While COVID and COVID related constraints have been a bane for professionals all around the world, as the old adage goes, we CAN upend this challenge into an opportunity, and many industries, commercial entities, institutions, organizations, and governments deserve credit for having done just that.

Many around the world feel that professional development related learning is most effective in, live, in person setting. In my opinion, that is absolutely correct. Until we confronted the pandemic, most technical, science and engineering professionals felt strongly in favor of in-person learning for their professional development.

However, at Semtrain (Semtrain, LLC, www.sem-train.com), we have found the last fifteen-month pandemic period to be transformational. Out of necessity, we transformed most of our engineering and energy professional development courses into live, on-line, courses, and were able to meet our targeted participation goal. So, here is what we learnt:

As we look past the current pandemic, many of us can’t for that person-to-person contact, the handshake and the smiles that only in-person seminars, courses and technical expos provide, but from our experience, we will always enjoy the bliss that live, on-line, learning DOES work and will always be there as a viable alternative.

* Check with your board or certifying organization. Some state boards and certifying entities allow making up of a small portion of the live seminar through a recording.

** Electrical Power Transmission and Distribution course on 23rd – 24th of June. This course will be conducted from 12pm-5pm Singapore time (GMT+8), or, 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM US EDT. If interested in attending, my LinkedIn connections can save 5% on the registration cost by emailing: [email protected] with the code “WEventzBobby5.” Also, visit www.sem-train.com for many other, on-demand courses, self-study courses, webinars, and in-person courses scheduled for this summer, fall and winter.

Bobby Rauf, PE, CEM, CMT, MBA