To enable social distancing we've completely remodelled our classroom training, launched a full range of live online courses and now provide online training-cum-consultancy.

Our live online training courses

Here's everything you need to know about our online training!

How do your online and classroom training compare?

Our online courses are remarkably similar to our classroom courses (this isn't that surprising, as they're given by the same people and use the same materials). Here's a side-by-side comparison to help:

  Classroom Online
Friendly Wise Owl trainer
Small class sizes
Restaurant lunch included (*)
Pre-course check-up
No software needed
Full range of courses

(*) Note that because of the COVID-19 crisis we have suspended restaurant meals for our classroom courses.

Who'll be my trainer?

Your online trainer will be one of the following Wise Owls (with apologies to Matt):

Picture of Wise Owl trainers

This picture was taken on a first aid course, with us all in our scruffs. Here's your owl-spotting guide:

  1. Andy (Brown)
  2. Jenny
  3. Rachel (not actually a trainer)
  4. Dave
  5. Andy (Gould)
  6. Sam
  7. Shaun
  8. Matt (who wasn't present - you can see what the real Matt looks like here)

Will there be lots of people?

The maximum number of people on both our online and our classroom courses is currently 5 (we've reduced our maximum classroom size from 6 for now to allow social distancing). So regardless of which sort of course you choose to attend, there will be at most 4 other delegates.

This means that you'll have plenty of time to ask questions, initiate discussions or ask if something we've said isn't clear!

What equipment do I need?

Here's what you'll need to attend one of our online courses:

You'll need Notes
Windows You'll need a desktop computer or laptop running Windows (we don't recommend attending our onlines courses if you have a Mac, as we can't guarantee that the software will work in the same way on your computer).
A connection You'll need a reasonably fast connection to the Internet, so that you can watch the trainer's screen on your computer and talk to the trainer and the other delegates.
A modern browser (*) We use Microsoft Teams for our meetings, which only works fully with Chrome or the new (and excellent) Edge browser.
Sound You'll need a working microphone so you can talk to us, and speakers so you can listen. Nearly all laptops include this equipment as standard.
A second monitor For most courses it is very useful to have an additional monitor (and for Power BI courses it's essential). You should be able to use your television as a second monitor if you don't have a dedicated one, provided that you can connect it to your computer using an HDMI or other cable.
A webcam From a training point of view it's always really nice if you can see your delegates, so a webcam - while not essential - is a very nice to have.

(*) If you don't have new Edge or Chrome, you could install Teams for Desktop, Android or IoS (Apple).

If you're not sure how to set up your equipment, we've written a handy guide to help you!

Is there a pre-course check-up?

Some time before the course (usually soon after you've booked a place) we will contact you to arrange a time for us to call you to go through a pre-course check-up. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes, and checks the following:

We'll check that you have a sufficiently fast connection to the Internet to attend an online course.
You'll need to use either Chrome or the new Edge browser for our online courses.
You'll need to be able to use remote desktop to link to our computers. This software is a standard application in Windows, and has no security implications that we know of.
We use Microsoft Teams for our meetings (unsurprisingly, given that we do Microsoft training!). You can run this in your web browser, and don't need to install any software.
We'll check that you can both talk to us using your computer's microphone and hear us using its speakers.
We'll check that you can download course files (whether from the USB stick we'll send you in the post, the private area of our website or using Remote Desktop).
If you've got a second monitor (essential for Power BI courses and highly recommended for all other ones) we'll check it works. We'll also check that you know how to share your screen, should this be necessary on the course.

The reason we spend so much time doing our pre-course checks is that we want to ensure that your course goes as smoothly as possible on the day! We've also included some online help here.

Will I need to install software?

For our classroom courses we provide a computer for each delegate, with the relevant software already installed.

For our online courses we do exactly the same! How? Simple: by allowing you to use Remote Desktop to connect to your own dedicated computer in our office.

This means that you don't have to worry about which version of software you're using, or even whether you can copy the files onto your computer using the USB stick we provide, as we've taken care of all this for you.

Will I get a printed manual?

On our classroom courses it's great. You get a printed colour courseware manual averaging about 100 pages for each day's training. Here's an example:

You also get an exercise booklet, a really nice Sheaffer pen and a USB stick containing course files:

And for online courses? You get exactly the same (although for some online courses we don't include the exercise booklet, as exercises are available online), but posted to your home or work address in the week or so before your course. And all included in the course price!

How do I book a place?

Click on any online course below to see course contents, prices and dates:

You can also use the pages linked to above to book a place - or fill in the form below, or call us on (0161) 883 3606!

What if I have a group of people?

If you've got two or more people who want training it may be worth booking your own tailored online course, whose dates, length and content you can set yourself. Probably the best way to start this process is to fill in the form below to give an idea of what you're trying to achieve.

If you've got a particular problem you're wrestling with that you want to address, another option to consider might be one-to-one training

What if I'm not in the UK?

The great things about online training is it doesn't matter where you are in the world! That said, here are four things you need to consider before attending a Wise Owl course from outside the UK:

Factor Notes
Language All our courses are in English. We are fluent in this; you won't get much out of the course if you're not too!
Time zone Our courses begin typically at 09:30 am UK time. If you book your own onsite training we will consider working to your time zone - let us know where you are and we'll see what we can do!
Payment Unfortunately for courses booked from outside the UK we would need to receive payment at the time of booking (for bookings from UK companies this normally isn't necessary).
Courseware We will try to post courseware out to you, but please allow extra time for this. For bookings outside Europe we may also charge an extra courier fee.

If you have any questions, please use the form below to ask - or see our FAQs page, which answers many of the most commons questions people have about our online training.

Alternatively, call us on (0161) 883 3606 to speak to an owl.

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