March 3, 2015
CCLB continues to work with both the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT) and Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS) centres in Ontario regarding CLBPT training needs. In January, CLBPT training sessions were held in Ottawa and Toronto, resulting in ten CLBA assessors being trained on the CLBPT. CCLB has also been working on updating its assessor webpage which will provide assessors with additional support and opportunities to share feedback, questions and advice on various CLB assessment tools.
Outside of CLARS centres in Ontario, the 17 participants who attended fee-for-service CLBPT training sessions in the fall have either completed certification or are in the final stages. In February, one CLBPT training session was held in Calgary, resulting in five participants being trained, with certification now underway. In addition, fee-for-service calibration and CLBLPT sessions were held in Saskatoon. Twelve current CLBPT assessors attended the calibration session, and nine participants attended the CLBLPT training session.
With a number of participants now trained on the CLBLPT tool, feedback across sessions has shown a consistent request that the training be longer. As a result, MCIIT agreed that CCLB should extend the training from a 3-hour session to a 5-hour session, allowing participants more opportunity to engage with the topics in the training. As well, a pre-training assignment has been developed to accompany training materials that participants receive prior to the session. This assignment is now being provided to all trainees in order to give them a more thorough overview of the documents and to alert them to important considerations while using the CLBLPT.