The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is expanding its product training portfolio with the relaunch of MOL’s specialist product knowledge distance learning courses for the merchant sector.
MOL has been developing and delivering professional qualifications for over 30 years. The courses have proved popular with merchants in the past, not least because they lead to a City & Guilds (C&G) qualification, which is internationally recognised.
MOL’s workbook-based distance learning modules cover a wide range of specialist subjects in four key areas: Plumbing and Heating, Timber and Building, Climate Management and Electrical Products. They are designed to help students build a generic understanding of the principles of each subject area and thus enhance their ability to advise and support customers.
The modular system means each company or individual can decide which product areas are the most important to them and select the most appropriate modules to study. By doing so, they create a unique qualification that is ideally suited to their job.
Students generally study up to 10 modules from a total of 42 available. After successfully completing two product knowledge modules, the student achieves a C&G Award, after five modules, a C&G Certificate and after 10 modules, a G&G Diploma.
Modules can be purchased singly or in multiples of up to ten to gain the best price per unit, saving a third of the single purchase cost. For example, purchasing a single module will cost £150, whereas ten modules may be purchased together for just £1,000.
Commenting on the addition to BMF’s product training portfolio, BMF MD John Newcomb said: “We are delighted to be working with MOL once again to bring their proven product training to the merchant sector at an affordable price. They are an excellent and complementary addition to our existing product training through BMF Campus. MOL gives learners a thorough grounding in the generic principles of each subject area, whereas Campus adds brand-specific content from over 100 leading manufacturers.”
MOL workbooks are also designed to be retained as a reference resource. Once the module has been completed, assessed and graded, it is returned to the learner to keep. By building up the number of modules studied, they are building a physical encyclopedia of knowledge to refer back to at any time.