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Training Alignment Process (TAP) and Supporting Resources


The Training Alignment Process (TAP) allows professional development organizations and individual trainers to submit a training for review of alignment to The Colorado Competencies and best practice standards for adult instruction. A training recognized as aligned will be posted on the Colorado Shines PDIS course catalog and viewable by over 75,000 Colorado Shines PDIS users. The Colorado Shines Training Alignment logo may be used on training certificates and training descriptions on the organization's website for courses that have been recognized through TAP. Attendees of TAP recognized courses benefit by having courses automatically linked to their PDIS user account with ongoing professional development points calculated towards their professional credential, training documents are kept electronically in a central location, and they may easily identify training that meets their professional development goals. Program directors appreciate the ease of going to one location to plan professional development for their program staff.

Click on the links below to learn more about TAP, have your questions answered, and complete the application process.


Follow these steps to complete the Training Alignment Process (TAP) application:

1. Read, sign, date and save the Course Agreement. This document outlines the expectations and responsibilities of having a course recognized as aligned and posted on Colorado Shines PDIS.   
2. Complete and save the TAP fillable application. All required areas must be completed for a review to take place. Select Enable All Features if prompted to do so when opening the application.
3. Submit the signed and dated Course Agreement and completed TAP application to the training alignment coordinator, Mary Heffernan
4. Your training application will be reviewed within approximately 15 business days. You will be notified by email to inform you of recognition of alignment or to request revisions.

Training Design Resources:

PDIS Training Design and Adult Learners Courses - comprehensive courses on training best practices
Training Design Tips Sheet - a brief overview on how to align to competencies, formulate learning objectives, select activities, ensure learning objectives are achieved, and learning is transferred to early childhood settings

Helpful Links: 

Competencies - review and select competencies before starting the application process
PDIS Security Training Course - this course must be completed by trainers/course owners before a training may be posted on the Colorado Shines PDIS course catalog
How-to Guide: Managing Your Courses - everything you need to know about managing your course on the Colorado Shines PDIS course catalog including posting options
Training Certificates Documentation - learn what needs to be included on a training certificate to meet ongoing professional development requirements
Become a Credentialed Trainer - learn and understand the process of becoming a Credentialed Trainer 
Frequently Asked Questions - review the most common questions and answers 


Questions? Contact the Training Alignment Coordinator Mary Heffernan or by phone, (303) 866-6307.

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