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This four-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to capitalize on their skills and experience as an Oracle DBA to manage a Microsoft SQL Server system.


 
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This four-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to capitalize on their skills and experience as an Oracle DBA to manage a Microsoft SQL Server system. This workshop provides a quick start for the Oracle DBA to map, compare, and contrast the realm of Oracle database management to SQL Server database management. Each module also provides demos.


Audience

This course is intended for experienced Oracle database administrators (DBAs) who work in an enterprise-level environment and require the skills to begin supporting and maintaining a SQL Server database.


Course Completion Skills:
  • Extend their existing competencies as Oracle DBAs to SQL Server.
  • Manage SQL Server using the same perspective of an Oracle DBA.
  • Understand the underlying architecture of SQL Server.
  • Manage the SQL Server system, databases, and users.
  • Manage database files by backing up or migrating to other systems.
  • Define and implement monitoring and tuning solutions to the SQL Server system.
  • Express High Availability options to SQL Server.
  • Explain the process and tool to migrate Oracle schemas to SQL Server databases.
Module 1 Database and Instance This module provides an understanding of the two major components of a database system. The database constitutes the files that store data, and the instance is the collection of server resources that provide a powerful, high performance interface to the data. It also illustrates how the two interact to provide data requested by the clients. Viewing the database and the instance as two separate interactive components of the RDBMS helps us to divide-and-conquer the vast set of topics covered in this workshop. Lessons Defining a Database and an Instance Introducing Microsoft's and Oracle's implementation of a database and an instance Understanding client interaction Key database and instance limitations

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Clearly define a database and an instance within the context of this course.
  • Introduce some key differences and similarities in how Microsoft and Oracle implement the database and instance in their product solutions.
  • Understand client interaction between a database and an instance.
  • Recognize some key limitations of the database and instance components within Oracle Database and SQL Server products.
Module 2 Database Architecture This module goes in-depth into structure, components, and contents of the files that constitute the database. To be able to manage hundreds of gigabytes, terabytes, or even petabytes of data, it is important to learn the techniques by which storage is viewed (physical and logical) and allocated. Databases use various hierarchies of storage structures such as blocks, extents, segments, and tablespaces to control storage allocation. The definition of schema and the objects that comprise the schema are introduced here. SQL Server uses similar techniques as Oracle; however, the differentiation from Oracle is in the functionality. Lessons Schema and Data Structure (Objects) Storage Architecture Logging Model Data Dictionary

Labs

  • Lab : Database Architecture
  • Working with Filegroups and Data Structures

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Understand schema and schema objects.
  • Identify logical and physical structures using storage organization.
  • Explain the architecture of data storage components and their hierarchy and relationships.
  • Manage storage structures.
  • Understand how to build the database using physical and logical definitions storage structures.
  • Comprehend the transaction logging model employed to perform transaction recovery and rollback.
  • Distinguish major differences between the construction of the data dictionary in Oracle and SQL Server.
Module 3 Instance Architecture This module discusses the memory and process architectures that are key to a database's performance. The module goes into the details of the hierarchy of memory areas of an instance and its configuration. This module also describes how the various functions of the RDBMS are accomplished by the different processes running in the background. Finally, in this module, we look at the changes Oracle has made in its internal architecture on Microsoft Windows platform between 9i and 10g to exploit the advantages offered by the operating system mechanisms and how they compare to SQL Server's implementation. Lessons Configure a Database server Memory Architecture Overview Memory Areas and Their Functions Process and Thread Architecture Controlling Resources in SQL Server 2008 Client and RDBMS Interactions Background Processes/Threads and Their Functions

Labs

  • Lab : Instance Architecture
  • Using the Resource Governor
  • View Multi-Instances Shared Resources

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Configure a database server.
  • Identify key database memory structures.
  • Identify memory areas inside the Oracle SGA and their SQL Server equivalents.
  • Process-based and thread-based architecture relevant to RDBMS.
  • Control Resources in SQL Server.
  • Detail client interaction with database server.
  • Understand Background Processes/Threads.
Module 4 Data Objects This module examines in greater detail the schema objects introduced in Module 2. While all schema objects are mentioned, of particular interest are tables, the type of data they can hold, and their storage layout. A proper understanding of data types and storage architecture of tables and indexes is useful in many aspects of database design and administration, such as fragmentation, capacity planning, and so on. A mapping of the native data types from Oracle to SQL Server provides the student with a very good reference on what data types are compatible and what are not. Lessons Tables are the main objects that store data Indexes, views, stored programs, and other objects are the support structures Various table types compared based on data organization Various index types compared Native and non-native data type support Block-level storage architecture

Labs

  • Lab : Data Objects
  • Create Partitioned Table
  • Constraints and Triggers

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • The organization of data in tables and the various forms of data.
  • The supporting schema objects.
  • Types of data that can be stored in tables.
  • Organization and presentation of data in complex real-world forms.
  • Storage organization of the schema objects.
Module 5 Data Access This module focuses on how data is accessed and manipulated by the clients. Important concepts such as transaction, session, and so on are discussed here. This module describes the various commands available through SQL for manipulating data, metadata, transactions, sessions, and instances. An overview of procedural extensions to the SQL language available in Oracle (PL/SQL) and SQL Server (Transact-SQL) is given in this module. Cursors, which are data structures used to convey results of user transactions, are discussed as well to provide insight into what SQL Server supports and how they are used compared to Oracle. Lessons Introduce database components involved in data access Introduce concepts of Transact-SQL and Procedural SQL as tools to access and manipulate data Discuss transactional management concepts

