Digital Training Hub Athlone
Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) and Cenit College are delighted to have a Digital Training Hub in Athlone Training Centre, Garrycastle, Co. Westmeath.
The professional and certified training is fully funded (no course/certification fees) by LWETB and European Social Fund (ESF), available to the employed and unemployed.
Simply choose the course and times/days each week, committing to 10 hours per week – upskilling in a way that suits your lifestyle.
The Digital Training Hub provides courses in a range of areas, see below, in a blended environment (the course material is online and a tutor is present to provide help and guidance with your studies).
Call or email us for more information or to sign up.
The following Introduction To Computers Course is available:
This course is for anybody who is new computers and wishes to learn the very basics.
- Parts of the Computer
- Getting Started
- The Keyboard
- Using the Mouse
The World Wide Web
- The WWW
- Web Browser
Introduction to the Desktop
- Creating a Document
- File Types
- Email accounts
The following Course is available:
- ECDL (European Computer Driving License)
This course is for students who understand the basics and wish to improve their IT skill.
Students can choose 1 or more courses.
Learn about security and safety on the web, and about online communities and communications. This ECDL course covers the basics of going online, including web browsing, effective search engine use, online communication and email.
- Understand web browsing and online security concepts
- Use the web browser and manage browser settings, bookmarks, and web outputs
- Search effectively for online information and critically evaluate web content
- Understand key copyright and data protection issues
- Understand concepts of online communities, communications and email
- Send, receive e-mails and manage email settings
- Organise and search emails and use calendars
Discover the essential concepts and skills relating to the use of devices, file creation and management, networks, and data security. This course covers everything from hardware to software to malware.
- Understand key concepts relating to ICT, computers, devices and software
- Start up and shut down a computer
- Work effectively on the computer desktop using icons, windows
- Adjust the main operating system settings and use built-in help features
- Create a simple document and print an output
- Know about the main concepts of file management and be able to efficiently organise files and folders
- Understand key storage concepts and use utility software to compress and extract large files
- Understand network concepts and connection options and be able to connect to a network
- Understand the importance of protecting data and devices from malware, and the importance of backing up data
- Recognise considerations relating to green IT, accessibility, and user health
Discover the concepts and skills relating to the setup and use of online collaborative tools, such as storage, productivity applications, calendars, social media, web meetings, learning environments, and mobile technology.
- Understand the key concepts relating to online collaboration and cloud computing
- Set up accounts to prepare for online collaboration
- Use online storage and web-based productivity applications to collaborate
- Use online and mobile calendars to manage and plan activities
- Collaborate and interact using social networks, blogs, and wikis
- Schedule and host online meetings and use online learning environments
- Understand key mobile technology concepts and use features such as e-mail, applications, and synchronisation
Learn how to use word processing software to accomplish everyday tasks. Discover how to create and format letters and short documents, work with different page sizes, control font and other settings, and insert images in a document.
- Work with documents and save them in different file formats, locally or in the cloud.
- Choose built-in options such as the Help function to enhance productivity
- Create and edit small-sized word processing documents that will be ready to share and distribute
- Apply different formats to documents to enhance them before distribution and recognise good practice in choosing the appropriate formatting options
- Insert tables, images and drawn objects into documents
- Prepare documents for mail merge operations
- Adjust document page settings and check and correct spelling before finally printing documents
This module allows students to understand the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life and to use relevant techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection, use the Internet safely and securely, and manage data and information appropriately.
- Understand the key concepts relating to the importance of secure information and data, physical security, privacy and identity theft
- Protect a computer, device, or network from malware and unauthorised access
- Understand the types of networks, connection types, and network specific issues, including firewalls
- Browse the World Wide Web; communicate on the Internet securely
- Understand security issues related to communications, including e-mail and instant messaging
- Back up and restore data appropriately and safely; securely dispose of data and devices
Discover how to develop, modify and use a spreadsheet for typical data management and analysis tasks. Learn how to use formulas and functions for performing calculations, and create graphs and charts based on spreadsheet data.
- Work with documents and save them in different file formats, locally or in the cloud.
- Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to enhance productivity
- Enter data into cells and use good practice in creating lists. Select, sort and copy, move and delete data
- Edit rows and columns in a worksheet. Copy, move, delete and appropriately rename worksheets
- Create mathematical and logical formulas using standard spreadsheet functions. Use good practice in formula creation and recognise error values in formulas
- Format numbers and text content in a spreadsheet
- Choose, create and format charts to communicate information meaningfully
- Adjust spreadsheet page settings and check and correct spreadsheet content before finally printing spreadsheets
Learn how to create, format, modify and prepare presentations for display and printed distribution. Discover how to create presentation templates, control fonts and background settings, and insert tables, images and charts. Get the knowledge and skills to:
- Work with presentations and save them in different file formats, locally or in the cloud.
- Understand different presentation views and when to use them, choose different slide layouts and designs
- Enter, edit and format text in presentations. Recognise good practice in applying unique titles to slides
- Choose, create and format charts to communicate information meaningfully
- Insert and edit pictures, images and drawn objects
- Apply animation and transition effects to presentations and check and correct presentation content before finally printing and giving presentations
Gain the knowledge and skills to create and modify tables, queries, forms and reports. Learn how to relate tables, and how to retrieve and manipulate information from a database by using query and sort tools.
