Many people have asked about becoming restorative conferencing and practices trainers so that they can deliver the IIRP Europe’s core courses and use our educational and training materials under licence. As a registered charity (non-profit organisation), we know that we must involve a wide range of individuals and organisations to accomplish our mission of spreading the concept of conferencing and restorative practices, while maintaining high standards of quality.
To this end, we expect restorative conferencing and practices trainers to go through a number of steps:
- We expect prospective trainers to have attended our IIRP Europe 3-day Facilitating Restorative Conferences: Skills Training and/or our 4-day Basic Restorative Practices event. We believe the knowledge and experience level of trainers needs to be above the level at which they are training.
- We expect trainers to have facilitated restorative conferences and used restorative practices informally before they come to the Training of Trainers.
- We require that a prospective trainer participate in our IIRP Europe 4-day Training of Trainers, which is a small-group training for which we charge a fee.
- To complete certification, we expect the trainer to be observed, supervised and approved by an IIRP Europe trainer when doing his or her first training, for which we also charge a fee.
- In summary, the steps involved in becoming a trainer would include participating in a facilitator training, facilitating a number of conferences, completing the Training of Trainers, being observed and certified as trainers, and working out an agreement with IIRP Europe to provide training.
We base our approach to certification on our commitment to producing high-quality trainings and educational materials. We believe we can best influence restorative conferencing and practices by maintaining quality. We believe our trainers, trainings, books, videos, other educational materials and ongoing technical support are of the highest standard.
Once trained, participants will be licenced trainers and able to provide this offering within their agency or limited geographical area. For organisations that have already held some amount of on-site training from IIRP Europe, this will provide a cost-effective way to continue to train new staff by becoming capable of providing this high-quality training ‘in-house’. For others, it provides a way to initiate the implementation of restorative practices in your setting or conduct training in your locale.
‘Introduction to Restorative Practices’ and ‘Using Circles Effectively’: Training of Trainers Event (3 Days)
IIRP Europe conducts a 3-day ‘Training of Trainers’ event to teach experienced practitioners how to facilitate the 1-Day ‘Introduction to Restorative Practices’ and “Using Circles Effectively” professional development days. Once trained, following successful observed first delivery of each day, participants will be certificated and licenced trainers able to provide these offerings within their own agency and/or an agreed limited geographical area . This 3-day course runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Cost is £600 + VAT per person.
For each student attending either of these 1-Day professional development events you deliver as a certified trainer, you must provide ‘The Restorative Practices Handbook’ to all attendees on the 1-Day ‘Introduction to Restorative Practices’ and ‘Restorative Circles in Schools’ to all attendees on the 1-Day ‘Using Circles Effectively’. The sale of the these books is how we will sustain our efforts. The current price, including all other materials, is £6.50 per student. There is also an administrative fee for each course delivered (currently £50), which covers loan of training materials, admin costs, TNT return courier of training box and materials and provision of certificates.
‘Facilitating Restorative Conferences’ (FRC): Training of Trainers Event (4 Days)
This 4-day ‘Training of Trainers’ prepares selected experienced restorative practitioners to train the IIRP Europe ‘Facilitating Restorative Conferences: Skills Training’, so you may train others in facilitating restorative conferences and related restorative practices.
After the ToT, we observe licencee candidates as they deliver their first FRC training. We then certify them as licenced trainers, able to provide this training within their own agency and/or limited geographical area. Each training day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is £800 + VAT per person.
For each student attending a facilitator training you deliver as a certified trainer, you must provide ‘Restorative Justice Conferencing – combining ‘Real Justice’ & ‘The Conferencing Handbook’ (Two books in one volume) and the IIRP Europe ‘Student Course Workbook’ for use on the course. The sale of the these books is how we sustain our efforts. The current price, including all other materials, is £30 per student. There is also an administrative fee for each course delivered, which is currently £100 and covers loan of training materials, admin costs, TNT return courier of training box and materials, marking of ‘IIRP Europe Certificate of Learning’ test papers and provision of certificates.
For each certified trainer, IIRP Europe will assist in defining target groups and a defined geographic area and limit the certified trainer to those groups and areas in a written agreement.
All of our costs must be covered by the fee charged for each trainee’s books and the admin fee. Though we are a charity and non-profit organisation, these fees provide revenue to sustain all of our efforts.
The trainer certification application spells out the terms for certification. The terms are very liberal. People can back out anytime they want, with no risk beyond their time invested and a modest financial outlay. The terms are designed to be fair to both parties and to maintain quality and a clear understanding of both parties’ obligations to one another.
We trust that in this spirit, as a UK registered charity and non-profit organisation, we will be able to develop an international network of certified restorative conferencing and practices trainers who have good educational resources at their disposal, at a cost that is affordable.