ABET

Training Facilitators

Selection, Qualifications, Training, and Responsibilities

A Training Facilitator assists with the Face-to-Face Training for Program Evaluator Candidates (PEVCs). The Face-to-Face Training (which is held annually between April and June) simulates a campus visit.

There are two types of Training Facilitators.

1. The Lead Facilitator:

  • oversees the preparation for the training session;
  • is responsible for managing the flow and timing of the session; and
  • coaches Support Facilitators.

2. The Support Facilitator assists with the campus visit simulation.

Facilitator Qualifications and Selection

Both Lead Facilitators and Support Facilitators are selected by the Accreditation Council Training Committee based upon individual qualifications as well as the projected number of facilitators needed per Commission, representation across ABET member societies, and diversity.

Lead Facilitators are selected by the Accreditation Council Training Committee from among experienced Support Facilitators. Lead Facilitator candidates must serve as a Co-lead Facilitator prior to assignment as a Lead Facilitator.

Support Facilitators are nominated by ABET member societies and selected by the Accreditation Council Training Committee. Support Facilitators should:

  • Be an experienced Team Chair, either currently serving on one of the Commissions for two or more years or rotated off one of the Commissions within the preceding two years.
  • Receive consistently high Team Chair performance evaluations.
  • Have experience leading groups of adult learners.
  • Be available to attend Facilitator Training during the cycle nominated as well as to serve as a Facilitator for the following four years (for a total five year appointment).

Training Facilitator Competency Model

Technically Current / Open to Learning

  • Engaged in life-long learning
  • Picks up on the need to change personal and interpersonal behavior quickly
  • Seeks feedback
  • Picks up on verbal and non-verbal cues regarding their impact on others and adjusts
  • Shares personal successes and failures to enhance participant learning
  • Applies experience as a PEV and as a Team Chair to facilitate excellent learning and experience for participants
  • Remains current in and shows an ability to apply knowledge of outcomes-based accreditation as well as accreditation procedures and requirements to the learning experience

Capable of Creating an Environment for Learning

  • Creates a positive and safe atmosphere for participants to experiment to enhance personal learning
  • Expresses thoughts, feelings, and ideas in a clear, concise, and compelling manner
  • Adjusts style to engage participants
  • Assesses learning needs and adjusts as necessary
  • Demonstrates a style that values different learning styles (visual, experiential, auditory) as well as backgrounds and experience (industry vs. academia)
  • Brings personal background and experience as a PEV and as a Team Chair with Draft Statements, onsite experiences, etc., that contribute to participant understanding
  • Makes appropriate judgments that represent ABET and member societies well
  • Demonstrates competence in delivering experiential learning

Addition Competencies for Lead Facilitators

  • Manages the front of the room – has an engaging presentation style and platform skills
  • Promotes a successful experience in training and facilitating experiential adult learning
  • Promotes a successful experience in leading other trainers
  • Demonstrates an ability to lead Support Facilitators
  • Treats facilitators as valued members of the training team
  • Intervenes as necessary to ensure facilitators are fully contributing members of the training team, enhancing the learning of participants

Interpersonally Skilled

  • Builds trust
  • Listens and places input into context
  • Maintains an open mind and avoids personal bias
  • Finds common ground and gets cooperation easily
  • Diffuses high tension situations
  • Displays culturally sensitivity
  • Communicates well
  • Provides constructive feedback to participants to assist in their learning
  • Deals tactfully with participants who don’t complete training requirements
  • Makes an objective evaluation of a participant’s potential as a program evaluator
  • Communicates effectively concerns to individuals

Training Facilitator Responsibilities

  • Be available to observe PEVC Face-to-Face Training and to attend Facilitator Training during the cycle nominated.
  • After training, be available to facilitate at least one PEVC Face-to-Face Training session per training cycle as needed. The training session and administrative meetings begin on Fridays at 4 p.m. and last through Sunday 2 p.m.