- Understand what a database is and how it is organised and operated
- Create a simple database and view the database content in various modes
- Create a table, define and modify fields and their properties; enter and edit data in a table
- Sort and filter a table or form; create, modify and run queries to retrieve specific information from a database
- Understand what a form is and create a form to enter, modify and delete records and data in records
- Create routine reports and prepare outputs ready for distribution
The following Microsoft Office Course is available:
- MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) 2016
MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist)
MOS certification is for those looking to demonstrate proficiency in one or more Microsoft Office programs.
Students can choose 1 or more courses.
Word 2016 – Exam 77-725
Successful candidates of this Word 2016 certification exam have a fundamental understanding of the Word environment and the ability to complete tasks independently. They demonstrate the correct application of the principle features of Word 2016 by creating and editing two- to three-page documents for a variety of purposes and situations. Document examples include professional-looking reports, multi-column newsletters, résumés, and business correspondence.
Detailed course information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-77-725.aspx
Word 2016 (Expert) – Exam 77-726
Successful candidates of this Word 2016 certification exam can proficiently use the advanced features of Word 2016 for document and content management and for advanced formatting.Candidates create and manage professional documents of four pages or more for a variety of specialised purposes and situations. They customise their Word environments to meet project needs and to enhance productivity.
Detailed course information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-77-726.aspx
Excel 2016 – Exam 77-727
Successful candidates of this Excel 2016 certification exam have a fundamental understanding of the Excel environment and the ability to complete tasks independently. They know and demonstrate the correct application of the principal features of Excel 2016. Candidates create and edit a workbook with multiple sheets, and they use a graphic element to represent data visually. Workbook examples include professional-looking budgets, financial statements, team performance charts, sales invoices, and data-entry logs.
Detailed course information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-77-727.aspx
Excel 2016 (Expert) – Exam 77-728
Successful candidates of this Excel 2016 certification exam have an advanced understanding of the Excel environment and have the ability to guide others to the proper use of the program’s features.They create, manage, and distribute professional spreadsheets for a variety of specialised purposes and situations. They customise their Excel environments to meet project needs and to enhance productivity.
Detailed course information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-77-728.aspx
PowerPoint 2016 – Exam 77-729
Successful candidates of this PowerPoint 2016 certification exam will have a fundamental understanding of the PowerPoint environment and demonstrate the correct application of PowerPoint 2016. Candidates create, edit, and enhance presentations and slide shows. Presentation examples include professional-grade sales presentations, employee training, instructional materials, and kiosk slide shows.
Detailed course information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-77-729.aspx
Access 2016 – Exam 77-730
Successful candidates of this Access 2016 certification exam have a fundamental understanding of the application’s environment. They understand basic database design principles and are able to complete tasks independently. They know and demonstrate the correct application of the principal features of Access 2016, and they demonstrate the ability to create and maintain basic Access database objects, including tables, relationships, data entry forms, multi-level reports, and multi-table queries..
Detailed course information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-77-730.aspx
Outlook 2016 – Exam 77-731
Successful candidates of this Outlook 2016 certification exam will create and edit professional-looking email messages, maintain calendars across time zones, and schedule tasks for a variety of purposes and situations. Candidates will use Outlook 2016 to enhance professional correspondence, create calendars, and schedule appointments. Application examples include coordinating building resources, sending messages for marketing campaigns, planning staff meetings, and assigning meeting action items.
Detailed course information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-77-731.aspx
The following Microsoft MTA’s are available:
- Windows Operating System Fundamentals (Exam 98-349)
- Networking Fundamentals (Exam 98-366)
Windows Operating System Fundamentals (Exam 98-349) provides the knowledge of fundamental Windows operating system concepts in a Windows 10 environment.
Networking Fundamentals (Exam 98-366) provides knowledge on general networking concepts and the technologies.
