A simple guide to structuring a CPD training course
Structuring a CPD Training Course
The basic structure of a training course:-
- Subject Matter
Get the basics right.
Before we can get too advanced, we need to cover the basics of course structure.
To manage time efficiently and cover all of the valuable information, your training course must follow a clear and logical approach.
You must first tell your audience what they are learning and why. Then cover your area of expertise, followed by the key facts that should be taken away from the session. The last phase is to find out how successful the course was and where it can be improved.
Now lets look at course structure in more detail..
Training Course Introduction
The purpose of the introduction is to create the optimum atmosphere to deliver your subject. The intro should provide an authoritative platform to state guidelines, durations and expectations in a positive & engaging manner.
A good introduction should set the tone for the entire course and answer any questions your attendees may have.
- Introduce yourself and any colleagues helping you to run the course.
- Discuss the title of the course, explain the aims and key learning objectives.
- Explain the rationale of the course, its purpose and motivations; the 'why' the course exists.
- Present the training schedule, a statement on course duration, time-scales and how the course will be delivered.
- Introduction of the attendees to one another, if required or suitable.
Your confidence in presenting, and your attention to detail become noticeable to people attending courses from many different training providers. What makes you stand out from competitors?
2. Subject Matter
The subject matter is your opportunity to showcase your expertise, talents, knowledge and skills.
Our recommendations include:-
- Take your time, explain everything coherently using the appropriate level language for the subject matter and audience.
- Start with lighter information and delve deeper. Ensure there is logic in the learning journey if there are multiple segments to deliver.
- Identify the industry problems which have led to the training being developed. Provide related examples and research to add context.
- Quality means everything, use up-to-date research data wherever possible to highlight the current relevance of the situation.
- Highlight the main issues and effects associated with the subject matter, including alternatives.
- Provide interactive opportunities for delegates to discuss and reflect. This will encourage further thinking and embed new knowledge with associated reasoning.
- Make practical recommendations and solutions. Use success stories, case studies and appropriate examples on how the subject matter solutions can help.
Feedback provides an opportunity to see how effective the course was and what can be improved for next time. Make your feedback loop specific so it is usable data. Good or bad feedback, it's valuable, and nothing personal.
3. Summary / Conclusion
The summary is essential and cannot be missed from a training course. You have probably covered a lot of information, and now it needs to be prioritised for your audience.
Do not rush the summary, it is often the most remembered part of the training course.
- Re-highlight the key points from the course including the main purpose. Reiterate key findings and make conclusions.
- Summarise the original learning objectives, and engage with the audience to ensure all of their questions have been answered.
- Provide optional further learning with hand-outs, links to additional reading or research data if appropriate
- Help your audience to reflect on what from the course can be applied into real life day-to-day activities.
Credit for article to CPDuk Sept 2015
The CPD Certification Service, Coach House, Ealing Green, London W5 5ER, United Kingdom