Pre-Work is required for several Foundation and Special Skills and Topics courses. Why do we ask you to complete pre-work prior to attending some training sessions?
We have developed online training modules for some courses to allow for the completion of the course in our standard training day (9:00 AM-3:45 PM) rather than extending the training day or adding an additional day of training. Therefore, it is important that you complete the pre-work online training as the content in the online training is NOT covered in the classroom. You will not understand some of the information and activities in the in-person course if you do not complete the pre-work as the classroom course begins where the online training ends.
Most foundation courses require the completion of specific Pre-Service Modules prior to attending. We ask you to complete or review, if you have already completed, the pre-service modules to prepare you for the content that will be covered in the classroom. The in-person course assumes that you have completed the required pre-service modules and the course begins where the pre-service training ends.
Some Foundation courses require the completion of one or more specific classroom courses prior to attending, as the content builds upon content learned in the other courses. These in-person courses are listed as pre-requisites for the Foundation courses in PDS Online. As they are dependent on you understanding the content covered in the pre-requisite course, you are not eligible to attend the course without first completing the pre-requisites.
In addition, some courses require you to complete other items prior to attending, such as a case application, worksheet, or test, and bring the finished work to the in-person training. Completion of this pre-work is essential to maximizing the training day and directly impacts your ability to fully apply the concepts and enrich the learning experience for you and others in the classroom.