Home Accessibility Courses Twitter The Mouth Facebook Resources Site Map About Us Contact
 
Python and Tcl - public course schedule [here]
Private courses on your site - see [here]
Please ask about maintenance training for Perl, PHP, Lua, etc
 
Certification schemes

Should we offer certified training courses to agendas laid down by the likes of Sun, Adobe and Zend, or should we offer courses to our own agendas? There are arguments both ways, and we reconsider from time to time. I thought you might be interested in a (slightly long) item I wrote in response to a specific enquiry a few minutes ago (relating to PHP and the Zend certification)

We have given repeated consideration over a number of years to providing "official" training and taking part in "certification schemes" for some of the products on which we train, but haven't gone with any of them. Although it might help us to sell our courses in a few cases, we believe that we can do better offering our customers training to suit their need on the ground, rather than to pass an exam or to produce a "cookie-cutter" developer. A further issue is the conflict of interest created by us running a training course on which the attendee is provided with a certificate making him more easily able to move away from the employer who has paid for his training. There's more written on this topic elsewhere on our site and the text quoted on that page is actually relating to PHP certification from Zend ....

Of course, the fact that we write our own notes and set our own agenda means that we have to take especial care to ensure that we provide both what is right for the client, and what is going to be right to see him into the future too. We do this in a number of ways. Firstly, we do read extensively - the press, online, books, etc. Secondly, we undertake contract work ourselves and actually use the subjects that we teach. Thirdly, we listen to our trainees and their requirements; some of them get pretty advanced in specialist areas, others send more junior staff to us and already have senior (and very knowledgeable) PHP gurus on their staff. Fourthly, we review other training offerings on PHP to ensure that we're reasonably in line and not missing anything - although we don't simply duplicate their offerings of course! Examples that we've looked at within the last couple of months include several London courses - see my further comments. We've also looked at other offerings such as those from First Alternative, Oracle, Academy X and Media Training. Additionally although we're not offering the certification (with the cost and other implications), we have reviewed the agenda / program for it and have a copy of the study guide ISBN number 0-672-32709-0 which is for sale at bookstores, and is now available for reference during our course. I'm confident that our course provides good training which will meet the basic requirements of the exam which I understand can be sat independently at a Prometric centre if you so wish.

I have left what is, perhaps, the most important way we keep our course up to date until last. It's vital that I (as the tutor) understand not only the mechanisms of the language, but also the application and best practice, and the intent of the authors and developers. For that reason, I take "time out" to travel and listen to the originators and active people at the "sharp end". PHP was written by Rasmus Lerdorf, who now works for Yahoo in Toronto where it remains an active part of his interest and area of influence. He stopped off in southern Europe on his way to Japan in October, and I travelled there to attend some day-and-a-half of talks he gave - the only lectures he did on what was also a holiday stopover. What did I learn? Not the language, but the intended practice, a direction for the future so that I don't lead trainees up blind alleys, and answers to some nagging "why" questions that no-one else seemed to know the answers to. And I now pass on that knowledge during our courses ....

You've already seen how we run an "Open" web site - full details of our staff, our prices are published on line. We're proud of what we can offer. However, we also respect the privacy of our clients and don't publish a customer list. Occasionally, a customer will himself publish the fact that he's Well House Consultants trained and recommend us ... Oxford University, for example.

A longish answer here - I hope it helps fill you in, and helps you decide whether our PHP training course is the one you should choose.

Postscript. . We currently offer three different PHP / related courses:
Technology for PHP
PHP Programming
Object Oriented Programming in PHP
Of these three, the PHP programming is the relevant course for most trainees. We have servers running both PHP 4 and PHP 5 available on the course; at the present time, most live servers are running PHP4, and the course is suitable for both, encouraging you to write code for your current system but ensuring that it will also run on PHP5 (there is one specific compatibility issue in core PHP4 v 5, and a number of additions you'll want to be aware of).

