Nico, Thanks for the kind words regarding the conference. I am glad it is finished, but it was fun. I am still working on the final counts and the many other details of closure, but I am sure we broke the 500 mark and maybe closer to 530 participants. I team-teach our 1 credit Tutor Training course each semester. My teammate and I developed it over the last ten years and yet we spend time every semester revising and updating it. One component of the training session is evaluation of the training, topics and LAC services by new and returning tutors. We are certified at all three levels by CRLA's ITCP (Intern'l Tutor Cert. Prog.) and we tout ITCP to anyone inquiring about our program. Below is a brief overview of our tutor training. Onita, You asked about how many tutors need to complete the 25 hours of training before a program can be certified. There is no requirement of anyone having to complete the training prior to certification that I am aware of. You can ask for certification of what you plan to provide. Programs are initially certified for one year only. The program can then evaluate the original plan and update or revise it if needed. Having a certified program can greatly enhance the credibility of your program and tutors within it. Please realize that there is a fantastically rich variety of topics, format, modalities, etc. for ITCP certified programs. There is no one way for all. Below are the topics and format we use at PVCC for our certified tutor training program. Thanks for asking! Rick ([log in to unmask] or (602) 493-2772) PVCC's Level I - required, can be taken for credit (1 cr. hr.) or pay 18.75 hours of training & minimum of 25 hours of experience After each session, tutor's are required to respond "thoughtfully" to questions about the session in a learning log which is available on an electronic tutor forum we have established. Training includes: 4 "Tutor's Guide" tapes required before tutoring (Role of tutor, First Session, Managing Group Tutorials, and fourth selected by tutor) 11 scheduled tutor training seminars Friday's 12:30-1:45pm, which occur while they are tutoring. Anyone unable to attend in person must complete the individualized form (which uses videotaped sessions but includes more assignments since tutors must complete the active exercises) (the LAC is closed from Noon-2pm every Friday) Introductions to LAC Faculty liaisons and to tutor mentors Functions and Services of LAC Student Development Philosophy & "Change as a cycle" Communication I, Active Listening & Responding Communication II, Dealing with Confrontive Situations Learning Styles I, Intro to 4MAT (LTM & HMI inventories) Learning Styles II, Applying 4MAT in a tutoring session Study Skills I, Intro to Study Skills (SRSE II inventory) (using a metacognitive approach to study skills) Study Skills II, Integrating Study Skills in tutoring Special Needs Students (including LD) Student Diversity & Evaluation PVCC's Level II - optional, paid time 25.75 hours of training & minimum of 100 hours of experience Training involves tutors changing their role to that of a mentor to the new tutors as they attend one session for returning tutors, and attend a specific five of the sessions again (see below). Their role has changed to a reflective and evaluative role as to how the information can be applied. They are given opprotunities to facilitate discussions, share experience and evaluate the content, format, and usefulness of the information. Their learning logs consist of responding to learning log comments of at least two of their new tutor peers' learning log comments Introductions to LAC Faculty liaisons and to tutor mentors Communication II, Dealing with Confrontive Situations Learning Styles II, Applying 4MAT in a tutoring session Study Skills II, Integrating Sy Skills in tutoring Student Diversity & Evaluation PVCC's Level III - optional, paid time for meetings, volunteered time for project chosen A minimum of 30 hours of training, 20 hour minimum of project development, & a minimum of 300 hours of tutoring experience The tutors in Level III training selects an area in which they are interested in becoming a mentor and resource for their peers. They develop a project which requires a minimum of 20 hours of time to create. Often it is coordination with LAC Liaison faculty or general college faculty. Sample projects have been to develop study guides for Biology and Chemistry, develop a math anxiety seminar series for returning women, and to formalize the criteria, goals, and evaluation of a formal mentoring program for new tutors. Tutors in Level III training are required to "mentor" at least one new tutor, attend the returning tutor seminar, and the first and last of the new tutor sessions.