Instructor Competencies

In early 2003, ibstpi® approved a third edition of their competencies for instructors who work in face-to-face and online environments. Competent instructors will accomplish these standards whether delivering simple instructions to a small group or addressing a huge audience.

The original set of Instructor Competencies was published in 1993 following extensive review and testing by a group of practitioners and academics in the training and instructional design field. The publication identified the core competencies of instructors – those decisions, actions and behaviors that competent instructors must demonstrate to complete an instructional assignment successfully.

Instructor Competencies

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Instructor Competencies

The competencies define the generic instructor role, independent of settings and organizations. Competent instructors will accomplish these standards whether delivering simple instructions to a small group or addressing a huge audience.

The board established a task force in 2000 to review and update the instructor competencies to reflect developments in teaching and learning and the use of online delivery system.

The revised competencies and performance statements were then validated globally with a sample of more than 1,000 practitioners in all regions of world. In early 2003, ibstpi® approved a new set of competencies for Instructors who work in face-to-face and online environments.

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