Training endorsement comprises the review of research management training activities by the Training Endorsement Committee (TEC) of the IPRC for the allocation of training points. Generally, one training point equals one hour of training.
Training endorsement encourages research management professionals to participate in quality training to maintain and advance their competence. Training points are used when applying for or renewing a professional designation.
Training activities such as workshops or courses, masterclasses, seminars, webinars and symposia can be submitted for the allocation of training points. The training activity should be offered by a research management association or another credible service provider and should address one or more of the key competency areas in the Professional Competency Framework (read more under “Professional recognition”).
- Research management degrees, diplomas and certificate programmes that are aligned with the PCF and accredited by an accredited training institution/provider (are recognised for meeting specific educational standards, which have been set by an accrediting agency).
When applying for professional recognition applicants can include sixty training points when providing evidence of successful completion of the training activity.
- Courses in research management that are aligned with the PCF and accredited by an accredited training institution/provider.
When applying for professional recognition applicants can include one training point per hour of training up to a maximum of twenty-five hours. The number of hours required within a specific period (e.g., per week) and the total duration of the course is generally available in the course information and should be provided as part of the evidence.
Examples of courses in this category are the accredited online short courses in research management (https://www.sarima.co.za/events/) which runs over three to six weeks depending on the course and requires three to four learning hours per week for each course. When applying for professional recognition and with evidence of successful completion of a course, the applicant can include between nine and twenty-four training points depending on which course was completed.
- Provider/organiser of the training activity approaches the IPRC Secretariat or downloads the request form. (click here to download the form).
- Completed request form is submitted to the IPRC Secretariat and reviewed by members of the TEC. Please submit the request as early as possible before advertising the training event.
- If training points are not awarded the applicant will receive feedback from the TEC.
- If training points are awarded the number of training points allocated will be confirmed in writing.
- The provider/organiser should indicate the training points when advertising the training activity.
A list of endorsed training activities will be maintained on the IPRC website. When applying for professional recognition applicants must provide a certificate of attendance and where applicable other necessary evidence for the professional recognition application.