Genie Unveils Online Train-the-Trainer Program

With a goal of making training as accessible as possible, Genie Industries has introduced an online aerial train-the-trainer program designed to save time and open the training doors to more people in the access industry. Providing additional means for trainers to complete a significant portion of the necessary training - prior to meeting with a qualified person to complete the training - is the impetus behind the program's creation.

The online format, according to Luke Webber, product manager for the Redmond, Wash.-based company, “saves time for the trainee and the trainer, and gives more people access to becoming a qualified trainer.” Because it's online, the program allows for 24/7 training capability with consistent training content delivered throughout the country, Webber said.

“Qualified operators now have an internet resource to begin the process of becoming a qualified trainer,” Webber said. The online program is meant to serve as a supplement to additional training that would be required to become a qualified trainer, such as a follow-up demonstration of proficiency to deliver a training program effectively in the presence of a qualified trainer.

The Genie program consists of a multi-module tutorial followed by a comprehensive quiz. The modules include a welcome and introduction, course preparation, course materials, and a final quiz which covers all modules and requires 100 percent accuracy to pass the course. A certification prints after the quiz is successfully completed.

Genie customers can expect to spend one to two hours online with the program, which is available in English, Spanish and French. Course content is narrated throughout the program to help bring a more interactive feel to trainees. Once they have completed the program, participants will need to demonstrate their proficiency to deliver a training course in the presence of a qualified trainer. An email address and toll-free number are provided so that the trainees can contact a Genie-qualified trainer to answer any questions.

Webber said the program is currently live via Genie's website, and dealers can contact their local Genie sales representative for authorization to register trainees or take the online training themselves. End users/operators should contact their local Genie dealer to receive their authorization. Genie's website includes a dealer search tool.