The WoolSafe Organisation revealed plans to launch an online academy at the Flooring Show in Harrogate in September. The academy will open in October and the first courses available will include the in-depth ‘fibre care specialist’ programme suitable for professional carpet cleaners and the ‘carpet complaint investigation’ course aimed at those wishing to become carpet inspectors, with many more training plans to follow.
“At WoolSafe we recognise the importance of evolving our business to meet the changing demands of our members who increasingly rely on the easy access of online information,” said Steve Bakker, marketing manager, the WoolSafe Organisation. “The new WoolSafe online academy has been designed to provide carpet cleaners with a one-stop knowledge base and training centre that they can come back to time and again.”
The online courses have been specifically developed to allow trainees to dip in and out of modules to fit around their working day and to split the course down into smaller, more manageable blocks of learning when compared to a full day of classroom-based training. There is a quiz at the end of each module so that students can assess their progress at every step towards completion. The final exam consists of questions from each module. Successful trainees will receive a certificate of achievement and on passing the qualifying criteria, will be invited to join the WoolSafe approved service provider or registered inspector networks.
“This is an exciting time in our online expansion as we look to engage with existing and new members in a fresh way,” continued Steve Bakker. “We have plans to diversify WoolSafe training to include programmes aimed at facilities managers, in-house cleaners and retailers as well as further courses geared towards professional carpet and rug cleaners and inspectors. And for those who prefer the traditional classroom based learning experience, we will still be running day courses throughout the year.”
Other services available from the WoolSafe Academy include downloadable research papers and publications to aid professional development, an online store containing books, carpet inspector kits and technical equipment to purchase and information about upcoming classroom-based courses.