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|AWI Launches Certificate Program for 2017 Training Institute|
The Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) is launching its new assessment-based certificate program for its 2017 Workplace Investigations Training Institute (Institute). In 2017 AWI will have three Institute sessions: in Monterey, California in February; in Baltimore, Maryland in May; and in Austin, Texas in September.
The Institute consists of four days of training and one-half day of tests. The tests will cover knowledge, interviewing, and analysis and report writing. Students who attend the Institute and pass the tests will receive a certificate.
The training and tests at the 2017 Institute will be a fully integrated certificate program. The four days of training will train the Institute students in the core knowledge and skills for workplace investigations. The tests will test the knowledge and skills taught in the training. And the certificate will document that the student has learned what has been taught at the Institute.
The certificate will have a designation and an acronym (initials) that the student will be able to place after the student's name to signify that the student has learned what has been taught at the Institute. AWI will be seeking accreditation of its certificate program from an internationally recognized accrediting body.
AWI is an international association of workplace investigators, founded in 2009. It currently has 750 members in the US and several other countries, with chapters in Canada and Australia.
The first session of the AWI Institute was in June, 2012. Since then AWI has conducted seven sessions of the Institute, at which a total of approximately 400 workplace investigators have been trained. Students who completed the 2012 through 2016 Institutes were awarded a certificate of completion, which has come to be recognized as as the gold standard for training in the rapidly growing and developing field of workplace investigations.
The new assessment-based certificate program will provide additional value to the Institute, because it will give students the opportunity to demonstrate that they have learned what has been taught at the Institute. The certificate program is being developed by AWI subject matter experts in collaboration with two highly qualified consultants.
As part of the process of preparing for accreditation, AWI has revised the Institute curriculum for 2017 to reflect best practices in training and education. While the Institute has always been committed to preparing students to successfully conduct workplace investigations, the commitment to continuous improvement led the Institute to effectuate changes that an outside accrediting body would be able to recognize as world class. This applies to the content, the activities, and the assessment that will lead to an internationally-recognized credential and designation.