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                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

     This Employment Agreement ("Agreement") is made this 17th day of July,
2000, between PROSOFTTRAINING.COM, a Nevada corporation (the "Company"), and
Robert G. Gwin ("Employee").


     A.  The Company is engaged in the provision of Internet and intranet
training and other computer training and services.

     B.  The Company and Employee desire to enter into an Employment Agreement
to memorialize the terms of employment.

     C.  NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and mutual covenants
herein set forth, the parties do hereby agree and promise as follows:

     1.  Employment.  The Company hereby employs Employee and Employee hereby
accepts employment under the terms and conditions set forth below.  The
Employee's title shall be Chief Financial Officer. Employment will commence
August 1, 2000; the contract shall conclude on July 31, 2002.

     2.  Duties.

         2.1   The Employee shall perform such managerial, supervisory,
development or executive duties in connection with the business of the Company
as the Company may from time to time assign consistent with Employee's title of
Chief Financial Officer. Notwithstanding the foregoing the company expects that
employee shall perform the following tasks which shall not be conclusive:
Supervise Finance and Accounting department personnel, manage or assist the
Chief Executive Officer in all matters relating to presenting company
information and be a contact person for contacts with, and presentation to
investment bankers, Wall Street analysts and other functions relating to
disclosure of information as is required of a publicly-traded company, assist
diligence related to mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and major
contracts, and assist the Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer
as is necessary.

         2.2   Employee will report and be responsible to the Chief Executive
Officer, and take strategic direction from the Chief Operating Officer.

         2.3   Employee agrees to devote his full business time, energy and
skills to such employment subject to absences and customary vacations and for
temporary illnesses.

         2.4   Employee will not engage in other gainful occupation during the
term of this Agreement without prior written consent of the Company; provided,

however, that nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent the
Employee from trading for his own account and benefit in stocks, bonds,
securities, real estate, commodities and other forms of investments.

     3.   Term.  The term of this Agreement shall begin on August 1, 2000 and
shall continue until July 31, 2002, unless earlier terminated pursuant to the
provisions hereof.

     4.   Compensation.

          4.1  Employee shall receive a base salary of $175,000 per year payable
in equal installments on the Company's regular payroll dates ("Base Salary"),
which Base Salary the Company shall continue to pay during the term of this
Agreement until the Company is no longer obligated to pay the same pursuant to
the provisions of Section 6 hereof.

          4.2  Employee shall be entitled to an award of options under the
Company's plan, which may be in place. The Company will recommend to the Board
of Directors that Employee shall be granted 175,000 options which shall be
vested under the Company's normal vesting procedures over a period of four
years. The options shall be issued when approved by the Board; Employee shall
receive his options at the strike price when awarded.

          4.3  In addition, the Employee is to receive relocation and moving
expenses of $30,000 which shall be paid upon commencement of employment or
thereafter when requested by the Employee.

          4.4  The Company shall pay Employee's reasonable expenses in
maintaining his professional standing.

          4.5  In addition to Employee's Base Salary, Employee shall be entitled
to receive an annual bonus each calendar year of up to $70,000, to be determined
as follows:

               (a)  $10,500 shall be earned if the closing bid price for the
Company's Common Stock, as reported by NASDAQ (the "Company Closing Price"), is
equal to or greater than $20 for five consecutive business days during that
calendar year after commencement of employment;

               (b)  An additional $10,500 shall be earned if the Company Closing
Price is equal to or greater than $25 for five consecutive business days during
that calendar year after commencement of employment;

               (c)  An additional $7,000.00 per fiscal quarter in which gross
revenue of the Company equals or exceeds $7,000,000, up to a maximum of three
quarters per calendar year ($21,000 maximum per calendar year) after
commencement of employment;


               (d)  Up to an additional $28,000 to be determined by the Company,
in its sole and absolute discretion, taking into account whatever factors it
considers appropriate, including but not limited to the Company's ability to
have a successful secondary offering and/or the Company's success in mergers and
acquisitions. The bonus structure may be changed by agreement as the Company may
implement "team goals" for the Management Team.

