IFC, a member of the World Bank group, adopts the Learning and Performance Institute’s TPMA framework to assess, monitor and improve training delivery competency.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group, and the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI), a global authority on workplace learning and development, have partnered to offer an internationally recognised certificate of training competence that builds a network of trusted, high-quality service providers in emerging markets around the world.

The certification is one component of IFC’s strategy to support the growth of firms and entrepreneurs in emerging markets by creating a dynamic local market of capacity building, coaching, and consulting services that will give businesses in emerging markets access to critical specialized knowledge as well as support to grow and evolve in a dynamically changing marketplace.

The joint certificate is based on the LPI’s well-established Trainer Performance Monitoring and Assessment (TPMA) certification, which is designed to give trainers the flexibility and confidence to conduct sessions that focus on positive learner outcomes.

Professional trainers looking to improve facilitation skills and achieve professional recognition can have their training formally assessed via a number of local and regional assessment centres throughout Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Trainers who pass the assessment are awarded the IFC-LPI TPMA Trainer Certificate.

Individuals and organisations wishing to conduct their own assessments can be trained by IFC and LPI and are awarded the IFC-LPI TPMA Assessor Certificate in recognition of their capability.

Edmund Monk, CEO, LPI, said: “The partnership between the LPI and IFC represents a huge step forward in the building of high-quality training capability in emerging markets. The LPI’s globally-recognised TPMA framework, together with IFC’s vast experience and reach in these markets, means that trainers and training partners can attain a certificate of competence that is not only validated by learning industry experts but also signifies a commitment to the highest levels of delivery quality and performance, specific to emerging markets and fragile and conflict situations.”

Graeme Andrew Harris, Senior Operations Officer, IFC, said: “IFC aims to correct the historic under-development of local advisory services industries in emerging markets and to create a qualified and competitive market that extends the scale, impact, and cost-effectiveness of local economic development programs. Partnering with LPI means IFC can offer an internationally recognized, quality assured certification to help advisory service professionals in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia deliver top quality training, tailored to trainees’ unique needs in emerging markets.”

The IFC-LPI TPMA certification is suitable for trainers of all levels of experience, including those who have been through other accreditations and want to transfer to the globally-recognised TPMA standard.

More information about the IFC-LPI TPMA certification can be found by contacting an IFC-LPI certified assessor.

A full list of certified assessors is available at www.ifc.org/smeadvisoryservices and www.thelpi.org/certification/tpma-ifc