FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Who are you?
We are Abhisam Software, a knowledge based company, engaged in enhancing your skills, knowledge and expertise via e-learning courses (our XPRTU software) and training workshops. We also offer consulting services in niche areas of Process Safety, Industrial Cybersecurity, Plant Decommissioning, Technical Due Diligence and Learning Management Systems.
What are your courses? Is it a Video or a pdf or a PowerPoint? Or will someone chat with me via Skype?
No, it is none of the above. Our e-learning courses are computer programs that we call XPRTUs. These have text, animations & simulations, videos, interactivity, situations, Real Life examples, case studies, self assessments and so on. Probably you have not encountered an XPRTU, we suggest you view a demo on our website here and check out for yourself. These programs are either accessed online, or downloaded to your computer, depending on the version you select. You can even get SCORM and TinCan versions, that can be run in your organization's LMS (Learning Management System).
Why shouldn't I opt for free courses from some other websites/ sources?
Sure you can, but the quality of the information, the presentation, the ease of understanding, the structure and usefulness will be different from ours. Besides be careful about some "free courses" from some vendors, they are nothing more than thinly disguised sales pitches. They will most probably be some powerpoint , or a pdf document, masquerading as a "course", certainly not an interactive XPRTU and certainly you will not get a Certificate or an electronic Badge that has value.
Our courses are created by expert professionals, have a wealth of useful knowledge that you can use in your day to day work and a are vendor neutral-solely focused on the technology and on enhancing your own skills in the subject. Remember, we are on your side! Unlike our competitors, we do not manufacture chemicals or automation systems. We are completely vendor neutral.
We also have some free courses and demos on our website which you can check out. But always the regular (paid) versions of the courses will be much more detailed and informative than the free ones.
Can I not get free information on the internet? Why should I pay for courses?
Sure you can get lots of information on the internet for free. In fact you can get Terabytes of information on any esoteric topic. But the problem is that you have no idea if the information is authentic or not, whether it is still current or not. Whether it is complete or not. (Half knowledge is dangerous). Moreover it is the form of several webpages, videos, ebooks, documents and lots of other unstructured information. Not all of it may be relevant to you and maybe you do not need to waste your time and money on searching for days and then coming up with a mass of information that is difficult to comprehend, isn't it?
You can of course slog hard and become an expert in the subject.
But, you will also never get a third party certificate that says that you know about the subject.
Whereas for one low price of one of our courses, you get all the information that you need, in a highly structured form, via animations that easily help you grasp complex subjects and at the end you also get a certificate from us that demonstrates to the world that you know this stuff.
Is this similar to Udemy? Or like MIT Open Courseware? Or any of the other MOOCs?
No, the courses on sites, such as Udemy, are for the most part videos of a "Professor" speaking. Or for example, Open Courseware has lots of text documents, that you can study online. Our concept of learning is different. Our courses are software programs. They may have videos inside, but they are a small part of the entire Abhisam XPRTU learning system. Our courses have interactive animations, case studies, situations, assessments and much more. They are a complete learning experience. The text in the programs is very easy to understand.
Besides, Abhisam courses have been developed by working professionals who are experts in their fields, working in different companies. They thus have a more real life background, not only some theoretical background.
Will I get a certificate? Will I get an electronic badge?
Of course, after you complete our course, you can ask for an online test access. If you take it and pass, we will issue you a certificate. There is no additional cost for this service. We also now issue Electronic Badges, in addition to printable certificates. These badges follow the generally accepted Mozilla Open Badges standard. They allow you to display your achievement and skills on a variety of places such as LinkedIn profiles, Facebook profiles and other places online. Get found easily by recruiters, potential employers and clients who are searching for skills that you have!
Why should we consider your courses?
Abhisam has been founded by a group of professionals with more than two decades of actual hands on experience in various industries and domains. We have access to a large pool of subject matter experts, who work with leading companies in the world at senior levels and have a high level of competence and experience. They contribute to the "the technical content" of our offerings. This raw technical content is then developed into e-learning courses XPRTUs with the help of our own instructional designers, graphics and animation professionals and web designers. Every course is vetted by industry experts to ensure that it is easy to understand, does not contain any fluff and is error free.
Additionally, all courses are vendor-neutral. We do not hawk a particular vendor's model or technology, so you get an unbiased training from us.
