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Attendance and Missing Training Hours
Q: I've seen that practitioner curriculum asks for a minimum of 18 days and 130 hours of teaching. What about missing hours? When I was doing NLP practitioner we were allowed to miss two days in total. How is this in IANLP?
A: IANLP knows that in adult education many schools and educational authorities are asking a certain percentage (e.g. 80%) attendance only.
From the curricula IANLP it is clear that we require 100% attendance, except, breaks <30 minutes. The curriculum reads: "Breaks exceeding 30 minutes that are taken in the course of the daily training can not be counted towards the fulfillment of the 130 training hours. "
If a school prefers to offer less than 100% attendance, then of course this has to be taken into consideration when designing the training. Example: A school wants to offer 80% attendance, then the training has to be designed with 22.5 days and 162.5 hours duration. Thus making sure that if a student misses 20% of the training, the minimum requirements of 18 days and 130 hours are still fully met.
Personally I (Ueli) can see only disadvantages when tolerating absence from a certain percentage of training. Participants are tempted to walk in late or leave early. This negatively impacts the intense training experience that is required for optimal results. Also, we have learned from other training providers that students used to avoid the most challenging parts of the training (like group dynamics) by using the 20% absence from training that was tolerated in a way that directly impacted the goals of the training. From a educational perspective, training sessions that students may feel tempted to avoid as they elicit anxiety and stress often contain exactly the kind of training experiences that would be most valuable for their personal and professional growth.
And - by the way - if you find that (many) students do not attend the same part of the training, then this could also be taken as an indication to design this part of the training differently to make it more attractive.
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