Your Guide to Choosing a Train the Trainer Qualification
Until the end of 2014, it was easy to decide on your Train the Trainer course and certification. There was only 1 option available: FETAC Train the Trainer Level 6.
When QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) discontinued the old Train the Trainer course, 3 new training options became available:
- QQI Training Delivery and Evaluation
- QQI Training Needs Identification and Design
- QQI Special Purpose Award in Training and Development
We have created this article to offer a brief outline of each course available, to give you tips and guidelines on how to make the right Train the Trainer choice for your career progression, and to provide you with access to more Train the Trainer resources.
In This Article:
We’ll help you navigate these new training options to make the best decision for your training career. We cover:
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3 Key Train the Trainer Resources
Before we get started, here are 3 handy resources for more information on Train the Trainer:
What is Train the Trainer?
The most frequently asked Train the Trainer questions.
12 Qualities Every Trainer Needs
Learn about the key skills you'll need in your career as a trainer.
4 Reasons to Get Qualified
4 excellent reasons to go for a Train the Trainer Qualification.
What qualifications do you need to be a trainer?
Although requirements differ, most employers and clients require a recognised Train the Trainer certification.
You will most likely also need experience and a qualification in the subject you’re hoping to train others in.
When asked about this by our clients, we always recommend doing a little research on the area you’d like to work in as a trainer.
Get in touch with some potential employers, or enquire with clients you’d like to work with to ask about their requirements. You can then aim for the right mix of qualifications and experience they need.
What is the Most Popular Train the Trainer Course?
There is no straightforward answer to this question because each Train the Trainer option is popular in its own way. Let’s take a look:
QQI Level 6 – code: 6N3326
In many ways, this course is the most popular, as we train the most people
for this qualification. Here are some of the key facts about this course:
- Focuses on training delivery skills
- Also covers training evaluation techniques
- 4 days (usually Monday – Friday)
- Closest to the old FETAC Train the Trainer
QQI Level 6 – code: 6N3325
Although we run fewer dates of this course, it always fills up far in advance. This is hugely popular with HR professionals
, and with those who have completed Training Delivery & Evaluation.
- Gain training needs analysis (TNA) know-how
- Learn to design engaging training
- Understand the factors that affect training
- 3 days
QQI Level 6 – code: 6S3372
By completing both Training Delivery and Evaluation
and Training Needs Identification and Design
, and passing the accompanying assessments, you’ll automatically achieve this QQI Special Purpose Award.
- Recommended for professional trainers
- 7 days (4 days + 3 days)
- You can take a break between courses
- You can complete either module first
Use these 5 Handy Tips to help you Choose the Right Train the Trainer Qualification
1. Think about your career priorities
Rather than simply going with what is perceived to be the most popular training option, think about what’s most important for your career
For example, you’ll probably notice that Training Delivery and Evaluation
is available most often, and from most providers. However, if designing training programmes is a higher priority for your next steps, look for a Training Needs Identification and Design
2. Research certification criteria
If you know what subject you would like to train and where you want to train it, take our advice above and do a little research
on what’s needed for that specific path before you organise your training and certification
3. Ask questions
There is a lot of Train the Trainer information available online, which can seem a little overwhelming when you’re trying to digest it all. If you’re unsure about any element of the certification process or training delivery, ask questions
We’ve been running Train the Trainer courses for years and welcome the opportunity
to answer questions at all stages of your research process.
4. Look at course outlines
Make sure to get a look at a detailed course outline
before you make any decisions. You’ll be able to confirm whether the course covers enough subject matter on the points you need
to cover most.
5. Decide on the right training method
Almost every training provider runs Train the Trainer courses
in a different format. Choose the format that suits your schedule and learning style best. Read our Train the Trainer: Online or Classroom?
article to get advice on finding the right fit…
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3 Ways to Get Started
If you're ready to get started on the road to Train the Trainer qualification, we can help. Here are 3 ways to take action immediately.
Talk to Us
Call us on Freephone 1800 910 810 or click below to Ask A Question online. We can answer any Train the Trainer question you have and guide you on how you can get started with your training and qualification process.
Download our PDF Guide
Click on the right-hand side of this page or below to view and download our free PDF, "Your Complete Guide to Train the Trainer". This guide includes comprehensive information on the courses and qualifications available, the qualification process, and actions you can take to reserve your place on an upcoming course.