The tutoring program offered by the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services (CLASS) is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), which is a nationally accredited program formed in 1989. The partnership between CRLA and UMass Lowell was created to ensure that the peer tutors at UMass Lowell are exposed to the highest standards of training available, with two goals in mind. First, the Centers for Learning (CLASS) is dedicated to the para-professional development of student staff. Further, CLASS is committed to providing the undergraduates at UMass Lowell with the highest quality of peer tutoring possible.
Under CRLA guidelines, peer tutors at UMass-Lowell undergo three distinct levels of training.
In developing training for peer tutors, thoughtful, interactive programs have been developed in collaboration with diverse campus specialists including faculty, other campus training programs, engagement with seasoned tutors in the development of new tutors, and elevate the position of tutor to that of a campus leader. Specific information about the benefits of certification can be found at: College Reading & Learning Association's website.
“The purpose of the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) program is twofold. First, it provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors' successful work from an international organization, CRLA. Second, CRLA's tutor training program certification process sets an internationally accepted standard of skills and training for tutors. The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program Certification offers numerous benefits for individual tutors, tutorial coordinators, and programs.” (Downloaded from International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) page on the College Reading & Learning Association website on October 1, 2017).
For further information on the Centers for Learning 2018 recertification process, please contact: