Audio Description Coalition (ADC) recognizes initial professional describer training programs of no less than two full days. ADC encourages training programs of three or more days.
The training should be led by an audio description trainer who adheres to the ADC Standards for Audio Description and Code of Professional Conduct for Describers with a minimum of five years of ongoing experience as a describer and/or administrator. Their experience should include collaborating with other professional audio describers and co-leading a training with a more experienced trainer.
When possible, the local administrator and the trainer should audition potential trainees to assess their aptitude for audio description. Because training relies on extensive participation, ADC recommends a maximum of six to eight participants for effective training with one trainer. When a group of potential trainees exceed eight participants, the lead trainer should identify a second trainer should be employed.
An effective training includes these components:
Professional trainers require a fee and coverage of their travel and accommodation expenses. Other expenses may include site rental, support staff, audio visual equipment, reproduction of printed materials, hospitality, or other costs particular to the facility.