Labs

  • Lab : Data Access
  • Generate queries with a GUI utility
  • Concatenation and SQL Injection
  • Stored Procedures
  • Cursors

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Identify the components of the relational engine and their roles in processing SQL.
  • Understand the basic concepts of Structured Query Language (SQL).
  • Define procedural SQL constructs and their mechanisms.
  • Identify query optimization by the relational engine and user overrides.
  • Understand transaction management.
Module 6 Data Protection This module fulfills the twin tasks of protecting data against unauthorized access (database security) and also from the destructive interaction between authorized users working concurrently (concurrency control). Under security, the various features for securing and auditing the database are discussed. Under concurrency control, the most important topic is locking. Understanding the differences in the concurrency models utilized by Oracle and SQL Server is important in order to design and manage systems that can support a large user population, great performance, and scalability. Lessons Protecting data from unauthorized users and authorized users Using locking modes to achieve concurrency and consistency Implementing database security features Using auditing features to monitor database activity

Labs

  • Lab : Data Protection
  • Working with SQL Server security

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Understand the issues of concurrency and consistency of a multi-user environment.
  • Explain how different levels of isolation are achieved using different types of locks.
  • Implement security using the in the hierarchical structure of each.
  • Monitor database activity with auditing.
Module 7 Basic Administration This module contains discussion on planning and installation of SQL Server. While basic duties such a creating, starting, and shutting down a database are common to all databases, the options available for these functions are the key differences. True to the words "Knowledge is Power," familiarity with the data dictionary and the different ways a SQL Server DBA uses it compared to an Oracle DBA is an invaluable skill for any database administrator. Lessons Planning and preparatory steps for a SQL Server environment Creation and configuration of an instance of SQL Server and databases Characteristics of a database Basic database maintenance tasks

Labs

  • Lab : Creating Database
  • Define a user database
  • Setting configuration parameters

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Plan and install SQL Server software.
  • Create and configure an instance.
  • Plan and create a database.
  • Identify the various states in which a database can exist.
  • Understand the data dictionary.
Module 8 Server Management This module discusses the administration of various types of resources such as system resources (such as memory, processes, storage, and so on) as well as low-level database resources (such as lock, latches, queues, and so on). As these resources are consumed by transactions, it is pertinent to be able to relate user sessions to the transactions they are running and to the resources they are consuming or requesting. Given the significant difference in how resources are managed and utilized in SQL Server compared to Oracle, it is important for the Oracle DBA to get a firm understanding of what is under the SQL Server hood in order to appreciate and best leverage the technology. Lessons Server-level and instance-level resources such as memory and processes Database-level resources User sessions and their activity Concurrency structures

Labs

  • Lab : Resource Utilization
  • Understanding threads
  • Filegroups maintenance

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Configure and measure memory usage of a database instance and its components.
  • Configure and monitor database processes.
  • Understand storage management at various levels of the storage hierarchy.
  • Identify resource utilization by sessions and transactions.
  • View utilization data on storage structures.
Module 9 Managing Schema Objects This module provides the administrative aspect of schema objects described in Module 4. The discussion covers planning, creation, and maintenance of many key schema objects. Choices in terms of table and index types, column types, and storage greatly influence the database growth, scalability, performance, and maintainability. Lessons Naming guidelines for identifiers in schema object definitions Storage and structure of schema objects Implementing data integrity using constraints Implementing business rules at the database level

Labs

  • Lab : Managing Schema Objects
  • Creating tables and associated objects
  • Maintaining tables and indexes
  • Creating indexed views

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Understand identifier and naming conventions.
  • Manage tables and indexes.
  • Select storage parameters.
  • Manage constraints and triggers.
  • Manage views and sequences/identity columns.
  • Review dependencies within the database.
Module 10 Database Security This module continues the discussion of data protection initiated in Module 6. This module examines the various features available for providing security such as logins, roles, profiles, and privileges. The topics such as encryption and auditing are also briefly discussed in this module. Lessons Manage access to database through user accounts Control access to data through privileges and roles Manage access to server using login accounts

Labs

  • Lab : Database Security
  • Create logins and users
  • Grant permissions
  • Revoke permissions

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Create and maintain login accounts.
  • Create and maintain user accounts.
  • Create and maintain user defined roles.
  • Manage privileges for users and roles.
Module 11 Data Transport This module examines the non-transactional mechanisms for moving data into and out of a database. The functionality varies based on homogeneous and heterogeneous databases. One key feature in SQL Server is SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). SSIS provides users with the capabilities beyond complex ETL and high performance data movement from heterogeneous data sources. It also adds data mining capability to the process and more, all of which will be discussed in this module. Other approaches to bulk data movement will also be covered in this module and guidelines will be provided on which tools are appropriate for what scenarios. Lessons Tools and functionality in Oracle and their equivalents in SQL Server in data transport out and into the database Tools and functionality in SQL Server for data transport within SQL Server and across multiple data sources and destinations

Labs

  • Lab : Transferring Data
  • Use SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) to migrate data into a flat file
  • Use SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) to import data from a business partner's flat file

