Originally due for release on 1st April 2011 these eagerly awaited qualifications are finally available.  The wait has been worth it though, because the new Level 3 and 4 Awards, Certificate and Diploma look really good.  The new qualifications are as follows:
  • Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Learning and Development
  • Level 3 Award in Facilitating Learning and Development
  • Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development
  • Level 4 Award in Learning and Development
  • Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development

These supersede the following NVQ qualifications:
  • Level 3 NVQ in Learning and Development
  • Level 3 NVQ in Direct Training and Support
  • Level 4 NVQ in Learning and Development
  • Level 4 NVQ in Management of Learning and Development Provision
  • Level 4 NVQ in Co-ordination of Learning and Development Provision

I know that many people have been waiting since December 2010 to start these new qualifications because, for training practitioners, there’s very little else available unless you are committed to following the CIPD professional qualification route.  I’ve nothing against the CIPD option, however, it is lengthy, expensive and most relevant if you want to be a HR professional.  If you see your future in training, or teaching post-sixteen year olds, then the Learning and Development (L & D) qualifications are more appropriate for your needs.
Many of the Units within these new L & D qualifications enable horizontal progression to achievement of the PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS teaching qualifications, i.e. the L & D Units are valid within both suites of qualifications –  follow this link for an example of how, or follow this link to the full PDF document listing the routes to PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS that illustrates use of the appropriate L & D  Units (see pages 18 to 27).  The L & D qualifications are, therefore, a valid alternative route to achieving the  ATLS or QTLS Licence to Practice as a teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

Of course, the other great bonus is that all the new Learning and Development qualifications are work-based.  You will be supported one-to-one in your work place by a training specialist who will work with you to develop a portfolio of evidence that they will assess.  No going to college or university, little disruption to your busy schedule, and no costly down-time for your employer!  All factors crucial in today’s economic climate, as is your ability to continuously improve your practice, hone your skills and be effective in your role.

If you look at the “Services” section of this website you will find more information about the new Learning and Development qualifications.  I suspect the Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development will be the most popular of the suite because it is a real “training practitioner’s” qualification covering all aspects of the Learning and Development Cycle.  For those of you who are training managers, the Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development is perfect.  This qualification combines practical training skills with management of the training resource and includes areas of general management practice.

There is something within the suite of qualifications to meet the needs of all training professionals, or even those aspiring to become trainers.

If you would like specific course information, contact us through the website, or if you want to discuss your options personally, we’d love to talk to you.  Our contact information is available on this website.

There’s a great future for you in learning and development so make sure you have the best qualifications to compete effectively!