What online courses should I take?

What online courses should I take?

01 Jun 2022

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With huge advances in technology revolutionising and reshaping the way we learn, online courses are becoming an ever increasingly vital resource. This CPD article will provide a brief overview of the general nature of online courses, which online courses are best for your career, where to find online CPD courses and how to have your online course CPD certified.

What is an Online Course?

Online courses are a more modern way of learning than traditional methods, and provides the ability to share learning content in an effective and organised way digitally, without the participants necessarily being in a physical classroom environment. An online course will often consist of a curriculum or study plan, which is then organised into modules or units. Because of the use of technology, online courses can include videos, images, text, hyperlinks and others forms of digital multimedia to help embed the learning. Online courses are easy to share via a link, and the majority of eLearning software will provide an invitation email to the users.

Online courses are a flexible way to learn, where individuals can often study in their own time and pace, or to fit around their existing work schedules. However with this, an online course will often require a high level of self-regulation and discipline from participants. You can find an online course on just about every skill, topic, or hobby you can possibly imagine. They can also be a faster and more efficient way to learn, taking less time than a traditional college or academic environment.

Distance learners who want to experience learning both online and on campus can sometimes enrol in hybrid courses, which are a blend of both classroom instruction and online learning.

What are the best courses to learn online?

The market for online courses continues to grow and thrive. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know what are the best courses to learn online. When looking for the best courses to learn online, it is important to look for a training provider that you can trust, and that will provide the best value for money and suit your timescales.

A great way to benchmark online courses is to look for learning that has been CPD Certified. CPD certification helps ensure that training and other forms of structured learning are assessed and approved to meet the expected requirements for Continuing Professional Development.

Best courses to learn online

Which online courses are best for your career?

To decide which online courses are best for your career will depend on what your career goals are, including whether you want to change careers in the future, or advance into another role or promotion opportunity. 

Showing existing and potentially new employers that you are actively improving yourself by highlighting the various additional professional training you have completed throughout the year on your CV or resume can only help to make you a more appealing candidate for career opportunities.

Where to find online CPD courses?

The CPD Courses Catalogue currently has over 30,000 courses listed, and now more than half of these are online courses, on different subjects from across the industries. Ranging from healthcare, medicine and nursing, through to digital marketing, communication skills, website development, computer programming AI and data sciences, there are thousands of online CPD courses to help you develop your professional skills and capabilities.

How to have your online course CPD certified

The CPD Certification Service is the largest and leading CPD accreditation organisation working across all industry sectors. Our unique 25 years' experience and history helps to provide assurance that any courses or training will be assessed and checked to help ensure each delegate can get the most out of learning. If you are considering becoming a CPD accredited training provider, please contact our team to discuss in more detail.

If you are looking for training, courses and events relevant to your Continuing Professional Development requirements, please visit the CPD Industry Hubs for more information. Alternatively visit the myCPD Portal page to log and record all of your own individual CPD activities in one simple place.

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