Updated: Aug 25
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Please welcome security expert and guest author Jeff Dingle from the National Investigative Training Academy (NITA), America's largest online provider of investigator and security training. This is the first in a series of articles from Dingle regarding security training for the cannabis industry.
Below, Dingle shares his insights and deep experience about the benefits of on-demand online training that has been enabled by a slew of different technologies, including mobile tech.
Quality Training: Cannabis Industry Benefits from Tech. There is no question that every business benefits from having employees who receive quality training on a regular basis. However, cannabis companies must first answer some important questions, including the cost of training and how effectively it helps meet their bottom line. Given these considerations, what is the best way to accomplish security training for the cannabis industry?
Training is essential for any regulated business. It allows cannabis businesses to stay current on the laws and regulations that affect them. Training helps employees develop the skills and knowledge needed to perform their duties effectively and safely. It ensures that staff members understand the company's policies and procedures, as well as the laws and regulations that govern their work.
Quality Training: Cannabis Industry Benefits from Tech
Training also helps staff members stay current on industry trends and best practices, allowing them to better identify operational deficiencies and respond to them appropriately. Ongoing training helps employees stay motivated, focused, and confident in their abilities. An investment in training helps a cannabis business demonstrate a commitment to providing quality service to its customers and clients. Quality security training helps to ensure that personnel are properly equipped to handle any issues that may arise in this risk-rich industry.
"Quality security training helps to ensure that personnel are properly equipped to handle any issues that may arise."
Online self-paced training is a great option for organizations looking for a more efficient and cost-effective way to train personnel. The convenience, savings, and professional development opportunities offered by on-demand online training make it an especially attractive option. The quality of the training received is often superior to traditional in-person instruction, making it a better investment. Online, outsourced training provides organizations with access to up to date, industry-specific material.
Online Training Keeps Cannabis Companies Current
While the cannabis landscape is constantly evolving, companies need to ensure that their training is keeping up with changes and industry standards. Utilizing online training allows cannabis organizations to stay ahead of the curve and access the latest training material—all without having to invest in updating their in-house training program.
"Outsourcing training benefits a business because it allows access to more experienced and specialized trainers."
Outsourcing training benefits a business because it allows access to more experienced and specialized trainers that can provide a higher level of knowledge transfer than the company itself could provide. The ability to tap into the expertise of outside training professionals allows cannabis companies to save money because it eliminates the need for in-house instructional developers and teachers.
Outsourced training is more efficient, allowing for an accurately targeted approach that can be tailored to the specific needs of any cannabis company. Outsourcing cannabis security training to a trusted partner saves time and money while ensuring proper quality levels.
Online Training Advantages
Online and outsourced security training offers convenience. Using online courses, employees can access their training from any internet-enabled device and at any time, allowing them to complete the training at their own pace. This eliminates the need for organizations to schedule costly instructor-led synchronous training sessions.
"Online training has become a popular option for many organizations due to its many advantages," said Bobby Ricks, former Chief of the Legal Division at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. "Online training offers the opportunity to receive necessary industry-specific instruction, allowing for more efficient use of personnel and resources," he said.
Reduce Overhead While Improving Quality
Additionally, online training eliminates travel expenses, which can be a significant cost savings," added Ricks. "Some of the factors that impact cost effectiveness include the type of training, the provider chosen, the number of students, and the scope of the training program," he said. "The cost of the training itself, as well as the cost of materials, travel, and instructor wages, should all be considered," concluded Ricks.
High quality training can be conducted in a virtual environment, eliminating the need for expensive physical infrastructure. This is beneficial for organizations that may lack the space or resources to create a physical training facility. Additionally, the virtual environment allows for the instruction to be delivered in a more interactive and engaging format, enabling the participants to be more involved in the learning process.
"High quality training can be conducted in a virtual environment, eliminating the need for expensive physical infrastructure."
Rather than investing in the physical infrastructure and personnel required to run an in-house training program, organizations can have their training requirements met by a reliable third party. This reduces the cost of the training, as well as the associated overhead costs. This type of training is ideal for organizations that may not have the personnel or resources to provide in-person instruction. Additionally, the training can be tailored to the specific needs of the organization, making it more effective.
Online training offers the opportunity for ongoing professional development and career advancement. The training is often updated to reflect the latest industry trends, making it a valuable resource for those wishing to stay current on the latest techniques and technologies.
Higher Learning LV's Important Role
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Online, outsourced training also ensures consistent quality. When organizations rely on in-house training, the quality of the training can vary depending on the instructor. By outsourcing training to a trusted provider, organizations can ensure that the quality is up to par and that their employees are receiving the best training possible.
"Third-party training can help organizations save time and resources (and increase profit!)."
Third-party training can help organizations save time and resources (and, in the process, increase profit). Organizations that outsource their cannabis security training rather than spending time and money on developing and maintaining in-house training programs are able to better focus their resources on other areas of their business while ensuring that their employees are receiving the highest quality training possible.
Of course, success in staff training is dependent on choosing a quality, knowledgeable training partner. "Look for someone experienced in both their area of expertise and the training space" recommends Sandra von Eschenberg, Executive Vice President at NITA. "Lots of companies do training and lots of companies do security. But few do both well," said von Eschenberg.
On-demand online training is a great option for organizations looking for a more efficient and cost-effective way to train personnel and increase employee knowledge. The convenience, cost savings, and professional development opportunities make it an attractive option for many organizations.
— Jeff Dingle, NITA
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About the Author
Jeff Dingle is a career security and training professional who specializes in high risk/high threat operations. His experience includes senior management positions with the federal government and a variety of companies.
Dingle has partnered with NITA to provide online cannabis industry security training. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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