Review: Fast track your IT ambitions with a Career Academy membership

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Career Academy's new membership plan can help you get certified.We live in the information age, an age where an extraordinary amount of knowledge, intelligence and instruction is just a mouse click away. A good online educator has the capacity to take that wealth of knowledge and organize it in a way that is easy for a student to understand. IT certification training providers tackle this challenge head on.

The ability to upload and provide rich amounts of content online has made membership programs and subscription models a valuable asset to training providers around the globe. Some of the big name subscription-based programs include ISACA’s Professional Membership, Cisco’s Learning Network Premium and CompTIA’s CertMaster — to name a few.

These training providers are seeing countless benefits to the membership model. Not only are students able to access specified courses, but they are integrated into a membership network with other certification candidates and certified professionals who can provide valuable assistance and feedback. These benefits have persuaded many training providers to move into the membership world, and one of the latest to make the transition is Career Academy.

Career Academy provides online video-based learning solutions for IT, cybersecurity, project management, IT service management and office professionals. As a leading training provider, Career Academy has designed its membership model to provide top-flight training and preparation to today’s emerging workforce.

“With our membership program we are able to train thousands upon thousands of individuals daily, increasing their skills and improving their knowledge,” said Kevin Stuart, Director of Operations at Career Academy.

That improvement is made possible by the membership program’s sound structure and thorough organization. Educators at Career Academy understand that every student has a unique learning style. The biggest strength of a Career Academy membership is the guidance that lets you navigate a wide range of certification training at your own pace — with your best interest in mind. It’s as if the professionals at Career Academy know you personally and, based on your needs, are able to direct you to the proper training.

Each student is given access to the comprehensive User Guide that provides clear instructions on how the system functions, helping them get the most out of their training.

For those seeking certification training who don’t know where to begin, Career Academy has also provided a Recommended Training Path Guide which offers direction on which certification to begin with, and which certification to pursue after that. Each training path has a clear outline that lays out every step to keep users on track.

Once you’ve experienced this level of guidance, it’s hard to imagine tackling a certification without it. It would be like getting the keys to the family car, with a full tank of gas, before ever taking Drivers Ed, or even knowing the difference between the gas and brake pedals.

“Our training is led by highly skilled instructors who utilize presentations and hands-on demonstrations to fully cover the training concepts from start to finish,” explained Stuart. “Students can train when they want, where they want by using our mobile friendly platform.”

For a lump-sum annual payment of $99, participants are given access to more than 1,200 video courses that will lead you safely to certification. The video instruction is straightforward, employing bulleted lists and helpful graphics to stress key points for optimal exam preparation.

With anytime anywhere access, members have the ability to replay training videos as often as needed, and from wherever there’s an available web connection. When a student is ready for the challenge of a practice exam, they simply click on the exam link at the bottom of any training series page.

Career Academy's new membership plan can help you get certified.The path from novice to certified expert is made easy by Career Academy’s course navigation, which is both straightforward and user friendly. In addition to the course material, students are provided with review quizzes and printable workbooks to prepare them for a certification exam and, ultimately, a certificate of completion.

A Career Academy membership currently gives you access to IT networking and project management training, as well as Microsoft Office, cybersecurity and business skills training. According to Stuart, members will have access to human resources, legal, accounting, social media and soft-skills training courses in the future. When a new course is released, it will automatically be added to any existing memberships.

Not only are students able to earn certificates of completion, but they can earn Continuing Education Units (CEU), Professional Development Units (PDU), ITIL credit and college credit. Stuart also confirmed that there will soon be additional career benefits available to all Career Academy members.

For a generous price, a Career Academy member has a wealth of knowledge at his or her fingertips, served up in a very well organized and effective manner. If you know that certification is a must for your career to take off, then a Career Academy membership will provide the necessary direction and education.

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Jake Slater


Jake Slater is social media manager for GoCertify and a graduate of Brigham Young University.

