Most of you will know that I do a lot of training. It’s pretty much all I do these days!
As an example – over the last month, I’ve probably only been in the office just 2 or 3 days, catching up on admin. Instead I’m usually out doing workshops, seminars, 1-2-1 consultancy, group training, speaking at (and hosting) conferences, mentoring and more. I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m moaning about this – it’s what I love doing!
Strangely though, given the volume of training I’ve been doing over the last few years, I’ve not been in any way qualified to do it.
Today, after nearly 9 months of ‘study’, I now have a professional qualification to add to my CV:
SVQ 4 in Learning and Development at SCQF level 9
Recognised globally in the Learning & Development (L&D) sector, SCQF level 9 is supposedly the professional equivalent level to a Degree, so it’s a big achievement, and one I’m proud to have accomplished.
A few people in recent months have asked me why I’m bothering? ‘You’re already a trainer’. ‘You don’t need it’. And they were right. I probably do more training than most qualified L&D Practitioners, and actually – in recent months, the last thing I actually needed was adding to my already manic workload with the hassles that go with study.
So why did I bother?
The truth is – I wanted the title on my CV for vanity purposes. I wanted to have the qualification so I could list it on tender responses where it asks for “relevant qualifications” (listing my Architecture Degree is hardly relevant!). I wanted an accolade recognised within aspects of the training and L&D world so I had an educational achievement to go alongside my years of ‘on the job’ practical experience. I wanted it because I figured that with my experience of actually running training sessions on an almost daily basis – that getting it would be a walk in the park. I wanted it because I could then call myself an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and have more cool letters after my name (Assoc CIPD). I wanted it for all the wrong reasons.
But a funny thing happened.
I realised very quickly after starting the course, that I was enjoying it. Not just enjoying it – but learning from it. I began to look forward to my time with Margo my tutor (from Training Matters). I quickly saw the benefit of her challenging me at every opportunity, questioning why I did things, and encouraging me to look at things differently.
I started taking what I was learning, and using it in live training scenarios. I began to improve the way I planned for training workshops, developing better processes for working out client’s training needs analysis (TNA), and planning suitable learning and development resources based on different learning styles.
I forced myself to block out slots in my diary for my own Professional Development, and began keeping a record of all the events and learning activities I was attending myself to improve my own skillset, while allowing me to benchmark my methods of training against others.
I introduced new systems of evaluation, new ideas for groupwork, new resources, and a whole new innovation framework which will help ensure I keep taking the business as a whole down the right path. All this and a whole lot more.
In the end, I wasn’t just doing it for the certificate (no matter how pretty it looks!) – I was doing it because it was making me, and my training better.
So as I said earlier… I’m very proud of myself today.
Because I’m a qualified trainer.