Online Courses

Learn Online

ISPA’s online courses are part of a proven and proprietary training system that teaches from novice to expert. Our online courses are the first part of a two-component system where students first learn theoretical knowledge and then later (in the second component) take on the water training at the ISPA certified school of their choice.

The online courses allow you to learn at your own pace anywhere in the world and will teach you the essential knowledge (traditionally taught through workbooks) in an easy-to-understand manner using narrated text, images and videos.  ISPA’s online visual training breaks down the on-the-water maneuvers and processes. This is one of the most unique features of the ISPA online courses.

The online courses are made up of modules of varying lengths which you can progress through at your own pace.  Most of our online courses have approximately 20 to 30 modules each of which will typically take 10 to 30 minutes to complete.  Therefore to complete a course you should anticipate investing 16 to 32 hours depending on your pace.  At the end of most modules is a Knowledge Check which you must complete to progress.  There is no minimum time required to complete the modules or the entire course however you must progress through all the content and complete all the Knowledge Checks to complete the course. 

ISPA offers some of its online courses free of charge; however, if you are interested in obtaining a certificate of competency, you must complete the paid online exam.   

Online Certification

When you purchase the online exam you will also receive:

  • 1-year free online access to the corresponding ISPA workbook in a digital flipbook format,
  • 1-year free online access to the library of corresponding training videos, and
  • Online Theory Certificate.

Online theory exams can be purchased in advance giving you access to the online resources while taking the course.

Your exam purchase also includes the following prepaid services upon successful completion of the practical (on-the-water) training:

  • Certificate of Competency registration,
  • Certificate of Competency wallet card mailed to you, and 
  • ISPA Logbook (if you do not already been issued an ISPA logbook).

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