Q: What if I want to borrow a kit for more/less than 4 weeks?
A: Rental is charged at £10 a week, rounded up to the nearest whole
number of weeks. If you borrow a kit for 5 weeks,
you will be charged £50. For 3 weeks, the charge is £30. For 2
weeks and 1 day, the charge is £30.
Q: How do you work out the rental time?
A: The total rental time is from the first whole (0900 to 1700)
working day ITS3 make the
kit available to you up to but not including the first whole working day it is back in ITS3
possession. For example, we tell you your kit is available at 1430
on Monday 7 October. First day of rental is Tuesday 8 October. You return it at
1000 on Monday 14 October - 1 week rental. Return it at 1000 on Tuesday
15 October - 2 weeks rental.
Q: My department/college won't pay or I don't want to ask them. Can I
still rent the kits?
A: Yes, send a postdated cheque for 4 weeks rental, payable to OUCS,
to ITS3 instead of the purchase order.
Q: Realistically, how long does it take to work through a kit?
A: Each course (signified by a course number: 781, 556, 560, 565, 570,
575, 580, 555) is generally taught as a 5 day, instructor led
course. So, if you take time off and really get your head down, it
should be possible for you to do the same. With a mix of working,
studying in odd moments or evenings, it will take longer. Any
feedback on what you thought of the kits, how long it took,
etc. would be very welcome.
Q: Two of the kits only include one course while the CNE one is
several course, but they are all the same charge. Is this
A: Without going into huge, complicated, schemes, we think so. It takes a lot longer to complete the CNE course so
people will need to rent the kits for a lot longer and so will
end up paying more.
Q: Sue Bloggs at the Dept of Ancient Fishkeeping has had the kit I want
for weeks! I need it urgently!
A: ITS3 will do our best to make sure everyone has a fair go with the
kits. This may mean limiting the time a popular kit can be loaned
for in any one spell. Of course, you can ask to borrow the same kit again
Q: Do I get CPD points for studying using a kit?
A: Yes. The official wording is that self study of material which "leads to a successful examination
or assessment" is worth 4 points per hour. You don't need to take
the official CNE exam to earn the points, just be studying the
Q: You haven't answered my question.
A: Contact ITS3 and we'll deal with it personally.