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The Trainer Development Certificate Program is a challenging, advanced level course which focuses on refining and enhancing the training skills of departmental trainers and instructors by emphasizing the incorporation of new adult learning concepts and methods into exisiting departmental training programs. This program will offer County trainers and instructors an opportunity to assess their training styles and methods and receive feedback from both a learner's perspective and a trainer's perspective. Some of the topics covered in the course include active learning techniques, adult learning and motivation concepts, and presentation skills. Some of the benefits of attending this course are practicing active learning techniques, which will enable participants to engage their trainees; incorporating basic learning and motivation principles in their training sessions, which will enable trainers to give more effective presentations, and practicing their current and new skills, which will enable participants to be more confident in front of an audience.

The customized curriculum will cover:

  • Learning Style Preferences
  • Adult Learning and Instructional Methods
  • Presentation Skills and Professionalism
  • Facilitation Skills and Coaching
  • Training Tools and Techniques: Classroom Management

This is not an introductory course for employees interested in becoming trainers. On the first day of class, students should be prepared to present and discuss one of the presentations they currently deliver. Students' presentations will be video taped for group discussions with the instructor and course participants. A final paper is due at the end of the course.

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This program consists of 40 hours of classroom instruction over 10 sessions, pre and post course video taping, assignments and group projects. Classes will be held one half-day per week from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and two Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at various California State University campuses or County facilities. Course works and assignments will be partly on County time and partly on your own time. You should anticipate at least one hour of study time for each hour of class time.

Participants who are successful in completing the program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by the California State University, Northridge and the Director of Personnel.

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Matthew Leos: mleos@hr.lacounty.gov