There are an abundance of training service providers and often it is difficult to decide which ones are legitimate and which ones to avoid. Some of them will email you, others you might find on the Net and some might even be distributed through LIASAOnline.
Here are a few hints and tips in the decision-making process:
- If LIASA has endorsed a third-party workshop, course or any other training intervention, it will state so very clearly in the document and will most probably be distributed on LIASAOnline as well the LIASA web at liasa-new.org.za. Endorsements will be done on a national level and not by branches or interest groups.
- Be careful to read what is actually stated – just because the LIASA logo is (sometimes illegally!) on their correspondence to offer a discount, it doesn’t mean that LIASA has endorsed, approved or supported that service provider. See example below of such suspicious use of the LIASA name and logo.
- Be wary of training provided to the LIS sector that originated within another sector. E.g. training for librarians certified by the American Academy of Financial Management.
- Qualification – or unit standard identification numbers should be clearly stated on the promotional pamphlet. This can be verified on the SAQA website at http://allqs.saqa.org.za/search.php?cat=qual for qualifications and at http://allqs.saqa.org.za/search.php?cat=unit for unit standards.
- Be wary of terms used that is not applicable to the South African context e.g. in South Africa we do not have a “certification” process for the sector.
- Look out for suspicious looking and incorrect information e.g. QCF levels instead of NQF levels
- As a guide to establish the credits allocated to an accredited workshop or other training intervention, use the following: for every 1 credit allocated it means approximately 10 notional hours of which a third should be in a contact session and the rest should be allocated for self-study, compiling portfolios of evidence or assessments. Therefore, on average a two day workshop can’t carry more than 4 credits. Please note that these guidelines are applicable to short courses and training sessions while full qualifications at a recognised Higher Education Institution in South Africa might differ.
If in doubt about the legitimacy of service providers or courses, please don’t hesitate to contact the LIASA National Office for assistance.