A. Unlike many schools, YES, higher credentials ALWAYS include their predecessor certs.
Q. Are textbooks extra?
A. Depending on the level you choose, texts, dvds, email and web courses are always included. There are "optional reading" bibliographies that are extra, but not required. If you are certifying YOUR grads, attendees, students, customers etc. through us on the grad-referral program, certain texts are required, but your students can buy them anywhere they want, including Amazon-- buying them from us is not required.
Q. What are the extra fees?
A. Unlike NO OTHER professional, technical, vocational, trade or even traditional school, there are NO hidden charges of any kind, ever. No graduation, enrollment, matriculation, referral, tool, supplies, credit or ANY other fees apply. What you pay is all you ever pay. We DO NOT get or keep your credit card number, so it cannot possibly be charged or re-charged by us, ever. Some schools even take out liens on students homes to "go after" their exhorbitant tuitions! You can do much more with your PSU credentials, at far less cost, with NO surprise costs or fees, period.
Q. Can I attend a physical campus? Can I get a phone rep or toll free fax for my wholesalers?
A. Our physical campus is in South Dakota, we have textbook shipping divisions in all 9 Amazon distribution locations, our IT center is in Virginia, and our Engineering, Art, Technology and Math divisions are at our founding locations in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Physical campus attendance is only for high technology certification in Information Technology, Advanced Math and Science, including Microsoft, Cisco, Engineering, Calculus Animation, Ballistics, and the IT aspects of advanced Security, and costs, on average, $40,000 per year. If you are a talented digital artist, mathematician, programmer, engineer, inventor, patent holder, astronomer, etc. in any STEM field (see categories at the bottom of any page on this site), but don't have a formal education or degree, email us for information on advanced programs if you are considering Body of Knowledge and professional/vocational and association certification rather than a degree track.
Because of association, SCORM and government requirements, you must communicate with us by email until you are certified. Once you receive your FFL you get a physical phone rep due to DC regulations on wholesale sales. Once you get any certification, you receive the toll free fax for trade references, bonding and other benefits (we do not publish this on the web). You also get a customer service number the moment you order any course, credentialing or tutorial, but communication has to be by documented text or email to document your progress.
All our courses and tutorials are DOD compliant via SCORM standards, but your certifications are NOT "regionally" accredited, degree track, credit transferring bachelors, masters, etc. when taken online. This is intentional, as it is better to have the benefits you get with certification, than a regionally accredited State college "degree" that costs over $250,000 and gets you a job at McD's instead of your own business! Our AATVS trade school accreditation is both national and international, but is NOT accredited in the regional DOE sense that Harvard, Stanford, etc. are for those wishing to spend many years or decades studying instead of starting their own businesses.
Click HERE for next steps after you're credentialed, and click HERE for information on trade accounts, buying wholesale, etc.
Q. How long have you guys been around?
A. We were founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1971 as a technical trade school and computer technology textbook publisher, long before the internet started. We are presently the largest online trade school in the world, with hundreds of thousands of grads. Our daily hits on Google exceed 11 million, and our three and four digit URLs and trade specific URLs (Becomeagunsmith, zpsu, teachcombat, etc.) prove we have "owned" the space in our target areas (see the list at the bottom of any page) for many decades. Vendors treat our grads like VIPs because we refer so many of them. When you're a grad, you are part of an ARMY of powerful technology experts, and we put our "buying power" behind that volume of grads to YOUR benefit.
In addition, we either own or are networked with hundreds of companies who issue thousands of contracts each year for technical projects like Smith Tactical, Shader Joes, and many others. Our body of knowledge referral networks have taken decades to develop and are the most successful in the world. What other organization actively networks funding, not just vague job referrals, to their grads? We have walls lined with thank you notes, and many millionaires as alumni who have started their own businesses.
Those grads who use our programs to, in turn, certify THEIR grads, make, on average, an extra $5,000 a month from our networks and testing services! In that field, we are back linked to over 33,000 grad websites. Let us know YOURS today so we can list you on the association, findaservice and other networks!
FACTS, in addition to the powerful referral networks below:
1. The leading online school in the world costs an average of $50,000, yet only 29% of enrollees graduate and are certified! How do you define a CRIME?? (Source: Fox News)
2. PSU certifies 100% of our students. If you fail, we work with you until you pass!
3. NO other online school includes all texts, tools, after graduation support, etc. We've had the highest rating of any "correspondence" school since 1971, and the highest rating of any online trade school since 1989.
4. Your PSU Credentials are accepted at MORE PLACES than any other online school OR any accredited brick and mortar school!
Comprehensive PSU Entrepreneur Career Business Certification List (Active Referral Networks)
Adobe Pro - Ad Agency - Alternative Medicine (Herbologist, Naturopath, Health) - Animator - Appraiser - Artist - Audio Engineer - Author - AutoCad Designer - Background Investigator - Bail Agency - Bladesmith - Bodyguard - Bookkeeper - Boxing Instructor - Business Consultant - Caterer - Chess Tutor - Circuit Designer - Code Enforcer - Collection Agent - Combat Instructor - Computer Design / Builder - Computer Security - Computer Programmer - Computer Repair - Construction Manager - Course Designer - Court Investigator - Craft Designer - Cryptographer - CSI Consultant - Data Scientist - Day Care Agency - Dental Assistant - Designer - Digital Artist - Director - Drug Counselor - E Commerce - Elearning Consultant - Electrician - Electronics Tech - Engineering Tutor - Engraver - Exam Prep Tutor - Family Counselor - Fashion Designer - FFL - Film Video Editor - Financial Advisor - Firearms Instructor - Forensic Accountant - Forensic Photographer - Funeral Planner - Game Programmer - Graphic Artist - Gunsmith - HR Manager - Illustrator - Interrogator - Journalist - Knife Instructor - Librarian - Locksmith - Math Tutor - Maya Programmer - Mediator - Medical Assistant - Medical Biller - Microsoft Consultant - Mortgage Counselor - Notary Public - Pastoral Counselor - Personal Trainer - Pet Care Agency - Photographer - Physical Therapy Aide - Polgygraph Agency - Powerpoint Designer - Printing Tech - Private Investigator - Producer - Project Manager - Publisher - Quickbooks Consultant - Recruiter - Reloader - Reporter - Research Assistant - Reviewer - Science Tutor - Sculptor - Seamstress - Security Consultant - SEO Consultant - Skip Tracer - Social Media Consultant - Solar Engineer - Statistician - Supercomputing - Travel Agent - Vehicle Repair - Veterinary Assistant - Web Designer - Wedding Conductor - Wildlife / Forestry Agent - Writer