Help Desk Analyst: Tier 1 Support Specialist

The computer support industry is one of the fastest-growing fields, and there is every indication that this growth will continue. This course uniquely prepares you to work as a support specialist by focusing on the business needs of the customer, establishing credibility and trust, and handling the most difficult customer scenarios.

You'll learn about problem solving and troubleshooting, team dynamics, and interpersonal communication skills. You'll also get a broad overview of the back-office...

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6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
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Help Desk Analyst: Tier 1 Support Specialist

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Course code: GES208

What you will learn

  • Improve support-center productivity
  • Provide exceptional customer support
  • Handle difficult customer situations
  • Exhibit assertive confidence while reducing job stress

How you will benefit

  • Understand how to make any customer interaction positive and effective
  • Learn problem solving techniques that can be implemented while working
  • Assess your role in the industry and future opportunities for advancement

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
  1. Essential Communication Skills
    1. Introduction to the Support Industry
    2. Understanding Customer Satisfaction
    3. Telephone Communication Skills
    4. The Call-Handling Process
    5. Dealing With Difficult Customer-Service Situations
    6. Developing and Practicing Assertiveness in Customer Support
    7. Human Resource Issues in the Support Environment
    8. Ethics in the Workplace
    9. Team Building Practices, Principles and Issues
  2. Tools, Problem Solving, and Processes
    1. Staying Current in the Industry
    2. Tools and Technologies for the Support Center
    3. Overview of Network Administration
    4. Disaster Recovery Procedures
    5. Understanding Computer Telephony Integration
    6. Creativity and Problem Solving
    7. The Five-Step Problem-solving Process
    8. Support Processes and Process Integration
  3. Certification Qualifying Exam
    1. Exam Preparation
    2. Qualifying Exam
  4. Performance Outcomes Assignment
    1. Competency Development Using T1SS Competency Model
    2. Scheduled Iterative Performance Evaluations

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."

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course, although six months of support industry experience is recommended.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Windows Media Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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 email) 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 about financial assistance.

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