BlueVolt Celebrates A Decade Of Online Training For The Trades

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Another banner year anticipated for the company that started as a training resource for electricians

“We’ve come a long way in the past decade by following a simple belief ‘people use and sell what they know and trust’,” said Don Spear, President and CEO of BlueVolt.

BlueVolt (, the leading provider of online learning management systems (LMS) for the manufacturing, construction and service industries, celebrates its tenth year of continuous growth. And it’s shaping up to become another banner year for the elearning company that started simply as an online training platform for electricians.

With a focus on understanding the unique needs of tradespeople, BlueVolt built its award-winning platform from the ground up to fulfill multiple training needs in the marketplace. Since 2002, BlueVolt has bridged the gap between manufacturers and the people that sell and use their products – distributors and skilled tradespeople such as contractors, electricians, plumbing and HVAC specialists, and more. The company has expanded significantly beyond its original niche training market and now delivers training across entire industries and throughout those sales channels: electrical, plumbing, HVAC, welding, flooring, & consumer electronics.

“We’ve come a long way in the past decade by following a simple belief ‘people use and sell what they know and trust’,” said Don Spear, President and CEO of BlueVolt. “By taking the time to really listen and understand our customers’ training needs, the BlueVolt LMS platform has evolved to become an invaluable tool in helping companies train their employees and sales channels, increase sales and improve safety in the workplace.”

In the past year alone, industry leaders such as Hammond Power Solutions, Matco-Norca, Crown Boiler Co., and Savant Systems have partnered with BlueVolt to develop custom online training Universities to achieve their learning and business objectives. BlueVolt delivers information and verifies knowledge. Companies sell more products and build trust.

In its tenth year, BlueVolt is celebrating significant milestones: the team has launched more than 100 elearning Universities with associations, distributors, contractors, and manufacturers and delivered more than 1.2 million courses on topics ranging from boosting sales of a new product, to adapting to the National Electric Code changes, to improving on-the-job safety through fall prevention. In an average week, approximately 7,000 visitors easily access an online University powered by BlueVolt.

Unique to the BlueVolt LMS is its innovative $BlueBucks™ program, a pay-for-performance rewards system that recently earned a Brandon Hall Gold Award for excellence in technology. Proven to increase enrollment up to ten times, learners redeem $BlueBucks for virtual gift cards at hundreds of retailers nationwide, apply the rewards towards the price of future courses, or donate their $BlueBucks to charity. Since the program’s launch, BlueVolt learners have earned nearly 2 million $BlueBucks.

Key to BlueVolt’s customer-centric culture is its innovative software development team, which takes an agile development approach to system updates primarily guided by customer requests and feedback. BlueVolt updates its software-as-service, web-based LMS platform every two weeks instead of monthly or quarterly as is common with other LMS platforms. Last fall, the company released its HTML5 mobile interface, which allows users to access interactive courses, quizzes and videos from any mobile device such as the iPad®, iPhone® and Android® browsers – without relying on the use of Adobe Flash® software. In addition to supporting interactive content the new mobile interface features simple-to-navigate, enhanced functionality for mobile learners.

“Although the building and construction industry took a hit in recent years, BlueVolt continues to grow rapidly in both the number of people we train and the amount of courses available on our LMS platform. It’s a sign that we are meeting a very real need in the marketplace, which is to deliver learning online,” says Spear. “Considering our growth, combined with ongoing developments in mobile and social technology, BlueVolt’s future is very bright in the enormous industrial markets that we serve.”

About BlueVolt
Portland, Oregon-based BlueVolt is the leading provider of online Learning Management Systems (LMS) for the manufacturing, construction and service industries. BlueVolt’s LMS for the extended enterprise delivers easy-to-use training across an entire company and its suppliers, sales channel, associations and customers. The LMS delivers affordable training, verifies knowledge and reports results all in one place. BlueVolt’s unique approach to online training encourages learning with its proven reward program that is valuable to those offering and participating in learning. As of March 2012, BlueVolt has delivered more than 1,209,000 courses to over 205,000 registered users. BlueVolt has won a Gold Excellence in Technology award from Brandon Hall, a Learning Leader award from Bersin & Associates for Vendor Innovation in Learning and Talent Management and also was named to the Learning Portal Companies Watch List for its innovative approach to learning. For more information, visit

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