Rapid Solutions offers online training courses, giving pest management students the opportunity to learn in their own time and at their own pace.
Since the launch of the Rapid Solutions online learning site in November 2013, more than 200 pest controllers have completed courses online.
Keith Farrow, Rapid Solutions’ chief technical officer is excited about the new opportunities that online learning is bringing to the market.
“Professional training and development are essential in our industry, and with the advance of online learning it is so much easier for everyone to keep up to date with the latest trends and thinking,” said Mr Farrow.
With 24/7 online access, students can study in their own time and at their own pace.
“Adult education is so much more effective when it is self-directed, and our online learning courses allow for this. In addition, we support every student when required by phone and email.”
Rapid Solutions training courses have been developed over a number of years. Each of their trainers has been involved in the pest management industry for many years. All have been practical pest managers at some stage in their careers and so have a very real understanding of the day-to-day needs and difficulties of pest managers.
Currently, Rapid Solutions offer two courses online but more are planned for 2015.
Basic Pest Management
This course consists of units 5, 6 & 18 from the Certificate III in Pest Management and successful completion enables students to apply for a State or Territory Pest Technician licence (except in WA).
The course is divided into 14 individual modules each with their own video content and a test at the end.
Timber Pest Management
This course consists of units 8 & 10 from the Certificate III in Pest Management and successful completion enables students to become a certified Timber Pest Inspector.
The course is divided into 18 individual modules each with their own video content and a test at the end.
“Our goal at Rapid Solutions is to have those people who complete our programs know they can do the tasks they will be asked to do with confidence, and be able to provide sound advice to clients,” added Mr Farrow.
“To this end, all of our courses have three components: an online course and test, a photographic portfolio and a practical assessment.”
New features to be launched
In 2015 Rapid Solutions will be enhancing the online learning centre with the addition of three new features.
1. An assessment centre
Pest controllers will be able to utilise the assessment centre to assess their skills and complete short update modules to make sure their skills are up-to-date.
“Our current courses are aimed at those new to the pest industry. The assessment centre will be aimed at those already in the industry. It will be fantastic for larger companies who need to regularly assess their technicians and provide guidance for where they need to hone their skills,” said Mr Farrow.
2. A regular blog
A monthly feature to be launched in March, this blog will answer questions and give tips based on feedback from the students online.
3. An online community for students
This will provide networking and knowledge sharing among course participants. It will enable students to get answers and feedback to problems they are encountering, not only from the Rapid Solutions team, but also from others in the industry. This will also include Skype hook ups, which means that whether you are across the road or across the country, you will be able to see and speak with an experienced Rapid Solutions trainer and also talk with others who are working through the same programs as you at a time that suits all parties.
Online learning makes it easier for students in more remote locations to have ‘access’ to a trainer. The extensive use of video throughout our courses enables remote students to watch the trainer or industry specialist, talk to them and show them what they need to know and how to recognise the correct procedures from the ‘not so correct’ procedures.
“Student feedback from our online courses has been really encouraging. We actively seek feedback so that we can continuously improve our online offering,” concluded Mr Farrow.
Rapid Solutions online training can be accessed at the Rapid Solutions website.