Trainer Immersion Program

SparkPlug Agility's Trainer Immersion Program (TRIP) is an intensive learning experience created to help professionals in the role of trainer or instructor develop their abilities to design and deliver effective learning experiences. Using educational frameworks, learning psychology, persona development, and management principles, this course provides trainers the skills they need to deliver for their most important customers, their students.

TRIP is powered by ICAgile. As a global accreditation and certification body whose mission is to advance the state of agile learning worldwide, ICAgile believes that teaching should be approached as a learning journey. This journey isn’t just about gaining knowledge, it’s about building true competencies that enable high-quality learning experiences. That is why ICAgile is proudly collaborating with SparkPlug Agility to provide a program that is specifically for instructors who are ready to take their teaching journey to the next level.

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TRIP is an immersive program incorporating self-paced learning, live instruction, and practical application.  Prior to attending a live session. Students will learn about educational objectives in the self-paced Understanding Educational Objectives online course.  They will also complete an assignment designed to maximize live-course learning through personal assessment and familiarization with training concepts.  The five-day live instruction program covers learning design and delivery techniques, giving students an opportunity to create lessons and practice with their peers.  After the course, students will participate in self-paced practical application assignments, guided by Chris Li, to further hone their skills.

TRIP is the first offering in SparkPlug Agility's new 'Train of Thought' series, focused on developing stronger trainers and coaches through servant leadership and better understanding of student needs. Also an integral part of Train of Thought is our self-paced, on-demand virtual course, Understanding Educational Objectives (EO). EO also acts as prerequisite to the live portion of the TRIP program.

About Your Instructor

This course is designed, developed, and delivered by Chris Li - one of the most accomplished and sought-after trainers in the industry.  His focus for the past 5 years has been centered on the development of aspiring trainers and instructors, and that passion is the driving force behind his creation of this program. Chris has first-hand experience with the accreditation processes from Scrum Alliance, ICAgile, Scaled Agile, and Training from the Back of the Room.  

His training experience includes hundreds of classes and thousands of students, certified and non-certified offerings, and in public, private, and corporate settings. His volunteering efforts include multiple review teams within trainer accreditation programs, supporting aspiring Scrum Alliance CST candidates and Path to CSP Educators. He holds the Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) certification from Scrum Alliance, is an ICAgile Authorized Instructor, SAFe Program Consultant, and holds both Training from the Back of the Room TBR and TCC certifications.  

Who Should Attend?

This learning experience is designed for professionals who act in the role of trainer in a part-time or full-time basis. From the newbie trainer to the seasoned veteran, this course has content that will enrich your student experiences.

We are thrilled to expand our training offerings - This program does not focus on one particular industry, educational model, or training style. Instead, it provides the theory, practice, and skills that trainers can use to do an even better job for their students. While staying true to our agile roots, we have built this program to benefit a wide audience, including:

  • Established professional trainers - distinguish yourself in a competitive marketplace
  • Aspiring accreditation candidates - put your best foot forward during your application process
  • Professional and agile coaches - connect at a deeper and more human level with your students
  • Consultants and contractors - build your toolbox to create stronger and more impactful offerings
  • Internally-focused corporate trainers - enhance your offerings for your employees
  • Sales and product trainers - increase the effectiveness of your message
  • Talent / human resource trainers - raise the impact of your onboarding activities
  • Higher education and K-12 teachers - leverage modern and engaging techniques to enhance your lessons

All instructors are welcome, and we are most excited to help develop the skills of educators seeking accreditation from any of the major agile governing bodies like ICAgile, Scrum Alliance, Scaled Agile, and the Project Management Institute as well as internally-focused trainers looking for new and exciting ways to impact their students. 

Program Outline

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is "Train of Thought"? 
The 'Train of Thought' series is a set of offerings for trainers to expand and develop their skills as an instructor.  The series will expand into several courses, both live-online and on-demand self-paced offerings.  

Q: How is "Train of Thought" different from the Trainer Immersion Program (TRIP)? 
TRIP is one of the first offerings in the 'Train of Thought' series, think of it as one of the many programs under a larger umbrella!  

Q: What other offerings are in the "Train of Thought" series? 
In addition to TRIP, 'Train of Thought' also includes our self-paced, on-demand online course, Understanding Educational Objectives (EO).  It will be available starting in March 2021.

Q: What is the difference between the Trainer Immersion Program(TRIP) and Understanding Educational Objectives(EO)? 
Participants in the TRIP program must first complete the EO on-demand course before attending the live-online portion of the program.  

Q: Will TRIP be offered in-person, or only virtually? 
We have every intention of offering the live-instruction portion of the program as an immersive and interactive experience once it is safe for people to gather in person.  

Q: What parts of TRIP are self-paced versus live instruction? 
The EO course is on-demand and self paced, while the TRIP portion will be full days of live instruction with Chris Li.  

Q: What are the prerequisites to enroll in TRIP, do I need to hold any certifications? 
You do not need to hold any existing certifications, but you do need to complete our EO self-paced program before attending the live instruction portion.  

Q: Does TRIP provide a certification, or will it in the future? 
Ah, the big question!  We are collaborating with ICAgile on this program to identify the learning outcomes that would comprise a new learning path.  These details are emerging, and we expect to share more information as the program continues to develop.    

Q: Would a volunteer or program team member from an agile certifying governing body get anything from this program? 
Absolutely they would! By having first-hand experience with the accreditation processes from different governing bodies, we can honestly say that if you author, contribute, maintain, revise, or approve the learning outcomes or education objectives from your body the EO program is a MUST!  

Q: Do you offer any discounts on these offerings? 
We are offering an 'early adopter' discount to SparkPlug Agility alumni as well as existing ICAgile members.  Our standard discounts and payment plan options are also available, you can apply for a discount here.

What You Get With Your Registration

This program is eligible for up to 60 PMI PDUs and Scrum Alliance SEUs.