Setting Training Times

Setting Training Times

Creating a training program for adults is a challenging process but comes with the reward of life experiences that adult learners bring to class. An recent article detailed how to draw out experiences from your students using the ROPES formula.

To summarize, ROPES stands for:

  • Relate: Show learners how the new information they are going to learn expands on something they already know and where they should file this new information.
  • Overview: Give learners a summary of the activities for this learning objective.
  • Presentation: Give learners what they need to know, especially if regulatory or safety issues are part of the topic.
  • Exercise: Incorporate activities to get the students interacting and using the information you just presented.
  • Summarize: Review what the students learned, answer any lingering questions, and close out each learning objective.

After reviewing the steps in ROPES, determine how much of your training time should be invested in each step. Remember to use ROPES for each learning objective in your course.

Follow the example below, inserting your own times:

  • Relate – 5 to 10 percent of class time (3 to 6 minutes)
  • Overview – 10 to 15 percent (6 to 9 minutes)
  • Presentation – 25 to 35 percent (15 to 21 minutes)
  • Exercise – 35 to 40 percent (21 to 24 minutes)
  • Summarize – 5 to 10 percent (3 to 6 minutes).


Posted On April 27, 2018

Richard Bodo

Director of Training for Kärcher North America

Richard “Bo” Bodo, director of training for Kärcher North America, is an industry veteran with more than 18 years of experience. He is an IICRC-certified instructor, IICRC master textile cleaner, chair of the ANSI/IICRC S400 Standard for Cleaning, Maintenance, and Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment, and vice-chair of the IICRC S100 Carpet Care Standard. Bodo is a writer for various magazines, a speaker at industry trade shows, and a presenter for ISSA Educational Quick Clips.

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