Course Code: GES208
Receive an introduction to the support industry. Discuss job opportunities, and work to understand customer satisfaction and best practices for telephone communication skills.
Learn about human resource-related issues in the customer support world. Learn how to act assertively when dealing with customers while retaining a professional demeanor. You'll also discuss ethics in the work place and best team building practices.
Understand the software and tools needed to stay current in the industry. You'll cover the technologies most often used at support centers and an overview of network administration.
Master the best ways to recover from an issue on the job. This section of the course will examine disaster recovery procedures, creative problem solving, and support processes.
Review the material that's been previously covered in the course in preparation for your final qualifying exam.
Complete the course by displaying competency development while using T1SS Competency Model. You'll also complete a scheduled iterative performance evaluation.
Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is CEO of SCInc. He developed seminars and course materials for the first industry-accredited help desk certification. He has also consulting for hundreds of organizations. Svendsen is the author of several books, including "Presentation Skills and Accelerated Learning Techniques for Computer Trainers" and he regularly contributes to industry publications like Support Solutions magazine and LifeRaft magazine. More recently, he contributed to "A Guide to Computer User Support for Help Desk and Support Specialists, Third Edition."
There are no prerequisites to to take this course, although six months of support industry experience is recommended.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
Yes, it prepares you for the Support Performance Tier-1 Support Specialist (SPC-T1SS) Certification exam at no additional cost, which is an organizational certification through SCInc., not an industry certification.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. Students will also have the option to sit for the Support Performance Tier-1 Support Specialist (SPC-T1SS) certfication exam at no additional cost
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
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The instructor was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. I would recommend this course to others. Thank you to Dr. Svendsen!"
I just wanted to give you a note of appreciation. I'm only partially through the course at this point, but so far I've enjoyed your lectures. You have a warm, confident, and authoritative style that instills a sense of confidence and learning. This is my first time doing an online course (I have a Bachelor's degree from a small liberal arts college in PA), and, for me at least, there's always a weariness about the quality and substance of any online course. But with your course at least, I feel that I'm getting good information from a knowledgeable, competent source!"
I have to admit, I was not at all enthralled with the thought of taking an online class. I have surprised myself (and my supervisor) on how much I am enjoying it. Again, thank you!"
I liked that the instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable about the subject. I also enjoyed that the course was accessible to those with visual impairments. Because of this, I will recommend this course to those who are blind. Keep the course interface the way it is! Do Not change a thing."
The instructor was very competent and knowledgeable about the subject, backed up by years of experience in the field. I appreciated his warmth and accessibility as a speaker- he's not pretentious or condescending. Specifically, I appreciated his grasp of human nature. All too often, discussions about things of a conceptual nature turn abstract and academic, all that is taught are nice, clean theories that have little testing in the real world. The instructor teaches in a way that acknowledges that his students will be interacting with real-world, flesh-and-blood people, and that makes all the difference! The instructor is what makes this course so great."
This program is very helpful for those who have full time jobs and are also parents. I like the fact that it's very easy to communicate with the instructor. This is my first time doing an online course and I must admit it was way better than I assumed it would be. I really enjoyed it! Some parts I took as a refresher and others were things that never crossed my mind."