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180 Skills Training Frequently Asked Questions

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    Can anyone participate in this training program?

    This is an exclusive benefit negotiated by FPSA. If you wish to take advantage of this discounted training, your company must be a member of the Association.

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    What is the benefit of this program to the company and to the employee?

    The company benefits by having a more competent, qualified and productive employee at a much more affordable price than sending them out to multiple training courses. The employee benefits by way of improved skills that make them more valuable to their employer. In short, this program is a win-win for both parties.

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    What type of training courses are available?

    With over 800 training courses, there is quite a wide range of training courses for all. These courses are concentrated in areas of Technical Skills, Health and Safety, Soft Skills and Employability Skills.  Also new to the program, we are now offering training courses in food safety and pet food processing.

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    What do these training courses include?

    These training courses include the online learning module which features realistic graphics, animations, simulations and narrations to facilitate learning the content; study guides for you to refer back to any particular topic in the course; and the post-course assessment (or test) to ensure that you have mastered the concepts from each course.

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    How many courses can I take with this license?

    As many as you like and have time for. The license is unlimited for the 12-month period.

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    What is meant by “Skills Testing”?

    One great advantage that the program contains is that for every module there is a skills test or what is referred to as a “post-course assessment” that ensures each individual’s mastery of that particular course is achieved. Each person must achieve a score of 100%  for passage of that particular course.

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    Why must I get 100% to complete a course”?

    The program was set up this way to show to your supervisor that you have mastered the topic. If you do not score 100%, the system will allow you to retake the question(s) you got wrong so it shouldn’t take too long to correct your score, especially if you refer to the study guide.

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    How long does a couse typically take to complete”?

    The average course in Valor 180 Skills typically take about one hour to complete, with some being more challenging than others.

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    How long does it take to complete a Learning Path”?

    The existing library for Valor 180 Skills includes Learning Paths with a range of 5-6 courses, up to approximately 15 courses. It depends on the topic. If you keep in mind that each course on average takes about an hour to complete, a Learning Path could range from 5-6 hours to about 15 hours.

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    Who determines what training courses I should take?

    When your company signs up for  Valor 180 Skills, it will designate a Team Leader. Based on the goals of your company, and the professional development plan you put together with your superior, your Team Leader will review the courses available in the Valor 180 Skills online library and determine those courses that should make up the learning path for each user.

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    Is there a way to track our employees' progress on completing courses?

    We have two ways of doing that. Someone from your company can sign up as the Team Leader and track it themselves, or you can ask FPSA staff to provide reports on employee progress. Wither way is fine.

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    What is the cost of participating in this training program?

    The discounted price for each user license is $349 per person for the year. This license provides training and testing for all of the 800+ courses in Valor 180 Skills online library so the more training you engage in, the more cost effective it is!

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    Can I use a co-worker’s user license?

    No. These licenses are non-transferable. Each employee that your company wishes to train with this program will need to sign up for a user license.

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    Is Valor 180 Skills meant to replace our existing training program?

    The answer to this questions depends on the member and their existing training program. Some members use the program to supplement what they already have. Others use it to start a new employee’s training program before moving them up to more company specific training, or as a measuring stick one must complete before being eligible for a promotion. It’s totally up to the company how it wants to utilize this powerful tool.

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    What type of recognition do I receive for successfully completing a course?

    FPSA staff will advise your supervisor if they are not registered as your Team Leader. In addition, a digital badge of course completion will be shared with you and you can place this on social media if you choose.

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    In our plant, we have workers that English is not their first language. Does Valor 180 Skills courses come in other languages?

    Yes, given the number of workers who speak Spanish, many of the courses are in Spanish to their training is not hampered. Additionally, given the number of workers from Burma in some plants, some courses are also available in Burmese.

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