               (e)  The bonus for each calendar year shall be payable on August
1 of the following year. The bonus shall be paid in cash or, at the option of
the Company, in shares of Common Stock of the Company valued at the Closing
Price on that August 1 (or, if August 1 is not a business day, the first
business day prior to that date). If the bonus is paid in Common Stock, the
Company will also pay Federal and state income taxes incurred as a result of the
payment in this manner.

     5.   Termination.

          5.1  The Company may terminate this Agreement for cause by giving the
Employee written notice. "Cause" shall mean gross negligence or willful
misconduct in the performance of Employee's duties hereunder, willful breach or
habitual neglect of duties, defalcation, fraud, conviction of a felony, or
incarceration for not less than 30 consecutive days, all as determined by the
Board of Directors. If the Employee disputes the Company's right to terminate
this Agreement for Cause, the dispute shall be resolved in accordance with
Section 11 hereof.

          5.2  The Company may terminate this Agreement if Employee is mentally
or physically disabled and such disability renders him unable to perform his
duties under this Agreement for 90 consecutive days in any 12-month period.
During the term of this Agreement, the Company will take out a disability
insurance policy providing Employee commensurate compensation in the event of
such a disability.

          5.3  This Agreement may be terminated voluntarily by the Employee by
providing the Company with written notice specifying the date of such
termination not less than 90 days prior to the effective date of termination.

          5.4  The Company without Cause may terminate this Agreement by
providing Employee with written notice specifying the date of such termination
not less than 30 days prior to the effective date of termination.

     6.   Effect of Termination.

          6.1  If Employee's employment hereunder is terminated without Cause
pursuant to Section 5.4, the Company shall (i) pay to Employee an amount equal
to Employee's cash compensation from the Company for the previous 12 months,
plus the value of any accrued or unused vacation and (ii) provide acceleration
and immediate vesting of all of Employee's stock options from the Company which
have not yet vested at that time, and such accelerated options as well as any
other options which have vested and are then exercisable shall be exercisable
for a period of three (3) months following the date of termination and shall
then expire and be of no further force or effect. The


Company shall also pay to Employee any bonus actually earned under section 4.5
that is determined by the achievement of a specific goal or event set forth in
section 4.5 (a), (b) and (c). The Company shall thereafter have no further
obligations under this Agreement.

          6.2  If Employee's employment hereunder is terminated pursuant to
Sections 5.1, 5.2 or 5.3, the Company shall pay to Employee the Base Salary
through the date of such termination, plus the value of any accrued or unused
vacation, and the Company shall thereafter have no further obligations to
Employee under this Agreement.

          6.3  If Employee's employment is terminated as a result of the
expiration of the term of this Agreement, then the Company shall pay to Employee
the Base Salary through the expiration date, plus the value of any accrued or
unused vacation, and the Company shall thereafter have no further obligations
under this Agreement.

     7.   Change of Control.

          7.1  For purposes of this Agreement, a "Change of Control" shall mean
the occurrence of either one of the following events:

               (i)  any corporation, partnership, person, other entity or group
(as defined in Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended) (collectively, a "Person"), acquires shares of capital stock of the
Company representing more than fifty percent (50%) of the total number of shares
of capital stock that may be voted for the election of directors of the Company;

               (ii) a merger, consolidation or other business combination of the
Company with or into another Person is consummated, or all or substantially all
of the assets of the Company are acquired by another Person, as a result of
which the stockholders of the Company immediately prior to the consummation of
such transaction own, immediately after consummation of such transaction, equity
securities possessing less than fifty percent (50%) of the voting power of the
surviving or acquiring Person (or any Person in control of the surviving or
acquiring Person), the equity securities of which are issued or transferred in
such transaction.

