Like many of us, you are in search of a quality, online safety school. You might be interested in an OSHA Outreach 10 hour course or a 40 hour HAZWOPER course, but before you jump the gun, here are a few things to consider when making the choice.
1. Content Providers
Now this is something that most people do not know, but for the thousands of online safety school providers out there, there are only a handful of content providers. This means that in a nut shell, most of the websites out there are selling the exact same course. This is a good thing because it narrows down the list in a big way. The two big names out there are 360Training and ClickSafety. I find 360Training to be a great choice when choosing a content provider because they provide 24 hour support 7 days a week, including live chat and a toll free number, their media loads quickly and is updated regularly.
2. General Aesthetic
General Aesthetic in this sense refers to how a website looks. It may not matter much to you, but I find that if i am spending 10 to 40 hours on one website, an obnoxious website can make that experience go from bad to worse. Generally, something nice and clean is always preferable. The look of a website can also be a good indicator of how much the owner cares about the website, and thus how much they care about their customers.
3. Customer Feedback
It might seem obvious to check the customer feedback of an online business, but you would be surprised at the number of people who give out their credit card information to a shady company without even considering the legitimacy of the company. Keep in mind that a lack of feedback is just that. It is neither a good omen nor a bad omen, it just means either the company has no negative feedback or is relatively new.
This part of the search is pretty straight forward. Since most of the websites are selling the same course, there’s not necessarily a “You get what you pay for” mentality. Most websites will be offering the course for about the same price, but there is a way to get more for less. Some websites provide study guides ($49.00 value) and standard books (up to $150.00 value) free of charge with the price of enrollment. The bottom line is some websites offer more than others for the same price, so shop around.
Choosing an online safety course provider can be a daunting task, but if you follow these simple guidelines, you should find it to be easy and rewarding. I hope this has helped you.