Training for aspiring ETD practitioners is becoming increasingly popular among professionals, where the Government continues to rally the development of skills in a fast-developing country like South Africa.
Training and development can be defined as an educational action involving the building up of skills and concepts, an uplifting of attitude, and increasing knowledge.
It’s this environment that favours training for ETD practitioners in many fields, specifically were continued upskilling of the community will take place.
The ETD sector serves the people first
Particularly in our country, the realities of poverty and inequality are all around us. This is where the ETD sector plays a critical role in helping to develop a capable workforce with usable skills and basic business savvy.
It’s on these altruistic notions that training and development is founded – to correct and overcome the social injustices that exist, by allowing professionals to train to become ETD practitioners in their industries. By doing so, they can fill additional developmental roles within their organizations, such as:
- skills development facilitators
- content developers
- training managers
Once trained, the ETD practitioner returns to their profession fully prepared to become involved in one or more education, training, and development-related activities within their organization. Their ETD skills enable them to implement some empowering measures for the betterment of the company and the people employed there:
- Skills development strategy
- Development of learning solutions
- Facilitation of learning
- Coaching and mentoring
- Quality management
By implementing some or all of these activities, the practitioner’s goal is to serve the learning needs within the organizations and to ensure that the learning activities practiced will have the desired impact on the organization
Training for ETD Practitioners who want to go full-time
For qualified professionals in a particular field, who want to train learners in their field of expertise, a popular qualification to enable this is the Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development practitioner course. (ODETD) In this case, the professional makes a full-time career in training and development and may consult in several ways:
- Design and Develop learning programmes and processes
- Conduct skills and development facilitation
- Facilitate and evaluate learning processes
- Act as support to learners and organizations in their training endeavours
ETD and ODETD are both excellent options for those who want to grow their career while helping others grow theirs. What’s more, no formal qualification is required, where the candidate has been practicing in their field long enough to be recognized as an expert.
Being made of the right stuff: Become an ETD practitioner
The primary requirement for anyone who is interested in training to become an ETD Practitioner is that they are a professional in their field, or recognized as an expert by way of long-term experience. Before you can teach anyone, you need to know your own subject matter and do the job well.
No ETD or ODETD course will teach you how to achieve greatness in your industry – these courses simply teach you how to teach others how you may collectively achieve greatness together.
So, combined with your expertise, what is ultimately needed to become an ETD practitioner is:
- The attitude of a life-long learner
- Ability to think critically
- Problem-solving skills
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Self-discipline and organizational skills
Many of these can’t be taught and, ironically, many of them need to be learned. The right ETD training institution can walk the journey of learning with you – at Assessment College, that is our privilege. For more information on our ETD and ODETD practitioner qualifications, please get in touch.