          7.2  Upon the occurrence of a Change of Control during the term of
this Agreement, a portion of the outstanding employee stock options then held by
Employee shall accelerate and immediately vest, as follows: If there is a Change
of Control within six months of Employee commencing his employment 75,000
options shall vest; if there is a Change of Control within one year of Employee
commencing his employment 125,000 options shall vest, if there is a Change of
Control after one year of Employee commencing employment all options held by
Employee shall immediately vest, and such accelerated options as well as any
other options which have vested and which are then exercisable shall remain
exercisable until expiration or earlier termination pursuant to the terms of the
respective original option agreements.

          7.3  If upon the completion of a Change of Control Employee is not
Chief Financial Officer of the ultimate parent organization of which the Company
is a


part, then the Company shall immediately make a payment to Employee equal to
$200,000. Notwithstanding the foregoing, should the Chief Executive Officer, and
the Chief Operating Officer of the Company agree to waive their payment upon
Change of Control Employee shall not be entitled to the payment. Should the
Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating Officer agree to reduce the
payments to which they are entitled to on a change of control, Employee agrees
that his payment shall be reduced by an equal percentage. In such event Employee
shall be entitled to have additional options that have not vested under section
7.2 during the first year of employment vest up to the amount that would allow
Employee to realize a total payment equal to $200,000. By way of example, should
the CEO and COO agree to reduce their payment by half, Employee would receive a
cash payment under this section of $100,000, and, if the event occurs during the
first year of employment, vest unvested options which would result in economic
value equal to the difference between the option strike price and option
exercise price of an additional $100,000.

          7.4    Withholding Taxes and Other Deductions.  To the extent
required by law, the Company shall withhold from any payments due Employee under
this Agreement any applicable Federal, state or local taxes and such other
deductions as are prescribed by law or Company policy, except in the case where
a bonus is paid in Common Stock.

     8.   Proprietary Information.

          8.1    Employee understands that the Company possesses and will
continue to possess information that has been created, discovered, developed or
otherwise become known to the Company (including, without limitation,
information created, discovered, developed or made known by Employee during the
period of or arising out of his employment by the Company, whether prior to or
after the date hereof) or in which property rights have been assigned or
otherwise conveyed to the Company, which information has commercial value in the
business in which the Company is engaged. All such information is hereinafter
called "Proprietary Information." By way of illustration, but not limitation,
Proprietary Information includes processes, formulas, codes, data, programs,
know-how, improvements, discoveries, developments, designs, inventions,
techniques, marketing plans, strategies, forecasts, new products, unpublished
financial statements, budgets, projections, licenses, prices, costs, contracts
and customer and supplier lists.

          8.2    In consideration of the compensation received by the Employee
from the Company and the covenants contained in this Agreement, Employee agrees
as follows:

          8.2.1  All Proprietary Information shall be the sole property of the
Company and its assigns, and the Company and its assigns shall be the sole owner
of all patents, copyrights, and other rights in connection therewith.  Employee
hereby assigns to the Company rights he may have or acquire in such Proprietary
Information.  At all times, both during his employment by the Company and after
its termination, Employee will keep in strictest confidence and trust all
Proprietary Information and will not use or


disclose any Proprietary Information without the written consent of the Company,
except as may be necessary in the ordinary course of performing his duties under
this Agreement.

          8.2.2     All documents, records, equipment and other physical
property, whether or not pertaining to Proprietary Information, furnished to
Employee by the Company or produced by Employee or others in connection with
Employee's employment with the Company shall be and remain the sole property of
the Company. In the event of the termination of his employment by him or the
Employee for any reason, Employee will deliver to the Company all documents,
notes, drawings, specifications, programs, data, customer lists and other
materials of any nature pertaining to his work with the Company and Employee
will not take with him or use any of the foregoing, any reproduction of any of
the foregoing, or any Proprietary Information that is embodied in a tangible
medium of expression.

          8.2.3     Employee recognizes that the Company is engaged in a
continuous program of development and marketing respecting its present and
future business. Employee understands that as part of his employment by the
Company he has been and is expected to make new contributions of value to the
Company and that his employment has created a relationship of confidence and
trust between him and the Company with respect to certain information applicable
to the business of the Company or applicable to the business of any customer of
the Company, which has been or may be made known to Employee by the Company or
by any customer of the Company or which may have been or may be learned by
Employee during the period of his employment by the Company.

