United Rentals is partnering with Serious Labs Inc. to provide virtual reality (VR) MEWP training as part of its blended learning model for operator certification.
This model – new to the equipment rental industry – debuted on Nov. 28 when United Rentals opened its first United Academy training center with VR simulation in Alberta, Canada.
The new training center expands on the eLearning and in-person training options previously offered through United Academy. It incorporates VR simulation of MEWP operations from Serious Labs; VR simulation of crane operations from Industrial Training International Inc. (ITI); a computer lab; eLearning content that satisfies OSHA requirements; a digital training library; and hands-on training from United Rentals experts.
VR simulators provide the ability to practice skills in real-world situations before being tested on actual equipment. Simulators can improve motor skills, critical thinking, and an understanding of training objectives. Real-time data tracks the trainee’s performance and flags gaps that require improvement.
“Serious Labs, United Rentals, and the broader equipment rental industry share the goal of safe worksites and well-trained operators,” said Jim Colvin, CEO of Serious Labs. “We’re pleased to make our technology available to the North American industry as part of United Academy’s best-in-class training methodologies.”
For more information, visit www.seriouslabs.com.