Awards For Training Excellence in the Work Place

Jack Prot

The Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the profession of training, workplace learning and human resources development. The CSTD offers awards to honor Canadian-developed stand-alone learning products and programs once a year. These types of training products must have learning objectives, instructional material, and methods to evaluate learning.

Criteria for Winning the Canadian Society for Training and Development Awards

1. Originality – Entry addresses current need in an enterprising manner.
2. Instructional Design – Entry respects Adult learning principles
3. Evaluation Strategy – entry measures Kirkpatrick’s 4 levels of evaluation.
4. Packaging – Entry has visual appeal
5. Communication Style – entry is well-organized, clearly written and easy to follow in language, grammar and content.
6. Overall Value – Entry offers value to the organization/purchaser and to the training profession.

The awards are given based on merit of submission, not in comparison with other submissions.

Entry Categories for the CSTD Award

1. WOW Award – Process or program that introduces a new idea into the marketplace in the form of a new product or service or n improvement in organization or process.
2. External Learning Program – Classroom based programs and/or a blend of learning modalities designed for sale on the open market.
3. Internal Learning Program – Classroom based programs and/or a blend of learning modalities designed for exclusive use within a company.
4. External E-Learning Training Program – Instructional content or learning experiences that are delivered, enabled, or mediated by electronic technology and designed for sale on the open market.
5. Internal E-Learning Training Program – Instructional content or learning experie4nces that are delivered, enabled, or mediated by electronic technology and designed for exclusive use within a company.

Award Benefits

As a member of the CSTD, you gain professional recognition, educational resources, services, networks and international partnership with others in your industry. You will find validation that your learning product uses “best practice” learning principles as well as receive feedback outlining merits and areas of improvement at the Canadian Society for Training and Development Conference [http://www.cmctraining.org/goldaward.asp/]. Recognition of your learning product through being awarded the CSTD Award for Training Excellence will enhance your marketing through a profile in the Award ceremony booklet during the presentation at the CSTD

All of these things will benefit your company or organization as well as give authority in your industry. Your clients will have confidence that your learning program or products will provide above industry standard training for their employees. With this confidence of authority in your field, your company is sure to guarantee superior training methodology to future clients.

The CSTD Canadian Awards for Training Excellence have honored innovative, Canadian-developed learning products and programs since 1995. This program is open to all member organizations. Entries are judged on originality, instructional design, evaluation strategy, packaging, communication style and overall value. The CSTD is a strategic world leader, striving for excellence in the workplace learning and performance business applications.

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