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A Training-of-Trainers programme that certifies UN security professionals to conduct security courses.
With the aim of creating a pool of trainers qualified to deliver different safety and security training programmes worldwide, the UNSSC and UNDSS have jointly designed and developed the “Trainer Development and Certification Course (TDC)”. Drawing on the experience of the SSAFE Train-the-Trainer and STOCC programmes, TDC is based on identified knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the planning, delivery and review of security training.
TDC+SSAFE represents the base TDC (5 days) with the SSAFE TDC add-on (2 days). The TDC covers the material in the following UNDSS courses:
TDC+SSAFE includes an assessment component but, since it is competency-based, it is not competitive. Participants are required to deliver a number of short training sessions and complete a theory examination in a constructive and supportive environment.
How to become a trainer
To become a trainer for UNDSS security courses, the TDC course is the current path. UNDSS is in the process of considering an evidence-based process by which experienced trainers may be able to apply for recognition of their knowledge and skills.
There are no prerequisites to attend and complete the TDC course. However, participants must already be, or likely to be, engaged in the delivery of UNDSS security training.
How to lead the delivery of a course
The following specific individual course requirements only arise later when successful participants want to go on to lead the delivery of specific courses:
1. Local Security Assistant
2. Security Certification Programme
3. Individual First Aid Kit
4. Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments (if 2-day SSAFE TDC addon offered)
Already done a ToT?
If you have already completed one or more course-specific UNDSS training of trainer (ToT) courses, you do not need to complete the TDC course to continue delivering that course. The TDC course covers basic trainer theory and practice and is intended for trainers looking to pick up one or more new courses for which they have not yet done a ToT course.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be:
Based on the SSAFE ToT, designed and refined since 2007, the TDC+SSAFE training curriculum presents sessions that incorporate a learning theory, practical training techniques and a theme (LSA/SCP/ IFAK/SSAFE). In this way, participants can learn and apply theories while continually revisiting the contents of each of the courses that the TDC+SSAFE is based on.
There are formative and summative assessment tasks interspersed throughout the programme, and each will require work in the evenings during the course to prepare. Formative assessment results are either “Demonstrated” or “Not Yet Demonstrated”.
Summative assessment results and overall course result are either “Competent” or “Not Yet Competent”. To be assessed as “Competent”, a participant must demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and attitudes in the final practical and theory assessments, and plan, deliver and review a training course within 12 months.
Certificates (and certification) will be issued once the participant has planned, delivered and reviewed a training course.
Participants are exposed to adult learning styles, training methodologies and techniques that underpin each of the UNDSS courses. Participants are also provided with the resources and role players required to design and run vignettes and scenarios which relate directly to standard SSAFE modules.
The TDC course is focused on security training and designed for UNSMS personnel that will be both engaged in the delivery of security training in the near future and potentially available as a trainer resource upon which UNDSS may draw to deliver security training. The course will expose participants to materials from LSA/SCP/IFAK.
International and national security professionals from the UN system and affiliated organizations who will be engaged in the delivery of security training. For DRO/DHSSS personnel, TDS consults with DRO/DHSSS to fill course positions. Accordingly, DRO/DHSSS personnel seeking to become UNDSS certified trainers need to ensure that their nomination is submitted through their respective SA/CSA/PSA and onto DRO/DHSSS prior to the closing date.
The course fee of $3,200 covers the eight-day course (including participation in the field day). Participants are responsible for their own travel, transfers, accommodation and meals.