if I have additional questions about a course before registering?

Click the “Contact Us” link near the bottom of this page for our contact information. Note: Email is the best form of contact, since it enables you to receive detailed information about a course that you can refer back to after contact with us.

What type of students enroll in the online courses?

Students who enroll in our online courses are either individuals, employees of a company, consultants, freelancers or those seeking new career choices.

Q. How are the courses delivered to students?

Students will usually access our courses using a web browser and in some cases through email or other means including Learning Management Systems. Depending on the course, some content may be delivered via CD, and other digital media.

Q. Who designs and develops the online courses?

The courses that comprise our course catalog are developed by JER Online. JER Online is one of the largest resellers of corporate developed online courses to the continuing workforce education marketplace. JER Online (JER Group, Inc.) lists over 1000+, cost affordable, non-credit Courses and are always adding "more courses...all the time " to a growing inventory. These online career training courses are designed to provide the skills necessary for today’s high-demand occupations.

Q. Online Classes: Are They A Good Fit For You?

Online classes are often very different than traditional face-to-face classes in terms of the presentation of material, the nature of the interaction among class members, and the necessity for independent learning driven by student resourcefulness. A flexible schedule in which to do assignments from the comfort of home, a decrease in travel time, and a decrease in expense for gas are notable benefits of distance learning environments. Additionally, many students report that they actually learn more in online classes than in face-to-face classes due to the immersion in the subject, and therefore find the experience more rewarding than a traditional learning environment. But online classes are not the best fit for all individuals. Even an excellent student may find that distance learning is not compatible with his or her particular learning styles and preferences. So, before enrolling in an online class, a student should give some thought to whether the distance learning environment is a good fit for his or her educational needs.

While there are many points to consider when making a decision about online learning, ultimately it is the student who is the best person to make the decision about its appropriateness. An individual who has cultivated a good work ethic, strong study skills, and an internal drive to learn will likely find that an online learning environment is an excellent alternative to the traditional classroom environment that provides incredible flexibility and a rewarding learning experience with nearly limitless opportunities.

Q. Do you have self-discipline and motivation?

Unlike traditional courses in which the students and instructor meet face-to-face once or several times a week, most of the learning activities and communication in an online course are asynchronous, meaning that class members participate and complete their assignments at different times throughout the day and week. This arrangement makes it possible for students to do coursework at all hours of the day and week, whenever it is convenient. Assignments and discussions often follow a schedule in which students have a range of days in which to contribute, but this arrangement, with the increased freedom and flexibility, requires responsibility and self-discipline. Without the structure of regular class meetings, a student must self-regulate and carefully keep track of scheduling for assignments and discussions.

Q. Are you able to commit the proper amount of time each day or week to an online course(s)?

Online courses require at least as much, if not more, time and commitment than traditional courses. Students must complete the work that would normally take place in a traditional classroom while online through discussions and projects; they then must also complete assignments similar to those provided in a traditional course setting. Completing course assignments and other learning activities can take from five to fifteen hours (or more) per week, depending on the number of credits the course is worth, and the nature of the subject matter. With some classes, a student may need to be online almost every day. Before enrolling, a student should ensure that he or she can set aside ample time to work on daily and weekly assignments.

Q. Are you comfortable using computers?

While students don't need to be Information Technology majors or programming gurus to take an online course, basic computer skills are absolutely essential, such as such as word processing, typing, and Web browsing abilities. Students also need regular access to a computer and reliable Internet connection. Individuals who are not computer savvy are not necessarily unfit for the online environment as there are opportunities for training at local libraries and community college

Q. Will you miss the traditional classroom and its social components?

Online instruction often requires a tremendous quantity of interaction between students, but this interaction is different from the sort provided in a traditional classroom. Some students prefer being able to listen to an instructor's cadence and watch his or her use of facial expressions and other nonverbal cues when processing information. Additionally, many of the social elements of a college environment are removed, such as the early-arrival chatter and after-class rehash. Some students in distance learning environments miss having the opportunity to see and listen to their instructor and classmates; however, many quieter students find the online environment freeing because there is less pressure to speak amongst a more gregarious and vocal audience.

Q. Do you have good communication skills and enjoy expressing your ideas in writing?

In online courses, nearly all communication is written, so it is critical that the student feel comfortable with written expression of ideas. Professional writing skills are essential, and this may be an unfamiliar standard for those individuals who are more comfortable writing in the informal tones commonly used in blogging and on social networking sites. This attention to technical accuracy is necessary because the online medium does not provide for non-verbal cues, emotive icons, and body language to assist with clarity. A student should honestly asses his or her formal written communication skills and make sure to strengthen these skills before enrolling. Additionally, a student should be aware of the quantity of writing required before considering an online course.

Q. Do you feel comfortable asking instructors for assistance?

In the online environment, any technological issues that arise should be dealt with as soon as they are noticed. A student must be comfortable approaching an instructor in person or through e-mail with any technological problems or course content issues. In a traditional environment, an instructor can tell when students are confused by raised hands, confused facial expressions, and other nonverbal cues, but in an online environment, a student must be proactive or the instructor will never know there is a problem.