Whether you are an employer with employees who need to take HAZWOPER training or you are an individual that needs HAZWOPER certification for your employment, you should consider online HAZWOPER training. Online courses are offered for the initial 24 or 40 hour training as well as yearly updates to maintain your certification. While traditional HAZWOPER trainings may be conducted on the job site or over a weekend at a training center, there are several reasons why you should see if online training is a better option for you.
You Can Take the Course at Your Convenience
Perhaps the most obvious reason why you would want to take a HAZWOPER training course online is that the course may be taken at your own convenience. This means that you can take the course after work if you are taking the course on your own or during downtime at your job site if your employer is sponsoring the course.
Most online courses consist of several modules, which may be paused if you are unable to complete them in one sitting. They can also be repeated if you did not fully understand the information the first time. While you complete the modules, you may have access to a live instructor or you may be able to leave questions for your instructor to answer at a later time.
Because the course can be completed at your own pace and in your own style, you will likely understand the material more thoroughly.
Your Practical Skills Can Be Observed Through Your Job
HAZWOPER certification requires a practical component, in which you demonstrate your comprehension of the material covered in the course. In traditional classes, this practical component is usually completed through simulations. However, if you have a job that requires HAZWOPER certification, it is possible for you to show your competence on your job site. When you do this, you can overlap your work duties with your training, making the most of your time.
Your Certification Will Be Mailed Directly to You
When you complete a HAZWOPER training, your certification belongs to you, even if the course was paid for by your employer. Employers are not allowed to keep your certification from you, as per the HAZWOPER standards. However, some employers may attempt to refuse to issue your certification if you stop working with them when you complete the training. If you sign up for online training, your certificate can be mailed directly to you, bypassing your employer if you so wish.
You Will Have a Record of Your Answers
For most courses, once you sign up for them, you will have access to them indefinitely. This means that you will be able to look up information as you need. This can be especially helpful if you asked questions in an online forum associated with your course and you want to reference the answers your instructor gave you at a later time.
If you do not have unlimited access to the course, you should be able to download most of the materials for use at a later date.
You May Have Extended Opportunity to Ask Instructors Questions
If you take a course over a weekend or during your working hours, your instructor may cover material quickly. You may have questions relating to the material a few days after you finish the course and have no access to the instructor to ask the questions. If you take an online course, you will be able to ask questions during the entire length of your course, even if you have already completed the modules.
Whether you choose an in-person or online HAZWOPER training depends on your learning style and your availability. However, online courses should be a major consideration for most individuals and employers.