Institute of People Development Advisor - September 2009
The difference between the impossible and the possible
lies in a person's determination - T Lasorda

In this month's issue

  • What's new?
  • APPETD award
  • It's budget time for 2010
  • 2009 Public Training Schedule


20 training & development professionals on the National Certificate in OD-ETD Practices Continuous Professional Development for Skills Development Practitioners programme NQF 6 (Cape Town intake) have completed their three day planning session and participants will attend their first CPD module in September. A gentle reminder to all 2008/9 full qualification graduates that the annual IPD graduation ceremony will take place on 2 October 2009 at IPD House in Midrand.

APPETD award

The Institute of People Development received two awards at the annual APPETD award ceremony that took place on 11 August 2009 in Johannesburg. Our Continuous Professional Development for Skills Development Practitioners programme on level 6 and the best practice RPL model and process were nominated and awarded in the innovation category. IPD was the only Provider who received awards at this event; all other awards were made to individuals.


The popular IPD - 3-day Train-the-Trainer skills programme (NQF 4 - 32 credits) is scheduled for 07-09 October 2009 in Midrand. Anyone meeting the entry criteria and who enrols on this programme during SEPT 2009 will only pay R 4,950 + VAT per candidate. This course provides over 25% of the credits needed for the full qualification in OD-ETD Practices NQF 4, making this special rate something not to be missed!

Many specialist consultants / subject matter experts will be involved over the next three years or so in the review and new qualifications design and development for the QCTO. IPD has been guiding SGB's and SETA's for some years now in this area of expertise and now offers a 4-day Qualifications, Standards and Curricula Design skills programme (NQF 6 - 18 credits) next scheduled for 09 - 12 November 2009. Anyone meeting the entry criteria and who enrols on this programme during SEPT 2009 will only pay R 5,950 + VAT per candidate. Enrol now for this great offer.


It is that time of the year where companies and government departments are busy planning their budget for 2010, and although organisations lay emphasis on the value of training, the recent ASTD State of the Training Industry Report indicated that the average percentage of payroll spent on training in South Africa is now 3.13%, calculating to R 3,613 per employee.

Holly Dolezalek (2007) wrote in an article that the best "Accounting For Dummies" books start out by explaining to the neophyte that accounting isn't about numbers. It's about using numbers to tell a story. The same is true in the finances of training, and that's good news for those of you who are responsible for (or at least involved in) creating the budget for training at your organisation. It's not an easy task to make or defend spending decisions when thousands or hundreds of thousands, are at stake. But when you think of this activity as a way to explain the worth of training, as well as a set of decisions about what training and when, it's both less intimidating and more meaningful.

The best way is to examine each decision on a training expenditure and ask, "What will this training accomplish?" If your answer is that people will like it or that your department ran the training last year, that's a decision that might merit some more consideration. But if it's going to improve productivity in a concrete way, or help the company to reach a financial or performance goal, it will be much easier to defend. Supporting this statement, Diane Valenti, an expert in performance consulting says that before investing in training, enterprises should seek answers to the following questions:

  • Does the training address an urgent business problem? Any proposed training should be geared toward boosting the bottom line. If not, the training could be "nice to have" but not mission critical.
  • Is training the right (or the only) solution? Companies must evaluate whether the metrics they want to shift, or the problems they want to solve, are connected to a skill gap. If the problem is a faulty process, for example, then training is not the answer.
  • Is it worth it to do training? It is critical to do a cost-benefit analysis with clear metrics, comparing the anticipated benefit of solving a problem or seizing a business opportunity with the projected cost of the training program.

Using these questions as a point of departure, Dolezalek advises to follow a few tips that will assist the person responsible to draft a budget that can be accounted for:

  • Don't go on what the budget was last year. Instead, find out what problems people are facing, and what skills or knowledge is needed for this year's initiative.
  • Keep in mind that your budget isn't the last word on what training goes on at your organisation. Individual departments may arrange their own training with a vendor.
  • Pay attention to the hidden costs such as printing manuals, paper, and ink.
  • Build in a layer of extra money for training requests that aren't in your original budget.
  • Act as a consultant for department heads or managers who want to arrange development for their employees but don't have the knowledge or time to do it well.
  • Examine each decision on a training expenditure and ask, "What will this training accomplish?"

Following these few guidelines will not only guide you to create a training budget, but will assist you in motivating the need for training.

Remember that the 2010 intake for the N. Cert in OD-ETD Practices closes end November 2009, so don't forget to budget this (R34k per candidates) and get your training & development professionals to apply now.

Remember to conduct a free online Skills Audit (RPL Pre-assessment) and use the comprehensive report to motivate the budget with your employer.


For more information about all our OD-ETDP training programmes, visit our website at and embark on an exciting journey of Outcomes-Based Learning through IPD. All programmes are available in other Provinces on demand.

Click the programme title below to download a detailed PDF brochure.

Learning Programme Registered qualifications/unit standards included in the programme Training Dates
Train The Trainer 114924 - Demonstrate understanding of the OBET approach within the context of a NQF
123396 - Define target audience profiles and skills gaps 117870 - Conduct targeted training and development using given methodologies
117877 - Perform one-to-one training on the job
07 - 09 Oct
ETD Co-ordination and administration 123393 - Carry out course administration
15227 - Conduct skills development administration in an organisation
19 - 20 Nov
Learning and RPL advising 10294 - Identify and respond to learners with special needs and barriers to learning
117865 - Assist and support learners to manage their learning experience
12544 - Facilitate the preparation and presentation of evidence for assessment
7389 - Help learners with language and literacy across the curriculum
16 - 18 Nov
Needs Analysis & Skills Planning (SDF Training) 123396 - Define target audience profiles and skills gaps
15218 - Conduct an analysis to determine outcomes of learning for SD and other purposes
15217 - Develop an organisational training and development plan
15232 - Coordinate planned skills development interventions in an organisation
15222 - Promote a learning culture in an organisation.
15221 - Provide information and advice regarding skills development and related issues
06 - 09 Oct
Learning Programme Design & Materials Development 114924 - Demonstrate an understanding of OBETů
123401 - Design outcomes-based learning programmes
123394 - Develop outcomes-based learning programmes
10305 - Devise interventions for learners with special needs
12 - 16 Oct
Facilitation, Coaching & Mentoring 117871 - Facilitate learning using a variety of given methodologies
10294 - Identify and respond to learners with special needs and barriers to learning
117874 - Guide learners about their learning, assessment and recognition opportunities
117865 - Assist and support learners to manage their learning experiences
123398 - Facilitate the transfer and application of learning in the workplace
12 - 16 Oct
Assessment, Moderation & Evaluation 115755 - Design and develop outcomes-based assessments
115753 - Conduct outcomes-based assessments
115759 - Conduct moderation of outcomes-based assessments.
123397 - Evaluate a learning intervention using given evaluation instruments
14 - 18 Sep
CPD Programme in OD-ETD Practices (Continuous Professional Development) 50331 - National Certificate in OD-ETD Practices - NQF 6 (145 credits)
1-year programme - 8 x CPD modules

Nov 2009 (KZN)
Jan 2010 (Gauteng)

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