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Make a Smart Budget Decision: Save Time and Money with Online Staff Training Provided by Essential Learning
June 6, 2011

In these tough economic times, agencies still have to provide staff training to comply with mandatory requirements, ensure that staff is aware of and utilizing best practices, and, in many cases, assist staff with continuing education requirements. PCPA believes its strategic partnership with Essential Learning offers a solution to reduce training costs while expanding training opportunities for staff.

Special Discount Offered to Members
For a limited time, Essential Learning is offering an additional discount to PCPA members. Through July 31, in addition to the membership discount of 10% on annual subscription fees, Essential Learning will also waive the one-time set-up and implementation fee. That’s an additional $2,500 savings. Members need to act now to take advantage of this special discount. This limited time offer expires July 31.

Over 900 organizations across the country have realized significant savings in training expenses by selecting Essential Learning, including a number of PCPA members.  Here’s a specific example of the savings one organization was able to generate by switching to Essential Learning.

COMTREA Community Treatment, Inc. has used Essential Learning's Online Staff Training solution since 2007. They analyzed their training costs for June 2008 – June 2009. There was an 80 percent cost savings using online training vs. live training. Live training cost the agency $63,000 (transportation and logistics included) for 5,510 hours while 5,292 hours of online training during the same period cost the agency only $7,679 – that's $11.43 per hour for live training vs. $1.45 per hour for online training. Essential Learning can also help members learn how to convert their own appropriate courses to an online format to reduce training expenditures and expand the training opportunities offered. 

E-learning is a Good Return on Investment
E-learning can reduce training costs by:

  • Cutting travel and gas expenses,
  • Using a blended training approach - combinig live and online trainings to reduce costs,
  • Reducing time away from the job and loss of billable hours,
  • Cutting administrative hassle while ensuring compliance with training mandates, and
  • Retaining staff and getting new employees on the job faster.

Learn More about Calculating Your ROI

Contact Essential Learning to Learn More about E-learning solutions by calling 800-729-9198, x296 or email info@EssentialLearning.com. Members may also request a demo.

Over 800 accredited online courses are included in the subscription to meet training requirements for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Joint Commission, Council on Accreditation (COA), Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and more. Crosswalks can be accessed here.

To connect with a PCPA member that is an Essential Learning customer and learn about their experience, please contact Jen Bankard, director of training and resource development (jen@paproviders.org).

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