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Certified Adults Trainer - CAT

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Certified Adults Trainer (CAT)
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ACTA, in collaboration with the Hellenic Adult Education Association (HAEA) and aiming at upgrading the skills of adult instructors, has created the Certified Adults Trainer (CAT) certification.

The training package which leads to the Certified Adults Trainer (CAT) certification is based on modern educational philosophy and the methodology of HAEA on matters of Adult Education.

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM

The purpose of this training program is the training of instructors, on modern principles, methods and techniques of adult education.

Instructors participating in the program, regardless of educational level and experience, will be equipped with new educational skills, which apply across many thematic fields, will improve their professional competence and enhance the efficacy of open education and professional training.

Upon successful completion of the program, the trainees after evaluation will have acquired the Certified Adults Trainer (CAT) certification from ACTA, allowing them to teach in educational institutions, LAEK educational programs as well as Centers of Liberal Studies.

INDIVIDUAL OBJECTIVES OF TRAINING PROGRAM

In particular, the following objectives are pursued:

Α. In terms of knowledge:
Students will be able in general:

  • To understand and describe the basic principles of adult education and the issues associated with it.
  • To identify the principles of effective communication with adult learners and the creative influence of the group.
  • To recognize the contribution of evaluation to improve teaching and develop an educational program and its factors.
  • To adopt the philosophy of lifelong learning by providing information and taking action on new approaches and applications in the field of adult education.
B. In terms of skills:
Students will be able to:
  • Apply effectively the principles of adult learning.
  • Apply new techniques.
  • To continuously improve their capabilities by folllowing and participating in the developments of the field.
Γ. In terms of attitudes and behaviors:
Students:
  • Will recognize the needs of adult learners and will support positively their adaptation to training.
  • Apply methodology and techniques of adult education with respect to the specific characteristics and tempo of their groups of learners.
  • Facilitate communication and encourage interaction by giving priority to the learning process in a group of learners.
  • Accept and use the evaluation process for the benefit of themselves, the trainees and the educational project as a whole.
  • Develop a positive attitude for lifelong learning, recognizing its developmental nature.
THE TEAM OF POTENTIAL CANDIDATES

1. Trainers, graduates of Higher/University Education.
2. Trainers, graduates of post-secondary education.
3. Trainers, graduates of secondary education with 3 years of experience.
4. Business executives of Human Resources management, Unit Directors of the Private and Public Sector and business executives who conduct presentations or have the purview of training the staff.

TRAINING PROGRAMS SPEAKERS

The training program's speakers are qualified trainers with years of experience in adult education and primarily members of HAEA.

Academics in charge of the program are Mr. Alexis Kokkos, professor of Hellenic Open University (HOU). And Chairman of the Boars of HAEA and Mrs. Maria Terlixidou Human Resources Development Consultant, Board Secretary of HAEA.

DURATION – ORGANIZATION

The training Course has an expected duration of 100 hours and is effectuated with a blended teaching system:

a) Approximately 60 hours of distant learning with online support (teaching material study, project preparation, communication with ACTA and instructors)

b) Approximately 40 hours, 3 educational meetings in groups of 15.

IMPLEMENTATION PHASES OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM

Phase A.
Initial stage of briefing and preparing the candidates who will have relevant information from ACTA and direct electronic access to parts of the compulsory educational material they will need to study.

Phase B.
Educational Meetings and individual study of the educational material they have received.

Phase C.
Students present their micro-teachings that have been planned and processed during their training, followed by the evaluation of their presentations and their certification.

EVALUATION AND CERTIFICATION OF TRAINEES

At the end of the program each trainee will be called to design and present a micro-teaching of about 20 minutes which will be the key measure of achieving the objectives of the program. The assessment of the micro-teaching will be based on:

- Achieving the educational objectives of the exercise
- The matter of preparedness
- The proper use of spoken and body language
- The educational techniques selected and applied for the case
- The relationship the trainee instructor has developed with the “learners” and
- The use of appropriate visual and other aids

The general criteria mentioned above are specified in indicators for assessing each trainee. Each criterion takes a rating from A to D which is supported by basic observations where necessary.

In the evaluation process are involved the Supervisor Tutor Advisor as the 1st assessor and an experienced trainer-assessor on behalf of ACTA as the 2nd assesor. The 1st and 2nd assessor come up, after cooperation, with a final decision regarding the performance of the trainee and in case the two assessors reach a consensus on scores A, B and C for each evaluated candidate, this person may qualify for certification by ACTA and obtain the CAT certificate.
The presentation of the micro-teaching is videotaped for maintaining a record and all the necessary privacy conditions are met.

Cost of educational program : 1000 €

Cost of certification : 200 €

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