Windows Operating System Fundamentals (Exam 98-349)
Understanding operating system configurations:
- Configure Control Panel options
Configure administrative tools, configure accessibility options, configure power settings, configure File Explorer settings
- Configure desktop settings
Configure profiles, display settings, and shortcuts; configure and customize Start Menu; configure Task Bar settings; configure toolbars; configure notifications
- Configure native applications and tools
Configure Microsoft Edge, configure Cortana, configure Hyper-V, configure settings using MSCONFIG, configure processes and applications using Task Manager, configure computer management
- Configure mobility settings
Configure Sync Center, Windows Mobility Center, and Remote Desktop
- Configure and use management tools
Configure MMC, configure the Windows PowerShell console and Windows PowerShell ISE
Installing and upgrading client systems:
- Identify Windows operating system editions
Identify hardware and compatibility requirements, determine appropriate editions per device type
- Identify upgrade paths
Identify upgrade paths from previous Windows versions, identify application compatibility
- Understand installation types
Perform a clean install, upgrade via Windows Update, migrate from previous Windows versions, perform removable media installation, perform network installation
- Understand operating system architecture
Understand kernel mode; understand user mode; understand memory, IRQs, drivers, CPUs, and UI; understand 32-bit versus 64-bit architecture
- Configure applications
Understand local versus network applications, configure desktop applications, configure app startup options, configure Windows features, configure Windows SmartScreen, configure application removal, configure Windows Store apps
- Configure user account control (UAC)
Understand standard user versus administrative user, understand types of UAC prompts and levels
- Configure antivirus settings
Configure Windows Defender and the Malicious Software Removal tool
- Understand services
Understand service start-up types, service accounts, and service dependencies
Managing files and folders:
- Understand file systems
Understand FAT32, NTFS, and ReFS
- Understand file and print sharing
Configure File System permissions, configure Share Permissions, configure HomeGroup settings, configure print drivers, configure effective permissions, create shares, create mapped drives
- Understand encryption
Understand BitLocker and Encrypting File Systems (EFS)
- Understand libraries
Understand offline files, configure libraries, add multiple local locations to a library, add networked locations
- Connect devices
Connect, enable, and disable plug-and-play and Bluetooth devices; connect and disconnect printers; install third-party software for devices; install device drivers
- Understand storage
Understand disk types, security (encryption), storage device types (eSATA, USB, IEEE 1394, iSCSI, InfiniBand), and storage drive types (basic, primary, extended, logical, dynamic disk, VHDs); configure OneDrive use; optimize drives
- Understand printing devices
Understand local printers, network printers, print queues, print-to-file, and Internet printing
- Understand system devices
Understand video, audio, and infrared input devices; understand Device Manager
Understanding operating system maintenance:
- Understand backup and recovery methods
Configure System Restore; configure a recovery drive; configure recovery boot options, such as Last Known Good, and various Safe Mode options; recover files from OneDrive
- Understand maintenance tools
Understand Disk Defragmenter, Disk Cleanup, Task Scheduler, and System Information
- Configure updates
Configure Windows Update options; implement Insider Preview, Current Branch, and Current Branch for Business scenarios; manage update history; roll back updates
Detailed course information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-98-349.aspx
Networking Fundamentals (Exam 98-366)
Understanding network infrastructures:
- Understand the concepts of Internet, intranet, and extranet
Virtual Private Network (VPN), security zones, firewalls
- Understand local area networks (LANs)
Perimeter networks; addressing; reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback IP), VLANs; wired LAN and wireless LAN
- Understand wide area networks (WANs)
Leased lines, dial-up, ISDN, VPN, T1, T3, E1, E3, DSL, cable modem, and more, and their characteristics (speed, availability)
- Understand wireless networking
Types of wireless networking standards and their characteristics (802.11a,b,g,n,ac including different GHz ranges), types of network security (WPA, WEP, 802.1X, and others), point-to-point (P2P) wireless, ad hoc networks, wireless bridging
- Understand network topologies and access methods
Star, mesh, ring, bus, logical and physical topologies
Understanding network hardware:
- Understand switches
Transmission speed, number and type of ports, number of uplinks, speed of uplinks, managed or unmanaged switches, VLAN capabilities, Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches and security options, hardware redundancy, support, backplane speed, switching types and MAC table, understand capabilities of hubs versus switches, virtual switches
- Understand routers
Transmission speed considerations, directly connected routes, static routing, dynamic routing (routing protocols), RIP vs. OSPF, default routes; routing table and how it selects best route(s); routing table memory, Network Address Translation (NAT), software routing in Windows Server, installing and configuring routing; Quality of Service (QoS)
- Understand media types
Cable types and their characteristics, including media segment length and speed; fiber optic; twisted pair shielded or unshielded; catxx cabling, wireless; susceptibility to external interference (machinery and power cables); susceptibility to electricity (lightning), susceptibility to interception
Understanding protocols and services:
- Understand the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model
OSI model; Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) model; examples of devices, protocols, applications, and which OSI/TCP layer they belong to; TCP and User Datagram Protocol (UDP); well-known ports for most used purposes (not necessarily Internet); packets and frames
- Understand IPv4
Subnetting, IPconfig, why use Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), addressing, ipv4toipv6 tunneling protocols to ensure backward compatibility, dual IP stack, subnetmask, gateway, ports, packets, reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback IP)
- Understand IPv6
Subnetting, IPconfig, why use IPv6, addressing, ipv4toipv6 tunneling protocols to ensure backward compatibility, dual IP stack, subnetmask, gateway, ports, packets, reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback IP)
- Understand names resolution
DNS, resource records, Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), steps in the name resolution process, HOSTS file, LMHOSTS file
- Understand networking services
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Network Address Translation (NAT), firewalls, remote access, VPN
- Understand TCP/IP
Tools (such as ping), tracert, pathping, Telnet, IPconfig, netstat, reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback IP), protocols
Detailed course information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-98-366.aspx
Digital Training Hub,
Athlone Training Centre,
Co. Westmeath, N37 X985.
Phone: 090 642 4226
8.30am – 3.45pm Monday –Thursday
8.30am – 12.45pm Friday