ALSO® Instructor Questions
Beginning May 1, 2019, the requirements to maintain ALSO instructor status have changed. To maintain instructor status, ALSO instructors must:
- Teach two courses every three years; and
- Take the ALSO instructor renewal online course to review all updated content.
If lectures have been removed from the one-day format, do instructors need to spend more time teaching and demonstrating skills at the workstations?
No. We recognize that this is a huge shift for ALSO approved instructors, who must keep in mind that the learner has already spent hours preparing for this course. Additionally, instructors must adhere strictly to the time allotted for their skills workstations to keep the course schedule on track.
The ALSO Provider Course is evolving so rapidly that we highly encourage you to obtain the most up-to-date version of the instructor manual. Not only will the new manual allow you to anticipate the necessary changes that will impact teaching the course, it will also include the group testing scenarios that you need to read before guiding learners through the activities.
You are considered an ALSO instructor candidate after the ALSO Instructor Course. To become an ALSO approved instructor, you must teach in an ALSO Provider Course within one year of your ALSO Instructor Course date and have a current advisory faculty observe your teaching skills and complete an evaluation form. The sponsor keeps that form on file for two years and recommends you for approved instructor status on the dashboard they submit after the ALSO Live Course.
Most sponsors are open to having instructor candidates teach at least one or two workstation(s)/group testing station(s). Visit the AAFP’s course schedule webpage to find one or more you would like to teach. Then, call or email the contact listed and let them know your situation and if you can teach with them at their course.
Yes. Consider your faculty and course circumstances and use your best judgement about your capabilitites to serve in both roles at your course.
I am an ALSO approved instructor. How can I keep informed about the latest updates and new information for courses?
Beginning May 1, 2019, ALSO approved instructor status is maintained by teaching two provider courses in a three-year period AND completing the new online instructor renewal course to review all the ALSO provider content. We strongly recommend that instructors purchase and review the new ALSO instructor manual versions as they are updated and released. At a minimum, instructors should review the current content prior to teaching a course. To assist you with this, we will notify ALSO approved instructors when updated chapters or new course materials are available.