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Promote a Healthy Lifestyle with TargetSolutions’ Health & Wellness Training

TargetSolutions’ Health & Wellness training course provides students with a thorough understanding of what it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle extends beyond avoiding that double bacon cheeseburger or taking a quick walk around the block to burn off a few calories. Instead it’s a day-in, day-out process that sets your body and mind up for success. TargetSolutions’ Health & Wellness training course aims to do just that.

Composed of nine learning modules, this engaging course explores the characteristics of sustaining a healthy lifestyle. Topics include the importance of nutrition and regular exercise, as well as maintaining a healthy state of mind. This versatile, industry-inclusive course also examines:

• Burning Calories
• Tobacco
• Substance Abuse: Alcohol and Other Drugs
• Sleep
• Stress
• Mental Health and Disorders

Are you interested in learning more about TargetSolutions’ online training catalog? Contact TargetSolutions at 1 (800) 840-8048 to get started.

TargetSolutions Announces New Approvals for Public Works Agencies in Oregon, Colorado and Wyoming

SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a leading provider of online continuing education for public entities, is excited to announce new water and wastewater accreditations in Oregon, Colorado and Wyoming. Combined together, more than 140 hours of training for public works agencies have been approved by the states’ governing bodies.

“We are seeing tremendous growth in water and wastewater accreditation nationwide,” said Lauren Crosby, who serves as TargetSolutions’ content and compliance manager. “We recently became approved to deliver accredited content in Colorado, Oregon and Wyoming across numerous certifications, making us now accredited in 27 states. This is great news for agencies in these states looking to streamline training with engaging, accredited online training.”

In Oregon, TargetSolutions received approval for 38 hours of its training by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. The following certifications are now available through TargetSolutions:

  • Wastewater Collection System Operator Grades I–IV,
  • Wastewater Collection System Operator SWWS,
  • Wastewater Treatment System Operator Grades I–IV,
  • Wastewater Treatment System Operator SWWS,
  • Water Distribution Levels 1–4,
  • Water Treatment Levels 1–4

In Colorado, TargetSolutions was approved for 24 hours by the Colorado Operator Certification Program Office. Agencies in the state using TargetSolutions can now access the following certifications through the computer-based system:

  • Wastewater Collection System Operator Class 1–4
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 1, A
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 1, B
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 1, C
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 1, D
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 1, S
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 1, T
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 2, A
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 2, B
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 2, C
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 2, D
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 2, S
  • Wastewater Industrial System Operator Class 2, T
  • Wastewater Treatment Class A, B, C, D, S, T
  • Water Distribution System Operator Class 1–4
  • Water Treatment Class A, B, C, D, S, T

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality approved 84 hours of water and wastewater recertification training. Now, personnel in Wyoming can work to work to meet the following certification levels with TargetSolutions:

  • Water Treatment Operator Level 1–4
  • Water Distribution Operator Level 1–4
  • Wastewater Treatment Operator Level 1–4
  • Wastewater Collection Operator Level 1–4

“The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has approved our water catalog for all certification levels in the state of Wyoming,” Crosby said. “We’re really excited to be able to deliver our training to all the operators in the state, who need 24 hours of continuing education every three years.”

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ continuing education for water and wastewater, please contact us today at (800) 840-8046.

About TargetSolutions

TargetSolutions delivers cutting-edge software applications, engaging online training courses, and world-class customer service. The company was founded in 1999 and today there are more than 2,000 organizations across the country using TargetSolutions’ innovative technology to solve their training challenges. For more information on TargetSolutions, check online at


Large Bundle of Training for School Districts Enhanced with New Audio

Nine courses from TargetSolutions’ course catalog for school districts have recently been updated with a new voice track. 

TargetSolutions packs more than 50 hours of interactive online training into its catalog of courses for school districts. Audio enhancements in the form of a complete narrating voiceover track have recently been made for a bundle of nine courses from our K-12 Education online course catalog.

The package of courses that now sport an updated voice track are:

  • Computer Security Awareness
  • Food Services Proper Lifting
  • Food Services General Safety
  • Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls
  • Workplace Diversity
  • Workplace Violence
  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases
  • Adjusting to Changing Driving Conditions
  • Distracted Driving

In addition to the nine courses that have been updated with new audio tracks, TargetSolutions offers a robust catalog of additional training for school district employees.

