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243 is here and I just hired someone, now what?

Your 243 submission is done. But now you are hiring, are you ready to implement your plan? Here are a couple of ideas to help make the transition from planning to implementation easier.

Document your 243 Plan

If you have not done so already, you will first want to make sure you have documented your initial training requirements for 243. This may seem obvious but since the FRA portal is designed to submit individual courses, this step could be missed. You should have one document that clearly indicates who needs what training based on what you have identified for 49 CFR Part 243 (and other training requirements).

Communicate the Change to Key People

Once you have a documented plan, you will want to make sure that this information and the required changes are communicated to key people responsible for implementing that plan.

Here are a couple of points to consider:

Ensure all managers and employees who have responsibility for the onboarding and training of new hires and job promotions/transfers are included in your communication.

Manage Compliance

Once expectations are clear and everyone knows who is doing what, it is important that the organization manages compliance to ensure the plan is being followed. Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about managing 243 training going forward,

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