The Universal College of Learning is launching a cut-price Microsoft certified professional course next month.
The Palmerston North-based former Manawatu Polytechnic is setting the course fee at around $1400 instead of the usual $2500 charged by commercial operators. The five-day course is spread over three months.
General manager and dean of the business faculty Clive Jones says the cheaper cost is possible because Microsoft doesn't charge UCOL for materials, whereas it might for private providers.
UCOL was to run MCP courses from this week but is delaying its launch until May 28. "This is to give us more time to get organised," says Jones.
Because UCOL has just started marketing the new part-time course, no one has yet enrolled for its 60 places, Jones says. Students can either take the course alone or in addition to its Batchelor of Applied Informations Systems degree.
"It's the first time we have been offering Microsoft training. We hope that by reducing the price we can stimulate demand, especially for those who don't work for organisations and have their training paid for," he says.
The course focuses on Windows 2000 Server, Security and Active Directory and networking. It runs in addition to UCOL's other industry courses for Cisco, Sun, Java and Oracle.
Meanwhile, Hamilton-based Wave Internet has also launched the first modules of a series of courses for SAP R/3 users that are delivered over the internet.
Wave now has 550 online courses available, ranging from end user desktop skills through to web development and MCSE.