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Should I do the IPD or CTP qualification, to get further in Training?


I have been working in Training for two years now and want to progress further within this industry, become more employable and develop my skills. I have a degree in Management studies, but want to know if I need to complete the IPD qualification to progress within this industry. I was also playing with the idea to complete the Certificate in Training Practice (CTP). Would the CTP be sufficient enough, or do I need to do complete both? What are companies out there looking for, when they are employing trainers?
Bandna Sidhu

3 Responses

  1. Definately do the CTP!
    I completed a CTP last year and found that I learned a great deal from it even though I had 2 years training experience by then. The CTP is a CIPD course in that the CIPD approve the course and award you Associate Membershjp once you have completed it. I am now doing 4 CIPD electives and Core P&D, and found the CTP invaluable as a foundation course.


    The IPD is our professional body that recommends various training routes to follow depending on your level of work experience. One of these qualifications is the CTP. When you read in adverts for ‘an IPD’ qualification then there is a choice of quite a few particular qualifications. I could suggest that you have a look at the IPD website for the choices.

    If you already have a level of skills through your job at work then you could choose a work-based N/SVQ route, this allows you to get credit for what you can do in your sleep and focus on the other skills where you need to gain more confidence or experience. City & Guilds can post you info to you of all the NVQ options from their website and also their academic routes to a Vocational Qualification. One skill becoming more important nowadays is the ability to use the Industry Standards designed via your own National Training Organisation (NTO) (i.e ENTO is the NTO for our industry, HTB is the NTO for the Hairdressing Industry) . Trainers use these standards to design their training methods and sessions and also to measure the abilities of their trainees afterwards.

    It is becoming more useful for professional trainers to be able to understand and use the standards for the Industry they are training within, when working with their clients.

    Hope this helps, or feel free to email me with any queries

  3. Select the programme best suited to you
    Some years ago I did the then trainer qualification (DTM)having been in training about 18 months. It was very useful and people I have known to do the CTP seem to have found it beneficial. The main benefit of IPD is dependent on your longer term career objective – training? or HR? You also need to think about your learning style and what approach best suits you. Good luck. Jenny


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