Why do we want to upgrade our skills and knowledge? I have just been chatting to a trainer and Assessor, who has a list of qualifications as long as his arm. He is however so proud to achieve the next one and carries a torch of his achievement. Good on him.
He believes in updating his skills to ensure job continuity.
It also gives him knowledge and skills that he can use whilst assisting trainees or students.
It need not be a whole qualification, it could just be a professional development opportunity – like networking with fellow trainers and assessors. Updating your skills could be very important to your future. Assess your current educational inventory; consider the industry you’re in and see if it makes sense to add or change.
Proof of Professional Development is always on the RTO, trainers and assessors minds and the auditors.
Often it is up to you to find PD sessions for your own benefit; and that is fair enough as trainers do have a professional responsibility to continue to learn and develop; keeping up to date with new concepts.
However, you may find that if you can demonstrate that the professional learning contributes, either directly or indirectly, to improved student learning outcomes then they may assist you with payment of a workshop.
Here are some tips on how you can use a wide range of flexible learning options to provide professional development. These might include, but not limited to:
- Electronic learning (webinars, teleconferences, reading articles on the internet etc)
- Conference attendance (relevant to your industry)
- Mentoring or coaching and tutoring
- Use an outside consultant to conduct in-house sessions
- Formal courses
- Short courses, workshops
- Discussion groups
- Technical meetings
- Learning activities in the workplace that extend the area of practice competence base.
- Network meetings
- Industry networking.
- Websites relevant to training or your field of expertise