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ICCOTP: Certification for Online Trainers
Effective learning starts with effective trainers. This is the most important thing I learned when I started university. In primary education, if children aren't learning, it's the teacher that has to improve. Even though I am now working in IT, I see the truth of this in every class I teach. Teaching is a profession, so it's perfectly normal that we require a state recognized license before allowing someone to teach children. But we don't always require the same for adult education. I know that there are several certifications available for classroom training. But there was no similar certification for online training. And that's strange. Online training requires unique skills and is every bit as challenging as teaching a physical class. (Or perhaps more so.)
ICCOTP (International Council for Certified Online Training Professionals) set out to solve this problem. ICCOTP offers an online trainer certification program that certifies outstanding online training professionals. This helps trainers in showing their professionalism and outstanding teaching qualities! And it helps students because they can rest assured of their trainers' skill.
As a teaching professional, I wholeheartedly support this initiative. Trainers deserve recognition of their skills that help them stand out. And students deserve to know whether their instructor is the didactic professional they expect.
The next time you are looking for online training, make sure to join a course by a certified trainer! Are you a trainer? Head over to ICCOTP and get certified!