Welcome to the LAVC Tutor Training Certification Program

The Importance of Learning Assistance Programs and Tutor Training

Statement from Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education:

 

Contemporary learning assistance programs (LAP) facilitate student learning, development, and academic success (Ryan & Glenn, 2004; Stone & Jacobs, 2008) by assisting students in developing appropriate strategies and behaviors to increase learning efficiency (Dansereau, 1985). Students’ particular cognitive, metacognitive, affective, and noncognitive needs may be addressed through a carefully-designed combination of student support programs, tutoring, and developmental courses in reading, writing, mathematics, and study strategies (Armstrong, Stahl, & Boylan, 2014; Flippo & Caverly, 2009; Hodges, Simpson, & Stahl, 2009).

 

As the CAS points out, tutoring plays an important role in supporting student learning. However, as Dr. Rick Sheets author of “From Peer Tutoring and Tutor Training:  A Historical Perspective” explains, tutoring alone is not enough. In fact “training for peer tutors [is] essential for successful tutoring programs in colleges and universities” (5).

LAVC’S Requirements for Tutor Training

Los Angeles Valley College is committed to fostering student success, and the College’s tutoring and learning assistance programs play a critical role in helping student reach their goals. To ensure that our tutoring programs are responsive to student needs and that tutors are employing best practices identified in the research, all tutors at LAVC are required to complete minimum baseline training that consists of four hours of online training.

However, tutors are strongly encouraged to move beyond minimum training and also complete the LAVC Tutor Training Certification Program (TTCP). LAVC TTCP is certified under nationally recognized College Reading Learning Association (CRLA) training program. This training program provides tutors the opportunity for the following certifications:

 

Tutor Training Levels In Person Training Hour Online Training Hours Tutoring Hours
Standard (Level 1) 6 4 25
Advanced (Level 2) 4 6 25
Master (Level 3) 2 8 25

Total

12 18 75
Grand Total 30 75

 


Benefits to Completing LAVC TTCP:

Completing the tutor training program at LAVC provides the following benefits:

  1. An opportunity for an increase in pay and advancement in rank at LAVC. Tutors who have completed LAVC TTCP Standard and Advanced levels are eligible for a higher hourly rate. 
  2. Since LAVC TTCP is nationally recognized program, tutors can include this certification on their resume/CV. This will increase their marketability and potential for obtaining future jobs related to tutoring/teaching.
  3. LAVC TTCP will enhance and improve tutoring rendering tutors more confident and capable in their work.

FAQS

  1. Do I have to participate in tutor training?
  • Yes. Los Angeles Valley College requires that all tutors complete a baseline minimum of four hours of online training.
  1. How do I complete the online tutor training?
  • Online tutor training will be facilitated using the Canvas Learning Management System. Your supervisor will coordinate access to this online training.
  1. Do I have to participate in the LAVC TTCP in-person training sessions?
  • This is not a requirement but highly encouraged and beneficial in that you will hone your tutoring skills, become eligible for higher pay, and can list the certification on your resume
  1. How do I confirm that I’ve completed my LAVC TTCP certification at different levels?
  • Upon successful completion of each level (Standard, Advanced, and Master), you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the semester.
  1. What happens if I only complete some of the LAVC TTCP components during a given semester? Can I pick up where I left off in the subsequent semester?
  • LAVC TTCP in-person workshops operate like a class, so all work must be completed during a given semester. If the work is not completed, it will need to be repeated in the subsequent semester. For example, if a tutor starts the online modules for required training, this must be completed during the given semester; otherwise it would need to be repeated in the subsequent semester.  If a tutor starts the in-person training, this must be completed during the given semester.
  1. Are there additional training requirements?
  • Some tutoring centers or program may require additional training. Follow up with the supervisor for your lab.