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Understanding Level of Difficulty

Colorado Nonprofit Association works to meet the various needs of the nonprofit sector. To help meet and identify these needs in our education programming, we will indicate a level of difficulty on the majority of professional development registration pages. We have identified three levels of difficulty:

Beginner

  • Basic trainings are catered to participants with 0 – 2 years of experience in the field or topic of the training
  • We ask trainers to consider the following:
    • What are the fundamental principles necessary to understand the topic of the training?
    • What assumptions can/can’t I make about the audience?
    • What infrastructure is required for an organization to implement change relevant to the training?
    • How can the training allow for discussion and practice of the topic/concept?
    • How can I inspire participants to engage deeper in the nonprofit sector?

Intermediate

  • Intermediate trainings are catered to participants with 3 – 5 years of experience in the field or topic of the training
  • We ask trainers to consider the following:
    • How do I help organizations transition to sustainable practices?
    • What basic concepts need to be reinforced before taking a deeper dive?
    • If staffing allows, how can the practices suggested in the training be delegated throughout the organization?
    • How do I connect basic principles to larger concepts to help attendees advance?
    • Are the concepts of my training driven strategically or programmatically?
    • How can the training allow for discussion and practice of the topic/concept?
    • How can I inspire professional growth and longevity in the nonprofit sector?

Advanced

  • Advanced trainings are catered to participants with 6 or more years of experience in the field or topic of the training
  • We ask trainers to consider the following:
    • What is innovative about the training concept to help organizational growth?
    • How will the training encourage strategic, long-term growth?
    • What infrastructure is required for an organization to implement change relevant to the training?
    • If staffing allows, how can the practices suggested in the training be delegated throughout the organization?
    • How can the training allow for discussion and practice of the topic/concept?
    • How can I inspire continued commitment?