February 15, 2022 | Susan Napier-Sewell

A Certified Instructor for TapRooT® RCA: Should You Become One?

What goes into becoming a Certified TapRooT® Instructor?

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Have you been wanting to become a TapRooT® Instructor at your company so you can teach TapRooT® to your employees? Or, perhaps there is someone on your team (or your whole team) that would be a good fit as a TapRooT® Instructor?

Now is the best time to register your team(s), gather info and become a Certified TapRooT® Instructor to be a TapRooT® Contract Instructor as you can register for the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit, Knoxville, Tennessee, May 2-6 (Pre-Summit courses are May 2-3, 

Recommended reading: “How to Become a Certified TapRooT® Instructor” by System Improvements’ President Mark Paradies.

Factor these considerations into your thought processes about becoming a Certified TapRooT® Instructor

– Instructors should be able to teach at least once a month. It takes regular practice to be an effective instructor. We have learned it takes a year of consistent teaching to encounter most types of questions an instructor will encounter in training.

– How experienced are you at doing TapRooT® investigations? Experience can bring great perspective to the course you are teaching, particularly when course attendees begin asking questions concerning the application of TapRooT® in real-life scenarios.

– Are you instructor material? Just because someone has a lot of experience with investigations doesn’t necessarily mean the person will make a great instructor.

– When determining your in-house instructor, bear in mind that, in many ways, the quality of your TapRooT® program is in the hands of that person.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can I see myself in the picture above (of newly Certified TapRooT® Instructors)?
  • Am I an effective communicator?
  • Do I have good energy to keep the course attendees engaged for 2 days? Teaching isn’t for everyone regardless of one’s great experience in investigations. A poor instructor can create a poor system in your company. “Experienced” doesn’t always mean someone is cut out to be an instructor.

When you are looking at saving lives and maintaining a high-quality program, you want to make sure your employees are implementing the TapRooT® System correctly

That happens through effective, high-quality education and training. A person can be a great investigator, but not everyone has what it takes to be an effective instructor to teach TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis, especially when the emphasis is on safety and safety training.

Another consideration in becoming an instructor is — after you or your instructors complete the 3-Day TapRooT® Train-the-Trainer course — to have us send one of our instructors to co-teach with them for a couple of courses. We don’t let our own instructors just head out to teach TapRooT® on their own without multiple co-teachers, so you would not want to do that either!

Contact us at info@taproot.com and we will send you a PDF detailing the program. We will work with you to oversee if the instructor trainee is a good fit for your company and to make sure you have a quality program.

Career Development & Opportunities, Courses & Training, Operational Excellence, Root Cause Analysis
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