2013-03-08 getcertarn

With the ever-prevailing IT skills shortage, one of the recognised problem areas is the barrier to entry of juniors into the job market (even degreed juniors) – due to their limited practical experience.

Arnold Graaff, CEO of GetCertified IT Training says: “We have always as a college, addressed this issue with success by encouraging students to get our competency certificate (for completing a practical project) after a course. Some employers, however have more specific requirements, so we have decided to partner with employers to customise the competency certificate, to suit every individual employer’s specific needs”.

Says Graaff: “With our integrated internship program, we extend this practical ability further by allowing employer interns to also work on their own employer assignments in between course modules.”

What is an integrated internship?

• GetCertified supplies the employer with (the employer can also supply) a talented junior (the admission criteria will determine to which course (6 or 12 modules) he is admitted. See http://www.getcertified.co.za/jobseekersdiploma or http://getcertifiedtraining.wordpress.com .

• The employer / sponsor employs this student as an intern (salary or non-salary basis) agreeing to pay for his/her minimum training in exchange that he/she will work for the employer / sponsor afterwards (or pay back his training).

• The student attends his training modules with GetCertified and in between courses or afternoons, joins his sponsor’s team on their premises, to work on some of their low-priority projects assigned to him / her.

• The sponsor’s assignments can be used as additional practical assignments for the student’s competency score and he / she also gets assistance from Getcertified to complete these.

•  Getcertified has regular meetings with the sponsor to assess the student’s competency and make adjustments / customisations to our training where possible.

• This has the result that the student not only gains a generic competency level, but also gains competence specific to the sponsor’s environment, thereby adding value to their team.

About GetCertified IT Training

GetCertified IT Training specialises in classroom-based, quality, practical IT training, aligned with the international certification syllabi. Areas covered are SQL database administration and -development. Software development programming courses covering all the mainstream languages used in Web and Application software development (PHP, Java and .NET) .

2013-01-04 getcertarn

Good day,

I would like to study Java programming.
I have no experience and knowledge of any computer’s program.
Please advice would it be possible?
Also I would like to know how long does course take, how much does it cost and when can I start?


Thanks for your enquiry.

What courses have you done before? What are your school subjects?
For a complete beginner (without good Mathematics record),  we often recommend to first study Web Development, and then move over to Java.
Did you have a look at our Level One and Two Diploma as part of our Job Seekers Diploma on our website?


2013-01-04 getcertarn
Dear Sir/Madam,
I would like to enquiry about doing these courses correspondence of if you have any type of correspondence course, seeing that I am situated in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Yes you can do any course correspondence. This is the same cost as the part-time course.
You should have a broadband internet connection and you will have your lessons over the internet with video conferencing software like Skype etc.
We can do a demo lesson if you would like to see how it works, please let us know.
2012-12-10 getcertarn

It depends on your other skills. We have had a lady once who had a BComm. Hons Degree in pure economics as well as a couple of years working experience in the financial industry. She was retrenched and could not find a job for longer than 6-9 months – employers told her that she lacked IT skills. She did our Beginnig SQL course only and then she got 3 job offers.

The bottom line is that this course can get you a job, yes, but you also have to look at your other skills. If you do not have a lot of other skills to offer, then I would suggest you need to study further, like doing the advanced SQL course as well and then sit for the international exam in Microsoft SQL (T-SQL). Alternatively go into a software development direction like PHP or .NET or Java.