The Latitude LMS Certification and Curriculum features provide flexible, performance-driven competency management tools to portal administrators, enabling them to define and manage their Training Programs. These tools provide the ability to mix prerequisites, equivalencies, electives, and mandatory courses with performance data to create certifications and curricula that drive employee performance. From the simplest requirements to complex setups with certifications and curricula nested in hierarchies, the LMS has the ability to turn training plans into reality.
This document provides an overview of the key concepts and terminology used in managing Certifications and Curriculums.
A certification is a designation a person earns to assure that he or she is qualified to perform a job or task. Depending on the nature of the certification requirements, students may only need to attain the certification once, or they may need to renew it on a regular basis.
In the Latitude Learning LMS, a Certification is a rule- or compliance-based set of courses and related performance objectives that students must complete in order to demonstrate their professional competency.
An LMS Certification is generally more prescribed than a Curriculum. This means the organization is more involved in setting goals than the student, although the student can often choose between multiple paths to achieve the same goal. Based on their organization’s requirements, Portal Administrators build rules to determine the successful completion of the certification. They can select from multiple rule types that key on the completion of required or elective coursework, individual performance targets, and departmental or location objectives.
A Curriculum is a competency-based training program organized into Skill Profiles that define, as a matrix, one or more areas of expertise (Skill Areas) and the varying competency levels within those areas (Skill Levels). They are the key building blocks of any Curriculum. The following is an example of a very simple Skill Profile with multiple subordinate Skill Areas and Skill Levels, per area.
Skill Profile: Mechanic
Note: You can use existing Skill Profiles in multiple certifications or curricula.
Curriculums are attached to Programs, Position Groups, and Skill Profiles. Their requirements also employ rules related to the completion of specified required courses. Elective rules and objectives that consider performance measures are not well-suited for Curriculums.
They are often less prescribed than Certifications because both students and their managers can decide which competencies to complete from among those displayed as student goals. A learner does not have options to choose from different paths and must complete all required coursework in their assigned competencies to satisfy their goals.
Certification and Curriculum Management is a large tool set that controls some of the most intricate and complex functions of the LMS. Therefore, the initial setup process will take time to understand and develop. Once a program is launched to LMS users, it can also prove difficult to restructure and modify the components of the Certification or Curriculum, or to carve out a different training route altogether.
Before attempting to establish a Training Program in the LMS, you should plan well in advance and consider the following items. It will help you make the first important determination - Certification or Curriculum - and then focus your efforts toward building one that meets the organization’s learning needs.
1. From a business perspective, establishing the details of an organization’s training goals, implementation plan, and reporting process will help guide administrators in building the right program into the LMS. It should also reduce the implementation timeline and any chance for misunderstandings over how the final product should function.
2. Take time to fully understand the available Certification and Curriculum features.
3. Create the Courses, Positions, and Position Groups that will be part of the Certification or Curriculum.