     9.   Covenant Not to Compete.

          9.1       In consideration for the payments to be made under this
Agreement, Employee shall, for the greater of (a) a period of two years or (b)
such period as Employee may be employed by the Company, refrain from, either
alone or in conjunction with any other person, or directly or indirectly through
its present or future affiliates :

                    (i)    employing, engaging or seeking to employ or engage
any person who within the prior twenty-four (24) months had been an officer or
employee of the Company;

                    (ii)   causing or attempting to cause (A) any client,
     customer or supplier of the Company to terminate or materially reduce its
     business with the Company, or (B) any officer, employee or consultant of
     the Company to resign or sever a relationship with the Company;

                    (iii)  disclosing (unless compelled by judicial or
administrative process) or using any confidential or secret information relating
to the Company or any of their respective clients, customers or suppliers; or

                    (iv)   Participating or engaging in (other than through the
ownership of five percent (5%) or less of any class of securities registered
under the


Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended), or otherwise lending assistance
(financial or otherwise) to any person participating or engaged in, any of the
lines of business in which the Company is participating or engaged on the date
of termination in any jurisdiction in which the Company participates or engages
in such line of business on the date of termination.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the restrictive covenants set forth in this
Section 9 shall terminate immediately upon a termination of this Agreement by
the Company without Cause.

          9.2  The parties hereto recognize that the laws and public policies of
the various states of the United States may differ as to the validity and
enforceability of covenants similar to those set forth in this Section. It is
the intention of the parties that the provisions of this Section be enforced to
the fullest extent permissible under the laws and policies of each jurisdiction
in which enforcement may be sought, and that the unenforceability (or the
modification to conform to such laws or policies) of any provisions of this
Section shall not render unenforceable, or impair, the remainder of the
provisions of this Section. Accordingly, if any provision of this Section shall
be determined to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or
unenforceability shall be deemed to apply only with respect to the operation of
such provision in the particular jurisdiction in which such determination is
made and not with respect to any other provision or jurisdiction.

          9.3  The parties hereto acknowledge and agree that any remedy at law
for any breach of the provisions of this Section would be inadequate, and
Employee hereby consents to the granting by any court of an injunction or other
equitable relief, without the necessity of actual monetary loss being proved, in
order that the breach or threatened breach of such provisions may be effectively

          9.4  The Company and the Employee acknowledge that the foregoing
restrictive covenants in this Section 9 are essential elements of this Agreement
and that, but for the agreement of the Employee to comply with those covenants,
the Company would not have agreed to enter into this Agreement. The covenants by
the Employee shall be construed as agreements independent of any other provision
in this Agreement.

          9.5  The Company and the Employee intend that the covenants contained
in this Section 10 shall be construed as a series of separate covenants, one for
each county of the State of Texas and one for each State of the United States
other than Texas.

          9.6  The Company and the Employee understand and agree that, if any
portion of the restrictive covenants set forth in this Section 9 is held to be
unreasonable, arbitrary, or against public policy, then that portion of those
covenants shall be considered divisible as to time and geographical area.  The
Company and the Employee agree that, if any court of competent jurisdiction
determines that the specified time period or the specified geographical area of
application in any covenant is unreasonable, arbitrary, or against public
policy, then a lesser time period, geographical area, or both,


that is determined to be reasonable, nonarbitrary, and not against public policy
may be enforced against Employee. The Company and the Employee agree and
acknowledge that they are familiar with the present and proposed operations of
the Company and believe that the restrictive covenants set forth in this Section
10 are reasonable with respect to their subject matter, duration, and
geographical application.

          9.7  The parties acknowledge that the status of the Employee in this
business and industry is unique and the success of the Company in said business
is materially and substantially dependent upon the continued employment of the
Employee, and in the event the employment of the Employee is terminated for any
reason, such business of the Company will be substantially and irrevocably
damaged. In view thereof, the parties acknowledge that monetary damages alone
will not fully compensate the Company in the event the Employee fails or refuses
to comply with the terms of this Section 9 above when applicable, and agree that
the Company, in addition to all other remedies provided in law and in equity,
shall have the remedy of injunctive relief and specific performance to enforce
the terms of said Section.

