United Academy encompasses courses related to jobsite safety and compliance, including operator certifications for aerial and excavation equipment, OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour classes, confined space entry and competent person training, and train-the-trainer certification. Also, the site facilitates training management for employees and employers through:
- Easy certification management: Course completion and certificate records are stored online, and a unique QR-encoded card provides access to training profiles via a mobile device or computer. Automatic notifications alert workers and employers when certifications are nearing expiration.
- Multiple delivery methods: Classroom training can be performed at customer locations or at a United Rentals location in the United States and Canada. Select courses are also available online to minimize disruptions during the workday.
- Corporate account benefits: Companies can qualify for quantity discounts, manage the distribution of training to employees, maintain employee profiles (including the tracking of third-party training records), and report on training performance for management and compliance purposes.
The company will also begin offering blended learning for certain programs in its United Academy curriculum, a technique that integrates online instruction and examination with a face-to-face, practical evaluation at a participating branch. Blended learning courses for boomlift and scissorlift operators will be available starting in mid-July, followed by counterbalance and rough-terrain forklift certifications.
“We believe that United Academy will be a powerful force for safety in the industry,” said United Rentals CEO Michael Kneeland. “It reflects our continued commitment to protecting construction, industrial and municipal workers through the practical application of professional education. The thousands of customers we train each year will now have even more resources at their disposal, including the latest innovations in training techniques.”
A longstanding advocate of safety advancements, United Rentals was named a Charter Member of the Campbell Institute, the environmental, health and safety center of excellence of the National Safety Council.
Based in Stamford, Conn., United Rentals is No. 1 on the RER 100.