Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's - becoming a PARS Licensed Trainer

Do I need to speak good English to become a PARS Licensed Trainer?

It is helpful if you can speak good English so that you can fully participate in the full range of PARS activities. However, if you live in a country where PARS training is delivered through an organisational licence, you may be able to join an existing team of PARS trainers who can help you with translation.

What does it cost to become a PARS Licensed Trainer?

The cost for a PARS training licence is included in our T2T sessions. Cost for the T2T depends on several things, including length of the licence (see below). For the cost for the next T2T, which includes a two year licence, please click here. 

The only other cost is a Course Registration Fee, which is payable for each course you deliver. For current Course Registration Fees, please contact us.

How long does my PARS License run for?

Normally PARS Trainers Licences are valid for two years. However, we are happy to consider other time periods in certain circumstances.

What happens when my licence expires?

We hope that you will renew your licence once it runs out! However, if you do not renew, you are no longer able to deliver PARS training, use any of the PARS materials or to benefit from being part of the PARS Licensed Trainer Team.

Can I charge for the PARS training I deliver?

Of course! After you have paid your licence fee, it is up to you to decide what fees you charge for your training. The only payment to us is the Course Registration Fee for each course you deliver.

Do I need to have playwork experience to become a PARS Licensed Trainer?

No, although we do ask that you attend some form of PARS training before we can accept you on the T2T programme, and it is helpful (but not essential) if you have already achieved PPP4. This is so that you are familiar with the PARS model of playwork practice and can use the T2T to deepen your understanding of the PARS approach to working with children.

Once I am licensed, who can I deliver PARS training to?

Once licensed, you can deliver PARS training to anybody who works with children in their leisure time, and parents. This could be through organised ‘public’ courses or in-house training specifically for organisations. Our current training team are delivering PARS training to a huge range of audiences, from out of school care and environmental projects to architects, community groups and kindergarten teachers – there is an awful lot of scope for PARS training!

Does the T2T teach me how to train/teach adults?

No – you must already be an experienced trainer to become a PARS Licensed Trainer. A qualification for teaching adults is great, but not essential. The T2T and other events you will take part in once you have become a PARS Licensed Trainer will help you to develop new training skills and methods, but you need to be able to demonstrate experience of teaching adults in order to be accepted on the T2T programme.

Am I assessed as a PARS trainer?

We don’t do any sort of formal assessment of trainers. We rely on your honesty to tell us about your training experience at the application stage, and your integrity to deliver great PARS training and to work with the rest of the team to continuously improve our practice! We monitor the quality of all PARS training through the evaluation process and feedback from participants, and provide regular feedback to trainers on this at our bi-monthly team meetings and on a one-to-one basis.

I’d like to join the PARS training team – how do I get started?

The first stage is to complete an application form. We will then get in touch to let you know if this has met our criteria for becoming a PARS Licensed Trainer, and if so, invite you to join the next T2T.

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