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From classroom to computer: benefits of remote training

While many aspects of work and life have been (slowly) adopting new technology, the global pandemic brought with it a sudden – and at times, necessary – digital shift. Everything from work meetings to happy hours transitioned from in-person events to online meetups.

And while some argued (or hoped) the “online craze” would soon return to “normal,” many digital practices implemented over the last two years are here to stay, including the way we learn.

The need for online training surged when the pandemic locked down nations, cities and communities. Certification and licensing that had previously only been offered in-person was now available to anyone with access to an Internet connection. And despite restrictions lifting, the world “reopening” and in-person gatherings coming back in full force, online safety training is here to stay.

The options are endless

With advancing technology, training can be held virtually and broadcast to any learner around the world, making it highly accessible.

Take, for instance, the OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Online Course. This online HAZWOPER training allows students to study at their own pace and learn how to manage situations in the safest manner where contact with potentially hazardous materials is likely.  The online HAZWOPER course covers 28 comprehensive modules which are taught in a variety of formats including video, audio voiceover, student interaction, module assessment, content review and an online examination which takes place at the end of this safety training.

Or maybe you’re looking for online crane operator training or online crane certification, which are offered in multiple formats including in-person, online and a mix of both. The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) offers online Mobile Crane Operator Training as well as mobile crane operator virtual test prep, VR crane modules in simulation and non-operator VR modules for technicians, spotters, riggers and more. After all, properly trained operators are a key part of ensuring safety on a jobsite when it comes to heavy lifting and specialized transport.

But remote training and certification offer a number of benefits that extend beyond the bonus of taking a class from the comfort of your own home. The next time you’re looking for online safety training or online crane certification, remember these perks:  

  1. Saves money. There’s no need to drive (and waste gas) to a specific location, nor will hotel or travel expenses be involved. There are also no paper-related fees or human-labor-associated costs.
  2. Saves time. For an employer, once online course content is created, it is always readily available. This means that new hires can access training content at their leisure and providers don’t have to host multiple, in-person training events.
  3. Better retention. E-learning and training can utilize gamification, videos and other interactive content which increases engagement and retention.
  4. A “risk-free” environment. Have you ever been in a group setting that asked for contributions, but the fear of “failure” kept you quiet? Online training mitigates that.
  5. Home/life and work balance. As more employees seek solutions that fit into their lifestyles, online training that can be accessed nearly anywhere via a mobile device gives students more options and can therefore boost morale. 
  6. The environmental impact. In-person training calls for a lot of resources. From printed materials and paper to driving-related emissions and energy, by taking an online training class, you’re contributing to a greener future – and that’s a win for all of us.

Find out more about all the great online training courses available through Easybook Training.

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