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Course Platforms / SimpliLearn

SimpliLearn review

SimpliLearn actually started life as a humble project management blog.

 

In 2010 they became a part-time online course provider alongside classroom training.

 

Whilst they still offer both types of training their online classes took moved up a notch when they revamped their website at the end of 2014.  

 

They have helped over one million students across 150 countries improve their skills but are they right for you.

 

Read our review to find out.

Overview

SimpliLearn are focused on the technology sector where the rapid update cycle to the hardware, software, providers and code languages means that they are in heavy demand. To date, they have helped over 1 million people upgrade their tech, data and coding skills in over 150 countries.​

They work with both self-motivated students and businesses to train entire teams.

 

Their target market is professionals looking to move up the ladder so they provide a certificate on completion of every course.

 

A solid note of recognition is that they have been named the 8th most influential education brand in the world by LinkedIn. This is high praise indeed since LinkedIn has its own learning platform.

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Our rating

Slick platform

Number of courses

Course overview pages

Variable course quality

Limited course types

Some courses overpriced

Who is SimpliLearn for

Our vibrant community of experts and certified professionals is a powerful resource pool of tips, tricks, and insightful advice

Their training courses are designed and delivered by thousands of respected industry practitioners. This makes it one of the more practically focused course providers. If you are looking for something more theoretical then you should check out Coursera who provide University led courses.

SimpliLearn is mainly focused on coding and technology courses. However, you can also you can also find classes on Big Data, Digital Marketing and Project Management. They have over 400 courses on offer but it is still a highly curated list as they offer a lot of support and detail with each class. 

Classes and courses

Here is the official breakdown of the online course types from SimpliLearn

Here is the official blurb from SimpliLearn "We offer a blended learning approach combines online classes, instructor-led live virtual classrooms, project work, and 24/7 teaching assistance. Our vibrant community of experts and certified professionals is a powerful resource pool of tips, tricks, and insightful advice. "​

The courses are accredited by over 20 leading industrial bodies. For some courses, they also offer an entrance to the official exam, like the Prince 2 course. Most of their courses are accredited by a professional body and they put a lot more emphasis on exam preparation than other course providers. 

All SimpliLearn classes offer a very similar experience as they are highly curated by the staff. However, they cover a wide variety of topics and are giving by different teachers so there will always be a slight difference. Some are paced quicker than others and some have a different theory to a practical basis.  ​

Almost all classes offer a self-paced video section and a teacher-led section. Some offer extensive practical exams and certification sections. The best classes on SimpliLearn are the ones that are focused on certifications and exams. ​

The classes are all very in-depth and are will be demanding on both your finances and your time. SimpliLearn is not the place to go if you are looking for a basic introduction or to learn a specific skill in a short time. 

As with all online courses our advice is always to start off slow with a short course or class near to your current level then build up to longer more challenging paths. Remember any courses or class you take will require a lot of time and energy as they may require a fair amount of upfront time watching the videos and reading the documentation followed by homework each week. 

Cost

They are definitely at the top end in terms of price and they require a long term sign up. If your company won't pay then you should read this review carefully before signing up. The 4 options to access their courses. Two of them for individual students, one for corporate or enterprise customers. 

The price changes by course but they range from:

• Self-learning - $499 for 180 days​​​

• Self-learning & teacher-led - $599 for 90 days of instructor-led + 180 self-learning​

• Masters Course - $1999 for the duration of the course (normally 1 year)​

• Corporate - need to call and inquire.

They don't offer a free trial due to the length of the courses but they do offer a 7 day back guarantee. However, be careful if you download the course content or get too far through they will not give your money back as they consider you to have got the value from the course.

How to take a course

The SimpliLearn Course Overview pages are very nicely curated. They cover almost all the information you could need to ​know before getting out your credit card. However, since the courses are so long and the amount of money relatively large it is worth using their live chat and email base consultants so you can ask any questions you have before taking the plunge.  

The courses do not provide a level of competency scale like other course providers. Therefore you need to read the syllabus very carefully to make sure you are going to be learning something new but not too advanced. In keeping with the focus on business, they do offer a list of job titles that would benefit from each course. ​

The courses do not have a ratings and reviews section but it seems a lot more curated than on other sites. I would take them with a pinch of salt.​

One final note is that the SimpliLearn caters to a business crowd. It is for those who want to gain a new certificate or a career skill not for the casual learner. The style offered is intense and that comes at a cost, do not sign up unless you are absolutely sure that it is the skill or certification that you want. Also, it is a good one to ask your company to sponsor you on.​

Below is an example of a Course Overview page for those who are looking to get certified with Python coding.

Navigating the site

SimpliLearn is a very in-depth platform. It tried to do more than allowing you to watch pre-recorded videos and complete projects with help from students through forums. A big USP from SimpliLearn is that you can take part in live video classes with your fellow students. This is a bold ambition and one that is not yet a total success. 

SimpliLearn is a very in-depth platform. It tried to do more than allowing you to watch pre-recorded videos and complete projects with help from The good part about this teacher supported approach to courses is that it offers you a chance to really engage with the material with the documentation and have your questions answered in real time. One problem is that you also get to hear every other student's questions in real time. This can be both a pro and a con for your own personal learning journey. It is up to you to decide if you want to take part in active classes or if you would be happier learning under your own pace with a class you can pause.  through forums. A big USP from SimpliLearn is that you can take part in live video classes with your fellow students. This is a bold ambition and one that is not yet a total success. 

SimpliLearn has apps for both Apple & Android systems. Both the App & the Website look a lot more corporate than most other online course providers we have reviewed. The platform is very slick and it is easy to find your courses, lessons and information.

Final thoughts

Once you have made your final checks it is time to take the plunge and sign up to a course. 

 

Make sure you come back to check out our other hints and tips and let us know how you got on and what you learnt.

Thanks for reading!