To stay on top of industry developments and to improve your market competitiveness, it’s crucial to sustain that educational momentum. For new and recent hires, bringing them up to speed not only helps them do their jobs better, but it makes them feel like valued employees, too. Investment in their professional development often results in loyalty and a greater willingness to exceed job requirements. It is for this reason that NAPSA continues to add training options with the most recent being Certified Sweeping Operator Municipality!
In other words, continuing education is your best defense against the latest buzzword in business: “quiet quitting” as well as it adds value to your human resources.
Because NAPSA realizes the advantages a well-trained and welltaught workforce brings to the industry as well as employers, the association offers SweeperSchool. Courses are currently organized into three distinct programs, each leading to certification compliant with the Power Sweeping Standard and industry best practices. These three programs are:
- Certified Sweeper Operator.
This program is for power sweeper operators. It equips them with knowledge of best practices for power sweeping and expedites their on-the-job experience. NAPSA offers Parking Lot, Construction and Municipality sweeping training
- Certified Sweeping Manager.
This program serves those who manage power sweeper operators and other staff. It puts strong emphasis on training at every level of the company. Keep an eye out for the launch of the new CSM course on emergency preparedness!
- Fleet Basics.
This program covers what employees need to know to keep the fleet and the business running, regardless of their roles in the company.
These courses are rigorous and cover a wide range of topics from basics and troubleshooting to nutrition and health to accident procedures and paperwork. Courses overlap among the three programs, but each program includes focusspecific courses not found in the other programs. The CSO program also includes specific courses for operators whose work focuses on parking lots and construction sites.
NAPSA’s goal isn’t to merely shove information into your employees’ heads, but to help them make better, more informed choices that improve their lives as well as their careers.
Of course, nothing substitutes for hands-on experience, but experience can only be enhanced and improved by effective education. Completion of these programs and certification not only protect your employees and your company from frivolous litigation, but also raise the professionalism of the industry. Solid training and education result in fewer incidents of damaged property or equipment, unhappy clients, and lost business. A company that shows a well-trained, certified staff and compliance with ASTM standards may also benefit further from reduced insurance premiums.
Certification means education … and customers appreciate a well-educated, well-trained service provider. Certification gives your company an edge over the competition, because it shows that you and your employees are committed to going the extra mile, keeping abreast of industry developments, and serious about both service and safety. When searching for a power sweeping contractor on the NAPSA website, the word “certified” appears in search results next to those companies that have achieved and maintain industry certification. It’s a small thing, that one word, but it carries a lot of weight in the decision-making process.
Do you need a sample before deciding whether to invest in the whole shebang? We don’t blame you for being cautious. There are a lot of sham courses available online, many of them raking in the big bucks and not teaching much of anything. Good news for you: your annual NAPSA membership dues entitles your company to one free SweeperSchool course during the membership year. So, try out a SweeperSchool and see for yourself.