What Is a Vocational Training Board?

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A vocational training board is a panel of individuals designated to oversee the type of training provided by a vocational education provider. The board continually monitors the training staff and lesson plans, as well as determines the courses of study to be implemented within training programs. Vocational training board members work to guarantee that all aspects of the training are in line with the requirements of individual certification boards. The board members continually examine skills required to do well in a given field. They adjust training so it is in step with these ever-changing requirements to make sure students will meet licensing requirements upon graduation.

In most cases, a vocational training board is put in place to monitor the training and implementation of job skills within a certain field. Typically consisting of both educators and business people, the board makes certain that students in the program are being taught relevant skills that will allow them to succeed in their chosen vocation. This task usually includes the development of testing materials, licensing requirements and trade-mandated skills training. The vocational training board outlines essential skills and abilities in teaching plans and requirements.


As employment skills, training methods and common job practices change, the vocational training board is tasked with making sure teaching staff also evolve to incorporate new or updated methods into the students' learning experience. Authorizing training practices and methods as well as monitoring testing materials and internships are all part of a board members' duties and responsibilities. Consisting of several members, the board will often include at least one member who is a professional within the vocational field that is being overseen. Hair and beauty professionals will typically sit on a cosmetology board, while welders and engineers will often sit on a welding or drafting course board.

Occasionally, a vocational training board member will be involved in the rental or leasing of equipment used in the training; however, this can sometimes lead to rumors of impropriety and is typically avoided, if possible. Most board positions are elected and the members of the board receive little compensation, as a rule. The main motivation for some board members to remain on the board is the desire to further improve the level of student training and, subsequently, the skills of the workforce. The board also oversees and manages any endowments, monetary gifts to the school and scholarships that might be awarded to the school and its students.


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If someone is interested in a career on a vocational training board, how might one go about doing this? Would they pursue education in college? Are advanced degrees necessary for a position on the board? Since vocational training boards are specific to certain areas of interest (e.g., cosmetology), might it make more sense to figure out what vocation I’m most interested in and pursue this? For someone still in school, how might they get hands-on experience that could help them become part of a vocational panel in the future?

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