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Online Instructor-Led Training

Introducing Online Instructor-Led Training | Firebrand OIL

At Firebrand, we are committed to helping you achieve your certification as fast as possible, and we’re determined to keep this promise throughout these difficult times.

We have launched an Online Instructor-Led option to all of our courses - meaning you can now achieve your certification as if you were in a classroom. Get certified in record time, from the comfort of your home - Firebrand style.

Online Virtual Classroom
Online Instructor-Led Virtual Classroom

What is Firebrand OIL?

OIL is short for Online Instructor-Led training. We have put this solution together to allow any students affected by travel restrictions to attend courses and get certified.

Firebrand OIL uses both Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex to deliver a rich, interactive Virtual Classroom experience and immerse students in learning, emulating the physical experience as closely as possible. The platforms allows for multimedia lectures and hands-on experience.

What courses can I attend online?

All of our courses will have the Online Instructor-Led option available. Until further notice, all our courses will continue to be simultaneously delivered in-classroom and online.

How does Online Instructor-Led work?

Simply book your course as usual and our training experts will get you set up with Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex. Once set up, you'll just need to dial in and join the Virtual Classroom on Webex. Once there, from your dashboard you'll have access to:

  • Live instructor view on camera, including whiteboard
  • Course slides and demonstrations straight from the instructor's computer
  • Classroom audio including onsite questions from fellow students
  • Online tools to ask and answer questions, follow demonstrations and create annotations
  • Group chat to discuss topics in real-time

What equipment/software do I need in order to attend an online course?

There are no special requirements. All you need to attend is:

  • A desktop or laptop capable of running MS Teams and Webex (requirements can be found here)
  • A headset and microphone (a webcam is recommended, but not mandatory)
  • A stable broadband connection

Do I still get the courseware?

As most courseware today is digital, you'll receive all course materials in your inbox. In case any of the courses require physical materials, these will be sent to you by mail before the course.

What are labs, and why are they important?

All of Firebrand's accelerated courses follow our trademark Lecture | Lab | Review methodology. While lecture and review are pretty explanatory, Labs warrant a bit of an explanation, especially in the context of an online course.

Our labs aren't physical spaces. Actually, labs are virtual environments running on a virtual machine and containing specific challenges and exercises that relate to modules from the official courseware. They are crucial for giving students the hands-on experience that will help cement the knowledge they've absorbed.

As for the platforms, we use Learn on Demand or GoDeploy, depending on the course.

Will I have access to labs when taking an Online Instructor-Led course?

Yes! You still have access to the official course labs, the same as if you were in the classroom.

How do labs work when taking a course remotely via Firebrand OIL?

  1. Your instructor will provide you with a link and login credentials so you can join the lab platform;
  2. Once you get these details, all you need is to login via your regular web browser while still participating in the class live on Webex;
  3. Once there, you might see a countdown; don't worry, you can reset and pause the counter as many times as you wish;
  4. In fact, you will retain access to the labs for 180 days afterwards, long after you've completed your course - and you can continue to practice and refer to it from anywhere.

What about the certification exam?

Online testing is included, with a few exceptions. Please contact us for more information on your specific case.

How do I sign up for the Online Instructor-Led option?

To sign up for the OIL option, please contact us so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Can I still attend my course in the training centre?

Until further notice, our courses will only be delivered online via OIL virtual classrooms. You can find the most up-to-date about Firebrand operations on this page.

That said, we are following official guidelines. As the situation develops, we'll update our operations accordingly.

I have a different question about online training

Please contact us and our experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


What are people saying about Firerand OIL

"We have trained during the coronavirus outbreak and the firebrand team really deserve a massive amount of recognition for remaining focused and in good spirits during a difficult time. Course content is on point as I have seen on previous courses. I have extended the training out to my teams within my organisation as it is a trusted brand throughout our departments. The offsite approach works really well. This is my second course with a 3rd booked in 8 weeks."
DM, Freshfields. (20/03/2020)

"The instructor, Dimitrios, was very knowledgeable, professional and simply brilliant with the explanations and demonstrations of the various testing tools including trouble shooting any student installation issues. We used the remote OIL service and it was like being in the classroom with regards using the labs and viewing the course presentation slides. The course went ahead despite the UK Gov lockdown guidance on COVID19, Firebrand provided access via the Online Instructor Led OIL service. I didn’t have to rearrange leave and was able to study as planned - fantastic service, well done Firebrand!"
Mark Grover, Infosec Consulting ltd. (27/03/2020)

"Due to COVID-19, course was done online via Microsoft Teams, so couldn’t get full experience. However was still very interesting and insightful. The person running the online course, Sam Owen, was fantastic. Delivering the course brilliantly, remaining entertaining throughout, and overcame unforeseen issues as and when they occurred."
Jamie Bunce, CGI. (03/04/2020)

"Even in this time of unknown and constant change, Firebrand were still able to put on a competent course virtually with equal amount of freedom and support we would have in a normal classroom."
Craig Gillet, Virgin Media. (03/04/2020)

"My experience with Firebrand training has been incredibly positive. Although I feel i may have had a better experience attending training on premises, I feel the trainer made the best of a very unique situation we are all faced with. The delivery of the content was on point and covered everything we need to know. If there were any additional questions, the trainer was always available to talk and answer anything we raised through demonstration and screen share. At the start of this course I feel I had a very low level of general and Azure networking knowledge. Thanks to the support of the trainer, I now feel empowered to not only explore this further but to also take the certified exam shortly. Thank you for a great experience, I will certainly be taking a firebrand course again."
Gavin Reynolds, Cambridge Judge Business School. (09/04/2020)