Posted on Sep. 29, 2022 by Niki Nelson

Creating training material for 1 hour of training can take at least 82 hours (1). This only includes writing the course, not the effort of presenting or certifying material. You do not have to go through all the work that adds up to extra staffing hours and cost. The option of online learning is a smart and effective alternative. Start with Certified Training Alliance (CTA).

Designed for First Responders and Public Safety Officials, CTA is a simple-to-use, easy to access online learning system that relieves the burden of scheduling time to train and certify personnel.


VirTra’s Online Courses

Certified Training Alliance features several of VirTra’s certified coursework. These courses do not require your agency to have a simulator. If you do, however, many work in tandem with simulated scenarios. Learning online and then putting newly-acquired skills into practice in the simulator further reinforces learning.

Additionally, if you are waiting to be able to obtain a VirTra simulator, a good way to get started on coursework would be to utilize the courses in CTA. It can allow students to familiarize themselves with the topics at hand and give instructors a chance to review the material as well.

We do our best to include courses that are timely and relevant to what is important to law enforcement. These include:

  • Weapon Transitions
  • De-Escalation
  • Mental Illness
  • Autism Awareness


Benefits for Adult Learning

VirTra’s material uses iconography and imagery to ensure the user stays focused, and provide great opportunities for long-term learning. With the right amount of storytelling and video content, the goal is to keep the learner engaged and not thinking about what they are going to order for dinner instead. We are using adult learning methods to help to ensure transfer (learning long-term).

Additionally, all courses on CTA – even those not authored by VirTra – do not have the option to be skipped or sped through. Even if a user were to minimize the window, the course would simply stop – resuming when the user has the window up again. A certificate of completion will be available for download only when the course is completed and the test is passed.


How to Get Started

It’s free and simple to get started – you don’t need to pay to sign up! To see the full list of courses available by VirTra, Force Science, ILET and Tony Blauer, just create an account and scroll through!

You can utilize essential or premium courses with the ability to access them for up to a year. Premium courses are created in partnership with leading industry experts. There are also course bundles available!

To sign up, all you have to do is create an account on the website here. Courses will be added over time, so be sure to keep an eye out.



Chapman, B. (2010). How Long Does it Take to Create Learning? [Research Study]. Published by Chapman Alliance LLC.

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