Well, I did it. I completed my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Phew! I admit I enjoyed doing it. That probably had to do with the facilitator, Erin Riley from Wisdom Learning who, without a doubt, knew her stuff and was able to communicate it clearly while we were doing hard things and making it seem like fun. And this time I didn’t have the pressure of a job to hassle with. When I did my undergrad, I had a husband, new house and two kids under two as well as working part-time and studying full time. It was, to say the least, hectic. When I did my Grad Dip Psych, I was working in a senior position in Defence. My Dip PM luckily was a case of getting documentation together to allow Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) yet even that took several intense weeks. So getting time to digest the information, sit back and re-read notes and manuals and then doing the work was shear luxury. I wish I had realised that when I was a school kid *sigh*. Still, can’t put old head on young shoulders as the adage goes.
One of the most interesting topics of this course was that of Adult Learning. Although I had covered this in my Psych degree from a purely brain function/dysfunction point of view, I found the practical side of using the information and models much more compelling. And of course, realised why I loved the way Erin facilitated the course. Crossword puzzles for review that tested key words from the previous sessions made ‘wracking one’s brain’ to go back a week to remember stuff a fun activity. She used minimal overheads and even when she did have them, she spoke to the topic so well I didn’t even read them. The course was structured so we learned, practiced, built more learning, practiced and learned some more. It certainly worked for me.