Quality Training Standards

Ensure your training meets CDC Quality Training Standards pdf icon[PDF – 137 KB] by using the Quality Training Developer Checklist pdf icon[PDF – 94 KB] during training development. The standards are broad enough to encompass any type of training topic or format. See examplesexternal icon of trainings that meet the standards using the CDC Quality Training Standards search filter in CDC TRAIN, CDC’s online learning management system.

Your training must meet all eight standards to be a CDC Quality Training.

CDC Quality Training Developer Checklist

Each standard has training attributes that you must consider when developing your training. To meet the standard, you must address each attribute for the standard. All eight standards must be met for your training to be considered a CDC Quality Training.

1 Training NEEDS ASSESSMENT informs training development
    • Environmental scan (e.g., does a similar training exist that could be used or adapted?),
    • Content analysis, and/or
    • Learner analysis/input.

Some trainings may require additional attributes. Consider if the following apply to your training:

  • Identify appropriate competencies, if relevant.
  • Establish and confer with a planning committee that includes representatives of the relevant professions providing guidance.

2 Training includes LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Some trainings may require additional attributes. Consider if the following apply to your training:

  • Match learning objectives with competencies (skills and abilities), if competencies exist.
  • Describe prerequisite knowledge and/or skills.

3 Training content is ACCURATE AND RELEVANT

Some trainings may require additional attributes. Consider if the following apply to your training:

  • Review content for a recurring training on a periodic basis to ensure accuracy and relevance. Review may include evidence-based practice, peer review journals, best practices, and/or SMEs’ opinions.
  • Align content with at least one competency, if competencies exist.

4 Training includes opportunities for LEARNER ENGAGEMENT

Some trainings may require additional attributes. Consider if the following apply to your training:

  • Use adult learning principles for adult learners.
  • Include experiential or practice-based learning.
  • Provide opportunity for learners to share experiences and learn from others’ experiences. These may include peer learning and interdisciplinary opportunities for practice.

5 Training is designed for USABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY
    • Develop easy and user-friendly navigation or materials.
    • Ensure that navigation or materials are meaningful and work for the majority of users and learning styles.
    • Organize concepts in logical sections.

Some trainings may require additional attributes. Consider if the following apply to your training:

  • Use high quality (e.g., clear, clean, and crisp) audio and visual aids to clarify concepts when appropriate.
  • Use technology that is current and easy to access.
    • Ensure that links are functional.
    • Provide technical support.
  • Make content culturally and linguistically appropriate for learners.

6 Training EVALUATION informs improvement
    • Plan to use process evaluation data and learner feedback for ongoing quality improvement.

Some trainings may require additional attributes. Consider if the following applies to your training:

  • Conduct a follow-up evaluation after learners have left the “classroom” to determine impact on performance, program, or training goal.

7 Training includes opportunity for LEARNER ASSESSMENT
    • Construct assessment questions that relate directly to learning objectives.
    • Use a variety of question formats such as multiple choice, matching, listing, reordering, and sorting.
    • Provide learners with feedback on their responses to support learning.
    • Use scenarios in which learners can apply what they have learned.

Some trainings may require additional attributes. Consider if the following applies to your training:

  • Recognize learner completion through a certificate or other notification.

8 Training includes FOLLOW-UP SUPPORT for the learner
    • Use a complex or a simple approach that includes at least one resource for post training support.
      • Simple approaches include providing contact information for help, tip sheets and other resources for more information, access to communities of practice from the training.
      • Complex approaches include conference calls, webcasts, coaching, and retention reminders such as e-mails and quizzes provided some time after the training.