F1 skillpipe Revolution - Digital Courseware Now Provided with all Training Courses

  1. Overview
  2. Introduction to Microsoft Digital Courseware and skillpipe
  3. FAQs*


From 04/11/13, F1 will be providing digital courseware for all training courses (where available).  Microsoft digital courseware is accessible via the skillpipe Digital Textbook Reader, available for Windows 7 & 8, a revolutionary new reader which enables students to read, annotate and share notes in their automatically updated Microsoft Official Curriculum course manuals.


The new skillpipe offline reader app for Windows 8/ RT tablets and PCs is now available as free of charge download on the Windows Store.

Introduction to Microsoft Digital Courseware and skillpipe
See the YouTube video here
How to use skillpipe


Advantages of Microsoft Digital Courseware and skillpipe
  • Online and offline readers: access your courses anytime, anywhere from Windows 7 and 8.
  • Central bookshelf for all digital purchases.
  • Add new books to your bookshelf simply by entering redemption codes.
  • Be environmentally friendly – save paper.
  • Take your notes with you – automatic synchronisation in the cloud to access your annotations from any other device.
  • Keep up to date with course changes and revisions.

Collaborative Learning

  • Annotate and highlight sections in your course.
  • Share selected annotations with other members of the class.
  • Access shared highlights and annotations from your trainer for superior course or exam preparation.
  • Browse or search your digital Courseware for annotations or highlighted sections.

Digital Rights Management

  • Digital Courseware can only be authorised using one-time redemption codes.
  • State of the art DRM technology Hyperlink.
  • Digital Courseware is locked to the user’s hardware (hardware fingerprint).
  • All communication between the Reader and the Student is encrypted and secure.

Customer Experience

  • Customize your Reader interface.
  • Text size and font type, colour mode, reflowable text.
  • Embedded content search.
  • Print option.



  1. Q - When will I receive my Digital courseware?
    A - We order your Digital Courseware from Microsoft's publishing partner Arvato services as soon as we receive payment from you. Delivery is a direct download link sent to you via an email from Arvato. Please ensure emails from Arvato.com are included on your email white list.

  2. Q - Can I request a printed manual instead of Digital courseware?
    A - Yes, just request "Printed not Digital courseware" when booking you course or certification and a charge of £15 per course will be added to your booking. Note that the course itself will be taught via skillpipe manuals and you will be temporarily given access to a skillpipe manual for the duration of the course.

  3. Q - Can I print the manual from Digital courseware?
    A - Yes if you have purchased Digital courseware you are welcome to print off your own manual and bring it to your course.

  4. Q - Will my notes and highlights remain after a courseware version update?
    A - Yes, your notes are transferred to the new courseware version, although some may need to be realigned with the correct text.

  5. Q - How will I access my Digital courseware during the training sessions?
    A - You will be provided with dual monitors, one for access to skillpipe and a touch-screen monitor for access to the course images and labs.