INSTITUTE OF FUNDRAISING: Save a space in your diary for training

Time management is a recurring theme with busy managers and I suspect Angie Kay's comments on this page struck a chord with many of you (Third Sector, 21 August).

A lack of time is one of the most frequent reasons that fundraisers give for not registering on the Certificate in Fundraising Management course.

However as managers, we have a responsibility to train our teams so they can develop and become effective.

In the busy workplaces that we all operate in, it is too easy to encourage our colleagues, while overlooking our own individual needs as managers.

In recognition of this, the Institute has looked very closely at the study methods for achieving the certificate. As a result, we have reviewed the supported assessment programme (formerly APEL), taking the needs of experienced fundraisers further into account.

This work-based programme provides a structured framework for achieving the certificate, based on an individual's existing skills, knowledge and experience. Working with a licensed assessor either on a one-to-one basis or in a small group, an individual puts together a portfolio, which demonstrates fundraising skills based on actual work experience.

The programme offers two channels. The standard option is for those with a minimum of one year's experience and offers regular supervision, one-to-one mentoring, feedback and advice.

The accelerated option is for those with at least two years' experience who can complete a portfolio within 12 months. This option includes an individual planning session with a mid-term review.

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