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CFA skills upgrade just a click away
“Our Learning Hub enhances the capability of all our people, providing an opportunity to upskill across a range of subjects at your leisure.”
This is the endorsement of Gregg Paterson, Acting DCO Training, a passionate advocate of the CFA Learning Hub available through the CFA intranet and Brigades Online.
Housed on a cloud-based platform, the CFA Learning Hub can be accessed by all CFA staff and volunteers with an internet-connected computer, tablet or smartphone.
“The CFA Learning Hub will evolve, maintaining contemporary features and functionality, which improves the ability of staff, volunteers and brigades to access learning programs and training information easily and quickly,” Gregg said.
“We’ve been live for six months and already staff and volunteers have benefitted from the CFA Learning Hub.”
Existing functions allow staff and volunteers to maintain training records, attend courses, connect messaging to personal email and check their progress while undertaking a course or qualification.
In addition brigade captains, group officers and training officers are able to view brigade members’ training records, generate reports on their brigade and nominate members for courses.
One of the key items available now is the Microsoft Office 2010/2016 e-learning packages. These versions of Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint are available to all staff and volunteers and provide an opportunity to update and/or enhance individual's skills on these tools.
Over the next year additions will include the ability to allow individual members to generate and print certificates and reports; release of further online training programs; expansion of reporting options available to brigades; receiving incident attendance uploads from FIRS; and links to research articles.
“Access to our CFA Learning Hub will be a benefit to being a volunteer firefighter. While you will be helping protect your community, in your own time you can improve your skills for free,” Gregg said.