CRLA Tutor Certification
The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) is a national organization made up of postsecondary student-oriented learning assistance professionals. CRLA membership includes faculty in various fields (reading, writing, math, and education) Supplemental Instruction and tutor training administrators, learning assistance and study skills professionals, learning center administrators, and developmental education faculty. CRLA provides a platform for professional development and the promotion of research, as well as a forum for communicating best practices in specific educational fields. CRLA offers Special Interest Groups (SIGs), an annual conference, literary journal, insight on legislative action, and scholarships/awards.
CRLA also has an International Tutor Program Certification (ITPC). Since its inception in March 1989, more than 1,000 college and university tutorial programs in the United States and Canada have received tutor training certification through this certification process. It is important to note that CRLA certifies programs, not individuals. CRLA has certified the Office of Supplemental Instruction at Angelo State University. ASU is now qualified to issue CRLA tutor certification to individual SI Leaders/Tutors.
The purpose of the ITPC is twofold: First, it provides recognition and positive reinforcement of successful work from an international organization. Second, its certification process sets the standards regarding tutor roles and responsibilities, communications, ethics, study skills strategies, and training.
ITPC has been endorsed by the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), Commission XVI of the American College Personnel Association, the American Council of Developmental Education Associations, Association for the Tutoring Profession (ATP), and the National Tutoring Association (NTA).