Campus Engagement · Thoughts from Counselors · Tutor Spotlight

Certifiably Awesome: How the TECHniques Center Provides Tutor Certification Opportunities

by Brandi Willis Schreiber, Program Director

One selling point of the TECHniques Center that always supports why our program is an excellent resource for students – and tutors – is our tutor training certification program.

Many people may not know this, but the TECHniques Center has an International Tutor Training Program Certification through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). This CRLA certification means that we are certified to train tutors to work with our specialized student populations. It also allows us to certify tutors as either a Level I, Level II, or Level III tutor.

CRLA tutor certification is a built-in part of the job, and every tutor works on a new level of certification each semester through the training and tutoring hours they accumulate. At the beginning of every semester, tutors receive 6 – 12 hours of training (depending on if they are new or returning tutors) on a variety of basic, intermediate, and advanced tutoring topics. In addition, all tutors receive at least another 4 hours of ongoing throughout the semester. When tutors complete all their training and tutoring hours at the end of the semester, including a final evaluation in which we share successes from the semester and plan for growth for the following semester, we grant them either Level I, Level II, or Level III certification. These tutors receive a certificate, which we encourage them to keep and list on their resume!

This year, we are excited to let our tutors know about an entirely new tutor certification they can earn. The Association for the Tutoring Profession (ATP), an organization in which the TECHniques Center has become more involved over the past few years, is an organization which connects tutors and tutor trainers together. Whereas tutors are CRLA certified to tutor within our program, ATP offers tutors an individual certification, which they can use as credentials to tutor privately, professionally, or to take with them into their next professional position.

In other words, CRLA tutor certification means this tutor knows her stuff and is trained to tutor at the TECHniques Center. ATP tutor certification, on the other hand, means this tutor knows his stuff and can tutor anywhere!

Both certifications make tutors look very good on resumes, on job applications, and in interviews. Tutor certification means that tutors know how to:

(1) Work with a variety of people from diverse populations, including those who learn differently

(2) Communicate ideas, concerns, and issues in a positive and professional manner

(3) Engage with peers and supervisors as they train for a new role

(4) Utilize feedback to improve performance

(5) Navigate complex situations and think “out of the box”

(6) Manage conflict and challenging personalities

(7) Be assertive and gain personal confidence

(8) Network with others and create lasting relationships

(9) Develop leadership and management skills

(10) Master content in their courses, majors, and areas of interest

We are excited to present our tutors with another tool that they can utilize beyond our doors.  Obtaining ATP certification is very easy for our tutors who earn a CRLA tutor certification at the end of the semester.

To help interested tutors get started, we’ll be hosting an informal ATP tutor certification information session on Thursday, October 6 from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the TECHniques Center – West Hall 246 – to go over the application process.  All tutors are welcome to attend!

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