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6 thoughts on “Review: Fast track your IT ambitions with a Career Academy membership”

  1. CareerAcademy is unscrupulous and shady. On signup, they force you to automatically renew membership but don’t tell you anywhere except in the fineprint at the very end. Then they don’t send you any reminders that they will auto-renew you (even though they claim they do) and when they charge your credit card again, they refuse to refund you. Everyone should question businesses that earn money by strong-arming customers through unfair contracts, rather than relying on good service and happy customers. Shady businesses like this don’t deserve your business.

  2. Buyers Beware! I first signed on for a year membership through a groupon. I think it was about $100. At the end of that year, I received the offer by email to extend the membership for 1 year at $29. I did not realize that the company would automatically charge me annually going forward. A year later they charge my card for the recurring annual fee. That same day, I emailed the company requesting to cancel and refund my payment. They refused, stating that I had not cancelled within the time frame specified. I have been in touch with them every day since that charge, and they continue to refuse my refund. I understand they are under no obligation to refund me, and that I should have paid more attention to the fine print, but I feel that a reputable company would send an alert prior to charging the annual membership fee, or at the very least consider refunding the payment if the customer responds within a few days of the charge. Considering I already spent about $130 with them, I’m shocked that they would treat an existing customer this way. Anyway, I’m hoping this helps to raise awareness for others…and hopefully deters at least a few of you. Best of luck with your educational pursuits.

  3. Ok… that’s kind of an Overview brochure, not much of a comparative or quality review. There are plenty of online IT training sites to compare against, and of wildly varying quality. I have 20 years experience in IT and have seen some truly awful attempts. I mean those that are so bad you have to pay ME to watch them, not the other way around!
    How are the actual videos? Is it all face time, all presentation, demonstration labs, or some combination depending on the course?
    Are the presenters knowledgeable or just reading from a script they don’t understand and have zero enthusiasm about? That is clearly some of their competition in the $100 arena.
    Are the topics organized and explained well? Meaning does it makes sense to the learner level of viewer, or are these the kind of presentations that only makes sense if you have already achieved mastery of the topics?
    Is the quality consistent across many videos or are some bad and some good?

    We know learning scientists are getting a good handle on what works well and what is a terrible way to present new and complex ideas to students, etc. so has Career Academy taken a page from 1995 or 2015?

    These are the kinds of answers I would like to see in a review. I can’t seem to find much in the way of actual or compelling quality review of the content itself.

      • Sorry, I have not sampled very many of the new online training services (with my own money, or anyone else’s). So I can’t compare them to evaluate the real value or offer a solid recommendation of the competition.

        I don’t want to assume your question is snarky, as in “if you don’t have a review of your own then you should not criticize”… but that kind of thing seems common. I will add I am not the one publishing a “review” that is really just an advertisement void of any actual review of the training content.

        If I take it seriously at face value, this is what I have some experience with:

        CBT Nuggets – was for a long time my favorite source of CBT. But it is geared for somewhat experienced people, not novices. It’s a “real engineer” doing whiteboard discussion to illustrate their points (most of the time). So it avoids the clueless instructor reads from script problems. They also avoid the problems I associate with ‘content organized by generic technical writer with no understanding of the content’ issues. I had access to Skillsoft training via work and that stuff would put me to sleep in 15 minutes. The downside is it was not cheap if it’s your own money. But there is a free 7 day trial. I think the annual price is good.

        ITProTV – I’ve been watching this for about a year, paying monthly ($29?). The instructors are personally knowledgeable on the topics, it combines face presentation with some on-screen demo stuff. Mileage varies. What I have seen, they also offer real world experience and advice along with the content. The downside is their organization is terrible. As in it can seem like they ramble on and move to the next topic with no overview of everything that is going on. Some stuff is free, some stuff is paid access. Also, whatever they are recording live is free streaming.

        Most of the other services I’ve seen are more miss- than hit. Cybrary, Pluralsight etc. I have not found to be great content but my sample size is very small. I had gotten a coupon for LearnSmart (like $20) for Certified Ethical Hacker – and it was awful.

        I will give Career Academy a check and see…

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