Safety Courses: Online Trainings Versus the Real Classroom

By now, we all know how important it is to keep your safety skills up to date, and attending trainings that are professionally relevant is certainly an essential part of this process. There are always new machines being released on the market, and while some safety tenants don’t change fast, you’ll want to keep your safety skills current. 

With such an extensive online marketplace, there are many courses being offered (often for a discount) online. But can you really get the same experience from taking an online course that you get from time spent in a physical classroom? At Alberta Lift, we take safety trainings seriously and we have a high standard for our instructors and students alike. Here are some things to consider when deciding what type of course you want to take.

1. Will the training be accepted once you’re onsite?

If you need to have a safety training for an upcoming job, or to keep your skill set current, you need to ensure that the training you take is legitimate. This can be a limiting factor in how valuable an online course is. Sure, the initial price tag may be a bit lower, but if you can’t use your training credentials when you need them that money is still going to waste. Make sure the training you choose is credible and that you can use it wherever you plan on working.

Alberta Lift Crew

2. Quality of Instruction

Beyond accreditation, you want to make sure you are getting the most out of your class and that is truly equipping you for the on-the-ground situations you will be facing. That’s why at Alberta Lift we talk about compliance versus competence; we know how important it is that people come out of our classes both able to comply and with an above-average competence and in-depth understanding.

3. Engaging Classes

In studies around online education for charter schools in the US, there has actually been a negative achievement rate associated with students who are taking classes online. In the classroom, you have face-to-face contact with your instructor. You can ask questions, and get answers in real-time, which makes for engaging classes. While there is so much that we do online these days, interaction still has a real value when it comes to education.

At Alberta Lift, we believe that adult learners need a variety of learning techniques to absorb and internalize pertinent information. An online setting and generic testing does a disservice to those who are visual, audible, and kinesthetic learners.

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4. Relevancy

Getting taught in a classroom, your instructor can tailor the class to your needs, while making sure that you meet minimum requirements for safety standards, versus a prepackaged online class that won’t change its course. At Alberta Lift the instructors who lead these classes have real experience, and they bring that knowledge with them to the classroom.


At Alberta Lift, we are firm believers that in-person learning for safety is the most effective way to go. We offer exceptional services that have gotten great reviews from previous students. We are always willing to work with our students, whether it's a question of the material to be covered in the course, the cost, or when the class is offered. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-855-AB-LIFTS.

  • Posted on   02/28/17 at 11:59:48 PM   by Nick  | 
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