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6. Delivery Mode

Regardless of the delivery mode, all approved training programs must meet the requirements of this standard and the delivery mode must support the learner’s ability to achieve the applicable learning outcomes.

6.1 Face-to-Face Learning

Minimum durations have been set for the training programs to ensure adequate time is available for program delivery.

The minimum hours for training are:

  1. Part One training - three days (or 19.5 hours)
  2. Part Two training - two days (or 13 hours)
  3. Refresher training - one day (or 6.5 hours)

Class size must be between six (6) and twenty-five (25) learners to ensure effective participation and interaction. Training providers who anticipate it will be difficult to meet the target of six (6) to twenty-five (25) people per course must apply for an exemption to the Ministry of Labour at the time of program application, stating that they will consistently have classes of fewer than six (6) people. Training providers must notify the Ministry of Labour in the training provider annual report of instances when a minimum class size of six (6) was not feasible, for example in remote locations.

6.2. Distance Learning

Learners have varying needs such as scheduling and location. As a result, a variety of delivery methods will be considered for approval. Distance learning is an educational situation in which the instructor and learners are separated by location. The instructor is leading the training in real-time and moving through the learning outcomes together with the learner, although not in the same physical location. Examples include webinar or video conferencing.

All distance learning requires the same minimum hours of training as face-to-face learning and must include plans for interaction with a qualified instructor.

6.3. eLearning and Blended Learning

eLearning combined with face-to-face learning is referred to as blended learning. Blended Learning describes the practice of using several training delivery methods in one curriculum. It typically refers to the combination of classroom instruction and any type of training that includes self-directed use of online capabilities, such as eLearning.

eLearning in this context is a wide set of applications and processes such as web-based learning and computer-based learning. eLearning is delivered electronically in which a learner sets their own pace and is not being led in real time by a qualified instructor.

Learners have varying needs such as scheduling and location. As a result, a variety of delivery methods will be considered for approval. The combination of both classroom and non-classroom delivery methods (blended learning) will be considered.

eLearning within a blended learning delivery will be permissible for up to one day (6.5 hours) of training of certain outcomes included in Part One training only. No eLearning or blended learning delivery is permissible for Part Two or Refresher training. For details on which learning outcomes for Part One training will be considered for eLearning please refer to Section 8.1, Part One Learning Outcomes.

All eLearning components must meet the criteria in the eLearning Instructional Design Guidelines. When a blended learning course is being designed, the two sections of the course must be well integrated. All blended learning requires the same minimum hours of training as face-to-face learning.

For blended learning, evaluation in the face-to-face part of the course must support and validate that the learning outcomes covered by the eLearning portion of the course have been adequately met by the learner.

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