MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn.—The Air National Guard Instructor Certification Program is a course designed to teach Airmen how to develop lesson plans and teach them effectively to fellow Airmen.
The ICP takes place approximately six times a year and is taught over a two-week, 80-hour period.
“This course is only offered here and teaches our students how to develop and organize a lesson and then teach that lesson to students,” said Master Sgt. Jesse Ball, ICP Instructor. “It’s a balance of pedagogical principles, communication and development skills, and test-writing skills.”
Ball said ICP not only helps with lesson planning and development, but also with general communication skills.
“PCI opens up an Airman’s overall communication skills to be able to assist him with his ability to achieve any objective by helping him focus and concentrate on his task or subject” , Ball said. “We review different teaching methods and train our students to teach the adult and different ways of learning.”
Ball said this course is taught to a standard that is not only unique to the Air Force, but to civilian life as well.
“When you go to colleges or educational institutions, you’re going to get the same training that we teach in the ICP course,” Ball said. “This course awards three Community College of the Air Force credits as well as 7.6 continuing education credits from Pellissippi State Community College.
ICP graduate Staff Sergeant Cody Watson said if you are in a teaching environment or are going to be in a situation where you will be teaching, he would highly recommend this course.
“Before this course, I would just hand over a PowerPoint presentation and then teach from it without taking the time to study it and get a feel for the main points,” Watson said. . “It’s a tough and rigorous course and you really have to apply yourself, but what you get out of it is immeasurable and makes you a better instructor and professional.”
Ball said any member of the Air National Guard is able to take the ICP course.
“Anyone who coaches or is going to coach in your unit can take this course, regardless of rank,” Ball said.
For more information, visit the IG Brown Training and Education Center website at www.angtec.ang.af.mil.