Most people are familiar with traditional, classroom-based courses in energy audit. These types of courses are offered by a variety of schools and/or organizations. Training provided at these facilities is very structured and there is a specific assignment for each day of class. Online courses in energy audit are something that more students are turning to for various reasons. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of online education in energy audit.
- You set the pace. You learn at the pace that suits you; not at the pace of other (faster or slower) learners as it frequently happens in the classroom-based courses.
- You set the place. You choose where to study: home, office, library, coffee shop or even a park. The options are limitless.
- You set the time. Unlike the traditional programs, you do not have to sacrifice your work and family commitments to earn a degree.
- No limits. If the program is not offered in your area, with the traditional-based course, you will have to move. The advantage of online training is that your access to programs of your choosing is limitless.
- Perpetual enrollment: In classroom-based programs, enrollment is not available all year round. With online courses you choose when to begin (and when to end) the classes.
- Low-cost. Online courses are generally significantly cheaper than traditional courses. Further, you might be able to save money on travel, textbooks (with online programs learning materials are electronically downloaded), board, meals and other expected and unexpected costs that may vary widely depending on your distance from the campus.
- You can earn more than one degree. The flexibility of online programs opens up yet another window of opportunity – earning more than one degree at the same time. You could, for example, earn degrees in both residential and commercial audit. Further, you can get trained and certified by more than one provider. Acquiring new knowledge and skills is always beneficial, especially in the evolving field of home energy upgrade.
- Money back guarantee. If you are not happy with the result of your online course, you get your money back. That is not the case with traditional programs.
- Lack of hands on experience. The main drawback of online energy audit programs is that you do not have access to the practical training element. If your program does not have any arrangements in place, you will have to inquire how you can complete the field training at a location near you.
- You manage your commitments. This can be both advantage and disadvantage. If organizing and managing skills are not your strong feature, online programs might not be a good choice for you. But if your are organized and self-motivated to succeed you will benefit from taking online courses.