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Understand the tools and functionality in Oracle and their equivalents in SQL Server for data transport in and out of the database.
  • Understand the tools and functionality in SQL Server for data transport into, out of, within a database, and across multiple databases, multiple file formats, and other data sources and destinations.
Module 12 Backup and Recovery This module lists the types of errors encountered in a database and the various mechanisms that are available to safeguard against these errors. This module discusses various types of backups and recovery methods available. This module also covers Oracle's Recovery Manager (RMAN) and the equivalent functionality available in SQL Server Management Studio. Lessons Backup and recovery methods available in Oracle and SQL Server 2008 Types of failure Types of recovery

Labs

  • Lab : Create and Execute a Maintenance Plan for Backup
  • Create and execute a maintenance plan for backup
  • Modify, Back up, and Restore a database

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Identify database errors and various types of failure.
  • Understand the various backup methods.
  • Obtain a high-level understanding of recovery methods.
  • Identify RDBMS native tools used for backup and recovery.
  • Vendor solutions for backup and redundancy.
Module 13 Performance Tuning This module is divided into two sections: tuning an instance and tuning an application. Tuning the instance involves taking steps to ensure that system resources such as memory, CPU, and I/O are used efficiently. Tuning an application starts with the design and architecture of the application and involves tuning database operations and access paths. Lessons Performance tuning methodologies Tools and techniques for performance analysis and tuning

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Create a methodology to develop an application and the related database with optimal performance.
  • Understand the methodologies involved in tuning a running instance.
  • Identify key elements in instance, database, and application tuning.
Module 14 Scalability and High Availability This module provides a high-level overview of the scalability and high availability features available in each RDBMS. Oracle and SQL Server are both enterprise class RDBMS, therefore the topics of scalability and high availability are deemed important. However, due to the scope of the course the discussion here is at a conceptual level and does not go beyond the concepts. The features discussed include parallel query, replication, clustering, table partitioning, database mirroring, and database snapshots. Lessons Key high availability features available in Oracle and SQL Server Key scalability features available in Oracle and SQL Server

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Understand high availability definition and requirements.
  • Compare high availability features in Oracle and SQL Server.
  • Define scalability and understand its requirements.
  • Compare scalability features in Oracle and SQL Server.
Module 15 Monitoring This module shows the mechanisms by which the database can be monitored for availability, errors, and performance. Statistics that can be captured for both proactive and reactive administration of the databases are reviewed here. Lessons Formulate requirements and identify resources to monitor database Types of monitoring Tools for monitoring

Labs

  • Lab : Integrating Performance Monitor Data in SQL Profiler
  • Consolidating performance data and trace data for monitoring activity

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • The monitoring requirements of a database.
  • Sources of information on server, database, and instance activity.
  • Server and database components that can be monitored.
  • SQL Server Tools for monitoring.
Module 16 SQL Server Migration Assistant SSMA This module focuses on automating the process of migrating from Oracle to SQL Server. This module presents an overview of the SSMA and will cover schema conversion, data migration, business logic conversion, validation, integration, and performance analysis. Lessons Assessing tasks Converting codes Migrating data Testing Deployment

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • The monitoring requirements of a database.
  • Sources of information on server, database and instance activity.
  • Server and database components that can be monitored.
  • SQL Server Tools for monitoring.

Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

Oracle DBA experience Familiarity with Microsoft Windows platforms Understanding of� operating system fundamentals

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion


Cancellation Policy
ctc TrainCanada - We Never Cancel*:
We are unique in the corporate training field in that we do not cancel desktop applications courses due to low enrollment. When there are less than 3 students, ctc TrainCanada will personalize the class (students then receive more time with the instructor to address their individual needs allowing the student to complete the full course in less time) or connect the student remotely to a class at one of our other branches via TrainLive remote classroom instruction. *Microsoft Certified Courses and other technical courses require a minimum enrollment of three students. Business Skills courses require multiple students in order to run due to the interactive nature of the training. Selected Desktop Applications courses may require a minimum enrollment of two students to run. ctc TrainCanada® reserves the right to deliver Microsoft Certified and other technical courses via TrainLive remote classroom instruction in order to guarantee the course to run.

ctc TrainCanada Cancellation policy:
You may cancel or reschedule this registration in writing with no penalty with a minimum of 10 business days' notice prior to the first day of the course. Full payment is required if you cancel or reschedule this registration within 10 business days prior to the first day of the course. However, substitutions are welcome. If you do need to cancel or reschedule a publicly scheduled course within the 10 day non-cancellation period (not a client dedicated course), payment is to be made and a training voucher for a public course will be issued to you. This allows you to attend a future date for the same course at no charge (subject to availability).
No-shows will not be issued a training voucher.

