Since 1994 Summit International's consultants have upheld the highest standards of integrity and quality in every training program we have developed. From technical training programs designed to close the knowledge and skills gaps often found in the workplace, to professional development courses designed to prepare clients' employees for the next level of their careers, our consultants have followed a set of Core Competencies. It is these core competencies every candidate for certification must understand and become adept for whichever professional development certification program they enroll.
Foundational Assets: Every member of the organization offers experience, inherent talent, prior knowledge and set of initial skills from which to begin their professional and career development. Candidates must understand and accept this principle before embarking on any professional development endeavor.
Gap Analysis: Identifying the knowledge and skills gaps is central to developing any professional development program. Candidates must learn the importance of identifying the knowledge and skills gaps and learn how to perform a gap analysis to identify gaps within their own organizations. This "hands on" learning allows candidates to apply what they learn in the classroom to "real world" scenarios.
Communication: Effective communication is key to any professional development program. Candidates must learn how to build communication channels that flow from the top down as well as the bottom up keeping all levels of the organization "in the loop". Only by developing effective communication channels can the development professional hope to achieve success in the professional development program.
Learning Theory: A thorough understanding of adult learning theories and how to apply them to the workplace is key to designing and developing effective instructional interventions. Candidates must demonstrate this knowledge and be able to apply it in "real-world" scenarios.
Intervention: Which instructional intervention should be applied to any given situation? How can you tell if it's the right intervention? How do you measure effectiveness?Candidates must be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of how to develop instructional interventions based on the gap analysis and how to assess the effectiveness of the interventions and to adjust them based on assessment results.
Administrative Support: Support from organizational administration is vital for any professional development program to succeed. Candidates should be able to demonstrate they have administrative support for their professional development programs or at the very least, be able to demonstrate they have attempted to acquire buy-in from senior management.
Enhanced Organization Well-Being: The result of a successful professional development program.