Questions and answers
Can I enrol on a course now?
Yes course enrolment is now open.
When can I access my course?
You may access your course at any time.
How do I access my course?
You click the link called login/start course under your course title and log in to your course using your username and password.
How do I get a username and password?
You create your own username and password when you register online or by post. When you register over the phone you can also create your own details or we can create them for you. Please keep a note of your username and password.
What if I forget my username and password?
You can retrieve the details from a link on the home page, link on the login box or you can call us (+353 53 9230344) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reset them for you.
How much time do I need to spend at the course?
You are required to engage with the course for a total of 20 hours.
Do I have to be online for the full 20 hours?
No, you can include whatever time you spend offline as part of your 20 hours. This time can be manually inputted.
How much time do I have to complete the course from the time I enrol?
Each participant has 3 months access to the course from their date of enrolment. You must complete the course within this 3 month period.
Can I spread the 20 hours over the full 3 month period or do it all in a few days?
Yes you can do either, you decide when you want to do the course. You have the flexibility to allocate your time to the course in whatever way you want, once you demonstrate engagement for a total of 20 hours.
What way are the courses structured?
The courses are divided into 5 modules. Each module has a number of topics and sub-topics.
Do I need broadband?
Yes, broadband is necessary to gain maximum benefit from the course.
Are these courses certified?
Yes, each course has been approved by the Department of Education in Ireland
What assignments are required?
There are 6 assignments altogether. There are 5 interactive exercises, one at the end of each module and a reflective exercise at the end of the course.
How are assignments done?
You complete an assignment by posting a response to the question posed on the relevant discussion forum. There is a discussion forum at the end of each module and a reflective forum at the end of the course.
What level of detail is required in the assignments?
For the end of module responses, you are required to demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking. For the end of course reflective response, you are required to demonstrate analysis and /or application of the knowledge gained in the course.
Will my responses to other participants be counted as interactive assignment responses?
Yes, once they demonstrate a sufficient level of engagement with the discussion point.
This year I will have a CPD Record at the end of the course, what is a CPD Record?
A CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Record is a summary record demonstrating your engagement with the course. It will show the following:
- The total time you spent at the course, both online and offline
- The full text of all responses to the discussion and reflective forums
- Sign-off (automated) by participant
- Approval from facilitator
- Will the creation of the CPD record require a lot of extra work?
- No, CPD College has created a unique system to automatically create your CPD Record. Your time entries and your postings to the forums are automatically saved on to your CPD Record. You only do these tasks once so there is no needless repetition of your work and frustrating duplication of your effort.
Will I get a Certificate of Completion from the College?
Yes, you will receive a Certificate. You can download your certificate from your status page once you have completed the course successfully.
How long do I have to wait to download my Certificate after I complete the course?
From the time you request course completion, it will take a maximum of 24 hours (usually much less) for the facilitator to review your CPD record and for your Certificate to be generated for you to download. You can download your certificate again at any time during the year from your professional portfolio on the home page.
You can cancel your course registration up to the point where course fees are paid. Once course fees are paid courses cannot be cancelled.
Do I have to be a teacher to do a course?
No, we have many teaching assistants, trainee teachers, other education professionals and parents participating regularly on our courses.