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Are your learners completing their training?

What is your training completion rate?

Training that doesn’t get completed means money down the drain not to mention a lost opportunity to build the capabilities of your workforce. With instructor-led training, completion rates tend to be high because finishing the course is often just a function of sitting through the presentation.

With eLearning, the responsibility for training is transferred to the learner. There are many benefits to this shift in accountability, but for most learners the benefits come with the challenge of fitting in training with all of their other job duties.

If you measure it, it will improve

Tracking the completion rate of your eLearning is the first step to better results with eLearning.  This video will show you how to calculate your training completion rates in QualityTrainingPortal.

We have created a worksheet that will help you calculate your Training Completion Rate.  The video will show you how to get the numbers you will use in the worksheet.

Training Completion Worksheet

Five Proven Strategies to Increase Training Completion Rates

Learn the five top ways that QualityTrainingPortal administrators are improving their Training Completion Rates in this article.

Learn More About the Five Proven Strategies


Send training reminders right through QualityTrainingPortal

Did you know that you can send emails to your learners through QualityTrainingPortal?  With System Emails, you can remind a group of learners to complete their training or congratulate those who have finished courses.  Three system email templates are already set up in your account and ready for you to use.

Customers who have used system emails during beta testing report improved course completion rates with a lot less follow-up effort on their part.

To learn more about System Emails, check out our How-To Guide, read our documentation or contact Robin McDermott, Director of Training to get started.

Get ready for changes to the AIAG FMEA Manual in 2019

A draft of the AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook was released in November 2017.  Feedback was sought throughout the automotive industry, tweaks made and it is finally ready to be released in 2Q2019.  It is clear that the 2019 changes to FMEAs for the automotive sector are BIG! The handbook represents the culmination of a four year project completely revising the AIAG FMEA Manual, a collaboration between OEMs and Tier 1 supplier members of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA), Germany’s association for automotive manufacturers and suppliers. The result will be one common foundation for FMEAs across the global automotive sectors represented by AIAG and VDA.

The new (draft) AIAG FMEA Manual provides more direction and specificity as to how FMEAs are to be conducted. Rumors about the RPN going away are true; the RPN is being replaced by the AP or Action Priority. Here are some of the key changes that we highlighted in a blog post on

Thousands of people and hundreds of companies have trusted QualityTrainingPortal to learn and implement FMEAs and we will be there to guide you into the next phase of FMEAs. We have started working on series of new FMEA courses based on the proposed AIAG-VDA FMEA Alignment Handbook. While the changes can seem daunting, we are happy to report that everyday we get more comfortable with the draft version of the new handbook. In fact, many of the improvements in the Handbook have always been a part of how we teach companies to do FMEAs!

Plans for existing and future FMEA online training

  • Because these changes will only be required for the automotive sector, we plan to keep all of our existing “classic” FMEA courses active and available.
  • We will offer at least three new FMEA courses that are in line with the AIAG-VDA 2019 changes to FMEAs: AIAG-VDA Process FMEAs, AIAG-VDA Design FMEAs and AIAG-VDA FMEA-MSRs. These courses will not be available until after the final version of the 2019 AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook is released.

AIAG-VDA FMEA Alignment Weekly Advisor

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In the meantime, we encourage you to subscribe to the AIAG-VDA FMEA Alignment Weekly Advisor. This newsletter is published through our sister site, We know that most people don’t have a day (or more realistically days) to sit down and digest the entire new handbook. But, if you give us 5-10 minutes a week, we will give you a succinct analysis of the key changes to the 2019 AIAG FMEA Manual in 12 easy to consume weekly issues.

Are your employees logging more miles at work than at the gym?


Have you checked your employees’ Fitbit logs lately?

If your employees are hitting their daily step goals just by doing their job, it could be time Read More

Set-Up Reduction: What can we learn from a pit crew?

What are slow changeovers costing your business?

NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick says that a slow changeover by his pit crew cost him the Southern 500.

Auto racing, both NASCAR and Formula 1, have reduced the time it takes to change tires and fuel the vehicle (NASCAR refuels, Formula 1 drivers are not allowed to refuel) from minutes to a matter of seconds. Here is a video Read More

Great Visual Displays Tell a Story

Hey there sports fans!  Imagine watching the big game without a score board.  Maybe you can mentally keep track of the score, but how much time is left in the game?  What quarter is it?

Or, how about taking a road trip with no GPS, no road signs and no speedometer or odometer in your dashboard. Read More