TPMA Certification Essentials

Become an accredited trainer with our four day Trainer Performance and Monitoring Assessment Certification course. Over four days, you will practice, be challenged and receive invaluable feedback.

Designed for trainers with at least six months experience, you will spend three days learning how to deliver interactive and engaging training. The final fourth day is your assessment day, where you will undergo a formal professional assessment.

Happy is the only company in the UK to have achieved the LPI’s prestigious Gold Standard for 19 successive years – and if you don’t believe TPMA is a better training standard and that your training has been useful, you don’t have to pay us a penny.

Course Dates:

9th Jan 2017 (spaces available)

Course Length: 4 days

Course Costs:

Standard Price: £995 (+VAT)

Public Sector: £995 (+VAT)

Charity: £995 (+VAT)

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Course Location

Happy, Alie Street – view map & directions

Course Requirements

You should have at least 6 months regular training experience.

You will need to pre-prepare a 30 minute complete session including lesson plan, with introductions and objectives, a learning section, plus recap and exercise. You will be training fellow participants who may come from all kinds of backgrounds, so please select a topic that does not require any special previous knowledge. We will have Office 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 available as well as full access to the internet. If you require any other software for your training session please contact us in advance to check.

You should also be prepared to deliver a 10 minute extract from your training session on the first day; this will enable the trainer to get a flavour of your training style and does not need to be a complete session.

We recommend that you bring along a soft copy of all of your course materials on a pen drive so that you can update them during the course. There will be computers available at Happy during the course for you to work on and until 5:30pm when our training centre closes. You will be able to print your materials at Happy in preparation for your final assessment.

The course can be quite an intense experience and you should be prepared for some additional work in the evenings on day one, two and three.

What You Will Learn


By the end of the course you will understand and be assessed against the core competencies necessary to pass the TPMA standards.

What is the TPMA?

The Institute’s TPMA (Trainer Performance, Monitoring and Assessment) is designed to raise the standard of IT training across the industry. The Learning & Performance Institute training competency framework is aligned with the national standards for all trainers, tutors and teachers.

The assessment leads to the Institute’s TPMA certificate (Trainer Performance and Monitoring Assessment) – jointly awarded by the Learning & Performance Institute and the British Computer Society. Those successful will receive a jointly awarded LPI/BCS certificate. This is now the only certification available from the LPI.

What is the Learner-Focused way?

Learner-focused training focuses the trainer on meeting the needs and objectives of the learner. This means fully and actively involving and engaging the learner. It means making the training an enjoyable experience and ensuring it is completely practical and relevant to their work. In recognition of the success of their learner-focused approach Happy Computers won the Learning & Performance Institute’s Training Company of the Year in 2009.

Why choose Happy?

Happy was the first Authorised Qualification & Assessment Centre (AQAC) for the new standard, and we are the only company in the UK to have achieved the LPI’s prestigious Gold Standard for 19 successive years.

Not only this but we offer a full TPMA guarantee – if you don’t believe that the TPMA is a better training standard and that your training has been useful, you don’t have to pay us a penny.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand and be prepared to be assessed against the nine competencies necessary to pass the TPMA standards.
  • Evaluate your current strengths and areas to work on in your training.
  • Confidently use all four question techniques, to gain full learner participation and involvement in training.
  • Identify the structure of a training session and be able to plan your own 30 minute training session.
  • Create your own checklist for reviewing and preparing your training environment.
  • Understand the benefits and key components of a lesson plan.
  • Create session objectives that will sell your training to your learners.
  • Identify four specific actions you will take to ensure a training session you run regularly is relevant for your learners.
  • Create memorable learning experiences that will be recalled for longer.
  • Demonstrate your current coaching skills and identify your strengths, and an area to work on.
  • Identify activities and training aids that will appeal to each of the four learning styles, throughout a training session.
  • Prepare a thorough recap for a specified training session.
  • Describe how you would effectively handle learner questions in a variety of situations.
  • Explain the difference between a professional, knowledgeable trainer and a subject expert.
  • Understand how to use your learners experience and requirements to appropriately adapt a training session and monitor it to ensure you are meeting the objectives.
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This course prepares you for the TPMA assessment and, we believe, will teach you new training skills and make you a more effective trainer.

  • The course covers each of the nine competencies. You will understand what they mean in practice and what we will be looking for in relation to these in order to pass your TPMA
  • You will deliver a pre-prepared 30 minute session to the other delegates attending the event
  • You will receive 1 to 1 feedback on your session
  • You will receive a copy of your TPMA report (a copy of which will also be sent to the Learning & Performance Institute)
  • If you pass your assessment you will need to pay the Learning & Performance Institute (LPI) £95 to get your LPI/BCS certificate, this includes 1 year’s membership to the Institute (if you are already an LPI member the fee is £50 plus VAT)
  • The course will be taught using our Learner Focused principles. It will include involvement and be focused both on the assessment to be passed and on the training you yourself deliver.


The course will run from 10am to 4:45pm (light cold buffet 1pm to 1:45pm). Please be careful to arrive by 9.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

This standard is very rigorous, so please be aware that you may need to put some of what you have learnt into practice outside of the course before you are able to successfully achieve the accreditation (If you do not pass on the course, you could book to attend just a trainer assessment event in the future).

Your Course Trainers

Nicky Stone

Nicky Stone

Nicky has been a senior facilitator for over 16 years. Her leadership purpose is to support people to reach their full potential, and this has driven her internally as part of Happy’s senior leadership team. It has enabled her, through her work every day with clients, to facilitate senior leadership programmes and personal development events. Nicky also has a proven track record at leading on large projects and inspiring others as a speaker at conferences.

Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards

Sarah has been a Freelance trainer with Happy for nearly 20 years. She has excellent communication skills and high levels of both integrity and empathy which makes her an extremely effective trainer, facilitator and coach. Sarah is also a confident public speaker, and regularly presents at conferences.