ASSE Conducts Global Train-the-Trainer Program in Dubai

In November 2016, ASSE conducted its first global Train-the-Trainer Program for the Risk Assessment Certificate (RAC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The diverse group of trainees included 17 members from countries such as Ecuador, Egypt, India, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa and UAE.

To participate in this pilot project, the trainees had to meet stringent criteria that included ASSE membership; more than 1o years of demonstrated subject-matter expertise in risk assessment and management; and more than 5 years’ extensive experience teaching adult audiences. In addition, they had to go through a rigorous live interview with ASSE experts who designed the course, Teri Laliberte, ASSE manager, onsite and global education; and Paul Esposito, CSP, CIH, president, STAR Consultants.

Additionally, ASSE members Sunil Manjarekar, Ph.D., and Nutankumar Manvatkar helped develop the training pilot by organizing the logistics and complying with legal requirements in Dubai. Ashok Garlapati, CSP, QEP, CMIOSH, ASSE’s Global RVP and Jitu Patel, CPEA, ASSE’s ambassador to India and the Middle East, shared their local network of contacts and provided technical and diplomatic support.

The program consisted of 4 days of intense learning. The first day concentrated on adult learning practices and methodologies. The final 3 days covered the RAC curriculum, which included hands-on experience co-teaching modules within the course.

Upon completion of case studies and additional assignments, the successful candidates will become official authorized providers of ASSE who are eligible to deliver ASSE training globally. The list of the authorized providers will be available to the Society’s network of authorized distributors/partners around the globe to deliver the courses in local markets outside of the U.S.

In addition, while in the Middle East, Yassie Dunn, ASSE senior manager for global growth and development, Jitu Patel, CPEA, ASSE ambassador to India and the Middle East, and Syed Amjad Ali, an active ASSE volunteer, held productive meetings with the business and OSH regulatory community of UAE and Saudi Arabia. They have identified several potential partners interested in offering ASSE professional development curriculum in both countries. Patel also delivered a technical workshop to nearly 100 safety professionals at an OSH conference in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, that focused on some strategic activities pertaining to OSH outlined in Saudi’s Vision 2030 document.

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ASSE member and President of Pakistan Chapter Syed Amjad Ali; ASSE Senior Manager for Global Growth and Development Yassie Dunn; Vice President for Sinopec's Training Center Ding Fuliang; ASSE Ambassador to India and the Middle East Jitu Patel.
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