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Trainer Certification

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"The most important and transformational educational opportunity I had in my life was when I went through a 21-hour, four-part free training to be a volunteer tutor. It changed my life...and led to a very rich, varied, and fulfilling career in adult education."
--Jeff Fantine, State Director of Adult Education and Family Literacy, Maine
Jeff Fantine

Gain National Recognition as a Certified Trainer

Adult literacy professionals who participate in our Trainer Certification System get a unique opportunity to grow their expertise and confidence as trainers. In addition to honing their training and presentation skills, our Certified Trainers enjoy ongoing trainer development opportunities and access to a national trainer network.  It’s all part of our mission to help build the skills and knowledge of trainers throughout the United States, so we can improve the quality of instruction for adult learners everywhere.          



adult literacy trainers are certified 
every year by ProLiteracy. 


A Collaborative Program

ProLiteracy’s Trainer Certification System is best described as a collaboration between the trainer, the local program, and ProLiteracy.

  • Trainers use practical tools, resources, and professional development opportunities provided by ProLiteracy to develop their content knowledge and presentation skills as they present workshops for their local literacy programs.
  • Programs provide training opportunities and feedback to trainers as they go through the certification process, and the certification system ensures consistency across the trainers in the program.
  • ProLiteracy administers the Certification System, and provides tools, resources, and professional development and networking opportunities so trainers and programs can continuously improve the training they deliver.

Three Components of Trainer Certification

To become certified, there are three things a trainer must do:

  1. Be endorsed by a local or state literacy program.
  2. Pass an exam in foundational concepts of adult education and either basic literacy or English as another language (ESOL) instruction.
  3. Be observed and evaluated by a representative from the local program while conducting a workshop.

Trainer Certification lasts for four years and costs $80 for members ($205 for non-members).

See detailed steps for becoming a Certified Trainer.

Download our Trainer Certification Manual

A National Network

Certified Trainers become part of a national network of trainers, giving them access to ongoing development opportunities and a variety of resources, including online courses, practical training tips from the field, and a lively listserv community where trainers can connect, share advice, and solve problems together.


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