In my last position we were CRLA program certified for Levels I through III. I grappled with this question as well.
Ultimately, we required new student tutors to complete the preponderance of the Level I training time. We required four workshops: time management and test preparation/test anxiety reduction, plus two workshops from our department or from an approved external list that covered content for at least one subject the tutor would support.
Tutors were not required to complete the workshops, and, of course, not everyone completed the requisite hours of contact tutoring time to earn the certification within the first year, although the vast majority did.
Attending the CRLA Level I initial training either before starting (or during the first month of tutoring if they were a late hire) was a condition of employment stipulated in their offer letter with the expectation that they cleared their schedules to attend that training outside of academic commitments. (We offered the training 2-3 times leading up to and during the term so that incoming tutors weren’t limited to one week/set of dates and times.)
I know of few jobs today that don’t require training upfront, so I think you’re safe requiring it for a position with significant public interaction/assistance in particular.
Levels II and III training were completely voluntary. We ran them when three or more tutors were interested in taking them.
Debbie Malewicki, President
Integrity 1st Learning Support Solutions, LLC
446A Blake Street – Suite 101
New Haven, CT 06515
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Subject: Requiring a Tutor Training Course
This is an old subject, but because my college has transformed our tutor training courses, questions have been raised from our department as to whether or not we can require new and current tutors to take the level one course. We have always encouraged them to enroll in the course, but can there be a requirement to do so?
Prof. Diane Flores-Kagan
Writing Center Learning Specialist
Antelope Valley College
661.722.6300, ext. 6018
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