Our courses are in the form of computer programs, called XPRTUs that make learning even complex technical subjects, very easy. Plus there is no constraint of time or place, they are completely self paced. Learn at your own pace, anywhere where you can carry your laptop or tablet or phone. No restrictions at all.
The same principle applies to our Training Workshops.
Who uses your courses?
Our courses are used by professionals working in leading Fortune 500 companies, as well as in small and mid size companies, individuals working as engineers, technicians and consultants, technical trainers & technical training institutes, universities, industry associations and government institutions to enhance their skills and knowledge, as well as to prove their competency by third party assessment.
Are your courses accredited or approved by somebody?
Abhisam has created these courses completely and own all the Intellectual Property. Our certifications are issued by us independently. Or badges are issued by us and managed by Credly, the world's largest badge issuer today.
However we do have some co-branded courses that have both Abhisam's and the partner organization logo. They have either been developed by the partner completely or via collaboration with us. Some International professional engineering bodies, do license our courses and we get paid a royalty for it.
Abhisam's courses are well regarded all over the world and certificates are sought after, to demonstrate competency in the subject. Abhisam certificates are used to demonstrate knowledge and competency all over the world including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, all of Asia including India & Australia. Our learners are all over the world in places from Canada to South Africa and Russia to Papua New Guinea.
How can I get a demo of these courses?
Please visit our Demos page to access them. If you are an enterprise buyer, buying for your organization and wish to walk through an entire course before buying, or to get an approval from your management, feel free to schedule a walk-through, of any of our courses online by getting in touch with us. One of our experts will assist you in showing you the course.
How do I buy your course?
You can buy our course either directly from this site (via our E-Commerce partners Fast Spring or Share-It/Digital River) . When you click the "Buy Now" button on our pages, you will be directed to the secure site that processes our orders. All orders are processed securely.
Alternately, you can buy our courses from the Abhisam Learning Portal at or from https://prettygoodcourses.com
You can also buy from our resellers and affiliates. For a list of authorized resellers and affiliates please see Partners
We will be adding more e-commerce providers & payment gateways like Razorpay in future.
How do I know if your courses are good enough?
We have sold our courses to thousands of individuals and organizations all over the world. Some of them wrote back to us saying how happy they were with our courses-you can see a few of these testimonials on the website. We have received quite a few of them and decided to publish a few, as examples of what our customers think about our courses. We are sure that you will like our courses and find them to be of immense value to you and your organization.
Are you just selling Power Point slides? Or ebooks? PDF documents?
Certainly not! Our courses are XPRTUs (computer programs that have a blend of text, graphics and interactive animations/ videos with assessments). They are totally different from (and far superior) to Power Point presentations. A Power Point presentation is meant to be explained by a human speaker, who is supposed to go through each point and elaborate. Abhisam XPRTUs are designed to be learned all by yourself, they do not need anybody to explain, it is all self explanatory.
What payment options do I have?
You can pay online via most Credit Cards, Amazon Pay, wire transfer, or by bank transfer, or order manually by a physical check. Just select the option during the order process. We can also accept Paypal on request. We will be adding Razorpay in future.
What are the licensing options on offer?
We have several options for you. All versions include Online Exam and Certification. Please see below:
Online Version (for Individuals)
The Online version allows you access to the course for a period of ONE YEAR via the internet. Any browser like Firefox or Internet Explorer will be OK to access it. Learners can access either via PCs, laptops or other devices. This version includes an Online Exam and Certification at no additional cost.
Standard Version (Download/Access online) for Individuals
The Standard Version (download version) is meant for Individuals or Small offices, who wish to download and install this program on their own PCs/Laptops. It includes a user license, that will work on ONE PC/laptop computer of your choice. Online registration and activation is required during installation. This version will work on all Windows compatible PCs/Laptops. It will not run on a Mac OS or other Operating Systems. This version resides on the PC (as long as you don't throw away the PC, or change the hard disk). License duration is 3 years. Note that this version is generally meant for individuals and not enterprises or other large organizations, since installation of programs on individual PCs is generally not allowed by many IT departments.
A backup CD can be ordered while placing the order (Standard Download version only). Useful if you require a physical delivery to be shown as proof of purchase.Note that this is only a backup CD (that you can use to re-install the program in case of problems with your PC) It is not a movie CD, you cannot run the course directly from the CD, since it is a program and has to be installed and activated on a PC before it can work.
