Does Train the Trainer FETAC Still Exist?
For many years, the FETAC award, “Train the Trainer” was one of the most popular certifications available.
This award was deactivated at the end of 2014, but what has replaced it?
Let’s take a quick look at the following questions:
- Why was Train the Trainer FETAC deactivated?
- What is QQI?
- What is “the new Train the Trainer”?
- Where should I begin?
Why was Train the Trainer FETAC deactivated?
Train the Trainer was a FETAC award. FETAC was dissolved and replaced by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).
During the transition, QQI evaluated and where necessary, deactivated certain awards. Train the Trainer was redeveloped as two new minor awards and a special purpose award:
- QQI Training Needs Identification and Design – Minor Award, Level 6 – code: 6N3325
- QQI Training Delivery and Evaluation – Minor Award, Level 6 – code: 6N3326
- QQI Special Purpose Award in Training and Development – Level 6 – code: 6S3372
The old Train the Trainer FETAC Level 6 covered the 4 stages of what is known as the Training Cycle:
- Identify training needs
- Design training
- Deliver training
- Evaluate training
The new QQI awards also cover these 4 stages, although in much more detail.
You can read more about these awards in the “What is the new Train the Trainer?” section below.
What is QQI?
QQI is a state agency, which replaces the old standalone agencies of HETAC, FETAC, and NQAI.
Among other responsibilities, QQI promotes standards of quality and academic integrity within Ireland’s further and higher education systems.
QQI also awards qualifications on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
What is “the new Train the Trainer”?
You will still hear many people refer to “getting a Train the Trainer qualification” today, even though this course has been deactivated for over 8 years.
The term is still so popular, that the new courses are often referred to as the “new” Train the Trainer qualifications.
Here is a quick introduction to each of these courses:
QQI Training Needs Identification and Design – 3 Days
As its name suggests, this course focuses on the first two stages of the Training Cycle: identifying training needs and designing training.
The course content includes principles of adult learning, widely utilised training design models, training needs analysis (TNA) skills, and techniques for designing training.
It is an excellent course for anyone seeking a solid foundation in these knowledge areas. HR personnel, business owners, and those who would like to move into a career within training are regular participants.
QQI Training Delivery and Evaluation – 4 Days
This course most closely resembles the curriculum of the old Train the Trainer FETAC award.
It is centred around providing participants with the knowledge and capability to deliver successful training sessions.
Skill areas covered include concepts and theories of training, elements of planning your training session, professional training delivery skills, and evaluation of training.
This course is attended by everyone who wants to learn how to train others. It is hugely popular, with at least one date available every month.
QQI Special Purpose Award in Training & Development – 7 Days
This Special Purpose Award is achieved by completing both of the courses (components) above and passing their associated assessments.
We offer a very flexible path to this Special Purpose Award. You can attend the components in whichever order suits you best and take a break of several months between each component if you wish.
Where should I begin?
Wondering where to begin is very common.
Here are two ways you can gather more information and advice on choosing the best fit for your training and professional development:
Get Advice from Our Team
Our training consultants have a lot of knowledge and experience with the Train the Trainer suite of courses. They can advise on which will best suit your current goals and situation.
You can get in touch either by phone (Freephone 1800 910 810) or by asking a question online.Ask a Question
Download our Train the Trainer Guide
We recommend downloading a PDF copy of our Train the Trainer Guide to keep with you as you research courses and certifications.
This guide covers:
– qualities and characteristics of a good trainer
– 4 major benefits of achieving a qualification
– how to choose the right course
– past student testimonials
– how to get certified