Care Cours­es offers train­ing in two dis­tance learn­ing for­mats: Online Cours­es and Course­Books. Often we are asked, “Which Care Cours­es For­mat is Right for Me?” or “Which is bet­ter?” The answer is pret­ty sim­ple: It depends on your pref­er­ence and needs!

Each for­mat has unique advan­tages, which will help you decide if it’s the best choice for your sit­u­a­tion. First, let’s talk about what is the same in both formats:

  • Tuition cost: the fee you pay is a tuition fee so there is no dif­fer­ence in the price of a course regard­less of the for­mat you choose. Ship­ping, grad­ing and unlim­it­ed sup­port are all free.
  • Train­ing con­tent: you will learn the same infor­ma­tion in each format.
  • Unlim­it­ed stu­dent sup­port: our staff is here to help by email and phone.

So, what’s dif­fer­ent? The two main dif­fer­ences between the for­mats are speed and flex­i­bil­i­ty. First let’s look at Online Courses:

  • We deliv­er Online Cours­es to you imme­di­ate­ly after you com­plete your pur­chase. You don’t have to wait for your course to arrive in the mail if you are in a hur­ry to get your clock hours, or just want a course you can quick­ly read over the weekend.
  • You can access Online Cours­es from any smart­phone, lap­top, tablet, or desk­top com­put­er, any­where. The cours­es live on the inter­net, so any­where you have access to the web, you can access your course.
  • Online Cours­es include a print­able doc­u­ment file of the course you can print on your own printer.

Next let’s take a look at CourseBooks:

  • Course­Books can be tak­en with you eas­i­ly wher­ev­er you go. They are ide­al for tak­ing with you to work, the park, or read­ing in bed. You can under­line, high­light, and dog-ear pages. No Inter­net con­nec­tion is nec­es­sary and the books are easy on the eyes!
  • Course­Books make great addi­tions (or a start) to your pro­fes­sion­al ref­er­ence library. Many of our stu­dents tell us how nice it is to be able to refer back to the infor­ma­tion in the Course­Book, even years after they have tak­en the course. Cours­es often include recipes, activ­i­ties, and instruc­tions, which you may want to refer to or share with oth­ers later.
  • Course­Books include a required online com­po­nent and test­ing that you can access from any smart­phone, tablet, lap­top or desk­top computer.

So, you can see that each for­mat has its advan­tages. Which option do I pre­fer? I find that the Course­Book option is the bet­ter choice unless you are in an imme­di­ate hur­ry. For me, the flex­i­bil­i­ty of the book out­weighs the advan­tages of the Online Cours­es. Being able to hold a book in your hands, being able to take notes and high­light sec­tions, and being able to refer back to the course at a moment’s notice far out­weighs hav­ing to wait a few days to receive the book in the mail. So, unless you need your hours right away, I always rec­om­mend get­ting the Course­Book – it’s worth the wait. Ready to get start­ed? Look­ing for your Care Cours­es enroll­ment code to acti­vate your course online? Check out our blog: Where is my Care Cours­es Enroll­ment Code?

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Please let us know how we can be of addi­tion­al assis­tance! Call us: 1–800-685‑7610, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings and week­ends: We’re here to help!

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