Annual Compliance Training - Assign At Once or As Expires?

May 07, 2021

Good morning everyone,

I wanted to get some input on how your organizations approach annual training, particularly with new hires.  Do you assign all training at once to staff as an annual version, and then to new hires as they join?  Say that a new hire joins 2 weeks before the annual assignment -- do you still ask them to complete the annual assignment?

Or do you ask staff to complete annual training as their particular version expires, and have everyone complete it at different times?

I understand that there many specific legal requirements depending on the industry, but I wasn't given any specifications in my case, so I'm exploring best options.

Thank you,


2 Replies
Kalena Hornkohl

We're a state agency, so I imagine how our compliance is governed is a little different than in the private sector. We assign compliance training on a set schedule for everyone either every year or every other year, depending on the laws around that training. For example, our Ethics training rolls out March 1 every year (or the closes business day after). We release the calendar in advance so staff know what's coming and when.

New hires are given the entire bundle (around 4 hours worth of stuff) when they are onboarded. Since our new hires are onboarded on either the 1st or 15th of the month (or closest date), the odds of them doing a course, then having to re-do that course in its updated form within a month of being hired is pretty high, but so far no complaints thrown my way.