Driver Training

  • Defensive Driving Strategies
  • Driver Safety Orientation
  • Driving Accidents & Emergencies
  • Large Vehicle Characteristics
  • Passenger Van Safety

Food Service

  • Food Safety, Foodborne Illness & Kitchen Sanitation
  • School Meal Compliance

Human Resources

  • Child Abuse: Mandated Reporter Training
  • Ethics in the Workplace
  • Maintaining Professional Staff/Student Boundaries
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness
  • Sexual Harassment for Supervisors (California AB 1825)

OSHA, Compliance & Safety

  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Safety
  • Breaking Up Student Fights
  • Crossing Guard Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • FERPA: Protecting Student Privacy
  • Fire Extinguisher Safety
  • Fire Prevention Safety
  • General First Aid Part 1
  • General First Aid Part 2
  • General Office Ergonomics
  • Hazmat Spill Prevention & Control
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Incident Investigation
  • Lead Awareness
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Playground Safety
  • Playground Supervision
  • Proper Lifting
  • Proper Lifting Library Operations
  • Proper Use of Seclusion and Restraint
  • Recognition of Hazards for Principals
  • Respiratory Protection
  • School Bullying
  • School Bus Behavior and Discipline
  • School Shooting Awareness
  • School Violence and Weapons
  • Student Concussions
  • Working in Extreme Temperatures
  • Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ online training catalog for school districts, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

Increase Safety with TargetSolutions’ Working in Extreme Temperatures Training Course

Working in excessively hot or cold environments can have an adverse impact on the human body. With that in mind, TargetSolutions’ OSHA training course, Working in Extreme Temperatures, educates personnel on safety measures.

TargetSolutions’ Working in Extreme Temperatures online training course provides valuable insight into preventing medical emergencies resulting from excessively hot or cold weather conditions.

Applicable for professionals from any industry, this 10-module course is divided into sections that explore the disorders culminating from extreme heat (exhaustion, rash) and cold (frostbite, hypothermia). Written to federal standards and featured in TargetSolutions’ OSHA training catalog, this course is especially valuable as summer approaches.

“It talks about preparing yourself as an individual, working in these temperatures, and what you can do to mitigate these potential hazards,” said Client Services Manager Jennifer Jones. “The course is applicable for all industries.”

To learn more about TargetSolutions online safety training courses, please contact us today at 1 (800) 840-8048. 

TargetSolutions’ RT-130 Refresher Training Series Receives Annual Updates for 2016

Fire departments can deliver TargetSolutions’ RT-130: Wildland Fire Safety Refresher training to prepare firefighters for the wildland fire season. The four modules have been updated for 2016.

With rising temperatures signaling an imminent start to the 2016 fire season, TargetSolutions has updated and enhanced its RT-130: Annual Wildland Fire Safety Refresher training series.

The following updates have been made to the series:

New Statistics and Information: Fire-related statistics have been updated based on new data. Course modules have been enhanced with new information for 2016 as designated by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

New Video Content: Students can watch nine new engaging videos distributed across the four modules.

New Topics: Updates for 2016 encompass new and optimized learning topics including:

  • Radio Communication
  • Situational Awareness
  • Estimating Safety Zones
  • Fire Technology
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Chainsaw Safety
  • Sleep Deprivation

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ online training courses for firefighters, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

Mount Laurel Fire Department Realizes Full Potential of TargetSolutions’ Online Training Management System

Mount Laurel Fire Department serves a population of more than 40,000 citizens across 22-square miles in New Jersey. The department has been using TargetSolutions for nearly a decade.

Christopher Burnett and the personnel of Mount Laurel Fire Department were very pleased utilizing TargetSolutions as they always had. The software was viewed as an effective vehicle for delivering EMS continuing education, compliance training, and document review.

But after watching a webinar on how to track ISO training hours by the IAFC in December of 2015, the deputy chief was exposed to a whole new extension of the software, he said.

“I was sitting in that webinar and I was not aware that TargetSolutions could do all this,” said Burnett, whose New Jersey combination department has been a client of TargetSolutions since September of 2006.

The IAFC webinar, How to Track Fire Department Training with a Purpose,” provided an overview on the ISO’s fire department training requirements, best practices for tracking ISO, and examples of other items that need to be tracked for compliance. Burnett walked away with a mission; figure out how to fully maximize TargetSolutions.

A few months later, after working with TargetSolutions’ Product Specialist Tim Riley, Burnett now has an entirely different appreciation for the computer-based system’s capabilities, he said.

