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London, 30 January 2012 - Econsultancy, the leading provider of information and education to the digital marketing and e-commerce industries, has today announced the launch of the UK’s first Graduate Certificates to focus on specific digital skills.

Having just received academic accreditation, these courses enable delegates to study the academic side of digital, gain a qualification and to apply it to their every day role. Ranging across a range of specific digital disciplines they provide the opportunity to gain an accredited digital qualification.

Developed out of demand, Econsultancy’s Graduate Certificates address the need for a learning platform that is in between a one day course and an MSc qualification tailored for the digital industry. Each course has an emphasis on practical skill development combined with rigorous academic understanding.

Available courses include Analytics, SEO, eCRM, Reputation Management, Community Management, Merchandising, Social Commerce, Digital Business and Account Management, Integrated Marketing Communications and Creating Customer Journeys.

Each course consists of two modules delivered through a combination of face to face Econsultancy training days, MMU tutorials, online support and work based assignments. The combination of practitioner trainers supported by MMU staff offer a robust academic approach that can be matched to a recognised standard.

Econsultancy Head of Professional Development Vivien Underwood said “While there is no substitute for experience, as the digital industry matures having a frame of reference against which to establish professional standards is extremely powerful, both for the individual and recruiters. The new Graduate Certificates represent an important development in digital education, offering a route to professionalization within the participants’ chosen area of expertise.

"For Econsultancy, they help to support the professional development narrative, linking the short, sharp knowledge injection of a one day training course, with the longer term, highly strategic focus required by the MSc. These programmes aim to form the foundations of becoming a competent practitioner.”

The first Graduate Certificates, Web Analytics and SEO begin on 2nd May. For further details visit http://econsultancy.com/training/qualifications/certificates.

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About Econsultancy
Econsultancy is a global independent community-based publisher, focused on best practice digital marketing and e-commerce, and is used by more than 300,000 internet professionals every month. Our hub has 110,000+ members worldwide from clients, agencies and suppliers alike.

We help our members build their internal capabilities via a combination of research reports and how-to guides, training and development, consultancy, face-to-face conferences, forums and professional networking. For the last 10 years, our resources have helped members learn, make better decisions, build business cases, find the best suppliers, accelerate their careers and lead the way in best practice and innovation. http://econsultancy.com

Media contacts:

Econsultancy:
Natalie Evans (@Econsultancy)
EMEA Marketing Manager
Tel. +44 20 7269 5083
Natalie.evans [@] econsultancy.com

Published on: 10:00AM on 30th January 2012