Trainer Immersion Program

We are in the process of re-imagining the TRIP program based on our students' needs and feedback! Stay tuned to learn more about the re-launch later in 2024.

Interested in working directly with Chris on your next course or speaking engagement? Just looking to become a better educator overall?  Consider a one-on-one mentorship relationship to improve your effectiveness and student impact!

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.

First launched in 2021, 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. 

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What You Get With Your Registration

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

Need help writing a justification letter for your organization?  Check out this TRIP justification letter template to help you get started!