HSI’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Ralph Shenefelt continues to draw attention to the growing online-only emergency care certification issue in his new article “Unmasking the Certification Mill Problem” in this month’s Occupational Health & Safety magazine.
Regular readers of this blog are not new to this topic, and many of you have shared your thoughts and comments on the pernicious practice of online-only, instant certification advertised to meet legally mandated requirements for many occupations. These certifications include no hands-on skills component; instead requiring only a quiz and, of course, a credit card number for payment.
In the OH&S article, Ralph shares his own experience of purchasing a “professional-level certification”, references current research, and highlights the fundamental difference between blended learning and instant certification (a blended learning course, like those from ASHI and MEDIC First Aid, must include a hands-on skills session and evaluation).
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