Try PTC eLearning Free

PTC is offering 30-day free trials of the eLearning Libraries

Updated: 2013 – the free trial is no longer available

If you don’t already have a license for PTC’s eLearning library, you can try out the service for free for 30-days. We always recommend that our customers get at least one copy. It’s inexpensive, and gives you hundreds of hours of video — recorded copies of the certified courses along with course materials (and tests!)  You can watch the material as often as you want. You even get upgraded materials and courseware as long as you’re on active maintenance for the eLearning library.

And you never even need to leave your office.

The courses are broken down into 1-hour segments, so you can watch at your convenience and interleave your learning with your work.

It’s a great resource if you’re an Arbortext user or developer. Topics span the gamut: from getting started to advanced topics. It’s easy to get started, pick up a new skill, and apply it right away.

The full library has over 6000 hours of online training courses available at your fingertips.

  •  Globally available 24/7/365
  • Short, easy to absorb modules get you what you need quickly
  • Powered by PTC University Precision LMS – our robust learning management system
  • Available for your favorite PTC products, such as Creo, Creo Elements/Direct, Mathcad, Windchill & Windchill Quality Solutions, and Arbortext

If you’re interested in trying it out, pop on over to the sign-up page: (No longer available).

And when you’ve finished your lecture courses and need to talk to your TA, head on over to the Advisory Line to get your questions answered. That’s what it’s for; because, after all, you can’t ask questions of a video. If you’re already an Advisory line subscriber, you might find your answer in our membership forums and application engineer database. We’ve got lots of articles that augment the training material already there. And, if you’re not already a member, sign up!

Hear it from someone else: We’re a favorite resource!


What is the best way to learn Arbortext?

Choose the way that you learn best in order for the training to be most effective for you.

This was a question on LinkedIn. When it comes to learning, there are a lot of options. You’ll want to choose the way that you learn best in order for the training to be most effective for you.

Get the books

There are two books available in ePub or Print from Amazon for anyone looking to do it themselves:

  • Arbortext 101: Best Practices for Configuring, Authoring, Styling, and Publishing with Arbortext (Arbortext Monster Garage #1)
  • Arbortext 102: Best Practices for Creating Arbortext Styler Stylesheets (Arbortext Monster Garage #2)

If you learn best by reading, this is your best option.

PTC eLearning & product tutorial

  • Buy a copy of the product you want to learn (Editor, Styler, IsoDraw are the usual suspects here). All of the Arbortext products ship with Tutorials covering nearly all the things that any user wants to do with the product. It also ships with all the manuals for the product. Manuals are many and big (200 pg average, 5-6 manuals). If you learn best by tutorial, this is a great option.
  • Get a subscription to the eLearning Library. All of the Certified PTC Courses have been recorded and broken into segments. Courses are updated when new releases come out. You can watch the courses as often as you want and you get updates to all the classes as part of your subscription. There are product specific libraries such as “Arbortext eLearning”, “Arbortext IsoDraw eLearning”, and “Arbortext Content Manager eLearning”. If you learn best by video, this is a great option.


Mentoring conference calls with an Arbortext Expert is best if you learn best from a live person. The primary goal of the mentoring relationship is to transfer knowledge from our senior staff to yours in order to develop technical competency in your staff.

Mentoring can be an accelerated or customized version of the Certified PTC course that is focused on you and your needs.

Think of mentoring like going to your Teaching Assistant (TA). Your TA keeps you on track with your learning, answers the questions that you can’t ask a video, helps you complete the exercises, or goes more in-depth on the video topics as they apply to your business and your needs. You advisor uses conference calls or desktop sharing to work on your system and your environment.

This can be anything you want it to be. Our team is there to help you and to focus on your needs, your business requirements.

Our customers tell us…

“We are killing this job and I attribute most of that to the training that you provided us. I feel like there is nothing I can’t do.”     – Steve W.

When you combine PTC eLearning with Mentoring

The most cost-effective and efficient option available.

Mentoring gives you access to a live person and eLearning gives you access to an instructional video that you can watch as often as you want.

You can’t ask questions of a video. You can use your mentoring time efficiently and ask your mentor specific questions about what you couldn’t quite understand in the video (or that the video didn’t cover with respect to your specific situation). You can use your mentoring time to go beyond the books we wrote to address specific styling or authoring requirements for you and your customers.

PTC certified training

Certified PTC training, in-person, at a PTC learning center or one of the VAR partners qualified to teach Arbortext. There must be a class running already, or enough people enrolled to make it cost-effective for PTC or the partner to run the class (typically, minimum of 5 students).

Certified training courses are considered PTC products. As such, you can purchase them from any PTC VAR (like us). However, not all PTC VARs who sell Arbortext are qualified to support it. For a list of qualified Arbortext VAR partners, see “Everything Arbortext In One Place

Community resources

The Arbortext Community is very large and extremely active. There’s a list of all community resources. You’ll have to piece a lot of things together, as these resources are usually answering questions from individuals asking about specific problems.

We keep a list of community resources. There are two major mailing lists with archives that date back to the mid 90s. There’s an open source code repository. There’s a user group that meets monthly. There are community groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, etc. If you learn best by absorbing what’s going on around you or DIY, then there are a world of resources out there for you to take advantage of.

If you have time to wait to get an answer back, you might find your answer here.

Webinar: Move your training deliverables to a dynamic and single-source solution!

Pushpinder Toor, a Product Manager at PTC, discusses how PTC builds, manages and delivers their own training quickly and efficiently

In case you missed the presentation at PTC/User 2010 (#ptcuser2010) or Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2010 (#CMSDITANA2010), here’s your chance to see a great presentation by someone deep in the thick of it.

Pushpinder Toor, a Product Manager at PTC, is responsible for the design and development of PTC University’s new Arbortext Training Solution. This solution is a melding of PTC technologies, best practices and industry standards. The resulting solution helps PTC customers build, manage and deliver their own training quickly and efficiently. Pushpinder has been a part of PTC (and previously Arbortext Inc.) for 11 years, in that time she’s worked in a number of roles such as a Course Trainer, Curriculum Developer and Project Manager.

Join us as Pushpinder describes how they leverage their content to provide world-class training materials. Discover how the implementation of a Reusable Content Strategy. Arbortext and Windchill technology can help you build training content that allows for:

  • Innovative learning methodology — Role based, tailored to the individual needs, and measurable.
  • Global Coverage — When you want it, where you need it, in the language you prefer
  • Flexibility — Continuous blended material

Join Single-Sourcing Solutions and PTC for this one hour FREE websession.

We will show you how to develop a solution that can deliver faster, high-quality, standards-compliant training and eLearning.

Find the registration link here: (UPDATE: also register to see the recording.)