The Professional Technical Trainer (PTT) certification is a vendor-neutral credential offered by the International Assocation of Information Technology Trainers (ITrain). ITrain is a non-profit association of almost 8,000 IT professionals in 178 countries that is dedicated to fostering IT training, trainer development, and and IT resource management programs.
Whereas the majority of IT trainer credentials are vendor-specific (take, for instance, the Microsoft Certified Trainer and Certified Cisco Systems Instructor titles), the PTT represents a truly vendor-agnostic method for qualifying your expertise as an IT instructor.
The relevant questions on the tip of your tongue, of course, are:
Let us consider each of these questions in turn.
To become a Professional Technical Trainer by using ITrain's individual membership option, you must complete the following tasks:
As you can see, qualifying as a PTT involves some considerable hassle, time, and expense. Therefore, the big issue (at least from my perspective as a technical trainer and IT professional) is "what kind of return on investment can I expect from making this investment in the PTT?"
According to the ITrain Web site, the PTT credential conveys many benefits, including the following [reference]:
With regard to recertification, the ITrain Web site copy is spotty, to say the least. Here is the only information I could find [reference]:
Professional Technical Trainer (PTT) for a period of three years. Members may apply for recertification. The PTT certification is valid only for full members in good standing.
Of course, my question is, "Does recertification require anything beyond the $150 annual fee?
As far as I am personally concerned, I have known only one individual in my career thus far who was PTT certified (he was a former student of mine...yeah, training trainers is pretty darned fun...I'm serious!). This man spoke in exceedingly glowing terms concerning his involvement with ITrain; in point of fact, he worked for them part-time giving Train-the-Trainer seminars himself.
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