What can I expect when I attend a trainer course?
The HAZMAT Program designs its trainer courses to meet your needs as a Peer Trainer. The overarching principle is simply, “What we do here is what they will do there.” The HAZMAT Program models how the peer training is to be conducted when you return to your local union. Peer Trainers are taught to be self-aware of the various teaching techniques and instructed on the educational theories behind effective training. We use many hands-on and participatory exercises as much as possible so they become the default delivery method. The five principles taught to Peer Trainers about adult education are: 1) peer training and peer involvement are powerful, 2) facilitate learning in groups, 3) encourage problem solving in teams, 4) use hands-on training in a realistic work environment, and 5) promote interaction with experts.