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I am an IT trainer based in the Fire Service and currently hold a City & Guilds 7302 An Introduction to Learning qualification. As I am always interested in keeping my training skills updated, can anyone suggest to me what the best next stage will be? I have been looking at the CIPD Certificate in Training Delivery, also the C&G 7305 Diploma. I'd be grateful if anyone can help!

Many thanks

Tina Doyle

4 Responses

  1. Certified Learning Practitioner
    Hi Tina

    I have just been through TrainerBase’s Certified Learning Practitioner assessment and found it to be a really valuable exercise. Cost effective too as I didn’t really want to spend thousands of pounds on something like CTP.

    Check out http://www.trainerbase.co.uk for more details.

    Regards
    Dominic Demolder

  2. IT Training Qualification
    Hi Tina

    You are so right about keeping skills up to date. It is important to keep growing in your personal development. When I first ventured into training IT applications, the organisation I worked for booked me onto a ‘train the trainer’ course run by The Training Foundation (the qualification I received was issued by the Institute of IT Trainers). It was the best thing I ever did and the best thing the organisation did for me.

    It was the Delivery Skills course which gave me a great structure around which to build my courses and how to help my delegates get the most out of their learning by involving them throughout. I must admit I was a bit dubious at first because it took me out of my comfort zone and I did wonder how it would work in application but – wow – what a difference it made.

    I found my delegates became considerably more engaged and, as such, remembered much more than they did before improving their own productivity in their work too. It freed me from the confines of my computer which meant I became more of a facilitator of their own learning and, as a bonus, not only did they enjoy the courses much more, but so did I.

    I am on my way to complete their Diploma in Learning & Development which includes the Delivery Skills course that first impressed me so much, Facilitation Skills course and one for Design & Development.

    I didn’t go down the CIPD Certificate in Training Delivery, or C&G 7305 Diploma route myself after attending the Delivery Skills so I cannot compare it for you but I know that the Training Foundation Course allowed me to concentrate on my delivery where I ran a training session myself to put my new skills into practise.

    Check them out (www.trainingfoundation.co) and go to their TAP skills site. Here is the direct link to it: http://www.tap-training.com .

    Good luck for the future.

  3. British Computer Society
    As an IT Training Professional, I believe that the best accreditation would be the one offered by the British Computer Society as they are THE voice of the IT profession.

    Look at the BCS website http://www.bcs.org for their Accredited Course for Tutors and Trainers (ACTT) or email me [email protected] for more information.

    Good luck with your search.

  4. Qualifications
    I agree with both posts, a good qualification is very helpful and I would recommend any of the courses provided by The Training Foundation, excellent for new and old trainers alike.

    **The TPMA certification currently recognised by the IITT is also a very valuable and recognised professional development route**

    However, a good qualification is nothing without the experience, knowledge and drive to be a good educator.

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