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July 15, 2024

What is a virtual training course?   

A virtual course is a course that is delivered over the internet. It's simple to attend and extremely time and cost-efficient. Many of our courses are offered on-demand.  It's extremely convenient as courses can be viewed multiple times at lesiure.

What equipment do I need?  

A computer with an internet connection.  Based on extensive experience, government firewalls will not hinder your access. 

How does it work?   

Prior to the session, you will receive simple login instructions.  On the day of the course, just click on the link provided. For on-demand courses, a recording link is sent.  The link is active for multiple viewings for four months.

Why did Blackstone introduce virtual training?  

Virtual training offers you the convenience of professional development right from your desk or boardroom.  Training and travelling costs are significantly lower.  Virtual courses are hassle-free.  They allow you to manage your time more efficiently and effectively. 

I want to have several people join the course. Do I have to pay for each participant?

We provide a very cost-effective rate for groups.  Group rates apply to a maximum of six participants (no minimum) while additional ones can join for half the individual cost.  We provide further discounts for large groups of 18 or more.  Please note those who can't attend on the course date or those who miss the session will receive a recording.

Can we have a course delivered for our group only?

Absolutely.  We offer customized training courses which target your needs.

What is the feedback on your virtual courses?  

Over 20,000 very satisfied public sector employyes attended our courses and we have had 24 complaints (although we try hard, the saying: 'you can't please everyone' applies here).

Will I need to download any software?  

No.  The entire presentation can be viewed without any downloads. 

What is the Blackstone hybrid approach?

Our unique hybrid approach involves a combination of live and significant pre-recorded content which is necessary in an open registration course with multiple participants from numerous organizations.  This approach ensures students receive the sufficient amount of presentation content without interruption for the maximum benefit of participants.

What is the on-demand option?

The on-demand format involves accessing the course unlimited times at leisure without having to attend a live session.  Most prefer this method as it offers extreme flexibility, multiple content review opportunites, while question can be sent via email.

Need more reasons to try Blackstone's online training?   

1.  Train as many people as you like --  Any number of people can join you or listen in …  your whole department. It’s up to you! 

2.  You don’t have to leave your office --  The entire training session is conducted from the convenience of your desk or meeting room.   

3.  No fancy technology required -- A computer is all you need.  

4.  No wasted time --  Our compact training sessions fit into the busiest of schedules and, in no time, you’re back on the job using the wealth of relevant information you gained.  

5.  Gain the insights and views of leading experts -- Our trainers are picked for their knowledge, experience and ability to deliver an enormous number of drilled-down skills in a short period of time.   

6.  Have many public servants taken the virtual courses? --  Yes.  Thousands of public servants across Canada have participated in our virtual courses.