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CBCS joined the 5-day Trainer’s Certification Course

Posted on 06 November 2015 by consortium

October 2015 – As part of its effort to develop competent staff, the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) tossed its advocacy officer to participate in the 5-day intensive Trainer’s Certification Course (Training of Trainers) conducted and facilitated by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA). The primary aim of the training is to enhance effectiveness of development workers in designing and delivering trainings. The training was conducted on October 26-31 at AADC Mindanao P.O. Complex, Davao City Philippines.

One of the two (2) facilitators, Sarah Dominguez said “TPMA really is a learner’s learning oriented approach ensuring maximum retention of information that is being transferred or taught to participant. A trainer’s focused should be the maximum grasp, learning, and understanding of a leaner to the topic that are being tackled. In order for a trainer to be more effective he/she must understand the principle of adult learning and learning styles to participative engage the learner or participants in the duration of the course”.

The Certified Trainer Course is based on the TPMA (Trainer Performance Monitoring and Assessment) framework, a global trainer development and monitoring programme designed and maintained by The Learning and Performance Institute (LPI). It is a practical and participative approach in designing and delivering training.

“If TPMA structure would be adopted by the national education system of the Philippines, there should be much better education quality in the country” Malot Balisalisa said; Balisalisa is a former teacher at Ateneo de Davao and one of the Fifteen (15) participants of the TPMA Trainer’s Certification Course.

Training Process

The facilitators demonstrated interactive learning approach from the venue preparation to the introduction of participants. The setting arrangements provide open space that enabled participants to actively engage in the session activities and exchange of ideas. The opening activity instantaneously established rapport between and among the participants when Miss Domingues asked participants to creatively design their own name-tags and joyfully introduced their selves to the group.

Ingrid Kamikazi catches the attention of the participants straight away when she competently revealed the first topic using TPMA structure. She introduced new engaging activities that provide opportunities for the participants to actively participate in the whole duration of the session. Among the important topics tackled were principles of adult learning, learning cycle and learning styles. Use of visual aid and question techniques was introduced by Miss Domingues in the preceding sessions. While handling challenging behaviors and TPMA structure were discussed on the second to the fourth day of the training.

Towards the end of the training, participants spent long night preparing presentations for the final demonstration and written examination as requirements for the issuance of HLA Trainer’s certification and license. Everybody was busy. It was a flashback of the college days. Laptops, meta cards, markers, pencils and notes were everywhere. It was fascinating to see development workers in a college mode.
Nervous among participants were ascending on the fifth and final day of the training. Session hall was filled with silence in the whole morning. Each of the participants focuses on their test papers while the two main facilitators randomly looked behind the shoulders of the busy participants. The whole afternoon towards evening was allotted for training delivery demonstration of the participants. Finally, around 9 O’clock participants made it, everybody successfully passed the written exam and the demonstration test.

The training course was formally wrapped up with a highly interactive and participative solidarity night program organized by Agri Aqua Development Center (AADC). Variety of playful activities was introduced during the solidarity night with an intentional integration of the TPMA structure.

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