- A City & Guilds Assured programme offers external validation from a trusted global brand, providing a mark of learning quality and credibility.
- An ‘Assured’ status is only awarded to programmes that meet City & Guilds strict benchmark standards, demonstrating commitment to quality training.
- The KAZ touch typing program has achieved the above and is now City & Guilds Assured.
- On successfully completing the course, candidates will receive a digital certificate and a co-branded digital credential/badge to showcase their quality skill externally via the web. e.g. social media.
The KAZ City & Guilds Assured online program is licensed for one year and is ‘on-demand’ (i.e. the learner can access the course online at any time and progress through the course at their own pace).
Typically, the program takes just 90 minutes to teach the A-Z keys and approximately 4 hours to cover the whole keyboard – all of which can be divided and learnt in short modules.
After completing the first four modules, learners should undertake daily practise on the fifth module – KAZ SpeedBuilder, in order to develop speed and accuracy and aim to consistently attain 35 words/minute and 80% accuracy (‘City & Guilds’ pass mark). How long this will take will vary depending on how much time individual learners dedicate to daily practise. Where possible, we recommend an hour’s practise over the course of the day, over a period of a few weeks, unless the learner is already proficient.
Unique Preference Screen
The inclusive and multi-sensory program teaches typing skills whilst minimising disturbances related to visual stress, by means of a unique ‘preference screen’, developed with advice and guidance from the Dyslexia Research Trust. This opening screen offers the learner a choice of preferences.
- Choice of coloured background/filter screens – for reducing white screen glare.
- Choice of 2 specific DRT research based background/filter colours – for steadying letter movement and blurring (the program has been specially adapted to replicate as best possible the effect of these coloured filters).
- Choice of dyslexic friendly typefaces (including 2 licensed dyslexic fonts) – for ease of reading.
- Choice of font colour – for contrast from background screen colour.
- Choice of font size – for optimum visibility comfort and to minimize fusing and crowding of letters.
- Choice of Keyboard – for optimum visibility comfort.
Once the learner has selected their preferences and can read the sample text comfortably, their options are ‘Saved’ and applied throughout the course, tailor making it to each individual for maximum visibility comfort.
The program also provides an ‘Audio Descriptive’ version including ‘speaking keys’ and spoken instruction for visually impaired learners and a ‘Text Only’ version with written/visual instruction for the hearing impaired.
Program Structure and Delivery Method
The KAZ program uses a unique ‘accelerated learning’ teaching method. Incorporating both ‘muscle memory’ and ‘brain balance’, it engages the major senses of sight, sound and touch simultaneously, radically enhancing memory retention and recall – which is why it is so effective.
Using specific combinations and progressions of just 11 words in 5 scientifically structured phrases, the method trains the fingers on both hands to work symmetrically and simultaneously – a direct result of both hemispheres of the brain working at the same time –‘brain balance’. No other typing tutor works in this way.
The program consists of 6 modules:
- Flying Start – (Introduces the course, the navigational tool, teaches correct posture whilst sitting at a computer and the meaning, causes, signs, symptoms and preventative measures of Repetitive Strain Injury).
- The Basics – (Teaches the A-Z keys using 5 scientifically structured and trademarked phrases).
- Just Do It – (Reinforces the A-Z keys with additional exercises using only real word vocabulary).
- And The Rest – (Teaches the punctuation keys).
- SpeedBuilder – (Offers daily practise – increasing speed and accuracy).
- City & Guilds Assessment – (Consists of a Multiple Choice Paper and a typing test).
The learner should work through the first four modules in sequence. They should progress through the program at their own pace and return to any module of the course, at any time, should they wish to refresh. On completing the first four modules, they should then commence the fifth module – KAZ ‘SpeedBuilder’, partaking in daily practise until they consistently achieve 35 words/minute and accuracy of 80% (City & Guild’s pass mark).
Once they feel they are ready, they should commence the finale module – ‘City & Guilds Assessment’. Here they will be presented with a Multiple Choice Paper and a typing test.
The assessment’s objective is to evaluate the learner’s knowledge on what they have been taught throughout the program and consists of:
Multiple Choice Paper – consisting of 15 questions, evenly covering three different areas – ‘Correct Posture’ – when sitting at a computer, ‘Repetitive Strain Injury’ – meaning, causes, signs, symptoms and preventative measures and ‘Touch Typing Technique.’
Typing Test – (Recording speed and accuracy).
A City & Guilds pass will be attained when the candidate achieves the following scores:
Words/minute – 35
Accuracy – 80%
Multiple Choice score – 80% (12/15)
When the candidate feels they are ready to sit the assessment, they should click the 6th module on the ‘Main Menu’ of the program – (City & Guilds Assessment).
Should the candidate be unsuccessful in attaining their ‘City & Guilds’ on their first attempt, they may try again by pressing the ‘RE-SIT’ button. Although candidates may re-sit immediately, we recommend they wait 24 hours and re-visit ‘Flying Start’ and / or KAZ ‘SpeedBuilder’.
On successfully passing the course, candidates will automatically receive a congratulatory message. Once verification has been completed, they will be emailed a co-branded digital Certificate and a digital credential badge to showcase their quality skill externally via the web – i.e. social media profiles, C.V.’s and job application forms. This badge may take up to 28 days to be emailed, as it is dependent on the City & Guilds processing department.