It’s official: the Riskonet route to NFPA seminars
August 10, 2021
You’d probably be hard pressed to find any benefits of Covid 19; but that’s not to say that there aren’t any. For example, the pandemic has driven a sea change in the way NFPA seminars are now given, explains Riskonet partner and online trainer Tom de Nooij in this blog. And it brings substantial advantages, for all parties.
Official NFPA provider
Henceforth the NFPA, the US-based National Fire Protection Association, has abandoned the traditional, or classical, training concept and will only be giving Live Virtual Trainings (LVT). And having been made an official provider of NFPA seminars, Riskonet is now authorised to organise and present these virtual seminars to companies in countries in the Central European Time zone. I feel it’s important to stress here that these are official NFPA seminars, whereby participants receive personal log-in credentials for www.nfpa.org that grants them exclusive access to their own learning environment. Moreover, after following a seminar, all participants can take an online exam. And, of course, NFPA only allows trainers to be used that are accredited by the NFPA!
I think it’s fair to say that the advantages of all this are substantial, and abundantly clear. Firstly, participants of online seminars enjoy the convenience of learning at their own PC, either at home or at work. And secondly, it removes the need to miss an extended period of work and avoids substantial travel and accommodation costs, not to mention the obligation to comply with current Covid restrictions and regulations.
And the potential savings don’t end there. Due to the lower risk involved, organising a seminar has been made more cost effective and some of the savings made can be passed down to participating companies. For organisers, expensive hotel reservation costs, as well as possible cancellation costs, can be avoided. Moreover, it is not necessary to factor in for a postponement or change of venue if participation in a seminar turns out to be lower than anticipated.
Another substantial advantage is the newly gained freedom to shift away from the rigid, five-consecutive-day format of the traditional seminar. Having to spend such a protracted period of time away from work can be very inconvenient, for both employee and employer. In fact, this was often a reason for many potential participants not to participate in a seminar at all. Nowadays, we can present an LVT across several weeks. A five-day seminar, for example, can be spread out over a period of five weeks, typically on five consecutive Tuesdays.
“Riskonet started using a specially configured and professionally equipped webinar studio. ”
Tom de Nooij, Managing Director
Better grip on training needs
Not having to make and contend with hotel reservations has made it possible for Riskonet to set up and instigate a long-term training schedule. This will give consultants and companies a much better grip on their relevant training needs and how best they can meet them. At Riskonet we are currently updating the www.nfpa.eu website to reflect the new situation. I expect it to be possible soon to register for a variety of seminars, about several different topics. A new seminar calendar will cover Q3 of 2021 up to and including the end of 2022. Seminars currently in the pipeline include those for NFPA 13, NFPA 20, NFPA 25, NFPA 30, NFPA 101 and CFPS.
As for disadvantages, there aren’t really any. Earlier this year, to address the acknowledged limitations of Zoom when used for educational purposes, Riskonet started using a specially configured and professionally equipped webinar studio. We brought in video and audio specialists and developed hardware and software solutions to make online learning a truly interactive experience. Now, rather than struggling to follow split screens - with the trainer in one and a PowerPoint presentation in the other - participants can feel and act as if they are in a real classroom. Riskonet has already presented several such LVTs from this studio and the feedback to date has been excellent. The general consensus among participants was that they often forgot that it was a virtual training session and that the trainer was not physically present with them!
Registration for the various NFPA training programmes will be possible from about mid-August 2021 so watch this space for more information. Rather than be tempted to take the path that leads to an unofficial NFPA training, opt instead for Riskonet, the officially certified NFPA provider for the Central European Time zone. And don’t forget, subject to successful completion of the training programme, we can also issue the official NFPA certification too. So, knowing what you now know, what are you waiting for?