Online training and qualifications in Transactional Analysis
If you are a coach or a trainer, and you have experienced some TA training or are curious about it, you might also be considering working towards a qualification.
Being a Transactional Analyst is so much more than knowing the theories. We need to be able to teach them to our clients, and apply them to ourselves too! Our training and certification processes need to reflect the unique standing of a Transactional Analyst. We are our own professional instrument - we analyse process and accept that we as the practitioner are a part of that process.
This takes time to really understand, internalise and apply - it takes time for us to sort out our own "stuff". This is why the hours requirements are robust, and why your supervisor will work closely with you to support you along the way.
Lynda Tongue is qualified at the highest level as Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA-org). The accrediting bodies were the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) and the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA). She did her TA 101 in 1998, qualified as a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) in 2007, and at TSTA in 2013.
It is a long process! She stuck with it, but it is well known that many people drop out before becoming qualified. She spent six years as a contractual trainee, attending two day workshops one weekend for ten months of the year. One of the reasons the process is such a long one is that practitioners have to achieve and log hours: 150 hours of supervision, 600 hours of professional training amongst others. When these hours have been accrued, and your supervisor thinks you are ready, you start the exam process: 24,000 written exam which has to be passed before you can then take your oral exam (a sort of viva, where the candidate is examined by a board of four practitioners).
It seems a shame (although completely understandable) that many people drop out before getting to the written exam stage. It might mean that they have done 1, 2 or more years of TA training, but do not have a qualification to show for their investment of time and energy.
The International Centre for Transactional Analysis Qualifications (ICTAQ) was created in 2017 and aims to make TA affordable and accessible to all. We offer online examination processes leading to TA Practitioner; TA Advanced Practitioner and TA Master Practitioner (this last level is the equivalent to the CTA).
The training and qualifications offered reflect work-based learning. After receiving some training, you start to write your portfolios which are based on projects which are in the recent-past, or still ongoing. Through supervision processes and through receiving feedback on your portfolio you complete the learning cycle - with the TA theories, with your application of them, and by doing this you create a positive action-learning cycle. A spiral of learning which continues to rise.
TA Teaching and Supervising Qualifications
If you are already qualified at Certified Transactional Analyst level, and would like to continue your TA journey in order to become a TA Trainer and/or Supervisor please be in touch through the contact us page. We have routes to offer you with online Training Endorsement Workshops, to TA Trainer and Supervisor Designate level, on to TA Master Trainer and TA Master Supervisor level.