Complimentary Service: We offer all our students coffee, tea, juice or pop, muffins or pastries in the morning and cookies baked in our own oven each afternoon.
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We had taken Photoshop CS6 Level 1 on Nov 15 so knew essentially what to expect, even though what was initially supposed to be an “in-class instructor” session turned into a remote-instructed session. We got to the Level 2&3 training site ahead of schedule on Nov 17 and were settled in for the 8:00 start time. There were problems with the training immediately. • The instructor – Chris Motherwell in Ontario – was half an hour late logging into the “TrainLive solution.” • When he did log in, he refused to use the CS6 training manual that we had been given. • He had us spend time downloading his CS3 manual and labs, which took an additional 15-20 minutes. • CS3 was released in 2007 and is 5 years older than the CS6 manual version we were supposed to be training on. • There was no way for us to download the CS3 manual for use outside of the training session. • While we were getting set up he had everyone (6 students in 3 locations) open Photoshop and “follow exercise 3.1” of his CS3 manual – use the brush tool to put star shapes on a black background – for 30 minutes. No other instruction was given during this time. • Since we were doing this remotely, there was lag-time with my mouse. This makes it extremely difficult to do any of the fine detail work that Photoshop requires. It’s hard to place your mouse precisely when the cursor doesn’t move at first, then jumps around the screen with a half-second delay. We spoke to the people running Logical Choice several times and they were at a loss to explain what was going on. Their expectation was that we would be taught CS6, and we were provided with that manual. They tried contacting him and Last Minute training to sort things out but were having no luck. At this point we had wasted close to two hours and felt that it would be a long time before anything was fixed. The instructor would not want to change manuals as he wasn’t familiar with the CS6 version. Any training that could now take place would be rushed and we would not get the full benefit of the course. Frustrated and seeing no solution presenting itself, we left. We've had one good, and one very disappointing experience. We are booked to re-take this course at a later time. I hope it will be better with an in-class instructor.
Reviewed by 2016
Absolutely ... I have taken many courses from Last Minute Training and have always been very impressed with the vendors they use. Alex Donos was the instructor and was exceptional as an instructor. I would for sure take another course from him as he not only knows his "stuff" but he would continually tell the class to use "critical thinking" when using Excel.
Reviewed by 2016
It was good to have the instructor in class with us. Someone was brought in remotely and it was awkward. There were many technical issues which delayed our class. By the end of the day we had to rush to get through the last lessons. Would have been good to spend more time on them.
Reviewed by 2016
I can't really comment on the instructor's "presence" because this was a virtual instructor led course using GoToMeeting, however I had to provide a rating for this.
Reviewed by 2016
Course content is good aswell as the instructor. There is no time for in class work therefore very little learning. I have picked up a book on project 2010 from amazon for 30 dollars which has given me similar downloads and exercises therfore I see your course as way over priced for the return. I would not recommend the course in the current structure.
Reviewed by 2016
I was not fond of the room we were in. It may have been because of the paramedic training/testing going on that day. It was a long hallway with a fan blowing to keep the air circulating. Looked like it was a makeshift set up. The computers could have been more up to date. Mine had to be serviced by an IT person during the session.
Reviewed by 2016
I am re-entering the workforce after a one-year absence and am not very tech savy. My employer promised me training, but due to time constraints, they could only squeeze me in to Level 2 Word course. The other people in the class had taken Level 1 the day before, so I was at a bit of a disadvantage. I would like to take Level 1 soon.
Reviewed by 2016
Would prefer that the instructor be in house instead of class being lead through Skype.
Reviewed by 2016
I was told my course would end at 12:00, because there were only 2 of us registered. When i showed up, there were 3 people - meaning the class was scheduled to go until 1 or 2pm. I had to leave at noon, as i had a prior meeting set up - so i had to miss the last part of the course.. which would have been the most pertinent information to the level i am at.
Reviewed by 2016
Would have liked a more comprehensive course on Styles and Styles alone as that is what our office most needs.
Reviewed by 2016
THE INSTRUCTOR ADJUSTED THE COURSE TO MY NEEDS. I WAS HOPING FOR A LONGER FULLER DAY. ACTUALLY MISSED A 2 DAY COURSE AT NAIT FOR THE SAME PRICE. HOWEVER WITH THAT BEING SAID MY ONE ON ONE INSTRUCTOR WAS AN ABSOLUTE WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND GAVE ME MORE THAN I HOPED FOR. I AM CURRENTLY DOING THE FINAL TOUCH ON MY TWO PRESENTATIONS, WHICH I BELIEVE, THANKS TO THE COURSE, WILL LOOK PRETTY DARN IMPRESSIVE.
Reviewed by 2016
The course was excellent and the teacher was amazing! She explained everything clearly and stopped to answer any questions we had.
Reviewed by 2016
the day I took the course, the jackhammer was being used on one of the floors. Rescheduling the course whould have been a great idea. the instructor was an expert in the field, but kept talkign about her personal life....which took time from the course itself. also the istructor spoke to fast and it was hard to follow/
Reviewed by 2016
excellent
Reviewed by 2016
The classroom was in serious need of a shampooing of the carpet. People were sneezing and coughing from all the dust. The screens for the projector needed to be upgraded as we had a tough time reading the white board. They should use a proper drop down screen for showing the projector. The computer monitors were also way too small...
Reviewed by 2016
I would have preferred an in person instructor.
Reviewed by 2015
Everything that the instructor said is on the training workbook. It could be better if there are more practical exercises than following step by step listed on the workbook (it could be self-exercise).
Reviewed by 2015
The computer screens used were smalll and far away. The projector screen used had the same issue.
Reviewed by 2015
There were no handouts as promised. Very disappointed with the lack of support from the individual assisting the 3 technical issues I encountered during the training. Was told by the instructor not to waste time writing notes I should and will be receiving a handbook (did not receive anything). I was given a piece of paper to log in from Logical Operations with access key only to find out it is a "read only" document of Adobe Acrobat X. This is not at all helpful and told the individual at the course if he can provide me with a paper copy of the manual. Not at all helpful.
