National training agency FÁS has officially recognising the Certified Training Professional (CTP) qualification offered by ICS Skills, the computer literacy training division of the Irish Computer Society (ICS). IT trainers who hold the qualification are now eligible for inclusion in the FÁS Register of Trainers.
FÁS has also committed to funding CTP by 60pc as part of their Competency Development Programme (CDP). The programme defines an objective standard for instructor-led IT training and provides a mechanism for IT trainers to have their competence level recognised and certified. The CDP has been devised to raise the skill levels in certain occupations and sectors, with the aim of ensuring the national stock of skills matches the human resource requirements to sustain economic growth.
Commenting on the news of the FÁS funding, ICS Skills professional development manager Mary Cleary stated: “This funding initiative by FÁS reconfirms the high standard of the CTP qualification. Our focus now is to facilitate all those IT trainers who are interested in achieving the award. The benefits CTP will bring to the sector are considerable. IT trainers holding CTP will have an independent quality mark that will acknowledge and certify their competence. The qualification will enable the public to identify quality trainers and be assured of the highest standard of professional training delivery.”
By Brian Skelly