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How to Track Certifications in 4 Easy Steps without Missing Vital Information
Chances are, you’re here because you are looking for solutions to keep your ever-growing pile of employee certifications, licenses and training neatly organized for record-keeping purposes. No easy task. If you’re not here for that reason, there’s probably something new you can learn in this post. Tracking certifications, licenses, training, etc can become a really messy undertaking if you do not start with a good foundation of why you’re tracking anything, what is the goal of tracking, who will see the tracked information, and how exactly to begin.
6 Questions to Ask Before Setting up a Spreadsheet to Track Information for the First Time
Spreadsheets are extremely powerful tools, especially when it comes to collecting information in an organized manner and if used properly, analyzing that information. What makes spreadsheets even more enticing is the “free” label that comes alongside them. Operating systems today come with spreadsheet software installed - whether you’re working on a Windows computer and use Microsoft Excel, or a Mac and use Numbers, the result is the same. The trouble typically comes when working to set up a spreadsheet for the first time and working to anticipate the types of challenges, or roadblocks that may come down the road, specifically when thinking about growth and scalability. Sure, your current solution works for 10 employees, but what about an organization that grows to over 200 employees, not to mention into the thousands. While your goal may not necessarily be adding employees to your organization, continued training and education is one of the latest workforce generation - the millennials - top consideration factors when choosing a new job and staying put. Adding to the frustration, you may be in an industry that requires that tracking of certifications, licenses, or anything else that may be regulated so getting this information up-to-date and into a digestible and understandable format is of high priority. We’re talking lots of man hours to ensure you’re not only recording the correct information, but that it is in a format that is agreeable for quick consumption.
Certification Tracking: How do I decide what to track?
Depending on what types of training and certifications your organization deems important will help guide what to track and how to track it.
Within certain industries, the regulatory agencies that oversee compliance will dictate what is important, the time frames in which renewal of certifications or continuing education requirements are to be met. From this information, it is easy to understand what is required to track and how formal or informal the tracking must be.
What do I look for in a Training Tracking Solution?
There is not one solution that will fit every organization or industry in terms of training management - however there are a few things that each system should have in order to provide a full range of functionality for optimal tracking.
The first step to deciding on a system is to determine what exactly will be tracked within the system. Whether this is onboarding training, continuing education, in-house training or some sort of mixture, each comes with it’s own sort of complexities.
What is Professional Training Tracking?
There are many different types of training across the world - from training a puppy where to go potty or how to do tricks, or training in the gym or for a marathon. What we learn from these types of training is that developing a schedule for a puppy to go potty helps the puppy learn when and where it is appropriate to go to the bathroom. Similarly, when deciding how to prepare for a marathon - many people have run marathons and have found the ways that work best for a body to get into the proper shape to complete the 26.2 miles without injury. These types of training programs allow others to enjoy best practices without having to develop their own system.
Why is Training Tracking Important?
Much like a to-do list, training management systems provide a detailed path to ensure consistency, create processes, and define repeatable steps for other people to take to see the same results. As you can imagine, tracking training is a great way, especially in work, to measure the success of employees, ensure each staff member is well-versed in the skills and knowledge required to complete his or her job and furthermore, growth is scalable.
Who Uses Training Tracking?
Broadly, any profession that requires continuing education credits or professional development units that are set by states, licensing boards, and certifying agencies can benefit from the adoption of training tracking.
What are the Benefits of Tracking Training?
With a new generation of employees entering the workforce and rising to managerial positions - it has been found that millennials desire an outlined path for continued professional development. Onboarding gives a large hint at how the time spent at the organization will continue to run through the employee lifecycle. Now more than ever it is important than ever to develop cohesive training programs for employees to continue their growth and development.
What is Training Management?
Also known as: Certification Tracking, Training Tracking, Professional Development Management, Continued Education Tracking, or an LRS - regardless of the naming convention, it all points to the same solution.
Training Management is the process by which information about training is collected and stored to provide a detailed history of where one has been, and what one has left to complete to achieve desired results. Spanning across industries, professions, home life, hobbies, and more - creating a tool to track the steps someone needs to take towards what is considered success is a great way to validate performance, increase accountability, and enhance both productivity and compliance.