Reviewed by 2015
I will be giving you a call to discuss the course
Reviewed by 2015
CTC TrainCanada did a really good job, though there was an individual in the small class that was well below the requirements for the level of the class, which slowed down some portions significantly and did not contribute to the learning environment.
Reviewed by 2015
Bronwen was very knowledgeable and friendly. She ensured we were all following along together as I was the only person physically in the class (there were others via remote). I quite enjoyed the class and will absolutely recommend to other co-workers :)
Reviewed by 2015
I was disappointed that the instructor was off-site. This was not conducive for Q&A or other interaction Would prefer to be at the same location as the instructor; this was what I thought it was when I booked.
Reviewed by 2015
Too much of a repeat of Level 1
Reviewed by 2015
Class time seemed to long for the material - breaks were longer than necessary and some material appeared to be stretched out to fill time. Shorter class would have been preferred as it would be a better use of time.
Reviewed by 2015
I ENJOYED THE CLASS AND LEARNED A LOT. THE INDTRUCTOR WAS AMAZING AND KEPT MY ATTENETION AND WAS VERY KNOWLEDGABLE.
Reviewed by 2015
This 'advanced' course was part of a 2-day course where the Beginner course was on the previous day. I was only there for the second day. However, there were too many questions with material covered on the previous day that there wasn't much in terms of learning any advanced content. This course really needs to be longer.
Reviewed by 2015
When calling to require about this course, I was told I should be taking the 2 day course rather than 1 day. When arriving onsite, I was told that the instructor would only be in class for day one and the 2nd day I was on my own! This should have been described prior to payment or I would only have taken the 1 day. Poor advertising and I will not go with company again for future courses!!!
Reviewed by 2015
I was the only person to register for this course in Ottawa, so they implemented their Microsoft award-winning TrainLive solution for my session. My instructor was in Toronto. This was a new experience for me and it was not that bad. My only complaint, I did not have learning materials to refer to during exercises. It would have been nice to have step-by-step instructions. As someone new to SharePoint, I had some difficulty remembering everything we were taught.
Reviewed by 2015
The instructor was not as knowledgeable about certain features and where to find them in this version.
Reviewed by 2015
I would also have preferred to have a handbook to take away with me as I noticed that the download file for students is well over 500 pages and when I tried to have it printed externally for myself, I could not due to it being copyright. I'm not sure how to access this information as I do not always have time to log into the site when I want to reference something from the course.
Reviewed by 2015
I was pretty disappointed and frustrated with this course. It's a level 2 course, and the course description says that the prerequisite is level 1. I did take a level 1 course at another organization over a year ago. I don't have any other Access experience and/or knowledge. I feel like I learned more in one day at the other Level 1 course than I did in both days with this Level 2 course. It was clearly catered to people with NO knowledge of Access. At the end of the 1st day, we were in the midst of creating a simple sub query on 1 table without relations!! What a waste of time. The first half of the first day was spent going over database theory, which would be fine, if it had been better presented and explained. I'm so glad I've got some background knowledge on database theory through university. I'm far from an expert, but I'm glad I wasn't learning database theory for the first time in that course because I don't think I'd have a very concrete understanding. Also, I wish the instructor would think her thoughts through first before speaking. I've never heard someone cut themselves off mid-sentence, and change thoughts so many times before finishing a single idea. It's confusing, annoying, and makes it seem like she doesn't actually know what she's talking about.
Reviewed by 2015
I thought that this course would have been better if the instructor was able to apply Excel functions to real-life situations and examples in the context of common job functions. The instructor made us aware of various functions, and walked us through the syntax, but for an advanced-level course, I didn't find much value over and above spending the same amount of time just randomly exploring Excel and/or using Google to figure out what can be done. I believe that this course could have been taught more effectively by a different facilitator.
Reviewed by 2015
It was nice to have an instructor who is strong in more than one discipline. This made some of the answers easier to understand. The instructor was also clear about which parts of and explanation went beyond the scope of the course.
Reviewed by 2015
As usual, a lot of material to cover in one day. When taking a one-day course, one has to be prepared to work at a very fast pace in order to keep up with the instructor so that they can get through all of the material to be covered in one day. Amazingly enough, the instructor covered it all, because he knew the subject inside-out and was able to keep us moving at a fast pace, while still ensuring that we were all keeping up. We were all very impressed. I have downloaded the course book and will now review the material at my own slower pace. Thanks very much for a great course.
Reviewed by 2014
I picked a course levels way to low for my knowledge so its hard to make comments about the material. But I would say that the instructor could've been more prepared and use better presentation skills
Reviewed by 2014
The instructor was very friendly and excellent to get along with and interacted with the group very well, that being said I felt as though he sometimes couldn't quite explain his thoughts and knowledge with us effectively. There were many times students were helping students and it almost felt like a study group. It would be beneficial to have the instructor be a better communicator about his knowledge of the class but also to thoroughly know the course inside and out, sometimes it felt like he was winging it.
Reviewed by 2014
Last Minute Training needs to re confirm start and end times for courses. My LMT confirmation sheet said the course went from 8:30 until 4:30; however at CTC Train Canada arrived really early and was advised course was actually 9-4.
Reviewed by 2014
