NPSIA-PTD training and development programs are designed to meet the on-going educational needs of our graduate program alumni, the international foreign service community throughout the world, and the broad scope of public, non-profit and private sector professionals who wish to manage international relationships with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
We respond to training needs by being:
- Service oriented
- Continuously engaged with the practitioner community
- Focused on the critical cross-cultural filters that affect relationships between nations, organizations and professionals.
Programs at NPSIA-PTD are structured so that no more than a third of contact training is lecture oriented, a minimum of 30% is participatory learning and the remainder is peer driven learning and review.
Our short-term training programs consist of 1 to 4 day workshops that are generally offered on a regular basis throughout the normal (non-academic) calendar year. Programs in excess of 2 days may be offered in 2 or more “Steps” to facilitate work schedules and training budgets. Participants are permitted a maximum of 2 years to complete multiple Steps to qualify for program certification.
Intensive Programs run from 5 – 14 days and, depending on the program can also be completed by taking multiple Steps .
Our regular, short-term programs are offered on-campus at Carleton University in Ottawa. Customized and special programs, including NPSIA-PTD’s Diplomat and Foreign Service Training program can be delivered throughout Canada and the world.
E_ learning programs will be available in 2009.
We help to identify these training needs and develop relevant training programs in two ways. First, by tailoring our expertise to meet client interest and employer requests for training and development services. Second, by regularly consulting our NPSIA student alumni and our growing network of training recipients who are well placed in international affairs related careers in Canada and throughout the world. NPSIA and PTD alumni assist us by identifying general and specific trends within the public, non-profit and private sectors so that we are able to develop and deliver skills and knowledge-based training that is relevant and timely.
All training is under-pinned by a learning philosophy that recognizes the understanding of, and competency in Emotional and Cultural Intelligence as critical to managing international relations successfully. To achieve this goal our programs address gaps and weaknesses in the practice of international affairs where national, departmental, enterprise, group and individual interests and expectations are filtered through cultural, organizational and personal lenses of behaviour.
Our emphasis on developing professional competencies in Cultural Intelligence within our programs makes NPSIA-PTD unique among almost all professional training institutions in Canada.
To learn more about Emotional and Cultural Intelligence please click here.
Structure and delivery of programs at NPSIA-PTD
Our training programs are organized in the following manner:
- A maximum of 30% knowledge / theoretical content delivery – usually in the form of lectures and / or presentations by an instructor or facilitator, one or more subject matter experts and the program participants – At NPSIA-PTD we recognize the importance of participants sharing new information, knowledge and expertise in a peer environment
- 40% Group and team exercises including simulations, team presentations and case studies – designed to challenge trainees in the practical application of theory and new knowledge
- 30% Peer learning review, assessment and evaluation conducted by in-group and one-on-one discussions with the instructor / facilitator – occurs at the conclusion of the workshop and up-to 2 months beyond through email communication and a “social” capping event.
Our short-term training programs consist of 1 to 4 day workshops that are generally offered on a regular basis throughout the normal (non-academic) calendar year.
Programs in excess of 2 days are often offered in 2 or more “Steps” to facilitate work schedules and training budgets. Participants are permitted a maximum of 2 years to complete multiple Steps in order to qualify for the certificate of completion.
Our regular, short-term programs are offered on-campus at Carleton University in Ottawa. Elearning programs will be available in 2009.
Intensive, Long-term, foreign language and custom training
NPSIA-PTD provides intensive certificate programs that are offered over several weeks and months. These are designed to provide critical information on a given subject area to a specific professional audience.
NPSIA-PTD is also able to deliver long-term and foreign language related training on a customized basis both within Canada and around the world.
Longer-term programs will generally involve the execution of a preliminary educational needs assessment and some degree of formal input from NPSIA-PTD into professional and / or institutional learning plans.
Satisfactory completion of the every training program at NPSIA-PTD, according to the terms of reference detailed in the program description, leads to a certificate of achievement.