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Information Technology

Looking for training on something different?  Alpha Training provides training on a wide range of products.  Here are some that aren't listed elsewhere on our site.


Apple Final Cut Pro X Introduction

Course length

2 days

Why come on this course?

Delegates will learn how to perform basic editing functions and become familiar with the user interface. Starting with basic video editing techniques and working through to Final Cut Pro's powerful advanced features, delegates will work with a variety of media to learn the practical techniques used daily in editing projects.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for people who want to learn how to edit professional quality video. Delegates should have the following knowledge prior to attending the course:

  • Knowledge of Mac OS X and familiarity with basic computer navigation techniques
  • A basic knowledge of editing terminology and practice

What will I learn?

  • Creating Smart Collections to organize media based on metadata and keywords
  • Using the Magnetic Timeline for an exceptionally fast, and fluid, way to edit
  • Combining multiple elements into a single Compound Clip
  • Fine-tuning clips in the timeline with the Precision Editor
  • Comparing alternate shots from a collection of clips using auditions
  • Applying effects, transitions and retiming clips
  • Finishing and final output

Course contents

  • Editing Workflow
  • The FCPX User Interface
  • Using Menus and Shortcuts
  • Viewing and Sorting Events
  • Skimming Clips and Changing Views
  • Viewing and Creating Projects
  • Working in the Project Library
  • Viewing Projects in the Timeline
  • Importing Media into an Event
  • Importing Folders as Keyword Collections
  • Analyzing and Correcting Imported Clips
  • Importing from a Camera
  • Importing from the Finder
  • Importing from Other Applications
  • Using Metadata
  • Adding Keywords to Clips
  • Rating, Sorting and Searching Clips
  • Creating Smart Collections
  • Creating a New Project
  • Viewing and Marking Clips
  • Appending Clips in the Timeline
  • Arranging Clips in the Magnetic Timeline
  • Inserting Clips into the Primary Storyline
  • Changing Edited Clips
  • Connecting Clips to the Primary Storyline
  • Adding Markers
  • Overwriting and Replacing Clips
  • Auditioning Clips
  • Working with Storylines
  • Duplicating a Project
  • Removing Clip Selections and Adding Gaps
  • Understanding Trimming
  • The Trim Tool
  • Trimming with Precision
  • Applying Video Transitions
  • Using the Transitions Browser
  • Modifying Transitions and Changing Transition Parameters
  • Audio Transitions
  • Monitoring and Adjusting Audio in the Timeline
  • Adding Music and Sound Effects
  • Adjusting Levels
  • Creating Audio Fades
  • Recording a Narration Track
  • Correcting Problem Audio
  • The Titles Browser
  • Adding a Lower Third
  • Modifying Titles
  • Adding Bumpers and Credits
  • Working with Video Generators
  • Using Themes
  • Understanding Motion Properties
  • Retiming Clips
  • Creating Holds and Variable Speed Segments
  • Applying Preset Speed Effects
  • Transforming an Image
  • Applying Video Effects
  • Modifying Effect Parameters
  • Auditioning and Animating Effects
  • Applying Audio Effects
  • Basic Colour Correction
  • Exporting and Sharing a Project
  • Exporting a Movie File
  • Exporting an Image from your Project
  • Exporting for Blue-Ray Disc or DVD

iPad for Business Users

Course length

1 day

Why come on this course?

In this hands-on instructor led course, you will learn how to use the Apple iPad (iOS 8) more efficiently. You will be shown how to perform day to day tasks such as checking and sending email to scheduling appointments as well as installing and using business productivity apps. The session will give you a good overall look at the iPad and its uses.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for any individual who is relatively new to the iPad but also business professionals who use the iPad regularly but want to become more efficient with its uses.

