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The Task Force has been requested to make recommendations on how the Education offerings (courses/programs/meetings/conferences) presently provided by LESI (and it’s Member Societies) may best fit into the proposed curriculum.  In Addition, the Task Force was requested to make recommendations as to new courses/programs to fill “holes” that may exist in the current course offerings of LESI.

To answer that question, the Task Force first addressed the threshold issue of what a certificate or some other symbol of recognition would be awarded for and what value would it bring the person receiving it.

To this end, the Task Force believes that, to have any value whatsoever, to earn the Certificate, an individual would have had to attend at least a minimum of LES educational offerings that would give someone a sound theoretical competency to work in the licensing profession.  The Task Force chose to treat these courses as part of the curriculums “Required” courses.

Within the context of those courses that are offered by LESI the consensus within the Task Force was that, at a minimum, taking the IAM100 and the IAM200 courses should be required.  Consideration was given to also requiring that the IAM300 also be taken but, due to the infrequency which that course is offered, consensus was that consideration should only be given to making it a required course when it is, or able to be, offered more often in order to give candidates a reasonable opportunity to take it.  In addition, consideration ought to be given to adding to that list both the LESI Branding course and the LESI Tech Transfer course when they are finally developed.  Accordingly, it was believed that the LESI IAM100 and IAM200 courses offered should form the curriculums “Required” courses.

As to new courses/programs to fill “holes” that may exist in the curriculum, the Task Force believes that what holes do exist may be able to be adequately filled (in the short term at least) by resorting to courses that are presently offered by various Member Societies and which Member Societies would like to nominate to be considered in the curriculum.

In this regard, the Task Force is considering requiring candidates to also complete a certain number of courses taught by various LES Member Societies which they can elect from a longer list of possibilities.  The Task Force considered these courses to be somewhat akin to “Electives” in traditional University programs.  For example (and totally hypothetically), candidates would need to elect to take four courses, among a list of ten possibilities, that are offered by different LES Member Societies. 

In addition to filling the gaps, this would also help bring value to member societies by helping to direct people to take their flagship courses.  However, how a particular course may qualify to be on the “Electives” course list would need to be considered. 

In the longer term, it is believed that the Branding and Tech Transfer courses may be useful to help fill holes but that a strategic long term review would need to be provided by an Organizational Structure dedicated to that task, which would be described below.

The Task Force is considering the possibility of including attendance at least one LESI Conference and/or at least one LES Member Society national or regional meeting as (an) additional requirement(s) to secure the certificate.  This would be somewhat akin to the Seminars that last year students are required to attend in traditional University Programs.  In this regard, the Task Force believes that the Candidate would receive credit for the number of workshops they attend, as demonstrated by, for example securing signed proof of attendance from the workshop organizer attesting to the Candidate’s attendance at the workshop.

The Task Force has also taken notice of the fact that not all courses should carry the same weight.  For example, a candidate should not receive the same credit for attending a two-day course as she/he would receive for attending a one-day course.  Accordingly, the Task Force is considering a system, not unlike that which is present in Universities, where a certain number of credits or educational points are given to each particular class.  For ease, it was judged that probably, the most logical system would be to attribute one credit for each day (being six hours) that a course lasts.  Hence, a Candidate would earn one credit for attending a one-day course, two credits for a two-day course and so on.  Half-day courses (for example morning or afternoon courses) would earn the taker one-half credit.

Such a system would also allow for the orderly attribution of credits/points to be earned from attending Workshops at Conferences or meetings.  Most Workshops are 90 minutes in duration and so would earn the attendee one-quarter credit/point.  Attending four workshops at a conference would earn the attendee one full credit.  A person attending the 3-day LESI Annual Conference could then easily earn 3 full credits for their attendance.

In this regard, the issuing of credits would be somewhat similar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs presently existing in the United States.

Finally, the Task Force addressed the issue of the number of credits that should be required for earning the award/certificate should be such as to demonstrate that, in theory at least, the candidate has secured a certain minimum education which shows/verifies their professional competency.  In this regard, the Task Force is considering that having earned 15 credits/educational points in the course of a period of three consecutive calendar years (that is to say, the equivalent of five “continuing education credits” per year) should be sufficient.

Questions on which Consultation/Comments are sought

1.      What LESI courses should be required to be attended to secure a Certificate of Educational Merit and over what period of time?

2.      Should candidates for the Certificate also be required to attend a certain number of “Elective” courses offered by Member Societies to earn the certificate?

3.      If so, what should be the mix of “Required” courses to “Elective” courses?  50/50?

4.      If so, how long should the “Electives” list be?

5.      What courses taught by LES Member Societies should be considered for inclusion on the “Electives” list?

6.      Should attendance at an LESI Conference also be required/permitted to obtain the Certificate?

7.      What about attendance at meetings/conferences of LES Member Societies?

8.      If so, would the candidate simply obtain credit for what he/she does or should he/she be required to attend a minimum number of workshops and, if so, how many? 

9.      How would proof of attendance be assured?

10.  How should credit or points be allocated for courses? What about for conferences/seminars?

11.  Should candidates be permitted to gain their credits towards the award/certification over a limited or unlimited period of time?  If over a limited period of time, what should this period of time be?

12.  How could the program be shaped for the CLP to benefit from an LESI certificate program?

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