A teaching assistantship program is a critical part of most graduate degree programs. Assistantships attract students and provide them with valuable experience, generate funding, and allow units to meet the demand for their courses. However, most students given assistantships have little or no formal teacher training. Any academic program relying on TAs in any capacity must dedicate resources to building a successful program. There are several steps a program can take to create a successful TA program (or improve an existing one).