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12 Qualities of a Good Trainer


If you’re thinking about becoming a trainer or train others as part of your role, it’s helpful to reflect on the key skills required in this role.

The 12 qualities we outline in this article will give you a clear picture of what it takes to be a good trainer.

You’ll also get a sense of what’s involved in the day-to-day work of a trainer, so that you can make an informed decision about whether it’s the right role for you.

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12 Qualities of a Good Trainer

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1. Training Needs Analysis (TNA):


A professional trainer needs to be able to identify training needs successfully for clients and trainees.

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2. Strong Organisational Skills:


Trainers must always be organised and well-prepared for training delivery.

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3. Versatility:


Be ready to change and adapt to working in different situations and environments.

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4. Confident Delivery:


There are many aspects to successful training delivery. Professional trainers will have a confident style of training delivery that ticks all of these boxes.

Tip: You can learn more about what’s involved in great training delivery in the “Course Content” section of our QQI Training Delivery & Evaluation brochure.

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5. Focus:


When you are training a group in any subject, you must have the ability to remain focused in order to achieve your goals and cover the planned material.

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6. Training Design Skills:


Professional trainers should also know how to design effective and engaging training programmes.

Tip: This is a core focus of our QQI Training Needs Identification & Design Course. Learn more in our PDF brochure.

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7. Think on Your Feet:


Trainers need to be able to handle difficult situations and complex group dynamics to keep things running smoothly.

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8. Subject Matter Expert:


Whatever you train, you must understand well. In addition to being familiar with the delivery materials (slides, videos, exercises etc.), you must also have a strong enough comprehension to answer questions on the subject.

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9. Excellent Communication:


Communication is at the core of all training delivery. This incorporates spoken, written, active listening, and comprehension communication skills.

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10. Patience:


People learn in different ways and at different speeds. When training others, it is essential that you are patient and inclusive.

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11. Time Management:


Good time management habits are the secret weapon of effective, efficient trainers.

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12. Evaluation Techniques:


For your benefit and that of your trainees, you will need to understand how to evaluate the outcome of your training sessions.

how can you get these qualities?

How can you become a good trainer?

Becoming a really good trainer means getting to grips with all of these skills to some degree.

You can do this in two steps:

  • Step 1: Get trained and certified.
  • Step 2: Apply your skills and gain experience.

We can help with Step 1. Our Train the Trainer courses cover everything you need to become fully trained and certified, ready to work on Step 2.

3 Ways to Get Started

1. Learn More About Our Train the Trainer Courses


Our Train The Trainer courses are designed to equip you with the skills you need to become a certified, professional trainer.

Each course focuses on a different skill set for your portfolio, including training design, delivery, and evaluation.

2. Talk to Us


You can ask us a question online about your route to becoming a certified, professional trainer.

If you'd prefer to chat with one of our training consultants by phone, you can reach us at Freephone 1800 910 810 or 01 861 0700.

3. Further Reading


We have plenty of articles that will guide and support you on your journey to becoming an exceptional trainer.

You can browse our blog or take a look at our top 5 picks below:

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