One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to IOSH qualifications is can you do IOSH online? There are in fact two main ways to take an IOSH Course: as an open-course which is class-room based or online. Both options offer prospective delegates a great way of learning but are distinctly different from one another in terms of how the learning syllabus is delivered.
Often referred to as ‘e-learning’, online learning is an option that provides the most flexibility as it can be taken at a time and place to suit the individual, providing them with full control of their learning experience. Not only that, it can provide faster delivery, lower costs, more effective learning and a low environmental impact.
However, because of the autonomous nature of this learning option, it does require a certain level of self-motivation and organisation, as learners will be responsible for making sure they complete the required work.
What’s required for online learning
In order to study in this way learners will need to have a reliable internet connection and a suitable electronic device. Many online courses are now able to be taken on devices including tablets and mobile phones, although most learners find that the experience is most rewarding when using a laptop or desktop.
As there are a variety of IOSH courses that can be taken online they will all be presented slightly differently. However most courses will contain a variety of learning materials including videos, animations and interactive activities to make the course a true multimedia experience.
A good online course will also include assessments and progress reports providing an indication of where learners are within the course, as well as additional support in the form of expert guidance from a CMIOSH-qualified support team.
Online training for businesses
If an organisation is looking to train a number of employees then online learning provides a number of additional benefits. The staff who’re learning can fit in study time when it suits their work/home commitments without disrupting day-to-day operations. This huge flexibility means resourcing and service levels can remain largely unaffected, although employers should where possible allow delegates time off work to undertake the course, easing what would otherwise be an added pressure. Staff’s progress can also be monitored using an online learning portal to ensure learners are on track with their learning plan.
IOSH Managing Safely online
One of the most popular online courses is IOSH Managing Safely. The IOSH Managing Safely online course is an interactive, easy-to-use alternative to classroom training, which puts learners in control of their learning. It follows the same syllabus as the flagship IOSH Managing Safely classroom course, providing a superb grounding in the practical actions needed to manage health and safety, but with added flexibility.
This course is ideal for managers and supervisors in all industries who’re looking to begin their journey into health and safety before moving onto more professional level courses such as NEBOSH.
Is e-learning for you?
Most people will already have a general idea of which learning style will be the best fit for them or their business before selecting a course. Despite this, it’s always useful to assess the full pros and cons of each method to ensure that the one learners choose will give them the best chance of success and provide the best long-term retention and application of this new knowledge.