In July, when Tampa Training Instructor Clyde Rogers got word that he had successfully completed the Caterpillar Instructor Accreditation Program, he doubled the number of trainers on the Ring Power training team with Caterpillar's highest certification. (Clyde's Tampa counterpart Roy Morrison had achieved accreditation a few years earlier.)
Then, in September, Abel Posada (St. Augustine Training Instructor) was informed that he, too, had achieved accreditation, pushing Ring Power's total to three CIAP instructors.
Why is this notable? It an accomplishment that generally takes 8-12 months of work (comprised of 5 online learning prerequisites, a 5-day instructor led class in Peoria, Ill., and submitting supporting documentation and videotaped presentations for review and critique.)
Caterpillar's description of CIAP outlines the program as “designed to enhance instructor effectiveness” and requires proof of subject matter expertise, exhibit the ability to make effective presentations and sound practical assessments, and delivers at least 80 hours of training per year.
In an email congratulating Rogers on the accomplishment, Training Manager Bob Delp offered this perspective: “You are part of a small number of elite Cat instructors that carry a CIAP certification. I just got off the phone with another dealership's training manager that has 11 trainers and none of them have their CIAP certificate.”
This is not the end of the work for Morrison, Rogers and Posada. The CIAP certification requires continuing development and documentation which must be validated every three years to maintain the certification.
Congratulations to the Ring Power training team on this accomplishment.