360training.com aims to cover global professional development needs by offering almost 7,000 professional training and compliance courses via e-learning. It designs and manages programs for professional associations, corporations, and colleges and schools and offers compliance training, certification courses, and licensing through a "virtual university" platform. It also offers online content libraries, custom course development, and support services. Founded in 1997 as an online defensive driving school, the company now has about 25 industry portals for end-to-end training opportunities in the real estate, hospitality, insurance, financial services, environmental safety, transportation, and other industries.
The company operated as an online defensive driving school for only about a year before the growing demand for internet-based educational services led it to expand its course offerings to include regulatory and compliance-based learning as well as professional and career education courses.
Since then, 360training.com has trained more than 4 million people worldwide. It has expanded its course offerings through acquisitions and through partnerships with businesses and organizations that offer training in areas targeted for growth such as work safety, cosmetology, and environmentally-friendly construction. Its customers include such industry-leading firms as Duke Energy and Centex.
Some of its more notable acquisitions include the purchase of Florida-based Fortune Academy training and licensing chain in 2008, followed by the 2009 purchase of Americas Best Distance Education Corporation (Ambest). Ambest expanded 360training.com's reach into real estate licensing and continuing education. The company also expanded its continuing education offerings into dentistry that year by acquiring the trademarks, licensing rights, and intellectual property assets of National Dental Network and National Lab Network, producers of dental industry training and educational videos.
The company partners with Value Added Resellers (VARs), academic partners, and third-party affiliates to expand its reach. Its VARs program allows businesses to resell 360training.com products using its branding and virtual university portal. Its academic partnership program offers the company's career programs and courses for community colleges, technical schools, and other institutions to expand their e-learning course offerings. Third-party affiliates can earn commissions by referring clients to 360training.com.
360training.com seeks VARs who operate in or close to its various target industries of safety, power and utility, food and beverage, real estate, manufacturing, construction, health care, insurance, and transportation, among others.
In 2011 the company poised itself for growth in Asia by opening a new office in the e-commerce hub of Manila in the Philippines, which is home to about a third of its global workforce. – less