Class C UST Training Options: Which One’s Best for You?

May 17, 2012

Companies with lots of UST facilities lean towards online training to deal with economies of scale when figuring out how to train large number of class C operators. And with the August 8, 2012 deadline quickly approaching, these companies are scrambling for smart solutions.

When shopping for large-scale Class C operator training, the live option is allowed in most states and required in a few states. For some companies, live training is simply not practical. And there’s much more involved behind the scenes running an online training business than you might expect.

Some training vendors sell training as a kind of stand-alone experience: The single user buys a course, logs in, gets training, downloads or is mailed a certificate and that’s it. Done. And at the end of the day, very small operations like a single-site UST facility with just one or two employees need this kind of get-in-and-get-out training model. However, when you add to the mix several dozen, hundred or even thousand Class C employees, training is no longer the main challenge.

We at UST Training don’t just sell training certification. We sell training management systems. For those unfamiliar with the term, we offer what’s called in the online learning world a Learning Management Systems or LMS. Each of our customers actually has access to a full fledged LMS which allows them to buy multiple licenses, distribute them to users, track progress (who took training, how long they took, how did they score), manage certificates, run reports and add more users. With the historic turnover rate of 300% in the convenience store industry, Class A/B operators are constantly struggling not only to train their new Class C operators, but also manage all the training data, so when the inspector shows up and wants to card all the Class C operators, there’s no surprises.

Here are the choices you get with UST

  • Single User. This one’s a no-brainer. You buy the course, take the training and get certified.
  • Training Places. We like to call this the self serve model. It is for buyers with 2 to 50+ Class C licenses. You open the account and start adding names. Advantages: One set of login credentials for all users; you don’t need email addresses for each person; good tracking system; easy to add more users. Great for small businesses. It’s a mini-LMS. Watch the video which explains more.
  • Course Library. We like to call this the full serve model. Buyers with large staff needs set up an account and manage large number of Class Cs. Advantages: bulk import of user names via MS Excel; you can create Groups of users so if you have 50 locations, you can create a group for each location and manage compliance geographically; you can brand your site with your company logo and colors; you can run detailed reports. Watch the video which explains more.
  • Lease. This option is where you host and run our course on your LMS server. Some very large companies, usually ones with their own training departments, have a resident LMS so adding our leased course is easy.

Deciding how to meet the deadline based on the number and distribution of your Class C operators is a big decision. If you need help determining how best to set up your training system, drop us a line and we’ll be happy to advise you.

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