ECCE Training Day held on 05 September at the IFEC in Paris

ECCE Training Day Training days are held by the ECCE to ensure that evaluations of institutions are carried out in a rigorous, consistent and fair manner. The objectives of these training events are to inform potential Team members of the ECCE Standards, how they are interpreted and measured, and the process of the Evaluation Visit from the planning stages to writing the final Evaluation Report. By attending the Training day, a pool of potential Evaluation Team members can be compiled and called upon in the selection of Team Members for on-site visits to institutions seeking accreditation and re-accreditation.

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A training day was held on Saturday 5 September 2009 at the IFEC college in Paris. The ECCE invited representatives from the accredited institutions in Europe and the national chiropractic associations, and over 20 delegates attended the event. The day started with a presentation from the President (Professor Jennifer Bolton) outlining the ECCE Standards and their interpretation. This was followed by presentations from the President, Director of the Commission on Accreditation (Dr Arvid Thorkeldsen) and the Executive Secretary (Mr David Burtenshaw) on the process of accreditation and the role of Evaluation Team members in the accreditation process. After lunch, workshops were held in which delegates could read specimen Self-Study Reports from institutions seeking accreditation, and identify relevant questions that would verify the Reports against the ECCE Standards. The day ended with advice on writing the Evaluation Report. The ECCE thanks IFEC for hosting this event and in particular to Dr Thierry Kuster for the local organisation and arrangements.

As more educational institutions are set up in Europe, the ECCE will require a greater bank of people to draw on to ensure that Evaluation Teams are able to carry out the work of the ECCE to the necessary standard and in an appropriate and effective manner. Being a member of an Evaluation Team is a challenging and demanding task, but it is also interesting, informative and rewarding. The ECCE will continue to hold these Training Events at regular intervals in the future. More information is available on request.

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