Online training is the cost-effective way to learn

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If you're looking for a way to boost your knowledge and learn new skills without taking the time off to do a formal degree, you have probably considered part-time professional training. Professional training is vital for businesses and individuals who want to get ahead in the working world.

These days, you have two options: conventional attendance-based classes and internet-based / online training courses. Though the costs may seem comparable, which is the better deal? Overwhelmingly, online training is more affordable because it avoids these four hidden costs.

Upside to Online Training

1. Transportation

One of the biggest expenses in attendance-based courses is the cost of travel to the classroom. Whether it?s a single person driving a car or a bus-load of office staff, getting to the venue dramatically increases the cost of the course or training.

Aside from the petrol, other costs include parking and general vehicle wear and tear, or even vehicle hire and insurance for larger groups. The more regular the classes, the more steeply these costs rise. Online courses, on the other hand, can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection, so no special commuting is required.

2. Materials

Attendance-based courses rely on physical materials and resources: costly textbooks, worksheets and guides, stationery, notebooks and so on. Having to purchase all of these extra tools is a considerable additional cost, and very few courses work these materials into their fees.

Online courses sidestep this concern altogether, since all the materials are presented digitally and all course work can be done online, cutting out physical books and stationery (not to mention clutter) entirely. Additionally, online courses can give a much more extensive range of content, since they are not limited by printing costs or storage space.

3. Tuition

Tuition costs for attendance courses are necessarily much higher than those for online courses. The teacher?s presence and the physical classroom limit the number of students that can be taught at any one time.

Online, these constraints don?t exist. Teachers can educate, manage and assist a far greater number of students online, usually with greater personal interactivity and better attention to detail - and resulting reduced tuition costs for each student.

4. Productivity

Any time that office workers spend at training workshops and physical classes is time away from their work, resulting in a loss of productivity and a considerable hidden cost to businesses. Attendance-based courses have very strict class regimens, so they offer little flexibility.

Online courses, however, are extremely flexible since the employees can complete the work in their own time and at their pace. Even if staff are given time off during the workday to complete their courses, they can choose to study during downtime periods, and don?t need the extra time off to travel.

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