Paying For Our Training is Way Better Than Getting It For FREE!


Why Pay Convergence When We Can Get Training For Free From MSHA?


Simple. Because MSHA’s free training really isn’t so free. Granted, MSHA training programs can be a cost-effective approach to staying compliant. But many mine operators and mining contractors either don’t have the flexibility necessary to meet MSHA’s training schedules or can’t coordinate the minimum number of attendees for an MSHA training session.

Remember that when you’re trying to save a few bucks with a free training session, you have to take into account all the additional expenses involved, including travel time, fuel, food, and accommodations.

Let’s Look At The Real Cost Of Free Training

Let’s compare the difference between sending five employees (the minimum allowed) to a free MSHA training session, and using our Surface Miner Training DVD Set.

With MSHA’s free training, you’re paying:

MSHA Requires a minimum of 5 attendees. Wages include an average of $20 per hour for 8 hours of annual refresher training and 6 hours of travel time (300 round trip miles). Transportation costs assume 15 mpg at $3 per gallon. Meals are factored in using $25 for each attendee.
MSHA Free Training 5 Workers
Wages During Training $800
Travel Time $600
Food $125
Fuel $60
Mileage $165

By the time you’re done getting your employees their annual refresher it is far from free, and that’s for just five employees.

Now Let’s Look At Our Surface Miner Training DVD Set

You just can’t beat the cost-effectiveness of training your team onsite on your schedule. Our Surface Miner Training DVD Set covers all the same required Part 46 content, but with a modern look and training style that your employees will engage with. With these DVDs, you can train at your convenience, and without the scheduling, logistical, and cost headaches.

So, here’s what it will cost you for the same training:

Convergence Training 5 Workers
Wages During Training $800
Travel Time $0
Food $0
Fuel $0
Mileage $0 Surface Miner Training DVD Set $499 $1,299

With Convergence Surface Miner Training, you benefit from:

  • Cost-Effective Training – A one-time cost of $499 for the DVD set (testing tools and certificates included).
  • Scheduling Flexibility – Training done at your convenience.
  • Hassle-Free On-Site Training – No worrying about employees missing the MSHA appointments.

With our Surface Miner Training DVD Set, you can use it as many times as you like. Train your new miners and use it for your annual refreshers as well.

Let’s Compare One Last Time

Using the DVD Set instead of the free MSHA training will actually save you hundreds of dollars the first time you use it – an immediate savings of $451. Over the life of the DVDs you will save even more – after using the DVDs for five years you will be saving more than $4,250, and that’s assuming you only have to train five employees.

However, you decide to train your team, just consider the real cost of free training. Many of our customers already have.

All numbers in this article are estimates. Your actual numbers may vary.

Jeff Dalto, Senior Learning & Performance Improvement Manager
Jeff is a learning designer and performance improvement specialist with more than 20 years in learning and development, 15+ of which have been spent working in manufacturing, industrial, and architecture, engineering & construction training. Jeff has worked side-by-side with more than 50 companies as they implemented online training. Jeff is an advocate for using evidence-based training practices and is currently completing a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. He writes the Vector Solutions | Convergence Training blog and invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.

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