Certification and Accreditation
NPSIA-PT&D offers a series of Practical, Professional and Executive level certificates for the successful completion of our non-credit training programs. Each class of certificate is offered according to a “spectrum of learning” where, generally, the Practical certificate is given for programs designed for junior professionals while the Professional and Executive programs introduce more expert knowledge. These latter programs tend to require greater peer participation and thus greater professional experience is expected from participants for the training cohort to fully benefit from the experience.
In addition to our Practical, Professional and Executive certificates NPSIA-PT&D also awards Advanced and Master’s Certificates in programs that satisfy accreditation in a professionally recognized vocation, domain or knowledge area. In July 2010 NPSIA-PT&D entered into its first professional affiliation with the HPI-Hugh A. Palmer Pipeline Security Specialist™ program as part of our series of International-Critical Infrastructure Protection training programs. For more information about the PSS credential please visit www.pipelinesecurity.ca.
In the summer of 2012 NPSIA-PT&D offered the Advanced Certificate in International Biological Sciences Security Management in cooperation with the Public Health Agency of Canada to support future standards in biological sciences security training for laboratory technicians and managers in Canada and abroad. In 2012-2013 NPSIA-PT&D will launch a comprehensive Program in Performance Audit for Public and International program audit professionals also with the intent of establishing a future standard for Performance Audit professionals.
NPSIA-PT&D also recognizes proficiency in proven methods for managing Public and International Affairs. In September 2012 NPSIA-PT&D became the first professional training institute to support the Sage Bargaining method developed by our principal negotiation trainers: Dr. Brian Tomlin and Dr. Michael Dolan. Sage Bargaining is presently available through our certificate workshops in International and Intergovernmental Negotiation.
What is Sage Bargaining?
Sage Bargaining is a decision support tool designed to assist individual professionals, negotiating teams and senior managers in the development and implementation of effective negotiation strategies. The power of Sage Bargaining can be applied at three distinct, but complementary, levels. At the individual level, Sage acts as a guide, planning tool, and analytic framework for developing negotiating positions, anticipating opposition tactics, and establishing longer-term strategic interests. Then, by continuously testing underlying assumptions and insisting on a well-defined, comprehensive and rigorous negotiating strategy, Sage Bargaining helps negotiators map out their strategy, react intelligently to the actions of others, and assess trade-offs at each stage in the negotiation process.
As negotiators begin to plan tactics and strategy, it is critical to the negotiation process that each team member understands both the details of different issues and positions, as well as the bigger picture as it unfolds. At the team level, Sage Bargaining works as a consensus-builder and group planner / coordination tool. By forcing the team to work through the negotiation strategy in a systematic and comprehensive way, Sage Bargaining helps to build group support for negotiation objectives and helps to maintain consistency and cohesion throughout the process.