Very good for learning the key features about the Excel but subsequent practice is more important for retaining knowledge achieved and skills, enhancement.
Reviewed by 2014
At time aspects of the course were rushed. when we were watching the board then righting down material, we were on the the next topic. course size was a bit big for a beginners starting at 9am was late. I would have preferred 8-4
Reviewed by 2014
The perks of the day were great. Complimentary snacks and beverages go a long way. Facility was great and so was the insturctor. He was patient and hands on.
Reviewed by 2014
The course was very helpfull
Reviewed by 2014
It would have been nice to have hand outs of the steps but it was nice to get access to the manuals online after. I wasn't a big fan of the remote class, I prefer to be in the room with the instructor, I find I am more focused in that type of learning environment.
Reviewed by 2014
The training was great but is would be nice to have a hand out showing the steps during the training and also to keep as a guide.
Reviewed by 2014
Excellent course, excellent teacher! Learned a lot of helpful features.
Reviewed by 2014
ctcTrainCanada is my preferred course vendor to learn software and applications. The course content at Level 1 was too basic for my needs.
Reviewed by 2014
Level 3 advanced excel course was not very advanced. The first half of the course was spent doing basic excel functions. The course is a waste of time if you have taken the pivot table course.
Reviewed by 2013
Surprise late start/finish because of a Calgary virtual participant. Instructor's initial pace was too slow and he was too accommodiating letting an overly helpful participant who added a lot of explanation (was helpful) which caused a time crunch in the afternoon. Error problem with example and server problem further added time pressure. I got left behind and the afternoon was a write-off.
Reviewed by 2013
The chairs in that room were terrible, I was so sore by the end of day two that there is no way I would ever book another course there unless the chairs are change
Reviewed by 2013
Although the instructor was knowledgable of the topics covered, it came across on occasions that she wasn't fully prepared since there were times when she would have to stop and think up an exercise for us to do in class. To me, these are basic exercises that should be a part of her syllabus. Moreover, there was a large group of Canada Post employees in attendance during the last day of my course. They were often loud, similar to junior high school. There were occasions when shutting the door did not eliminate the noise coming from their room.
Reviewed by 2013
The instructor had limited knowledge of the program and could not answer quetions that weren't in his notes. The manual was only provided in a Kindle copy. I can not use a Kindle at work. The projection screen was to close to the work station which made it uncomfortable to look at all day.
Reviewed by 2013
Instructor was beyond helpful. Followed-up with an e-mail outlining course content. A very positive and engaging instructor. Excellent knowledge of subject matter and a total pleasure to take instruction from.
Reviewed by 2013
The only thing I didn't like was the location. I am not from the city and having to go right down town was not enjoyable at all.
Reviewed by 2013
The course was scheduled to start at 9am according to the website but was rescheduled for 10am and this update was not communicated to us as we showed up for 9am and had to wait an hour; it also ran an hour later which was not planned for since it started an hour later.
Reviewed by 2013
All I would like to suggest is to have more comfortable chairs. By the end of the day I was ready to stand up rather than sit! :)
Reviewed by 2013
Ella was an amazing trainer!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by 2013
The in class session was handled well enough, but there were no support materials or handouts to take home for students to review what they learned. This is especially important since this Excel module used complex formulas and macros. One 8 hour training day won't be enough for people to remember it when they get back to the office.
Reviewed by 2012
Instructor covered the course material very effectively and provided enough time to complete the lab portions of the course.
Reviewed by 2012
The course idea was a great one for the company I work for, HOWEVER, the course did NOT meet expectations. For example NO TEXT BOOKS, NO WORK BOOKS, NOTHING. I was sent a copy for my Kindle, however I will not use my personal property for work, this is UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!! The instuctor could have been more interactive, I know that he was a last minute instructor, but once again this is UNACCEPTABLE.
Reviewed by 2012
The trainer was unfortunately late for the class through no fault of her own. Secondly, the class was full of technical issues trying to support the remote users. As a result the overall class time and content was reduced. We raced through the material. Secondly - and more important - there was no roadmap presented on what we were going to learn. There was also no introduction to the software or interface. We just jumped straight into code and bounced from topic to topic with no roadmap. The instructor definitely knew her material but it came across as haphazard. I don't feel I got a lot from the day.
Reviewed by 2012
The seminar/course didn't cover all the subjects that were mentioned on the "course outline". I believe we only covered 75% of what was mentioned. I understand that the instructor was not prepared for teaching the course, but if the instructor doesn't have a firm knowledge of the software, then they shouldn't be teaching the course. It is great to hear that a company is going green by using E-books but I prefer to have a hard copy. As an employee of a company, it is difficult to install the proper software to open/read the books. Also, an average user isn't authorized to install programs without going through their respective IT/Management departments. We should have been given an option to choose between a hard copy or electronic copy. Overall, I would take another seminar if the instructor was more knowledgeable and abided by the course outline.
Reviewed by 2012
It was an excellent course. The instructor was knowledgable and I learned more than I expect. My only problem with the day was finding the actual office. The instructions indicate the 'Delta Tower' but there is no where on the actual building that says 'Delta Tower'. To make things more confusing, there is a Delta Hotel across the street.
Reviewed by 2012
I appreciated the pace of the course, and also the way the instructor made the content relevant to my work. I would recommend ctc TrainCanada to anyone looking for Excel training. The instructor was very knowledgeable.
Reviewed by 2012
the course was great, the instructor was great, the technology had a few issues, but worked out fine.
Reviewed by 2012
The trainer was FABULOUS! Would definately take another course.
Reviewed by 2012
