My IAL ACLP Course Review

What is ACLP?

After completing the IAL ACLP train-the-trainer earlier this month I have been impressed with the quality of the content and the trainers. Here’s a quick review of the course, who it’s for, and what it will do for your career.

This course is for people who want to develop their careers and want to be able to help others develop their careers. It gives you the skills to deliver sessions, the knowledge on how to use the learning styles, and how to develop your own learning style.

The Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP) offered by the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), an institute of the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), is a Train-The-Trainer (TTT) programme designed to equip you with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) recognised Training and Adult Education (TAE) competencies.

What are the best features of the IAL ACLP?

This certification training course is designed for aspiring and existing Training and Adult Education (TAE) professionals who want to enhance their skills in designing, reflecting on, and continuously improving learning activities for adult learners. It will also be of interest to those who want to develop their sector-specific specialist skills with fundamental and emerging TAE competencies and undertake business transformation challenges affecting enterprises and workers.

Joining the course preview for the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP) allows you to get a better feel for the program as a whole. Additionally, it’s a great chance to ask any questions you might have about the program directly to IAL faculty.

To be enrolled. you will require knowledge and experience in your specialist industry, as well as basic IT skills. Furthermore, you should be able to find and use relevant materials from a variety of sources to help design and develop learning resources.

SkillsFuture Funding and SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) can help you finance your ACLP certification course. To be eligible for SkillsFuture Funding, you must achieve at least 75% attendance for each module, and pass assessments. For more information on MCES, please refer here.

Is the IAL ACLP worth it?

Upon completion of the WSQ ACLP programme, you will be issued the WSQ Advanced Certificate from SkillsFuture Singapore which you can obtain through MySkillsFuture Portal.

With these skills, you will not only be able to perform the role of a learning facilitator and assessor of SSG-funded certifiable courses but also as a budding learning solutionist who is able to support the performance needs of enterprises and learners experiencing industry transformation.

There are two types of course schedules: Day 09:00-17:00 and Evenings 19:00-22:00 plus Saturdays 09:00-17:00. Get your employer’s buy-in to take Day classes if at all possible. If not, at least allow you to catch up with coursework during office hours.

There are several key principles that adult learners should know in order to be successful in the classroom and these are the key takeaways from this course. One of these is the Skills Framework, which is a set of guidelines designed to help employers, employees, and training providers work together more effectively. Another important principle is the use of technology-enabled learning, which can help learners stay engaged and motivated. Finally, competency-based assessment is an important tool for measuring progress and ensuring that learning objectives are being met.

Most of the time in the program is spent on self-learning, written assignments, and preparing for coaching sessions and practical performance assessments. Even though there are only a limited number of class days, time management is still essential. Some nights and weekends will probably be spent working on the program.

There’s no shame in failing to get your ACLP certification though – I don’t know anyone who’s personally failed, but I’ve witnessed many people who have given up because of work or other commitments (My cohort started with 12 learners and only 3 of made it till the end). I know it can be really tough to manage everything (Don’t leave all the assignments till the last minute)  but I can’t emphasize enough how important support from trainers and peers can be.

Each person’s learning experience is different, but most of my classmates found Modules 3, 4, and 5 more challenging than the others. The trainers have different personalities and focus on different things. Pay attention to what your educator tells you is important and deliver on that. Being creative can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the situation. I learned this the hard way at least once. Remember that your trainer is also the person who will be assessing your work, so they have a vested interest in both your learning journey and its outcome. Develop a good relationship with your trainers and classmates as there will be a lot of group project work.

Finally, the pathway to becoming certified as an adult educator is not going to be a cakewalk. I have not met anyone who says it is easy or enjoyable –  It can be very demanding and “painful” at times. However, there is also a positive side. There is a lot to learn in this certification course. And, there are many useful tools and skills that you can acquire as you make your way to being an adult educator. With all of this knowledge, you will be a better trainer than before.

To reap the rewards of ACLP, you have to be prepared to put in the effort. IAL ACLP is not the quickest or simplest way to earn a certification, but it certainly is the most effortless. So, don’t give up!

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