The Benefits of Taking Online Courses

Most professionals, including nurses, social workers and counselors, are required to complete a minimum number of continuing education units (CEUs) each year.  Although continuing education is beneficial to the professional and to his or her client base, fulfilling those requirements with useful courses can be difficult because of the time and expense involved.

Online Courses Make CEUs Manageable for Busy Professionals

Online courses allow busy professionals to complete those credits and keep their skills and knowledge up to date when it’s convenient for them, whether that means early in the morning before work or after midnight when the house is quiet.  With that flexibility, it’s also easier to find relevant, useful courses rather than settling for what’s available just to get the required hours in on schedule.  And there’s no travel time to factor in, which means less overall time invested and for working parents, no need to arrange for child care while you’re in class.

Online Courses are Generally Less Expensive

Taking classes online not only saves time, it saves money as well.  Online courses are often less expensive than live classes, since the cost of presenting them is much lower and they can reach a much larger audience.  In addition, professionals who take courses over the Internet don’t have added expenses like transportation costs and child care associated with earning their credits.

Online Courses Make it Easy to Meet Upcoming Deadlines

For the licensed professional, missing a deadline for continuing education credits can be expensive, embarrassing and possibly even career-threatening.  The flexibility and easy access offered by online educational programs makes it easier for professionals whose deadlines are approaching to find and complete the credits they need before the clock runs out.

Online Courses Put Career Advancement in Reach

Of course, licensing regulations and employer requirements aren’t the only reason professionals want and need continuing education.  Gathering new skills and knowledge can help the professional advance his career with his current employer or qualify her for a new job or even a career change.  With online courses, the working professional can enhance his education on his own time and the unemployed job seeker can improve her odds in the competitive employment market even on a tight budget.

Whether a professional is motivated to complete CEUs by licensing requirements, employer guidelines, a desire to advance one’s career or even just a thirst for knowledge, web-based educational opportunities offer a flexible and affordable solution.


Nick Walz is an active blogger and writer who likes to share his advice and tips to the online community. Learning how to personally advance yourself is something Nick firmly believes in. You can contact him on Twitter @Nick_Walz.

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