“We started with TargetSolutions a long time ago for CE training for EMS personnel,” Burnett said. “It provided the medium for our people to obtain their elective credits without having them attend offsite training and taking them out of the company. It also afforded our volunteer personnel remote access to a number of training opportunities if they had access to the Internet.

“We run another program for incident reporting and to document training, but after the webinar it exposed a number of features that I knew we needed to start taking advantage of, and now we’re trying to seize the opportunity and use all of the system’s tools.

“We found TargetSolutions more user-friendly than some of the other systems, so we’re looking at how we can better utilize it and fully transition all of our training entries into TargetSolutions as our sole source.”

Mount Laurel, which serves a population of more than 40,000 across 22-square miles, recently improved its ISO rating from a 4 to a 3, but coming up just one-half point shy from a 2 rating has the department motivated to make its next evaluation even better.

“The previous method of pulling ISO training data was very labor intensive and cumbersome,” Burnett said. “That’s why I attended the webinar. After working with Tim Riley we are now looking to take full advantage of TargetSolutions’ ISO Training Tracker.

“We have further developed our credentialing program to better monitor CEU requirements for our fire inspectors and plan on creating other credentials to include company officer development, driver training, etc. We’re plugging that in now.”

The more Burnett learns about TargetSolutions, the more he is surprised at the platform’s robust capabilities for fire department management, he said.

“Every fire department wants to be more efficient,” Burnett said. “With budgets getting tighter we’re trying to maximize our efficiency. TargetSolutions helps us refocus our attention on more critical areas of the department and less on the mundane administrative tasks like tracking training and resources.”

Christopher Burnett, Deputy Chief, Mount Laurel Fire Department (N.J.)

Achieve Compliance with Mandatory Pesticide Training Requirements Using TargetSolutions

TargetSolutions’ Activities Builder application enables school district employees in California to meet a newly mandated pesticide training requirement.

The recent passing of California Senate Bill 1405, which goes into effect in July 2016, mandates that any individual who applies a pesticide at a school site be required to complete a one hour training course.

TargetSolutions features a pre-built custom activity for school districts in California looking to achieve compliance with mandated pesticide training. The activity links directly to Sacramento State University’s training, which is currently the only approved course for this new requirement. Free of charge and applicable to all school employees, users may complete the course and then upload the accompanied certificate of completion to TargetSolutions in order to track completions.

TargetSolutions was fortunate to work with Scarlett Sadler of CSAC Excess Insurance Authority. She helped TargetSolutions create the pre-built solution that can now help all agencies in California comply with the new regulations.

“I did some research and wondered how we could make this easier for our members,” said Sadler. “We created this custom activity where users can import their certs and go from there.”

For more information about how this solution can benefit your organization, please contact us today at 1 (800) 840-8048.

This Month’s Featured Scenario-Based Training for Firefighters: Oak Drive Fire & Division 2 Near-Miss

To learn more about AlphaACT® FIRE’s scenario-based training courses, please attend an upcoming webinar. Webinars are open to anyone interested and are scheduled for 9 a.m. (PDT) every Wednesday.

TargetSolutions has partnered with AlphaTRAC Products to offer AlphaACT® FIRE’s dynamic firefighter training courses. These special scenario-based courses, available at an additional charge, are built to help fireground incident commanders improve their decision-making skills.

All of AlphaACT® FIRE’s course material is based on real-life experiences and is integrated with the IAFC’s Near-Miss system. By taking captured experiences and turning them into simulation training lessons, AlphaACT® FIRE delivers impactful situational awareness training that can be scheduled, delivered and tracked with TargetSolutions.

There are currently more than 70 AlphaACT® FIRE courses on the TargetSolutions platform. Here are this month’s featured courses, both of which are based on real events:

Division 2 Near-Miss
This training session addresses a fire in a highly structure-concentrated suburb. With a large crew responding, it’s a careful balancing act of applying abundant resources effectively to protect the crew’s life safety and complete the rescue.

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Oak Drive Fire
This training session addresses a structure fire in a large remodeled suburban home. With plenty of resources, using them effectively as well as locating and controlling the fire are key tasks to success.

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To learn more about AlphaACT® FIRE’s scenario-based training courses, as well as the AlphaACT® FIRE’s Scenario Builder, and how these training tools can benefit your organization, please click here to register for an upcoming webinar.

If you have questions about pricing, please contact us today at (800) 840-8046.