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ITTPC Standards for Tutor Training, Level 1 certification (3/1/2014)

What are some resources available for a CRLA-Certified tutor training program?

  • CRLA's ITTPC certification is design to allow maximum inclusion of materials to fit your tutor training program certification needs.

  • CRLA has the following resources it created or partnered to provideresources available for purchase

    1. The CRLA Handbook for Training Peer Tutors and Mentors is a resource designed to inspire development of training programs that meet the high standards of CRLA's certification initiatives: International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) and International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMTPC). This text contains 111 modules by 106 authors, which will assist you to create or improve your training program. Purchase through CengageLearning.

    2. CRLA is excited to announce TutorLingo, a series of on-demand tutor training videos and valuable resources.  CRLA partnered with Innovative Educators to produce these nine engaging videos as a practical online, on-demand tool to support your tutor training needs. Each video addresses one or more training topics for CRLA ITTPC certification for tutor training programs.

    3. Tutor Training Handbook - Revised Edition, 2003 Susan Deese-Roberts, Editor. 36 articles from planning a tutor training program, codependency, study skills, introduction to critical thinking, tutoring tips, and more (will be available free online soon through

  • Some materials used by many programs that are designed specifically for tutor training include the following:

  • There are many website and resources programs have used as part of tutor training programs. You may want to check out some of ITTPC Application Samples and see what resources they have used for tutor training.

  • There are many resources on your own campus you may want to include as part of your tutor training program. If you do, they should be tailored for tutors to be counted as tutor training.
    • Counseling for working with difficult students, communication techniques, or active listening.
    • Advising for referring students to appropriate services on campus
    • Reading faculty for study skill sessions
    • Librarians on research, plagiarism, and copyright issues
    • Human Resources on Diversity and Ethics
    • Disability Services for a session on how to work with Special Needs students


CRLA/ITTPC Publications

A Selected Bibliography for Tutor Training and Supervision (doc) 
(Revised 2001) by Gladys R. Shaw, Editor 
(31 page document in Microsoft Word format)
available free of charge

CRLA Tutor Training Handbook (2003) has been compiled by ITTPC which contains approximately two dozen "how to" essays from tutor training specialists. It can be ordered on the Publications section of this site or by selecting this link Tutor Training Handbook

Handbook for Training Peer Tutors and Mentors (2012, Cengage Learning) is a new publication by CRLA.  Most of the 111 articles are modules focused on a specific training, but some are brief essays on a mode of training, useful theory, or aspect of program management. See

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a great resource. Two of the CRLA resources specifically for ITTPC program directors and training coordinators would be the LAC Management SIG and the Peer Tutor SIG. For more information contact:

Learning Assistance Center Management SIG

Laura Everett
Certified Learning Center Professional - Level 2
Tutoring Services Coordinator, the THINK TANK
The University of Arizona

520.626.1923 (w)

  • Goal: To provide a forum for the discussion of learning center goals, practices, supervision, and evaluation among learning assistance center managers and staff.

  • Activities include a quarterly newsletter and the exchange of ideas through SIG-sponsored conference activities including a concurrent session and group meeting.

Peer Tutoring SIG

SIG Leaders

Diane Eisenberg
Chapman University
One University Drive
DeMille Hall, Room 130
Orange, CA 92888

714.997.6850 (w)
Stephanie Blakely
Tarrant County College
Trinity River Campus
300 Trinity Campus Cir, Ste, 3114A
Forth Worth, TX 76102

Purpose of SIG

To share innovative materials, research, and best practices related to effective peer assistance programs, primarily tutoring and mentoring, but including other successful models (e.g. Supplemental Instruction and Peer-Led Team Learning) in order to:

    • improve recruitment , training, and education
    • explore different types of programs
    • assist in program design and assessment
    • keep members informed of cutting edge research
    • increase faculty involvement
    • create opportunities for networking and professional growth

Dissertations and theses related to tutor training in higher education:


Bailey, G. K. (2010). Tutoring strategies: A case study comparing learning center tutors and academic department tutors. Doctoral Dissertation, University of North Carolina Greensboro. ProQuest (UMI No. 3403672). (full document at


Dawson, Mary Jean Lasell. (1990) A study of peer tutor training programs and a peer tutor training program for Drake University. Doctoral Dissertation, Drake University. (abstract at


Hays, Elaine. (2006) The genres of tutor training: Searching for reflective practice. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Rhode Island. (abstract at


Riffort, Stéphanie. (2007) Tutor training: Facilitation of transition through technology. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Dublin. (full ducument at


Sheets, R.A. (1994) The effects of training and experience on adult peer tutors in community colleges. Doctoral dissertation, Arizona State University. (full document at


Note: We are interested in building this collection. Please send additional resources to the email address in the footer below.


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Last update on: 20-Jul-2014

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