Specific information about this course and its requirements can be found below. For more general information about taking Saylor Academy courses, including information about Community and Academic Codes of Conduct, please read the Saylor Student Handbook.
This course is designed to prepare students for the professional world of customer service. Students in this course receive a solid knowledge base in the areas of computer skills, business communications, and best customer service practices.
This course is designed to teach you about the customer service work environment, methods for successful customer relations, and career advancement tactics.
After familiarizing yourself with the following course syllabus, enroll in this course using the "Enroll me in this course" button. Once enrolled, navigate to Unit 1 of the course to read the Unit Introduction and Unit 1 Learning Outcomes. Links and instructions for all unit specific course resources will follow the introductory materials.
This course includes the following units:
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to
Throughout this course, you'll also see related learning outcomes identified in each unit. You can use the learning outcomes to help organize your learning and gauge your progress.
The primary learning materials for this course are readings, lectures, video tutorials, and other resources.
All course materials are free to access, and can be found through the links provided in each unit and subunit of the course. Pay close attention to the notes that accompany these course materials, as they will tell you what to focus on in each resource, and will help you to understand how the learning materials fit into the course as a whole. You can also access a list all of the materials used in this course by clicking on Resources in the navigation bar.
Only the final exam is considered when awarding you a grade for this course. In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam. Your score on the exam will be calculated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you may take it again as many times as you want to, following a 7-day waiting period between each attempt. Once you have successfully passed the final exam you will be awarded a free Course Completion Certificate.
There are also 4 end of unit assessments and other types of quizzes in this course. These are intended to help you study, and do not factor into your final course grade. You can take these as many times as you want to, until you understand the concepts and materials covered. You can see all of these assessments by clicking on Quizzes in the course's navigation bar.
This course is eligible for college credit via Saylor Academy's Direct Credit Program. If you are seeking to earn college credit, you must take and pass the Direct Credit final exam. That exam will be password protected, and requires a proctor. If you pass the Direct Credit exam you will receive a Proctor Verified Course Certificate and be eligible to earn an official transcript. For more information about applying for college credit review the guide to college credit opportunities. Be sure to check the section on proctoring for details like fees and technical requirements.
CUST105: Customer Service is a self-paced course, which means that you can decide when you will start and when you will complete the course. There is no instructor or set schedule to follow. We estimate that the "average" student will take 40 hours to complete this course. We recommend that you work through the course at a pace that is comfortable for you and allows you to make regular progress. It's a good idea to also schedule your study time in advance and try as best as you can to stick to that schedule.
Learning new material can be challenging, so below we've compiled a few suggested study strategies to help you succeed:
In order to take this course, we recommend you:
This course is delivered entirely online. You will be required to have access to a computer or web-capable mobile device and have consistent access to the internet to either view or download the necessary course resources and to attempt any auto-graded course assessments and the final exam.
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This course is entirely free to enroll in and access. Everything linked in the course, including textbooks, videos, webpages, and activities are all available for no charge. This course also contains a free final exam and course completion certificate.
This course does contain an optional final exam that can give you an opportunity to earn college credit. This exam requires the use of a proctoring service for identity verification purposes. The cost for proctoring for this optional exam is $25 per session.