FIRSTCLASS SYSTEMS CORPORATION – Gains Major European Distributor

March 7, 2001

Vancouver, BC — FirstClass Systems Corporation, Canada’s leading e-Learning solutions provider, is pleased to welcome Protrain Solutions, the United Kingdom’s leading independent training consultancy and solutions provider, as the newest member of FirstClass’s global business partners.

Protrain Solutions was founded in August, 1996, and has already seized a major share of the UK’s e-Learning market. Protrain Solutions’ consultants work throughout Europe, the UK and the Republic of Ireland to provide both corporate clients and training centre partners with best-of-breed online, multimedia and computer-based training solutions.

“FirstClass Systems, with its proprietary open architecture learning management system, FCS WorldNet, and its healthy mix of best-of-breed web-based and computer-based training courses and curricula, appears an ideal partner for Protrain”, said Protrain Solutions’ Senior Consultant John Jackson. “We had been searching for some time to find a supplier who could bring both an extensive portfolio of courses, and an adaptable and reliable delivery method, to our client base as they increase their use of e-Learning.”

“Protrain Solutions is an example of the type of business partner FirstClass Systems seeks”, said Bruce Stewart, President and CEO of FirstClass Systems. “With their existing consultancy practices and European-based offerings, coupled with our WorldNet delivery system and our 2000+ course titles, Protrain is equipped to offer its clients solutions that encompass all areas of corporate e-Learning needs.”

Protrain Solutions is authorized to sell all aspects of the FirstClass product line, including:

  • Both the FCS WorldNet corporate learning management system, the heart of FirstClass’s open e-learning architecture, and the goFCS e-commerce system, used by FirstClass’s 20+ learning centre partners worldwide.

  • All courses available in the FirstClass catalogue, including FirstClass’s award-winning Java curriculum, its industry-leading XML series, and courses from its strategic partners, including the PrimeLearning series of human development curricula.

  • FirstClass’s custom development capabilities, to meet client needs not met by existing courseware in the market, and

  • FirstClass’s integration and hosting services, so that existing client investments can be managed in the FirstClass ASP Education Server Centre.

Protrain Solutions will offer these products under its Protrain Direct brand, effective immediately.

About Protrain Solutions

Protrain Solutions is the leading independent UK-based training consultancy and solutions provider. Its principal consultants bring decades of experience in distance education to its pan-European client base. Protrain Solutions offers training consultancy, curriculum management and a wide variety of course selection services. With its partnership with FirstClass Systems, Protrain Solutions is now equipped to offer all facets of e-Learning services to its client base. The company is four years old and based in Kent in the UK.

About FirstClass Systems Corporation

FirstClass Systems Corporation is Canada’s leading full-service supplier in the e-Learning sector. Over 800 corporations, organizations and government departments fulfil their employee training requirements from FirstClass’s more than 2,000 available courses, running from the FirstClass Education Server Centre in Surrey, B.C., the world’s largest open architecture education hosting facility. FirstClass Systems also provides clients with custom courseware development services, and offers a market-leading partnership solution for enterprises offering eLearning on a for-profit basis. FirstClass’s e-Learning offerings reach over 5,500,000 potential students and its courses are currently being used on all seven continents. Founded in 1987, FirstClass Systems is traded on the Canadian Venture Exchange under the ticker code FCS. For more information, visit or on the Web, or call on +1.604.592.0552.

Contact Information:

TEL: (800) 567-7766 ext 206