Education is a core tenet of the American Rental Association (ARA) and the ARA Foundation. That is why the Foundation offers a financial assistance program allowing equipment and event rental operators to train employees without having to shoulder all the financial burden.
The Employee Training Assistance Program can pay for 50 percent — up to $2,500 — of the types of training that will build your employees’ skills and keep your operation competitive.
Examples of common training areas covered by the program include:
- ARA Certified programs covering mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs)
- ARA Certified Sales and ARA Certified Service
- ARA Box Truck Training
- ARA Professional Driver Education Program
- ARA Certified Event Rental Professional (CERP) program
- Hospitality services
- Commercial driver’s license (CDL)
Trainings do not need to be ARA-branded programs but must support a career in the equipment or event rental industry.
The financial assistance offered through the Employee Training Assistance Program covers only the cost of the training (travel, tool and supply expenses are not eligible). Assistance may be approved prior to completion of training, but funding will be disbursed following training completion and upon receipt of a certificate of completion.
For more information and to access the Employee Training Assistance Program application, go to ARArental.org/ara-foundation or call ARA member services at 800-334-2177.
The third-quarter distribution deadline is Sept. 30.