(written 2004-12-02, updated 2008-05-13)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
G502 - Well House Consultants - Business Practice
  [4520] No cold sales calls please - but delighted to hear from others! - (2015-09-29)
  [4415] Buffet review - taking the price into account - (2015-02-05)
  [4293] Certification - (2014-09-15)
  [4107] Snog, Marry, Avoid - (2013-05-31)
  [3755] Cruising on the Mersey Ferry? - (2012-06-07)
  [3750] Matching opening hours to when customers can come in and buy - (2012-06-04)
  [3665] Will will smile? - (2012-03-22)
  [3613] Keeping Business Local. But is that realistic? - (2012-02-13)
  [3506] Cold call contacts - preference services and turning off spam sales approaches - (2011-11-03)
  [3333] Honesty and a friendly welcome goes a long way - (2011-06-25)
  [3157] A new monopoly on the ferry to Northern Ireland - (2011-02-04)
  [3073] Customer Service - the boundary - (2010-11-27)
  [2966] Cheap Country Hotel in Melksham, Wiltshire? - (2010-09-21)
  [2936] The service that customers should receive - (2010-08-27)
  [2821] Chancellor George Osborne inspires Perl Program - (2010-06-22)
  [2788] Cost of Sales - (2010-06-01)
  [2598] An excuse for making a sales call - (2010-01-26)
  [2465] Melksham Town - asleep or awake? - (2009-10-21)
  [2331] Certification Revisted - Lua - (2009-08-09)
  [2283] Everyone is in the customer relations business - (2009-07-12)
  [2190] How you are (re)presented at an exhibition - (2009-05-19)
  [2187] Are we IITT (Institute of IT Training) members? - (2009-05-17)
  [2161] Get it right ... if it goes wrong, it takes so much effort to sort out! - (2009-05-08)
  [2126] Weeding out old phone numbers - (2009-04-11)
  [2122] Commission Creep - (2009-04-08)
  [2044] Please Trouble me - (2009-02-16)
  [1913] Alastair Darling helps make paperwork and confusion - (2008-11-30)
  [1855] Volunteer v Employee - a skewed balance? (FSB) - (2008-10-25)
  [1713] Ways to accept credit cards - or not! - (2008-07-19)
  [1626] Early May - a short chance to regroup and improve - (2008-05-01)
  [1485] Copyright and theft of images, bandwidth and members. - (2007-12-26)
  [1453] What makes our courses special? - (2007-12-02)
  [1394] Business to Business Networking - North and West Wilts / Melksham - (2007-10-17)
  [1373] New Month, New Quarter, New Laws - (2007-10-01)
  [1342] Google, wwmdirectory, Freshwater, ATP - new scam? - (2007-09-09)
  [1319] Customer feedback - lifeblood of a business - (2007-08-25)
  [1263] 0800 043 8225 - a new phone number for Well House - (2007-07-10)
  [1260] An inspirational business talk from one of our prospective MPs - (2007-07-06)
  [1243] Heavy duty hole punch - (2007-06-24)
  [1165] Extended Credit request - train in June and be paid in September - (2007-04-27)
  [1157] Speed Networking - a great evening and how we arranged it - (2007-04-21)
  [1133] B-2-B Networking, 20th April. Useful for YOUR business? - (2007-04-03)
  [1084] Writing terms and conditions for conferences and other events - (2007-02-17)
  [1057] Selling by phone and Skype - our policy - (2007-01-30)
  [906] A commitment we won't be making - (2006-10-27)
  [883] Age discrimination law - (2006-10-01)
  [869] UNABLE TO ATTEND - (2006-09-16)
  [849] Staff Meeting - (2006-08-30)
  [808] Sales call - (2006-07-19)
  [766] Discounts and approved supplier lists - (2006-06-17)
  [664] Ruby course - oops - it's not happening - (2006-04-01)
  [652] Morning Post - (2006-03-20)
  [626] Not just a pretty face to answer the phone. - (2006-02-26)
  [536] Cancellations and penalties - (2005-12-21)
  [491] Being atypical is typical - (2005-11-10)
  [487] On line course booking - credit card protection - (2005-11-06)
  [467] Tell them three times - (2005-10-17)
  [457] Do the work and take the risk - a PHP contract to avoid - (2005-10-06)
  [438] Fair system for travel and accommodation expenses - (2005-09-07)
  [399] simplicity hides real size - (2005-07-31)
  [321] Sales - the alternative close - (2005-05-23)
  [297] A reminder that the customer is King - (2005-05-01)
  [226] Growing our systems - (2005-02-24)
  [217] Use of time - (2005-02-16)
  [211] Look after your staff and they'll look after you. AOL. - (2005-02-12)
  [200] Tips for the top - (2005-02-03)
  [188] Pink elephant and appreciation - (2005-01-24)
  [180] Skunk works - (2005-01-17)
  [157] Automatic service upgrades - (2004-12-19)
  [129] Trawling our site to prevent student copying - (2004-11-24)
  [125] Staff theft - (2004-11-21)
  [121] Fair and Simple - (2004-11-17)
  [108] A typical morning - (2004-11-03)
  [95] Five red flags - (2004-10-21)
  [88] Getting the right level of trainer - (2004-10-14)
  [77] Telephone systems - (2004-10-07)
  [68] Get the strategy worked out and the tactics just fall into place. - (2004-09-30)
  [27] Sales technique - (2004-08-25)
  [15] 90 to 10 or 80 to 20 rule - (2004-08-15)


Back to
Please tell us
Previous and next
or
Horse's mouth home
Forward to
Perl - redo and last without a loop
Some other Articles
Too technical?
Comparison Chart for Perl programmers - list functions
Just provide a room and the students
Perl - redo and last without a loop
Certification schemes
Please tell us
Too many Perls
Geekmas - a brief review
Tcl embeds
Portrait of the author
4759 posts, page by page
Link to page ... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96 at 50 posts per page


This is a page archived from The Horse's Mouth at http://www.wellho.net/horse/ - the diary and writings of Graham Ellis. Every attempt was made to provide current information at the time the page was written, but things do move forward in our business - new software releases, price changes, new techniques. Please check back via our main site for current courses, prices, versions, etc - any mention of a price in "The Horse's Mouth" cannot be taken as an offer to supply at that price.

Link to Ezine home page (for reading).
Link to Blogging home page (to add comments).

You can Add a comment or ranking to this page

© WELL HOUSE CONSULTANTS LTD., 2019: 404 The Spa • Melksham, Wiltshire • United Kingdom • SN12 6QL
PH: 01225 708225 • EMAIL: info@wellho.net • WEB: http://www.wellho.net • SKYPE: wellho

PAGE: http://www.wellho.net/mouth/137_Cert ... hemes.html • PAGE BUILT: Sat May 27 16:49:10 2017 • BUILD SYSTEM: WomanWithCat