Professional continuing education can be completed in a variety of ways. The most important thing is the professional learns something from the course(s) they take. Hopefully, the course will education them and help them provide better services for their clients. The worst thing a professional could face is a waste of time and money. If the course doesn't help them provide better services or make them more knowledgeable in their field it is a big waste of time. In this article we are going to discuss some different professions and ways continuing education is completed. We are going to cover online education, classroom education, and self-study.
Online continuing education is becoming more and more popular among adult learners. It doesn't matter if you are looking to go back to school for a master's degree, get continuing education credits for your insurance license, or need help budgeting a large project. There are classes online for everyone! These courses are usually the most flexible and easiest for full-time working adults to complete. They are mainly asynchronous so the student does not have to be online at a specific time. Many times the course can be spread out over time as well. So the student may start the course on Wednesday and complete it on Sunday. This allows for even more flexibility for the student.
Another popular form of continuing education is sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture. The classroom is very interactive and conducive for visual learners. Sometimes they need to see and read things multiple times and ask questions. Live chat is not always an option in online learning. Insurance agents in Florida for example do have to have to complete an examination if they sit in a classroom for their continuing education credits. But, if you are an adult learner looking for a master's degree you will be writing papers, completing case studies, and taking exams to get your degree. Classes are held at a specific time on a specific day so they are not as flexible as online courses.
The third type of continuing education is self-study or correspondence courses. This is where the student will order study materials online and have them delivered to their home. This is not available for every type of profession. Students can study at their leisure then take an exam either online or at a testing center depending on what is required.
As you can see there are many different ways you can continue your education, you will just have to find the easiest and most convenient method that fits your needs.