Train the Trainer Short Certificate

The Train the Trainer Short Certificate (TTSC) provides students with the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to instruct adults needed to plan, deliver, and evaluate learning.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Jan 2020 8 credits (120 hours) Short Certificate Broadway, Online and locations in BC, Alberta and Yukon Part-time

Program Description

Program Description

Program Duration

8 credits (120 hours)

Completion time will vary depending on individual circumstances. The program is designed to allow for flexibility, and may be completed at an accelerated pace.

The program must be completed within 3 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Design, deliver and evaluate adult learning and teaching on a continuum of instructional approaches.
  2. Integrate critical reflection strategies to stay current in education and bring about change in one’s own practice.
  3. Act in an ethical and professional manner when working in an adult education setting.

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

A wide variety of instructional strategies is used in the program. Instructional strategies may include interactive lecture, presentations, assignments, guest speakers, discussions, group work, field trips, and case studies.

Courses may be offered in online, face-to-face, and blended formats. PIDP 3220 must be taken face-to-face.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Evaluation of student learning is based on completion of course assignments. Due dates and criteria for successful completion of each course assignment will be outlined by the instructor at the beginning of each course. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C- in PIDP 3210 and PIDP 3230, and S in PIDP 3220 in order to be awarded the Train the Trainer Short Certificate.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • English 11 or Communications 12 with a C-, or equivalent
  • Evidence of subject matter expertise (diploma, bachelor's degree, trades certification,
    substantial workplace experience) or departmental approval

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

You can request Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) for some courses in the Train the Trainer program based on informal education, previous experience and current level of knowledge and skills.

Please contact the office and request Prior Learning Assessment Recognition PLAR for one course at a time. You will be directed to the Department Leader who will supply you information about completing PLAR. You may apply for a maximum of 3 credits of PLAR and transfer credit.

Please contact the office for fees charged for PLAR.


  1. Apply and meet all the entrance requirements for the TTSC
  2. Contact the program office to request PLAR for a particular course.
  3. Speak with the Department Leader about the PLAR process and compile the particular
    information and evidence requested to substantiate your request.
  4. Complete the application for PLAR and submit payment.
  5. See Policy D.3.5 for more information about VCC’s PLAR procedures.

Recommended Characteristics:

Recommended Characteristics of Students

The TTSC is appropriate from those with no teaching experience to those with substantial teaching experience but little training in instructional skills. Students should have:

  • a willingness to participate in a wide variety of instructional strategies, both face-to-face and online
  • basic computer skills
  • the ability to work independently and with others

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(PIDP 3210) Curriculum Development
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(PIDP 3220) Delivery of Instruction
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(PIDP 3230) Evaluation of Learning
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline