Teardown Report #42: ARSA Training Goes Online

Good morning Teardown Report readers!  Today, we are taking a look at the Aeronautical Repair Station Association’s new Train to Gain online training sessions for commercial aviation regulations.

These classes, held in online in a WebEx format, cover a new regulatory topic each Wednesday. The next session will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST on May 9, covering the regulations governing the purchase of civil aviation articles. Sarah MacLeod, ARSA’s executive director, teaches the sessions.

Here's a syllabus of the content in the next class, and a schedule of more sessions in the future. There is a Q&A “pre-test” at the bottom, so interested students can see if the class is really worth their time. The FAA recognizes the courses for Inspector Approval, so aviation technicians, sales agents, purchasing agents and inspectors may take them to refresh their knowledge on important subjects.

Jason Langford, ARSA’s communications manager, says the courses stemmed from on-site training that the association provides to companies upon request. When ARSA realized that many of its members had the same types of questions, it decided to offer the online version of the courses to make it easier for students to attend.

“We’re trying to address some of the more common compliance questions we received,” says Langford.

The courses are lecture-based, but they offer a chance for students to type in questions during the session to ask specific questions during the hour-long period.

So, readers, have you taken any online courses for regulatory topics before? What are the pros and cons to web-based learning vs. a traditional classroom environment? 

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