Abhisam GOLD membership plan
The Abhisam GOLD membership plan enables you to sign up with a one time membership setup fee and a recurring monthly subscription, that entitles you to get access to the FULL CATALOG of courses from Abhisam (Online versions only). Any browser like Firefox or Internet Explorer will be OK to access it. Learners can access either via PCs, laptops or other devices. This plan includes one Online Exam and Certification per month. If you need more certifications, then you can buy them at a discounted rate, or alternately take the certification in the next month (since you get one certification per month for free under this plan). More details here
The Abhisam GOLD membership plan is only for individuals, for organizations, please see the Abhisam PLATINUM membership plan.
Abhisam PLATINUM membership plan
This is great for Enterprises who wish to train multiple employees. At the lowest tier, sign up with a membership set up fee and an annual membership fee, that entitles your nominated learners to access the entire catalog of Abhisam courses (online versions only). Every month, you can change the learners and every learner gets one free certification per month. Contact us for a custom quote. Minimum tier is for 5 learners.
What is your normal Enterprise Version?
This is a cloud based version, offered as a SaaS (software as a service). It is meant for companies and other large organizations, who have multiple learners to train. Every learner gets Online access to the course and access to Online Exam and Certification . The Enterprise version of some courses, also have access to Advanced Modules that are not available in other versions. These may be additional learning modules, mock tests, downloadable templates and so on.
Can you offer SCORM or TinCan /xAPI compatible versions? Do you provide LRS statements?
If you need a SCORM or Tin Can/xAPI compatible version, then we can provide that. We will stream the course directly to your inhouse LMS via the internet. Costs depend on number of learners and duration of access. We stream to our own LRs (Learning Record Store) and can provide you Learning Records at an additional charge.
Do you offer Unlimited / Site Licenses?
We do not offer Unlimited or Site Licenses. Every license will be based on number of learners and duration of access. In future we may offer an "All you Can learn" annual membership plan for individuals.
What happens in case my PC crashes, hard disk needs changing or I change my PC/laptop? (only applicable to Standard Download version)
Please contact our support team, they will transfer your current license to your current machine, provided your license is still valid.
I do not want your "standard" courses, I want an e-learning course tailored to my needs. How do I get it?
Yes, we can. The subject matter experts can be from either our side or yours. We also offer course customization of any of our standard existing courses, at an additional charge. Please send your request to [email protected] or call us on + 1 305 407 2679 (US) or +91-22-21732956 (India).
Can you develop an e-learning course exclusively for me?
Please see above.
I require a face-to-face classroom training session/ workshop. Can you do it for me/us? Where?
We do conduct classroom training workshops, for some subjects, such as Hazardous Areas, Functional Safety, Big Data, Industrial IoT, HAZOP, Process Safety Management and others. Please see here for details. We conduct these public workshops periodically (almost once a month at least), mainly in India. Anybody can participate in them. We also do in house workshops at your plant or facility, anywhere across the world. Costs vary based on certain parameters. Trainers will travel to your site from India or the US. Contact Us for details.
I am a subject matter expert. I believe I can contribute to your courses. Can I do so? How much will I get paid for it?
Sure, we are always on the lookout for subject matter experts in various fields. If you are one, simply send your proposal to [email protected] with "Subject Matter Expert" in the subject field of the email. We will get back to you. Our acceptance depends on your level of expertise. Payment depends on your level of expertise, the rarity of your knowledge and the market demand for it.
I would like to be a reseller of your courses. How do I sign up?
Sure, please join our growing network of resellers and help spread the knowledge, while also earning money. Send an email to [email protected] with the subject as "Reseller" or call us directly on + 1 305 407 2679 (US) or +91-22-21732956 (India)
Can you do HAZOP Study for our plant/project? Do you carry out LOPA Studies? Do you carry out Cyber Risk Assessments for my plant that is controlled by a DCS?
Sure we can do any and all of the above, including a CHAZOP for you. We can also help you in other areas such as Technical Due Diligence, or Decommissioning. Please take a look at our consulting offerings here.
I did not find an answer to my question here.
Please send us an email with your question to [email protected] or call us on + 1 305 407 2679 (US) or +91-22-21732956 (India)