Like the pace and the use of technology - hands on approach -
Reviewed by 2012
It was an excellent course! The facilitator was very knowledgeable. The only issue was that I had a hard time finding the place.
Reviewed by 2012
The course outline stated the durtion of the course is from 9:00am-4:30pm, however the instractor said it's going to be a half day course. This was ok but it didn't leave any time to practice and the minimal practice we didn't wasn't enough. Also, not all material was covered and it felt like I came out short. The material that was covered was great and the instructor was knowlegable but he didn't cover enough material. comparing dollars versus value - the content of the course wasn't worth the cost of the course.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course was excellent, and i learned quite a bit in a short amount of time, and our instructor was awesome. He definetly knows what he is doing, and yes i would take another course if it was available.
Reviewed by 2012
The content read more like a beginners course.
Reviewed by 2012
If there weren't enough class participants signed up, the 2nd day of training which we paid for was cancelled and we could either come in and work on exercises or attend another class at another time. A notice was sent out to the participants who registered directly with CTC Train Canada but because I went through Last Minute Training, I wasn't advised. This is one major setback. They did have a very nice office, free coffee/tea and bagels, a nice outdoor patio to have lunch or breaks and made fresh cookies mid day for everyone. Very pleasant staff. Trainer began his session with how he was trying to get out of this business for the last 15 yrs and probably shouldn't be saying that. Not a happy way to introduce himself but he was a very good teacher and patient and addressed all of our concerns trying to cover as much of the material normally covered in 2 days into 1 day.
Reviewed by 2012
I was fortunate to have the undivided attention of the facilitator and was able to have all of my quuestions aswered.
Reviewed by 2012
Excellent instructor and it was a smaller group of students so the instructor really tailored it to the students attending the course.
Reviewed by 2012
We had an excellent instructor! She was very knowledgeable and would take the extra time to assist you if you needed extra instruction.
Reviewed by 2012
I enjoyed the Access 2010 course. the instructor was very knowledgeable and presented the topic well. The only negative aspect was that no written training materials were offered until the course was completed. Would have liked to be able to make notes as we went along for future reference.
Reviewed by 2012
My teacher was wonderful, and i have already singed up for more classes at this location.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was initially scheduled for 2 days but due to instructor availability it was shortened to one day. I am very computer literate, work full time in an office, and go to business school in the evenings and it was a little tough to learn everything in one day because there was no time for practice. Yes it was useful to find out what the program is capable of, but since it was shortened there was no time for individual practicing or trying things out on your own. Next time the class would be much better suited for the initial 2 day class.
Reviewed by 2012
All in all, this training was not that great. The first part moved very slowly, and then toward the end, the instructor plowed through to get finished. Possibly the most incredible part was that the course taught how to create forms, but not how to deploy or use them. The instructor said for that, participants would have to take the follow up course. What use is it to create forms if they can't be used? No handouts at all? Other courses I've taken provide full books with step by step coverage of everything done in the classroom. It's impossible to go back and review things.
Reviewed by 2012
My most significant feedback is that the course was advertised as Working with Data using SQL for the 'non-database administrator'. Of the 10 course modules, nearly half were presented by the instructor as tasks that would be completed by a database administrator. While it is helpful to have a general understanding of a database administrators interaction with SQL, far too much of the course content was aimed at the database administrator level. Otherwise, use of technology for remote teaching and the instructor himself were both excellent.
Reviewed by 2012
Very helpful course. Excellent instructor.
Reviewed by 2012
I only rated the location bad because i don't like driving down town. Otherwise it was a good course.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was great.
Reviewed by 2012
Excellent Instructor ,Excellent location,
Reviewed by 2012
excellent trainer really knows her stuff
Reviewed by 2012
The instructor was excellent and very knowledgeable! I found the course information extremely useful for the business world and I am looking forward to putting together presentations that impress!The facilities and snacks and drinks provided were great too!
Reviewed by 2012
The one and only issue I had was with parking, unexpectedly having to pay and not having enough cash for this as well as there not being very much parking. It made me late for the class, even though I actually arrived there early!
Reviewed by 2012
Esther (the instructor) was awesome. Her charisma and upbeat attitude really added to my experience and made it a pleasurable course to take.
Reviewed by 2012
This level of Excel should not be considered as advanced level. It is rather biginner level. I was expecting to learn more. 95% of the content I already knew.
Reviewed by 2012
A good seminar but quite a lot of info to take in during a one-day course for someone who hasn't done Word before. A bit overwhelming! Perhaps a two-day course would work better so could have time to actually practice what we're being taught. A little hard to see the projector from the back. Otherwise, very useful.
Reviewed by 2011
I signed up at one facility in Ottawa and it got switched to a different training facility location in Hull, Quebec. There were several emails confirming the course, however, I just happen to notice one email stating the new location. LastMinuteTraining was good to try to look into for me. In the end, the training provider provided me with taxi chits and it all worked out. I was not aware that the training provider had 2 locations and would switch the location at the last minute. I was upset because I do not know the bus system in Hull, Quebec.
Reviewed by 2011
Html lvl 1 and this course should be merged course can be extended to 2 days of instruction and include more in depth material. Do not recomend taking html lvl one.
Reviewed by 2011
I enjoyed the course thoroughly and learned as much as I could in a 3 hour class, however, I think I would have preferred a longer class as we were a bit rushed going through the material.
Reviewed by 2011
