LBA Group’s popular radio frequency awareness training course is now offered in Spanish as well as English. Course management has also been upgraded so that companies can more easily manage the course progress of their employees.

“That’s awesome!” remarked one company training executive, a typical executive response when handed the new course management tool. It gives them more flexibility in monitoring coursework and awarding certificates of completion.

LBA introduced the online OSHA-compliant RF Awareness course in August 2011 and utilization by companies has grown steadily each month. Developed by Chris Horne, LBA’s chief technical officer, in cooperation with college educators, and overseen by course administrator Byron Johnson, the course is a response to the almost exponential growth of RF transmissions from cellular phones, radio and TV stations, and in-building distributed antenna systems.

It is a fully interactive learning experience that is economical, intuitive in its access, annually renewable, and readily available to workers after working hours. Low group rates encourage companies to enroll entire work crews so all team members are assured of being certifiably aware of the need to function alertly in an RF environment. The RF Awareness – Spanish version is fully interactive in Spanish to be sure that workers are trained in their most familiar language. Certificates are available either in English or Spanish, however.

In offering a “facilitator” account to enterprise-level users, LBA lets safety managers follow the progress of individual employees via an “instructor grade book.” Before this access module was created, safety management had to contact LBA for information, an unproductive process for everyone involved. Managers now can stay on top of the program without hassle and delay.

For individual course-takers, the ability to log in and out of the program as needed lets each participant proceed at a sustainable speed. Knowledgeable workers can skim and review as needed, while rookies can explore and learn at a more fundamental pace.

The popularity of the training program does not surprise LBA’s course administrator. “What I think we are hearing is that the course is neither too much nor too little and the price is right,” says Johnson, who continues to fine-tune the program. “Our Spanish offering recognizes the need of RF workers in Latin America to be protected, as well as the Latino worker population in the US”.

The RF Awareness training course was created through LBA’s Wireless University®, a compilation of expertise and industry knowledge that is regularly updated through white papers and other technical publications, along with interactions with technical academia. LBA is a leader in providing RF safety management and RF safety training. LBA Group has provided RF services to the wireless industry since 1963.

For more information, contact Byron Johnson at 252-757-0279 or byron.johnson@lbagroup.com.

About The Author

LBA Group, Inc. has 50 years of experience in providing RF asset solutions and risk management for industrial and telecommunications infrastructure assets. The group is comprised of LBA Technology, a leading manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, lightning protection and EMC equipment for broadcast, industrial and government users worldwide; the professional consultancy Lawrence Behr Associates and LBA University, providing on-site and online professional training. The companies are based in Greenville, N.C., USA.

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