Hello Diane,

I definitely recommend required trainings for tutors.  However, if there is a cost associated with your training course (for example, if the course is for credit), then that cost creates issues around accessibility and equity.  Applicants who are otherwise highly qualified, capable, and could greatly serve your tutoring program, but don't have the means to pay for a required training class, are excluded from an amazing experience working as a tutor.  

If there is a cost, it might be worth reassessing the training delivery model to minimize that barrier.  Please don't hesitate to reach out if you would like share ideas or if you have any follow-up questions.

Good luck!

Brett Gray
Assistant Director - Learning Support Initiatives
SMART Learning Commons
Office of Undergraduate Education
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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