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CTP recommended texts/articles


Hi all,
I'm about to start my CTP next month but can't get my materials in advance.
I wondered if anyone had any recommendations regarding pre-reading that you think I may find useful before I start. I'm fairly new to the training field (my experience being mainly in managing trainers rather than delivery) and I have had a long (maternity related) period of absence so I'm feeling a little green! Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Also, as it's been a very long time since I've written a uni style assignment, are there any example assignments available so I could get a feel for the style/level of writing the assignments (obviously not in their entirety)
Many thanks
Lorraine Waugh

3 Responses

  1. CTP reading
    There is lots out there but I’d suggest, for pre-reading, Steve Truelove’s ‘Training in Practice’ published by the CIPD. You may also want to get, for reference, Rosemary Harrison’s ‘Learning & Development’. It is a bit weighty (and about £25) but is full of great references which will help loads in giving you an edge when writing your assignments.
    Finally, a little tip, you will have access to loads of articles and factsheets free of charge via the CIPD web site (look under information resources).
    As to assignment, think practical rather than uni style essays. You may be best to wait until you start and get specific guidance from your provider. The art is partly around demonstrating your knowledge and partly down to how closely you pay attention to the specific criteria, format and requirements set down by the CIPD/provider.
    Very best of luck

  2. Use the library first
    Tempting as it might be to order and read a range of text books, I would recommend that you save your money and borrow them from a library if you can.

    My personal recommendation would be “Training Practice” by Penny Hackett (from the CIPD) which is quite accessible.

    I have had Rosemary Harrison’s Learning and Development book on my bookshelf for a long time now (several years) – it is opened far less frequently than most others on my shelves.

    Having been a tutor on the CITP course, I would always suggest that you use libraries to help you identify the books that most appeal to your particular needs, rather than buying shelf loads of recommended texts and paying out lots of money.

  3. Thanks for your comments
    Thank you both for taking the time to give me some pointers. I have been trying to source texts from libraries but the problem for me is that I currently live in China! Not so easy to find English texts of such a specialised nature – I’m working on it though! Thanks again


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