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E-Training FAQs

Most questions about ESI's e-Training courses and registration policies are answered in this area. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or e-mail

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What is e-Training like?

Will I get quality training?

Yes, e-Training delivers the same high quality content as our classroom courses.

Will I get to talk to other people during the course?

Yes, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your instructor and other course participants through online message boards and emails.

What if I get stuck?

Our new resource portal is now available! Ask our instructors a question online and be guaranteed a response in 24 hours.

How will I know if I’m on the right track?

There will be progress assessments throughout the course.

What do I need to start?

An internet connection and an up to date browser.

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What is the format of the course?

  • Interactive with real-life case studies.
  • Your coursework will be placed online for you to download (in an e-format) when it’s convenient – this marks the start of the 42 days you have to complete the course.
  • Through case studies and exercises you will be required to solve a series of project management challenges in each lesson.
  • On average a course takes 30 hours to complete and must be completed within 42 days.
  • There will be a final exam on the subject which will determine your success in conjunction with the case studies and exercises you complete in class.

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  1. When are the courses available?

Registered participants may access ESI's instructor-facilitated, interactive, web-based training 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  1. What is "instructor-facilitated" web-based training?

Instructor-facilitated web-based training allows participants to interact with the instructor by submitting assignments, posting responses in the online discussion area, and asking questions by e-mail. In return, they receive effective and personalised instructor feedback within 24 hours.

  1. How do ESI's e-Training courses facilitate collaboration between participants?

Participants form collaborative online learning communities through an online bulletin board. This threaded discussion allows participants to discuss a topic, without having to be online simultaneously. In some courses, participants work together in small teams to produce project deliverables.

  1. Which course should I take first?

There are no prerequisites, but ESI recommends that participants take our fundamentals course, Managing Projects, as their first of the Project Management Core Courses.

  1. How much time do I have to complete an ESI e-Training course?

Once your registration has been approved and course access has been granted, you have 42 calendar days from your chosen start date to complete all course requirements. However, it typically takes about 30 hours to complete an ESI e-Training course. The access period includes weekends and holidays.

Beyond a 42-day time frame, the course instructor has a discretionary period of up to 28 days to grant you an extension. After 70 days of course access, you will be withdrawn from the course.

  1. How many hours of coursework can I expect?

On the average, it takes about 30 hours of focused effort to complete one of our courses. Time spent to complete an e-Training course is similar to that of the classroom courses, but is conducted at your own pace. Depending on experience, many participants complete courses in significantly less time.

  1. What should I expect as a participant in an ESI e-Training course?

All of our e-Training courses revolve around course-specific case studies that are woven throughout the lessons in the course. Each lesson presents a portion of the case study, a set of resources, and a problem. Participants use the resources provided to solve the problem. Submission of assignments and participation in online discussions is also required.

  1. What must I do to receive course credit?

Each of our e-Training courses has a slightly different set of requirements for course completion - but may include a self-assessment, assignments, online problems and discussion questions, and a final exam. If you are enrolled in Simulation:Project Management Applications you are not required to complete a self-assessment or a final exam, but you must submit a project management essay, which will be evaluated by your instructor.

  1. What if I fail the final exam?

You must pass the final exam to receive course credit. If you fail the final exam, you will have an opportunity to retake the exam one time if you choose, up until the day that your course access expires.

  1. Can I apply e-Training courses towards an Associate's or Master's Certificate in Project Management?

ESI's e-Training offers all the core courses required for the Associate's and Master's Certificates in Project Management awarded jointly by ESI and The George Washington University.

  1. Will I earn professional development units (PDUs) for e-Training courses?

See here.

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  1. What are the payment guidelines for registration?

ESI accepts credit cards or purchase orders as payment for e-Training courses. Accepted credit cards include: American Express, Discover, Diners Club, Master Card, and Visa.

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Registration/Course Access

  1. How long does it take after I register to gain access to the course?

You will receive access to the course within one business day of your indicated start date. For example, if you indicate a Saturday start date, ESI will activate your access on Monday.

  1. How will I know when I have access to the course?

You will receive access to the course within one business day of your indicated start date, at which time you will receive a new student e-mail message at the e-mail address you provided during registration, which confirms that your course "clock" has begun.

  1. How do I log in to my course after I receive course access?

You will receive an e-mail message at the e-mail address you provided during registration from ESI providing detailed access instructions. After that, you will log on at the ESI's e-Training home page by clicking on the "Student Log On" button and entering your user name and password.

  1. I've registered but I don't have access. Why?

Remember, you should receive access to the course within one business day of your indicated start date. If you do not receive access within this time period, you may not have completed the registration process successfully. Upon completing registration, you must click the complete registration button at the bottom of the page. A confirmation screen will then pop up thanking you for your order. Or, you may be taking the program through your company and your company has requested that its employees receive company approval before accessing courses online.

If you need assistance, contact ESI's e-Training customer service at 020 3743 2910.

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