IBSTPI – the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction
I’ve been a fan of IBSTPI since chatting with the late Barry Bratton back in the mid-1980s at an NSPI Conference about that group and what they were doing. They were getting ready to release their first set of Standards, in 1986, in conjunction with their sponsoring organizations, NSPI and AECT when we were introduced.
Bratton, and Ken Silber (who I first met at NSPI Chicago in 1981 when I joined that chapter) and others had begun their efforts in 1978. In 1986 they published the first edition of “Instructional Design (ID) Competencies : The Standards.”
Yesterday I got the email inviting me to join as a Friend of IBSTPI – after a couple of phone calls and discussions about a trial project.
From the IBSTPI Website…
The International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction ( ibstpi®) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides leadership to the community by setting the standards. The Board is composed of up to fifteen professionals of the highest repute in their respective fields of expertise who spearhead the research & development of standards, competencies, products and services. They are selected to broadly represent the constituencies that they serve. Directors of the Board represent universities, government departments, businesses and consultancies directed at the charge of the organization.
Standards for the learning professions
For more than three-and-a-half decades, The International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (ibstpi®) has been developing and validating the standards for professionals in the learning, development and performance improvement fields.
Our standards come as a result of a rigorous research process, development, international validation and publication.
Worldwide, aspiring and active professionals, educational institutions and organizations in a wide variety of sectors, including private industry, academia, military and government, use our standards to establish professional benchmarks, to improve individual and organizational results, as well as to further extend the research about and around the competencies.
I know and have known many – maybe half – of the past Directors over the years – mainly via my participation with NSPI/ISPI.
See that list – here.
IBSTPI and Competencies Today
IBSTPI has five Standards Sets: Instructional Designer, Training Manager, Instructor, Evaluator, and Online Learner. Each set contains two major parts: Competencies and Performance Statements. Individuals often use the Competencies as a benchmark for their own professional development whereas organizations may refer to them in a quest to improve their human resources function.
You can freely download and use the ibstpi® Competencies and you may freely link to this web page where others can access ibstpi® materials. However, if you refer to the Competencies, you must cite the origin of them with “Competency Statements obtained from ibstpi.org”. No permission is required to link to our website or to use the free versions of the ibstpi® Competencies. Copyright policies apply.
You can also purchase books that provide a full description of the Standards Set as well as a historical perspective of the role (e.g., Instructional Designer, Evaluator) and description of the validation research performed during the creation of the Standards Sets. Links to the publishers are provided on our site.
What’s Next for Me & IBSTPI?
On the road to possibly becoming a Director, I will be involved in a collaborative project – and then the current Board and I will both decide whether or not to make me a Director. If that happens I’ll have a 3-year term to serve the organization and the profession.
I am looking forward to all of this and seeing what/if I can contribute.
Wish us well!
If you are not familiar with IBSTPI – please check them out – here.