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Online Public Training Workshops

This page gives you an idea of the programmes Paul Archer runs online for general admission.

Next Programmes

  • J07 Online Revision Workshop - 25th January 2024 - Click here
  • DipFA Coursework Workshops - 1st, 15th December; 5th, 18th January 2024 - Click here
  • DipFA Final Exam Two Day Workshops - 10th and 11th October 2023 - Click here
  • Equity Release (ER1 and CeRER) Online Workshop - TBA - Click here
  • Train the Online Trainer of the 21st Century - TBA - Click here
  • Online Presentation Skills - TBA - Click here

How to Attend an Online Workshop

As a relatively small group, we will definitely leverage the camera function. You need a camera, a microphone or headset so you can talk. For this to work, try and locate yourself in a quiet area. You can mute yourself if there is background noise and unmute when you want to talk.

I also STRONGLY URGE you to use a laptop or desktop, which will give you the complete Zoom functionality. A device like a phone or tablet has just limited Zoom access and is better for mostly one-way communication.

Lighting. No fancy lights are needed from you but if you can make sure you have any strong lighting in front of you e.g. a window is great. Turn off strong lighting behind you as it fades you out completely. Position your camera so your eyes are in the top third of the screen.

For more ideas here's a video I shot on the topic. http://www.advisercpd.com/uncategorized/tips-for-the-video-factfind/ Please be comfortable with the "pin" function, which allows you to highlight the video of one attendee all the time rather than the normal gallery view of everyone. This is useful when I am presenting on my real whiteboard.  

If you have any tech questions, please contact me at paul@paularcher.com and I can help you out.   I will arrive in the virtual room around 10 minutes before we start. Feel free to log in and try out the tech during that time to make sure it all works for you before the session starts. We don't want to waste time.

Individual Participants

  1. Capable PC or laptop - you don't need a high-end piece of kit, most will do the job nowadays.

  2. We use Zoom so your laptop/PC will need to download a small piece of software which is free so check with your company if it's not your laptop, that you can add software.

  3. WiFi - home or office WiFi is good; coffee shop or hotel not so reliable.

  4. Webcam unless this is built into your laptop otherwise you won't be able to appear on screen yourself

  5. Speakers unless built into your laptop otherwise you will not be able to hear Paul and the others

  6. Microphone unless built in also otherwise you will not be able to speak

  7. You can buy a headset for £20 which combines a microphone and speakers

  8. A tablet will work, much like a laptop, but a smaller screen

  9. A Smartphone is a real no-no; the screen is too small to be able to interact and see the visuals and the video of Paul speaking and presenting. You'll need to download an app to participate.


Paul often runs online courses for groups who are all in the same room, usually around a boardroom table. For this to work you need:

  1. Fast WiFi

  2. A good sized TV screen on the wall connected to a PC

  3. Alternatively a remote camera would work ideally with a lens capable of picking up everyone in the room connected to the PC

  4. A group microphone and speakers would also be needed to be connected to the PC