Back in July, I wrote a post on how I had decided to use NCC's online facility to learn the basics of Upcycling.
Well, 4 months on and I'm proud to say I've now finished and passed my course complete with certificate.
Who are NCCNCC is a home learning online and paper course program which is designed for you to work around your own schedule. For me this meant I could set aside some time on a Sunday evening and read a module and then spend the next week sourcing materials, extra reading and put into practise what I had just read.
As there are varied and vast courses to choose from, the website had split the courses up into sections to try and help you find the right course for you from Industry sector, Career related to Course type and Interest Related.
The course I took was upcycling which you can currently purchase for £255. The prices vary with some being as low as £34 for First Aid Awareness training.
My thoughts on NCC upcycling courseMy course consisted of 7 modules with no prior knowledge needed, with a test at the end to assess what I had learnt, complete with certificate.
As I have been upcycling and reupholstering for a few years now, I did find some of the course very basic for my needs, but a novice would very much benefit.
For me, I found the further reading/reference section a great help and have several of the books on my wishlist with Amazon, but for anyone taking this course I would strongly advise reading the reviews either on good reads or Amazon before purchasing any of the books. Some of the reading material is great and I'm still learning a lot from these books even now after my course has finished, but a couple of the books were very poor quality, in fact, I've been over to Amazon to find the links but they've since been taken off there!
I love how even though my course has finished, I'm still learning so much, such as the waxes to use when repainting furniture, and how to use freezer paper and water slide decal paper. It's made thrift shopping so much more fun (as if that was possible!), and I can't wait for the car boots to start up again in the spring - so many more ideas!
Never stop learningI'm a firm believer that you should never stop learning, whether it's for work, hobby, your children, it keeps the mind young and for that, I'm thankful I had the opportunity with NCC to learn more about a hobby that I absolutely love.
Have a look around the website, is there something there that you'd rather fancy doing?
I quite fancy being a forensic scientist but I have to be realistic, I physically do not have the time to study for that.