Course Description

Certificate in Empowerment and Advocacy – mid-November 2020

Open Training College

This accredited Level 6 course, Certificate in Empowerment and Advocacy, equips the student with the knowledge, skills and competencies to support people with disabilities in empowering themselves on a day-to-day basis, thus facilitating self-defined visions of a desirable future.

This includes guidance and skills in relation to effective facilitation through a number of empowering approaches and in particular, advocacy. Advocacy is one of the most predominant methods of empowerment that has emerged to facilitate people with disabilities.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at staff in the disability sector whose role involves:

  • Facilitating advocacy/person centred plans with people using the service; and/or
  • Performing a supervisory role within an organisation that supports advocacy/PCP


It is ideal for a practitioner with a social studies/care/community development qualification who would like to:

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of this area
  • Critically reflect upon their role as a practitioner
  • Obtain academic recognition

Course Content

Unit 1: explore the overall concept of empowerment as it applies to people with disabilities, its development on an international basis and from an Irish perspective.

Unit 2: The qualities of empowerment and their meaning to people with disabilities and how each element can facilitate empowerment. The challenges this presents and the benefits associated with people becoming empowered and in determining their own lives will be explored.

Unit 3: The concept of advocacy from a historical perspective, including its growth in Ireland and how this has led to greater empowerment for service users.

Unit 4: The factors that facilitate empowerment;  how support is provided guidance in a positive empowering manner. Throughout this unit you will be provided with practical guidelines on how you can facilitate empowerment through advocacy and through everyday support.

Unit 5: focuses on the work environment and asks the question: to what extent do you shape your work environment in terms of empowerment and to what extent does it shape you and your practices? It is important that empowerment is promoted at many levels in an organisation.

Unit 6: The value of assistive technology and on the range of assistance available in this regard. Influencing factors such as legislative developments and how this has impacted on the field of assistive technology, particularly in relation to empowerment, along with its value and benefits.


Successful completion of the course is dependent on undertaking a series of assessments. These involve:

  • Completing a practical project (2,500 words) that ties together your learning and professional practice;
  • Critically reflecting on how the course has change your perceptions of your role;
  • Participating in an online discussion with a learning community made up of fellow practitioners and tutors.


Entry Requirements

To apply you must:

  • Have successfully completed a Leaving Certificate/QQI/FETAC Level 5 Certificate or
    be 23 years of age when you apply
  • International Applicants must provide appropriate documentary evidence of proficiency in English (i.e. IELTS 6.
The course will run for 8 weeks.
Next Dates
The next course will commence in mid-November.
Apply now via our Online Application Centre.

Please find more information HERE; or contact Conor on or 01-2990580.

Course Code 6H20226
College Name Open Training College
Course Category Disability Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Award / Certificate
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 14
Course Start Date 16th November 2020
Course End Date 24th January 2021
Course Fee €395
Course Duration 8 Weeks
Course Times The next course will commence in mid- to late-November. There will be a one-day webinar as all workshops are run online during Covid-19 restrictions. The course will run for 8 weeks. Please contact the College for more details.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding Certificate in Empowerment and Advocacy
Entry Requirements To apply for this course, you must - Be 23 years of age at time of application OR - have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate/QQI/FET Level 5 Certificate. International applicants must provide documentary evidence of proficiency in English.
Career Path The course is certified by QQI as a Higher Education and Training (HET) Level 6 Award. Successful participants will obtain a component certificate in: ◾Certificate in Empowerment and Advocacy (15 ECTS Credits)
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Course Provider

Open Training College

Prospect Hall, Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin , D14 P9E4, Goatstown, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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Open Training College
Prospect Hall, Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin , D14 P9E4, Goatstown, Dublin, Republic of Ireland