April 22, 2009 | Mark Paradies

Special Note to Certified TapRooT® Instructors – Keep Your Valuable Instructor Certification Up-To-Date!


If you are a Certified TapRooT® Instructor at your company, you need to be thinking about maintaining your certification.

To maintain your certification, every two years you MUST attend one of the advanced pre-Summit Courses and the TapRooT® Summit .

If you didn’t attend in 2008, you need to attend in 2009 (in Nashville, TN) to maintain a certification that can be valuable to your career.


What will you learn that will be of value to your company?

First, before the Summit, there is a selection of 2-day courses to pick from. They include:

Advanced TapRooT® Techniques

Getting the Most from Your TapRooT® Software

Advanced Trending Techniques

How to Interview & Gather Evidence

Innovation & Creative Solutions

Safety Culture Improvements

Hazard Recognition Best Practices

Risk Analysis & Risk Management

Stopping Human Error

2-Day Equifactor®

2-Day TapRooT®

TapRooT® & FMEA for Healthcare

The two courses that are new for this year are the Advanced TapRooT® Techniques and the Safety Culture Improvement courses.

All of the courses have valuable information that can help you suggest ways to improve performance at your company.

In addition, the Advanced TapRooT® Techniques Course covers the latest advances in TapRooT® that were recently published in the new 2008 TapRooT® Book. This will be especially helpful improving your teaching of how to identify Causal Factors and use the new Corrective Action Helper® Book. when you attend this course you will receive the new TapRooT® Book, Dictionary, and tree, as well as the new Corrective Action Helper® Book.

For more course info, see:


At the Summit, there’s a track for Certified Instructors and a session to learn about the latest course improvements. In that track you will attend a special session only for certified TapRooT® Instructors. At that session you’ll get the ‘09 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis Course Power Point and instructor notes. (For info about this session, contact Linda Unger at 865-539-2139 or click here to e-mail her questions.)

What else is in the track?

Here’s the other session titles:

  • Successes from the Field (Talks about the successful application of TapRooT® to improve performance.)
  • DISCovering How to Communicate After an Accident
  • What’s New in the TapRooT® V5 Software
  • TapRooT® User Best Practices Sharing Forum
  • Managing Incident and Corrective Actions Using the TapRooT® Software
  • Advanced Ideas for Identifying Causal Factors
  • Making a Business Case for Improvement

Of course, you can customize your agenda and pick any of the other sixty session to make Summit focus on the issues that are the most important to you and your company. Just make sure you attend the TapRooT® Instructor Update session on Wednesday from 10:30-12.

But the breakout sessions in the track aren’t all you will learn. You’ll also hear five Keynote sessions with the following talks:


Dr. Joel Fish, Brian Tink, and Jim Thompson – A Root Cause Analysis That Changed a Medical Standard Practice

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E.D Hill (TV Newsperson) – Lessons from Success


Mike Kelley – Establishing a Culture That Promotes Super-Performance

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Dave Prewitt and Mark Paradies – Systematic Management of Improvement


John Miller – Personal Accountability

In addition to all these great sessions, there are two social events to promote networking. The first is the Reception and Exhibit on Wednesday night.

The band Entice will be playing…


E.D. Hill will be signing books…

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There will be an exhibit of useful performance improvement technology…


And drawings and contests where you could win an iPhone or an iPod!



See this link for more info:


The second is the Scramble Golf Tournament on Friday afternoon.


So renew your certification and return to work with valuable knowledge. Register now at:


One more thing … if you aren’t a Certified TapRooT® Instructor yet, find out how to become one at this link:


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