The course was 3 hours long becasue there was only the 2 of us in the office completing this course. 3 hours is very short to learn Outlook. More time is required.
Reviewed by 2011
Handouts were in pdf however, the screens were not big enough to open two files (handout and Project file) together and we had to toggle a lot. It was very annoying. Either give paper handouts or much bigger screens or two screens per student.
Reviewed by 2011
All good. Enjoyed it very much.
Reviewed by 2011
I didn't fill out your form because I filled one out at the end of the course.
Reviewed by 2011
MY BIGGEST BEEF IS THAT THE BOOK WAS VERSION 2010 AND THE SOFTWARE WAS 2007, WE MISSED A LOT OF WHAT 2010 COULD DO BECAUSE OF OLD SOFTWARE INSTALLED ON THE SERVER, THE INSTRUCTOR HAD SOME PROBLEMS NAVIGATING THROUGH THIS.
Reviewed by 2011
no, everything is ok
Reviewed by 2011
This two-day training was jam-packed with information, with a good balance between demonstrations and exercises to verify that the students understood the subject matter. I do not believe that the instructor could have used the time more efficiently then he did.
Reviewed by 2011
Project 2010 was a brand new course, as such there were a few things that the instructor could not find (in the new "ribbon" layout). He did spend extra time during his breaks to find what he couldn't before, then showed them to the class once we all returned. Overall, this was a very useful and enjoyable training course.
Reviewed by 2011
I took a course that was remote and I don't think that I would take a remote course again. The instructor didn't really make himself available for questions. Even when their was questions he would take them offline if they took more then 5 minutes to answer. Never brought the results back to the group. Never went over the labs just lectured in between. Didn't bother to learn anyone's name. I think the experience would be better if each user in the class had a headset and could speak to the instructor instead of it being a conference call.
Reviewed by 2011
CTC Train Canada was professional and helpful in ensuring I got the most out of my training course. Overall I am most happy with them.
Reviewed by 2011
The course was held via remote. The course it self was alright, all content was directly from the book. The teacher was in another time zone and he wanted to start the course before my location even opened. I told him that, he did it anyways. So I was out of sync the whole time. On the last day lunch was at 10 am! The instructor said he would watch screens to see when we got stuck. Not once did that happen. He couldnt even troubleshoot the labs. He only really talked to the student in the room, pretty much said nothing to rest of us. He even took personal calls!
Reviewed by 2011
Ran on schedule, with knowledgeabe instructor. Small class allowed for specific questions that are relevant to my work. Thank you
Reviewed by 2011
No, everything was perfect, Thank you I learned alot.
Reviewed by 2011
Alot of material to cover in the course. I would recommend that this be a 2-day course. Re. course content - should contain more examples to work on. Before moving to another section in the course the Instructor should summarize what was covered (i.e. go through the steps required to complete each task). Task and steps should be given on a handout for future reference.
Reviewed by 2011
No everything and everyone was excellent
Reviewed by 2011
Did not find it helpful that no course material was handed out. What was learned on that day was easily forgotten without the ability to make notes to refer to.
Reviewed by 2011
It is great to have access to the online training manuals, but it would be nice to have some handouts for reference. Not everyone has time to do the online training or to consult the manuals. The training location is very convenient to the highway. Lyse Brooks is an amazing instructor. She is extremely knowledgeable and patient. She spent time with each participant helping each person with their individual needs. She gave us a hands-on exercise that allowed us time to practice and learn. The instructor at the Intermediate Word course (same training facility) did not provide the same high level of training.
Reviewed by 2011
The instructor was very nice, personable and had a great sense of humour which made for a productive and pleasant day of learning.
Reviewed by 2011
The course is good for a basic overview of many advanced Excel features. The instructor and facilities were good. However, some of the items listed on the syllabus (new features in Excel 2010) were NOT covered and it wasn't due to a lack of time. I came to find out that the instructor had not planned to cover them at all. This was very disappointing, especially since we took very look breaks (easily almost 2 hours of combined break time in a class that went from 9-4) so there was ample time to cover the topics.
Reviewed by 2011
No, everything was excellent. I am even taking the next level course next week.
Reviewed by 2011
It was unfortunate that the local instructor was not available and I had to call in remotely to a class in Toronto. I did have the instructor screen available and I liked that. The first part of the course was helpful as the instructor moved through the functionality of MS Project and we could follow along on our own screen. I learned a lot about functionality with this instructor led demonstration, and the ability to follow along on my computer was great! I did find that after the first demonstration, a lot of time was spent working independantly, with the instructor available for questions. I thought there should have been more instructor led demonstration, perhaps one on our own, followed by another instructor led example. I didn't like spending well over 50% of the course time practicing on my own. If this is how all classes are run, I would not take another one, nor recommend this class.
Reviewed by 2011
Good Environment and course format.
Reviewed by 2011
With CTC can't go wrong. Although I've appreciated that this course took one day only. I really think that this course could be hosted for (1) day only. Two days is too long.
Reviewed by 2011
I think the course is excellent. Some of the thing I learn I am implementing in our warehouse as we speak. Our instructor was very knowlegeable, caring, a good listener, she was magnificent.
Reviewed by 2011
I believe the seminar was just a little long - could have been done in 1.5 days. Otherwise - Excellent!
Reviewed by 2011
course was cancelled due to a "family emergency" I was notified upon arriving at the facility - flew from Windsor to Toronto. Totally unprofessional!!
Reviewed by 2011
An excellent course with an excellent teacher. For me personally this course gives me some more options, and guidence into the job and its responsibilites. We here are constantly trying to improve on accuracy, of the inventory on a day to day basis.
Reviewed by 2011
instructor lack knowledge on the subject matter.
Reviewed by 2011
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