IAB Canada’s New Educational Method

In 2013, IAB Canada overhauled its educational program consisting of five recognized and long-established courses. However, the overhaul didn’t just include a simple update of the presented statistics, trends and latest how-to’s, but instead, involved a peer review of each course and adopted an online learning platform to allow us to go the extra mile.

In case you haven’t checked out our training programs recently, here’s what we have to offer:

Keeping up with the ever-changing online industry

IAB Canada and its course teachers are always diligent in keeping our courses fresh and up-to-date. In some of our courses, one-third of the content can change on an annual basis meaning you could take the same course every other year and still learn new, additional content. Consider the rise of RTB, viewability, attribution, behavioural advertising self-regulation – these weren’t hot topics two years ago and we now cover them from every angle across our courses.

Peer review to ensure what is taught is a reflection of the marketplace

We have set up a committee of peers for majority of our courses to ensure they not only reflect the latest knowledge, but also industry-wide best practices. They are not one person’s or company’s point of view on the matter but that of a few, well-regarded specialists across several firms on both buy and sell sides of each equation, eliminating any bias.

Early access

We now grant registered students early access to some of the course material two to four weeks prior to their training day. As some of our courses are quite intense, filling up the entire 8 hours of a day’s training, this lets students ease into the course’s basic concepts and flow. Our early access component also offers bonus links to additional and external material, research, white papers and videos that support the training they will receive from IAB Canada. We believe this gives students a more complete educational experience they can refer to even after the training has passed.

Final exam

To obtain any course certificate, attendees will now need to pass an online examination comprised of 50 multiple choice type questions. All exam questions are derived directly from the course material including the unwritten verbal content of the in-person training session. Attendees must pass the exam with a grade of 75% or higher to demonstrate they not only attended the training day, but actually paid attention and learned something.

We believe that through these four important steps our training is better than it ever was, and with constant student feedback on our course material, the trainers and the exams, we will keep on making them better for years to come.