March 2, 2015 – HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA. Today, three of the biggest names in SharePoint and Office 365 education aligned to become the largest global provider of quality SharePoint training and enablement solutions.

The World Education Alliance (WEA) now includes Combined Knowledge, Mindsharp and Critical Path Training. The WEA unites three of the industry’s most recognized names in SharePoint education to offer expert education solutions to clients on a global basis.

This exciting new alliance combines over 30 years of knowledge and expertise in the development and delivery of SharePoint and related technology training courses, products, and related services and boasts the largest portfolio of SharePoint education anywhere in the world.

ted“I am excited that three of the biggest names in the SharePoint education arena have joined forces to give our customers a richer training curriculum and a greater number of scheduled class offerings,” states Ted Pattison, founder and senior instructor of Critical Path Training. “Customers recognize that WEA partners offer the industry’s most in-depth training on SharePoint and related technologies such as Office 365 and Business Intelligence (BI).”

The WEA provides clients with access to a wide range of content that has been written and developed by each organization to support multiple roles within the Microsoft Collaboration Platform environment, including: IT Pro’s, Developers, Designers, Power Users, End Users, and Business Executives.
The courses available through the WEA are delivered by global, expert SharePoint trainers and consultants who have the real world knowledge and skills required to deliver quality education solutions. WEA clients can benefit from a choice in how their training is delivered, including in-classroom, traditional, public and private delivery methods, robust online delivery methods, or through a range of on-demand training and support tools.

steve“I am very excited to announce the latest partnership move for Combined Knowledge and Mindsharp in creating an alignment with Critical Path in the US. For more than 12 years the three biggest names in the premier SharePoint education space have been Combined Knowledge, Critical Path, and Mindsharp,” states Steve Smith, CEO of Combined Knowledge and Mindsharp. “With so many technical leaders in their field, these three companies have always been at the cutting edge of training and education in the Microsoft collaboration platform. With this partnership, we are able offer our customers code-based class sharing, more types of classes offered, along with offering customers unified education solutions around the world through WEA and our partners.”

WEA Trainers and Consultants boast industry-leading accreditations and references including the prestigious SharePoint MVP Accreditation.

WEA enables organizations to work with SharePoint experts for every aspect of their projects over multiple locations in one easy step. Customers can maintain the same local contact to help them plan and organize their project and ensure that all involved in an education roll out are receiving the same understanding and knowledge wherever they are based.

Critical Path, Combined Knowledge, and Mindsharp training offerings and support services lead the industry in SharePoint educational content and are available worldwide via training partners and resellers, including Microsoft Gold Certified partners.

Available training offerings include:

  • traditional classroom training
  • private, in-house custom workshops and courses
  • online courses and Computer-Based Training
  • custom video production
  • support and helpdesk products
  • just-in-time training and videos
  • on-demand digital training programs for long-term adoption
  • education for the entire workforce


About Combined Knowledge

Since 2003, Combined Knowledge has specialized in the development and global delivery of SharePoint and collaboration education and support.

Our aim is provide organizations with a complete solution for SharePoint deployment, Office 365, and the cloud. This is achieved by providing training to facilitate product installation and development through to ensuring successful user adoption with the addition of on-demand support for all users from one central source.

Our team of trainers includes leading SharePoint, Office 365, and cloud experts who speak at global seminars and users groups on topics from technology and architecture to user adoption and business processes.


About Mindsharp

Mindsharp represents more than 10 years at the forefront of SharePoint educational and support content creation for companies around the world in the ever-changing environment of modern business.

Our aim is to provide organizations with a complete end-to-end solution for SharePoint, Office 365 and the Cloud. To help achieve this we have extended our portfolio to include Support+, the instant, just-in-time helpdesk, support and training solution for your entire organization.

Our team of trainers includes leading SharePoint, Office 365 and Cloud experts who speak at global seminars and users groups on topics from technology and architecture to user adoption and business processes. Our wide range of training courses is complemented by our Helpdesk and Digital Training software products (including the Support+ App, CBT’s and Training+) along with our private, online delivery datacenter.

Mindsharp is strategically partnered with some of the best service providers in the SharePoint industry to provide expert training, support, consultancy, development, migration and design services.


About Critical Path Training

Founded in 2005, the Ted Pattison Group was rebranded as Critical Path Training in 2009. We are dedicated to educating Professional Developers, Designers, IT Professionals and Information Workers on how to become successful with Microsoft’s SharePoint Products and related technologies such as Office 365 and Business Intelligence (BI). Critical Path Training offers instructor-led training classes in first class training facilities across the United States and via private onsite engagements. We reach many other customers throughout the world by offering online versions of our most popular SharePoint training classes. Our instructors include some of the biggest names in SharePoint education: Ted Pattison, Andrew Connell, Scot Hillier, Asif Rehmani, Maurice Prather, David Mann, Matthew McDermott, Gary Lapointe, Paul Schaeflein, Christina Wheeler and Fabian Williams.

At Critical Path Training, we pride ourselves in the fact that we conduct extensive research and author the SharePoint industry’s most in-depth training. Our mission is to provide students with an objective viewpoint and key insights about the architecture as well as best practices and essential coding techniques. We also believe that training is about more than just telling people a set of technical facts. There is a fine art to writing a great technical training course. A course author must be able to create a story that teaches concepts and reinforces technical skill in a series of lectures and lab exercises that build a student’s understanding layer by layer through the week.

Critical Path Training continues to strive to deliver the very best education for organizations using SharePoint on-premises, including planned future classes for those who will be migrating to SharePoint 2016. Critical Path Training’s curriculum will also expand for those customers who are moving to the cloud, with an increased focus on related technologies such as Office 365 and Business Intelligence (BI).