     10.  Arbitration.  Except as otherwise provide herein, any controversies
or claims arising out of, or relating to this Agreement or the breach thereof,
shall be settled by arbitration in Austin, Texas in accordance with the rules
of, but not subject to the jurisdiction of, the American Arbitration
Association, which decision shall be final and binding on the parties, and
judgment upon the award rendered may be entered in any court having jurisdiction
thereof. For these purposes the arbitrator shall be an individual who has
demonstrated that such individual is familiar with and has experience in the
legal issues involving employer-employee relationships and has had no prior
prejudicial contacts with either party. In addition to all other remedies
provided in law or in equity, the arbitrator is hereby authorized to assess
costs and attorneys' fees against either party if the arbitrator finds, based on
all the facts and circumstances, that the conduct of or the claims made by such
party were unreasonable or substantially without merit.

     11.  Notice.  All notices, requests and other communications hereunder must
be in writing and will be deemed to have been duly given only if delivered
personally or by facsimile transmission or mailed (first class postage prepaid)
to the parties at the following addresses or facsimile numbers:

               If to Employee:     Robert G. Gwin

                                   5422 Merrimac Avenue

                                   Dallas, Texas 75206

                                   (214) 828-1069 telephone
                                   (214) 828-1204 fax

               If to the Company:
                                   3001 Bee Caves Road, Suite 100
                                   Austin, TX  78746
                                   Facsimile No:  (512) 328-5239
                                   Attn: Jeffrey G. Korn, General Counsel


All such notices, requests and other communications will (i) if delivered
personally to the address as provided in this Section, be deemed given upon
delivery, (ii) if delivered by facsimile transmission to the facsimile number as
provided in this Section, be deemed given upon receipt, and (iii) if delivered
by mail in the manner described above to the address as provided in this
Section, be deemed given upon receipt (in each case regardless of whether such
notice, request or other communication is received by any other person to whom a
copy of such notice, request or other communication is to be delivered pursuant
to this Section). Any party from time to time may change its address, facsimile
number or other information for the purpose of notices to that party by giving
notice specifying such change to the other party hereto.

     12.  Invalid Provision.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any
particular provision of this Agreement in any jurisdiction shall not affect the
other provisions hereof or the validity of that particular provision in any
other jurisdiction, and the Agreement shall be construed in all respects as
though such invalid or unenforceable provisions were omitted only in the
jurisdiction in which the case is held to be invalid or unenforceable.

     13.  Interpretation.  This Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance
with the laws of the State of Texas.

     14.  Successors.  This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to
the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors, assigns,
heirs, and legal representatives, including any person, firm, corporation or
other business entity which at any time, by merger, purchase or otherwise,
acquires substantially all of the assets or business of the Company.  The duties
and covenants of Employee under this Agreement, being personal, may not be

     15.  Entire Agreement; Modification.  This Agreement replaces in its
entirety the Existing Employment Agreement, which agreement shall be of no
further force and effect.  This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement
between the parties, and may be changed only by an agreement in writing signed
by the parties.

     16.  Headings.  Sections and other headings contained in this Agreement are
for reference purposes only and shall not affect in any way the meaning or
interpretation of this Agreement.

     17.  Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in two or more
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.  Signatures may be
exchanged by telecopy, with original signatures to follow.  Each of the parties
hereto agrees that it will be bound by its own telecopied signature and that it
accepts the telecopied signatures of the other parties to this Agreement.  The
original signature pages shall be forwarded to the Company or its counsel and
the Company or its counsel will provide all of the parties hereto with a copy of
the entire Agreement.


     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by
the duly authorized officer of each party hereto as of the date first above


                              PROSOFTTRAINING.COM, a Nevada corporation

                              By:   ___________________________________


                              Robert G. Gwin