The National Trainer Development Program (NTDP) is developed for the National Park Service in partnership under a Cooperative Agreement with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University.
Students are involved in the program for approximately six months. The program consists of 4-5 months of distance learning that culminates in a capstone classroom activity.
Up to 40 NPS employees are selected for this program, earning Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for their efforts. Each part of the program builds on the other until the students graduate.
Program Topic Areas
The program represents a commitment to ongoing professional development for NPS employees who want to become certified trainers. NTDP provides endorsements of qualified instructors in the following content areas:
- Facility Management Software Systems (FMSS)
- Facility Condition Assessment System (FCAS)
- Mobile Maximo
- Facilities & Resources: Collaborating in Park Management
- Asset Management Reporting System (AMRS)
- Capital Investment Strategy (CIS)
- Facility Management for Front Line Supervisors
- Cost Estimating
- Asset Management for Park Leaders and Historic Preservation
In additional to these topics areas, endorsements are available via the delivery methods of webinar, classroom, and one-on-one.
Since 2009, the NTDP has graduated eight cohorts. Changes are made to the NTDP curriculum between cohorts based on evaluations conducted after each cohort’s conclusion. Class registration for 2020-2021 is now open, with classes starting in December 2020.