What is a Train the Trainer Course? (Your 2-Minute Introduction)
Train the Trainer is such a commonly used phrase in the training world. It’s likely you will hear the phrase well before you understand what it means.
This short article is designed as a quick introduction to answering “What is a Train the Trainer Course?”. It covers the following subjects briefly:
- What is Train the Trainer?
- About Train the Trainer Certification
- What happened to FETAC Train the Trainer?
- What Train the Trainer Certifications are Available?
- How do I get Certified?
- Ask Us Anything About Train the Trainer
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What is Train the Trainer?
Train the Trainer refers to a group of QQI programmes and certifications hugely important for anyone who trains others as part of their role, or who wants to work as a professional trainer.
Focusing on each element within the Training Cycle, Train the Trainer gives participants the skills and understanding they need to train others effectively.
About Train the Trainer Certification
Originally FETAC Level 6 Train the Trainer (code: E30179), this certification underwent a transition in 2014 when FETAC was dissolved and QQI formed to combine the agencies of NQAI, HETAC and FETAC.
At the end of 2014, the FETAC Train the Trainer programme was dissolved. 3 new options for those seeking Train the Trainer certification were established under QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland):
- Training Needs Identification & Design
- Training Delivery & Evaluation
- Special Purpose Award in Training & Development
What happened to FETAC Train the Trainer?
Although the FETAC award is gone, Train the Trainer still exists! It has just been developed and improved under the umbrella of these new awards.
Although these courses have different names, they are still commonly referred to as “Train the Trainer”. Training Delivery and Evaluation in particular is called “the new Train the Trainer” by many.
This means, if you want to gain a Train the Trainer certification, your best bet is to choose one of the 3 main certifications available (see next answer).
What Train the Trainer Certifications are Available?
Here is a quick overview of the Train the Trainer certifications we offer:
Training Needs Identification & Design – 3 Days – code: 6N3325
This train the trainer course focuses on the first 2 elements within the Training Cycle: identify training needs and design training.
Those attending Training Needs Identification and Design will learn how to carry out an accurate training needs analysis (TNA) and use the findings from this to design professional training sessions.
Training Delivery & Evaluation – 4 Days – code: 6N3326
Training Delivery and Evaluation is our most popular course. It looks at the remaining 2 stages of the Training Cycle: delivering training and training evaluation.
Over 4 days, you will gain the skill and confidence to deliver training in your own style.
Our experienced trainers offer guidance and tips on how to keep learners engaged and create a positive learning environment.
You will also learn how to evaluate the success of each training session you deliver, and develop the ability to reflect on where your strengths lie and where you can improve.
QQI Special Purpose Award in Training and Development – 7 Days – code: 6S3372
By completing both Training Needs Identification & Design and Training Delivery and Evaluation, and successfully passing the assessments for both programmes, you will automatically achieve this QQI Special Purpose Award.
We recommend this award for anyone who wants to move into a career as a professional trainer, or those who carry out a lot of training for others as part of their existing role.
How do I get Certified?
Each programme has associated assessment work which must be completed and submitted 8 weeks after the last day of the training course.
Assessment work includes written assignments, reflective learner records, projects, and in the case of Training Delivery and Evaluation, a practical skills demonstration on Day 4.
We provide full support and guidance for your assessment work. We equip you with a detailed assessment brief, guidelines for referencing and bibliography, and access to online course materials.
Learn more about getting certified by reading our article “How Do I Become a Trainer?”.
Ask Us Anything About Train the Trainer
Our Train the Trainer guide includes a selection of the most frequently asked questions about Train the Trainer. It’s a great place to begin getting answers.
If you would prefer to get in touch directly, we can answer any questions you have about Train the Trainer. Our experienced consultants know the courses and qualifications inside out.
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