This course has the following prerequisites: 

  • Some knowledge and use of swipe technology
  • Work with windows - minimise, maximise, open and close
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office applications, or equivalent, are recommended, but not mandatory
  • Experience in web browsing

What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the iPad and accessories in terms of hardware
  • Navigate the iPad with touch control
  • Customise the device
  • Install apps using the App store
  • Organise / move and delete apps
  • Use existing pre-installed apps
  • Use the iPad to browse the web
  • Send emails and create appointments
  • Understand and install business productivity tools

Course contents

iPad Introduction

  • iPad Accessories
  • iPad Gestures
  • Switch the iPad on
  • The Home Screen
  • Navigating around the iPad
  • Using Spotlight Search
  • Control and Notification Centre
  • Keyboard


Customising your iPad

  • Connecting to Wi-Fi
  • Changing the Home Screen
  • Organising and Grouping Apps
  • Wallpaper Brightness
  • Applying a Passcode
  • Multi-tasking Gestures and Bar
  • Changing the Date and Time
  • Working with Sounds

The App Store and iTunes

  • Installing Apps from the App Store
  • Deleting Apps
  • Responding to Meeting requests
  • Adding Contacts

Browsing the World Wide Web

  • Using Safari to Browse the Web
  • Add Favourites
  • Installing the Google Chrome App
  • Using Chrome to Browse the Web

Using Built-in Apps

  • Using the Notes App / Calculator
  • SIRI
  • Maps
  • Camera
  • Photos
  • Face Time

Email / Calendar / Contacts

  • Adding Emails Accounts to the Mail App
  • Sending / Replying / Forwarding Emails
  • Mailboxes
  • Organising / Deleting Emails
  • Flag a Message
  • Creating an Appointment
  • Creating a Meeting

Using Business Productivity Apps for the iPad

  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • iCloud
  • Sticky Notes
  • Office for iPad - General Features *
  • Microsoft Word / Excel / PowerPoint / Outlook / OneDrive

Overview of Other Useful Free Apps (Overview, Apps may vary)

  • iBooks
  • Newstand
  • National Rail

*Office365 Subscription Required


Novell GroupWise 2012 Introduction

Course length 

1 day

Why come on this course?

You will learn how to quickly navigate GroupWise and use GroupWise to manage your mail, contacts, calendar, notes and tasks.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for people who are new to GroupWise 2012.  You should have a basic understanding of navigating Windows and working with files and folders.


What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Navigate GroupWise
  • Work with Mail Messages
  • Manage Your Mail
  • Work with Contacts and Address Books
  • Use your Calendar
  • Work with Reminder Notes
  • Work with Tasks
  • Organise your Mailbox
  • Get Help

Course contents

Getting Started with GroupWise

  • An Overview of GroupWise
  • The GroupWise Environment
  • The GroupWise Help System

Working with Mail Messages

  • Creating and Sending Messages
  • Working with Send Options
  • Working with Sent Items
  • Reading Mail
  • Replying to and Forwarding Mail
  • Working with Advanced Message Options
  • Setting Mail Properties

Managing Your Mail

  • Customizing Message Headers
  • Archiving Messages
  • Deleting Messages
  • Junk Mail Handling

Working with Contacts and Address Books

  • Using the Address Book to Send Messages
  • Using Contacts Folders
  • Working with Contacts
  • Managing Groups

Using your Calendar

  • Working with a Calendar
  • Scheduling Appointments for Yourself
  • Scheduling Appointments for Others
  • Changing Calendar Settings
  • Sharing Calendars

Working with Reminder Notes

  • Scheduling a Reminder Note for Yourself 
  • Scheduling a Reminder Note for Others

Working with Tasks

  • Assigning a Task to Yourself 
  • Assigning a Task to Others 
  • Assigning a Recurring Task
  • Marking an Task as Complete 

Organising your Mailbox

  • Finding Items
  • Working with Folders
  • Creating Color-coded Categories
  • Creating and Using Rules
  • Using the Notify Program
  • Mailbox and Calendar Access for Proxy Users
  • Sharing Folders (optional)

Getting Help