The adult training function in organizations across sectors has become increasingly critical for organizational agility and responsiveness to client needs. Well-educated facilitators are key to the success of these training programs.
This program helps to develop all of the essential competencies required to function as a professional in the teaching of adult learners in the workplace. It was developed at the graduate level in response to expressed needs of Master’s Degree students, who felt that an introduction to adult learning principles needed to be complemented by hands-on experiential practice in the skills of teaching adult learners.
The program promises to expose learners to all of the core theory and practice of the training field, in order to develop professionals who not only understand why they are teaching in certain ways, but also are able to skillfully apply this understanding to their actual behaviour on the job.
Participants have 3 years to complete a 5- or 6-module (Advanced Standing) Certificate, and 4 years for a 7-module (Advanced Standing with Distinction) Certificate. All Certificates require completion of the Practicum.
The choice of one of three rigorous Practicum options provides an opportunity to apply everything you have learned in a real-world situation of your selection. Individual coaching and mentoring by faculty provides the support needed to make the Practicum a uniquely valuable learning experience.
For detailed information on the Practicum options, visit the Practicum web page, but note that new participants do not need to register separately. The practicum fee is included with your registration and you only need to fill in a separate online form to indicate your preferred option.
Planning Your Practicum – This two-hour session, held once or twice a year, is for participants looking for assitance in planning their practicum project. Completion of this session carries with it a 6-month extension to the practicum report deadline.
The modules may be taken in the order that suits participants’ scheduling needs, however, they are encouraged to take the modules in order if possible.
Explore key principles and processes of adult learning and training, with a focus on the participant as an adult learner, assessing trainer competencies, setting personal learning goals and clarifying values.
Learn key principles and process of adult learning & training
Reflect on yourself as the adult learner – trainer competencies, personal learning goals, and values clarification
Recognize and manage factors outside of the learner – environment, learner-centered and experiential approaches
Understand factors within the learner – learning style and other differences, motivation to learn
Module 2 3 days
Needs Assessment & Evaluation
Using a simple yet elegant model, you will learn about the factors that affect performance and be able to examine the needs assessment process and how it can be used in a variety of situations.
Examine factors that affect performance
Develop a needs assessment strategy to respond to a variety of situations
Explore a range of data collection methods (organization audits, focus groups, nominal group technique, surveys and interviews)
Use these tools in class and receive feedback on “live” application
Learn how to apply all the above in the evaluation process
Module 3 3 days
In this module, you will learn a step-by-step process for designing performance-based training that is relevant, engaging, and grounded in adult learning principles.
Design e-learning, e-classroom and classroom training
Design job aids and structured workplace learning
Design training for technical skills
Design training for interpersonal skills
Design training for a relevant project of your choice
Module 4 3 days
High Impact Presentations
During this module you will learn why presentation skills matter in today’s information-saturated world. Our emphasis will be on in-person presentations, with some reflection on conversion to effective online presentations.
Learn a proven 7 step process to guide you through presentation preparation and delivery
Learn methods for making your presentations memorable and compelling
Gain enough practice and feedback to fuel your ongoing development for years to come
Engage in exercises to help you continue to build your confidence and sense of presence
Module 5 3 days
This module is designed to set you on the path to becoming a master facilitator. Building on the concepts learned in Modules 1-4, you will be taught the skills to become a learner-centered facilitator.
Increase interest, learning, motivation and accountability among participants
Understand the phases of group development and how to respond as a leader
Learn how to deal with conflict, how to give feedback constructively, how to read the symptoms of a group in trouble, and what to do about it
Practise your facilitation skills in a safe, supportive environment
Conduct a facilitated session with multiple attendees
Properly set up the space for a facilitated session
Identify and address common behavioural issues in the session
Increase learner engagement by making it relevant to participants
Module 6 0 day
The choice of 1 of 3 rigorous practicum options provides an opportunity to apply everything you have learned in a real-world situation of your selection. Individual coaching and mentoring by faculty provides the support needed to make the Practicum a uniquely valuable learning experience.
Completion of the practicum is mandatory for all Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development programs. The Practicum fee is included with your program tuition for those registering after May 2017.
This program has been approved for CDP hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA). Be sure to note the program ID number on your CPD log. For more information about certification or continuing professional development, visit the HRPA website at www.hrpa.ca/hrdesignations_/Pages/Continuing-Professional-Development.aspx