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Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Program: Training together for a safer tomorrow

 
 
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The Office of Training, Education, and Development (OTED) is proud to announce the Train-the-Trainer (TTT) program to support an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS)!

Through OTED’s TTT program, instructor candidates (specifically, FDA, state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT), and association regulatory officials) go through a process to become Qualified Instructors (QIs). QIs may serve as instructors in OTED-approved Independent Course Delivery (ICD) courses delivered by our SLTT partners, or they may serve as instructors in courses delivered by FDA or OTED’s grantees.

The purpose of the TTT program is to increase the pool of QIs that can teach certain OTED courses. By working together, FDA and our SLTT partners can ensure our integrated workforce has access to the necessary OTED courses to meet their training and development needs!
 
 

What is the TTT Program?

 
 
Photo of Pat Alcock and FDA logo with text of quote – “The FDA ORA Train-the-Trainer program leverages the unique experience and background of our state, local, tribal, and territorial regulatory partners to create a more enriching learning experience for participants in critical basic and advanced training courses.” – Patricia L. Alcock, OTED Director
 
 

Need to Learn More About the TTT Program?

 
  • An instructor candidate is an individual who is not yet qualified by OTED to teach a specific OTED course but is seeking QI status to obtain that qualification.
  • An instructor candidate can be any FDA, state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT), and association regulatory official who has met the TTT course prerequisites and has management approval to serve as a QI.

Prior to attending a TTT course, instructor candidates must complete:

  • CC102 Instructor Skills Training For Independent Course Delivery (Please note: OTED will alternatively accept successful completion of a non-OTED instructor skills training course if the course is taken prior to submission of the ICD application).
  • OTED’s base course (e.g., the base course for FD249T Conducting Seafood HACCP Inspections TTT course is FD249 Conducting Seafood HACCP Inspections), along with the base course’s prerequisites.
  • A career biography or curriculum vitae (CV) showing how their education and/or experience support the terminal learning objectives of the course.

Check OTED’s Learning Management System (LMS) for more information on the 2022-2023 IST, base, and TTT course offerings and learning objectives.

TTT courses will be offered in 2022-2023 for the below courses. Course announcements will be distributed by OTED as dates for TTT courses are finalized. Also check OTED’s Pathlore Learning Management System (LMS) for more information:

Course Name Course Dates*
Food Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Application, and Evidence Development Train the Trainer (FD190T)- Virtual Version 9/26-30/2022
Food Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Application, and Evidence Development Train the Trainer (FD190T)- Virtual Version 9/11-15/2023
Conducting Seafood Inspections Train the Trainer (FD249T)- Virtual Version 9/19-23/2022
Conducting Seafood Inspections Train the Trainer (FD249T)- Virtual Version 10/17-25/2022
Conducting Seafood Inspections Train the Trainer (FD249T)- Virtual Version 2/13-17/2023
Conducting Acidified Food Inspections (FD202T)- Virtual Version 10/25-27/2022
Conducting Acidified Food Inspections (FD202T)- Virtual Version 9/19-21/2023
Conducting Juice HACCP Inspections Train the Trainer (FD219T)- Virtual Version 10/31-11/4/2022
CC102 Instructor Skills Training For Independent Course Delivery 8/30-31/2022
CC102 Instructor Skills Training For Independent Course Delivery 9/27-28/2022
CC102 Instructor Skills Training For Independent Course Delivery 12/13-14/2022

*Course Dates - Dates may change please always consult LMS for latest course dates

  • A qualified instructor (QI) is an individual who has completed the QI process and maintains that status in accordance with OTED’s maintenance requirements.

An instructor candidate can become a qualified instructor by completing the following steps:

  1. Successfully complete the TTT course, and
  2. Following completion of the TTT course, serve as an instructor during the associated OTED course (could be an SLTT-delivered ICD or course delivered by FDA employees or OTED’s grantees) and undergo Observation and Evaluation (O&E) by OTED’s O&E team.
  • Observation and Evaluation (O&E) is the process by which a team of OTED staff members observe and evaluate the course delivery and instructor performance and provide feedback. The group is ideally comprised of a Training Officer (TO), an Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS), and one or more Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

For any courses that the QI is qualified to instruct at, they must:

  • Attend the annual course-specific content update (refresher course)
  • Teach at least one course per year (ICD or OTED-delivered course)

The QI is required to notify the Independent Course Delivery (ICD) Program Administrator by Sept 30th after their first year attesting to the completion of the maintenance requirements.

  • If the maintenance requirements are not met, then the QI must repeat the TTT and go through O&E again.

The QI is required to notify the Independent Course Delivery (ICD) Program Administrator by Sept 30th after their first year attesting to the completion of the maintenance requirements.

There are two options for applying to the TTT program:

  1. Option 1 is for the instructor candidate to be included in an SLTT’s ICD application. In this case, the instructor candidate must complete the TTT course prerequisites, then go through the O&E process during the ICD course that is approved in the application.
  2. Option 2 is for the instructor candidate to respond directly to an OTED course announcement. In this case, the instructor candidate must complete the TTT course prerequisites, then go through the O&E process during a future ICD or OTED-delivered course. It is the instructor candidate’s responsibility to coordinate with an SLTT to serve as instructor in an upcoming ICD course offering (or coordinate with FDA and/or one of OTED’s grantees to serve as an instructor in an upcoming course).
 
 

Ready to Become a Qualified Instructor (QI)?

 
 
More questions? Contact the OTED ICD Program Administrator at oraotedicdadmin@fda.hhs.gov.
 
 

Phone: 301-796-4550
Fax: 301-827-8708

Email: oted@fda.hhs.gov
Website: www.fda.gov/Training

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