Things to look out for when applying to Online Learning Platforms

The need for education cannot be overemphasized. Apart from the fact that you get to know more things as you continue to learn, the certifications you get would go a long way to furthering your career. In the past, learning required an individual to attend lectures or at the very least, write exams within the 4 walls of a school. With improvements in technology, that has changed. It is now possible for an individual to attend classes and write exams through online learning platforms. Thus, for those that are busy with work or during a period of lockdowns, instead of wasting away at home, an individual could opt for online courses. However, there are some things to look out for before applying to an online learning platform. Some of the things you should look out for are discussed subsequently.

Course outline

The first thing you want to look out for when you want to apply to an online learning platform is their course outline. First, you want to know if they are doing the courses that you are interested in. Secondly, you want to be sure that they would properly treat the course that you are interested in taking. For this purpose, you might want to look at their course outline to be sure that they would cover the parts of the course you are interested in. For instance, if you are interested in developing web apps and you apply for web development (probably you do not know web design initially), you should go through all their course outline to be sure that they would extensively treat both web design (frontend and backend) as well as web apps so that you do not get disappointed with the depth of knowledge you would get from the online learning platform.

Quality of Certificate

The quality of the certificate is also very important, especially if you hope to tender it in furtherance of your career or while looking for a job. For this reason, you would want to research about the online learning platform, the quality of their certificate as well as where such certificates can be accepted before proceeding. For this purpose, you can read reviews about online learning platforms to know about the quality of the certificate and where they are accepted before going ahead with the application.


Another thing you would want to check before applying for online learning. You should check to know about the cost of the program before going ahead. You should be sure that you would be able to complete the payment for the fees before you start. This is to avoid a case where you would start and then you would not be able to complete the payment especially when you are paying in installments. You should also check how tolerant they are about people that do not complete their payment within the set time. You should be sure that missing a payment will not result in a case where you would lose your progress in the course so far and have to start and pay afresh if you are still interested in the course.


In most cases, online learning platforms are mostly flexible. The platform is open 24 hours, you can always drop a mail if you have any issues and you would get a reply within 24 hours (in some cases only on working days), and you can fix your exam for any time. However, you should confirm that the platform offers such flexibility before starting. You do not want to assume, only to find out that their timing is conflicting with your other activities and you won’t be able to continue after starting or paying some money.