FORS is switching all its classroom-based manager training courses to online webinars as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and government restrictions.
The move is effective from 1 April 2020 and means all FORS Professional Practitioner workshops, FORS Professional Car and Van Fleet Management Essentials, FORS Professional HGV/PCV Fleet Management Essentials, and FORS Professional Collision Management will be held as webinars, to allow participants to undertake manager training despite government restrictions on movement currently in place.
The web-based courses will go live on the same day as the original classroom sessions were scheduled and have been adapted to suit the online format. Participants will still have the opportunity to interact and ask questions.
FORS had already announced last month that it had suspended Bronze on-site audits until further notice, with member accreditation maintained at its current level, and FORS Bronze, Silver and Gold downgrades not taking place where accreditation dates are exceeded.
FORS manager Sonia Hayward said: “FORS members may struggle to attend any online training course given the difficult situation facing everyone at the moment, but we would encourage those who can to make the most of this opportunity to continue with their professional development online. Whilst audits and downgrades are suspended, attendance to online training will still count towards meeting the FORS requirements and help with FORS accreditation in the future.”
FORS Practitioner webinars will count towards the FORS Practitioner qualification, which stipulates participants must complete a series of 10 FORS Practitioner workshops.