In order to teach the Stride program, an organization must have a Stride trainer complete the online Train-the-Trainer (TTT) program.
Stride Train-the-Trainer is intended for employees in a supervisory role.
The Stride program is a blended learning opportunity that includes online content and in-house training and is intended for direct support professionals. Stride is considered to be the first step in training for a career in the disability service sector.
Stride is a blended training opportunity that provides direct support professionals (DSPs) with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to promote choice, independence, and quality of life for the people they support.
Through this skills-based, hands-on program, Stride will build employee knowledge that is based on choice, dignity, and respect for the people your organization supports. The materials can be augmented with information that is specific to your organization.
The components of the Stride program consists of written comprehension, application, attitude, and skill. The training will build staff confidence and promote success, is offered completely in-house, and upon successful completion, Saskatchewan Polytechnic will grant 10 Credit Units in the Disability Worker Certificate Program to both trainers and learners.
In order to teach Stride, your organization must have a Stride trainer. To learn more, click on the ‘Becoming a Stride Trainer’ tab.
From 2000 – 2019, SARC provided Basic Skills Training, or BST, to direct support professionals in the disability service sector. However, as processes, best practices, and supports evolved within the sector, SARC identified that updates and changes to this program were needed, and underwent a lengthy review and revision of content. Part of that update was the recognition that there was nothing ‘basic’ about the comprehensive training being provided to DSPs, so the name of the training was also changed to Stride – Expertise in Disability Service. This program is intended for people who are committed to a career in the disability service sector.
In order to enroll learners to take Stride, your organization must first have a Stride trainer.
In order to become a Stride trainer, you must first register and complete the Stride Train-the-Trainer online course, which allows you to become familiar with the content and processes before training DSPs in your organization. To register to become a Stride trainer, complete the ‘Add Stride Trainer’ information at the top of the page.
Upon successfully completing the Train-the-Trainer course you will, receive your trainer certification, receive 10 credit units in the Disability Support Worker Certificate Program, and be able to enroll learners into Stride via the Stride Portal.
Please do not register Stride learners on this page, but refer to your Stride trainer guide on how to enroll new learners.
Stride trainers are able to access support through SARC.
Once you are a Stride trainer, you must train:
- A minimum of one group of learners within the first year of your certification
- A minimum of one group of learners every two years following, in order to maintain your trainer status
If you are unable to meet this requirement, your access to the trainer portal will be suspended, and you will be required to take the Stride training again to be re-certified as a trainer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you can train employees at your organization in Stride, you will need an in-house Stride trainer. The Stride trainer should be someone who has strong leadership skills, the ability to mentor staff in direct support roles, and the time to dedicate to training. The Stride trainer will be responsible for leading each group of learners through the Stride program.
Every Stride trainer will need to complete the online Train-the-Trainer course, and go through the online content before they can begin training employees.
Once the Stride trainer has received their Trainer Certificate, they can begin registering learners in the Stride portal, and begin supporting learners through Stride.
Every trainer will still need to complete the same online Train-the-Trainer process as new trainers do, even if they were previously a BST Tutor.
Some of the content will be familiar; however, it is important for them to understand the new format, processes, and information that has been added or changed, as well as the online administrative requirements. Some things that haven’t changed, are:
- Trainers will continue to support learners and have administrative requirements for the program
- Modules will continue to be competency-based
- The hands-on demonstration of knowledge learned will continue to be an integral component of the program
Learners who previously completed BST do not need to take Stride.
There are two (2) parts to becoming a Stride trainer:
- The online Train-the-Trainer course should take approximately four (4) hours to complete.
- Then the trainer will need to complete the same online Stride content that learners will go through, which should take an additional 30-35 hours to complete. This can be done at the trainer’s own pace.
Trainers will be required to complete the exercises and exams in order to achieve trainer status.
It will take approximately 30-40 hours to complete the requirements to become certified as a Stride trainer.
Once certified, trainers will need to commit:
- Approximately three (3) to five (5) hours for each Step meeting, including preparation time
- Step meetings are held once every four (4) to six (6) weeks for all seven (7) modules of Stride
- Approximately one (1) hour to complete the Pace requirements with each learner, once every four (4) to six (6) weeks for all seven (7) modules of Stride
- For example, if a Stride trainer has four (4) learners, it will take approximately four (4) hours to review the Pace requirements for each module
Stride incorporates a variety of online and in-person learning components that are designed to be engaging for different learners and learning styles.
- Engaging online content with the option of reading the information, listening to it, or both
- Videos, articles, and links that provide additional information
- Online exams that consist of multiple choice, true or false, and matching questions
- Learner workbooks that each learner can fill in while they follow along with the content
- Exercise books that learners will use to complete assignments and submit to their trainer
- An in-person Step meeting with their learning group at the end of each module, to engage in discussion and complete activities that improve understanding and provide different perspectives on the content
- Each learner will meet one-on-one with their trainer after each module to demonstrate that they are incorporating the skills, knowledge, and attitude that are fundamental to Stride and their role as a direct support professional
The Stride content is only available online. Current trainers will always have access to the entire content, and can return to any of the information at any time.
Learners will only have access to the online content while they are completing Stride. While completing Stride, they can go back in the content at any time to review. Once they have completed Stride, they will no longer have access to the online content.
The Stride content is presented in both text and audio formats, so learners can choose to read the content, listen to it, or do both! Trainers can also provide as much or as little support as needed to assist learners with understanding exercises and exam questions
Learners will need to have some basic knowledge of computers and the internet to navigate their email and the Stride content.
Learners can download and print the Learner Workbooks and Exercise Books and complete these on paper.
Exams are only available online.
The trainer can work through the content with learners to help them become more comfortable with the online program.
Each Stride trainer must train one group of learners within their first year as a Stride trainer, and then one group of learners every two (2) years after that. If a trainer does not meet this requirement, their access to the Stride training portal will be suspended and they will be required to take the Stride Train-the-Trainer course again.
Stride is intended to be facilitated in small groups, as group discussion and hearing different perspectives is an important part of the learning experience. We recommend three (3) to six (6) learners in each group.
COMPASS funding is available to SARC Regular and Associate Members, as well as Affiliate Members with CLSD funding.
COMPASS funding will cover the registration fees for an unlimited number of employees to take the Stride Train-the-Trainer program, as well as the Stride program for direct support professionals.
In order to receive this funding, organizations must:
- Register the person that will become a Stride trainer for your organization for the course.
- Use your COMPASS code at check-out to access this training at no cost.
- Complete the immediate session evaluation which will be emailed to them.
- Complete the follow-up session evaluation which will be emailed to them.
As a requirement of CLSD COMPASS funding, SARC must report on training satisfaction rates. As a result, we ask that all learners complete individual program evaluations immediately upon finishing any training, as well as within three (3) to four (4) months of completion. Your feedback will also be used to ensure that SARC continues to provide the best training possible.