Top 5 Reasons Utility Companies Should Consider Computer-Based Training

There’s no denying that computer-based training is the most convenient way to train employees and contractors to help them meet safety goals. Gone are the days that required a classroom, pencil and paper, and in-person final assessment. Computer-based training offers the rigor of safety training courses but with flexibility for its users. Many in the industry agree it’s the best way to deliver compliance training in heavily regulated industries.

Here are the Top 5 reasons why.

  • It provides accurate, up-to-date data. Computer-based training allows owners to verify that workers have been properly trained before entering their sites. It also helps owners demonstrate that they are continuing to meet the regulatory requirements of their industry. Additionally, individual performance and assessment records are more easily tracked and can follow the worker from jobsite to jobsite. Some online training programs even go a step further, notifying owners when completed training is set to expire.
  • It offers legal defensibility. Training courses delivered via a computer-based system allow for modules and lessons to be bookmarked. This verifies that trainees have been exposed to and exhibited understanding of the materials presented. If the trainee gets a question wrong, the course settings allow the learner to return to the material until they exhibit mastery. With some learning management systems, owner requirements can also be coded into each course. This data can be used to prove that the trainee successfully completed the training.
  • It offers flexibility. Because computer-based training typically doesn’t take place in a classroom, trainees can complete the training at their convenience – anytime, anywhere. Taking the training during preferred hours creates flexibility and allows each person to work at his or her own pace, focusing on strengthening the areas that are the most challenging.
  • It provides immediate feedback. Instead of having to wait for manual grading to take place, computer-based training programs can provide immediate feedback. Trainees can instantly see their results after completing training sessions. This allows facilitators to quickly identify specific strengths and weaknesses.
  • It standardizes training. By implementing computer-based training, facilitators are assured that each person on their team is trained to the same standard. Facilitators have data that verifies each employee or contractor who enters their site has the knowledge necessary to do their job safely.

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