Training Curriculum Design

Training curriculum design is the second step in the systematic approach to training. Design is the process of using data acquired during the analysis phase to specify where and how the tasks and skill and knowledge identified during the job and task analysis are incorporated in a training program. During training design, job performance measures and learning objectives are written and sequenced, training settings are chosen, methods and media are selected, and a training program is developed.

Job performance measures are evaluation documents based on the job task and element data. They specify the criteria against which the performance of a person taking the training will be measured. Once the job performance measures are developed, training settings are determined. The training setting describes the environment in which training is to be conducted. There are three principal purposes for giving serious consideration when selecting the training setting:

  • To ensure that training is effective wherever it is conducted.

  • To ensure that effective training is conducted at the lowest cost possible.

  • To ensure that necessary increases in the costs of training are thoroughly justified on the basis of increased effectiveness.

Selecting a training setting and media is usually done at the knowledge and skill level of each task and involves reviewing the task analysis data to determine what types of activities would best support learning of the required knowledge and skills. The primary training settings are classroom, on-the-job, self-study, web-based, laboratory, workshop, and hardware or software based simulations.

Most training programs combine any number of these settings to design an effective training program. For example, knowledge requirements may be taught in a classroom, in self-study, or as a part of on-the-job training. A tour of the job site might be used in conjunction with classroom training to familiarize employees with the facility layout. A laboratory or workshop might accompany classroom instruction.

Once the training settings have been determined, a training plan is developed. The training plan is a document that prescribes the overall direction the training program is going to take. Using the course data generated above, you can now determine the following for the training plan:

  • The overall training curriculum

  • The total number of employees needing training and preliminary scheduling requirements

  • The total number of instructors (classroom and on-the-job) needed to present the training and the qualifications of the instructors

  • The methods for evaluating employees in training

  • The training facilities and resources needed, including classroom and laboratory, equipment and tools

  • The training record keeping requirements

  • An estimation of costs for the conduct of training

APS assists its clients with all phases of Training Program Design. We tailor our services and approach to fit each situation, with the goal of creating a program that adds value to your organization. For more information, email us at [email protected] or call us at 610-987-4050.

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