Why Achieve a Special Purpose Award?
Originally published, 2015. Updated, April 2022.
"Special Purpose Award" is a category within the QQI portfolio of award types. It is an award given for areas of skill that have a very specific and clearly-defined purpose.
The QQI Special Purpose Award in Training and Development is probably the best-known of all QQI Special Purpose Awards.
Why is it so popular?
- It encapsulates the two courses that fall under the “Train the Trainer” heading.
- It is widely recognised and respected.
- It equips those who have completed the programme with the essential skills and knowledge needed to be successful as a professional trainer.
Achieving this Special Purpose Award in Training and Development is a way to show potential clients and employers that you hold a full spectrum of training skills.
In this article, we explore reasons to achieve this qualification and how you can reach this goal.
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What skills are covered in this award?
Before we get into the benefits of this particular award, let’s take a high level overview of how it is structured. (For full details, we recommend downloading our PDF brochure).
The QQI Special Purpose Award in Training & Development is comprised of two components:
- QQI Training Needs Identification & Design
- QQI Training Delivery & Evaluation
These components are designed to cover each stage of the Training Cycle, a framework that supports a best-practice approach to training. There are 4 stages in the Training Cycle:
- Stage 1: Identify training needs
- Stage 2: Design training programme
- Stage 3: Deliver training programme
- Stage 4: Evaluate training outcome
In a nutshell, the cycle covers all elements needed to provide a meaningful and effective learning experience for students.
Gaining the Special Purpose Award will give you confidence and competence in all four steps of this cycle.
You can read about this in more depth by heading over to our article, “Master The Training Cycle”.
You will gain so many benefits for your training career by achieving this award. We have outlined our top 6 below:
1. Certification with Credibility
Combining two QQI Level 6 awards to gain this Special Purpose will communicate to clients and employers alike that you are accomplished in the skills required to train others effectively.
The two QQI Level 6 components that make up the QQI Special Purpose Award in Training & Development (award code: 6S3372) are:
- QQI Training Needs Identification & Design (award code: 6N3325)
- QQI Training Delivery & Evaluation (award code: 6N3326)
2. Training Needs Analysis Skills
Identifying the training needs of learners is a vital skill for anyone who trains others.
An accurate TNA (training needs analysis) ensures that you’ll be focusing on the right objectives throughout your design and delivery.
You’ll gain this key ability through completing QQI Training Needs Identification & Design.
3. Training Design, Delivery, and Evaluation Skills
The syllabus for both courses works towards establishing best-practice methods and promoting excellence in all stages of the Training Cycle.
Our programmes are designed to equip participants with a full spectrum of tools and techniques to over each phase of the cycle.
4. Learn to work with Group Dynamics & Cope with Challenging Situations
These Train the Trainer courses address ways of handling difficult situations as they arise. You also learn about group dynamics and how to work with different kinds of learner groups.
These are practical skills you will need for success in your career or role as a trainer.
5. Gain Confidence and Capability
Our combined approach of practical and theoretical learning ensures that you feel ready to tackle the design and delivery of a module or course.
Through gaining theoretical knowledge and having the opportunity to apply new skills to practical demonstrations, you'll begin to get into your stride with training delivery very quickly.
6. Expert Feedback and Support
Training in our live virtual classroom environment gives you access to support, feedback, and advice from our expert trainers.
You'll also gain the advantage of different perspectives and fresh ideas from your fellow classmates.
Here’s what some of our recent QQI Special Purpose Award students had to say about their experience.
The format of the course was excellent. The trainer's pace was perfect and the breaks were timed to perfection. She is an amazing trainer and her obvious experience really was evident throughout. For me personally, the course was perfect so I don’t have any suggestions as to how it could be improved.
I was apprehensive at first doing both the Training Delivery and Evaluation and Training Needs Identification & Design courses back-to-back virtually. However I didn't need to worry as the training courses were so well organised.
I had the same tutor for both courses and she was brilliant. She made all the trainees feel at ease with the pace of the training perfectly timed.
Although, our tutor and my fellow trainees didn't actually physically meet, it didn't really matter as we all got to know each other and we even set up WhatsApp groups at the end of both courses so we could keep in touch.
I wouldn't have a problem doing a virtual training course again after my positive experience with Professional Development.
I walked away feeling confident in the completion of the assignments for TNID and I gained more from the training than I ever could have expected. I feel incredibly grateful for having such a great trainer!
Professional Development is true to their name. From the initial contact with [my training consultant], through two courses, TDE and TNID with [the trainer], I am glad I found them.
I found the course was delivered at a good pace, instructor very helpful, course content relevant to my current position.
I was nervous about the virtual delivery as my computer skills are basic but found it easy to use and the trainer engaged with everyone throughout the course and the scheduled breaks were ideal in length to allow us adequate time away from computer screen.
Overall, the booking process was very efficient & informative. The course was well run, enjoyable and I can genuinely say I took a lot from in! We had a great group too which I’m sure helps things..
Tutor….. I’m sure you know the answer to this one! By far the best tutor I’ve had to date! If I am ever half as good as she is, then I will know I made it!!
Improvements….. don’t have any improvements that I can think of..
How can you achieve this award?
As mentioned earlier, the Training & Development Special Purpose Award is comprised of two components.
Here are some fast facts about how we run these components:
- We run both components as standalone courses, meaning that you can complete either one or both components. It also means that you can take a break between components.
- You can complete both of these components (courses) in whichever order works best for you.
- Gaining these two minor awards will automatically earn the Training & Development Special Purpose Award (6S3372).
- Our courses are delivered by Train the Trainer experts, with a proven track record in professional training.
- Our current Train the Trainer pass rate of 99.6%* speaks for itself.
- With live virtual training dates every month, you can attend a classroom-style course online from wherever you are based.
Where to begin?
We are often asked, which component should be completed first. The answer is different, depending on your goals, experience, and schedule.
You can begin with either course, but for expert advice, we recommend speaking with our training consultants who can recommend the starting point that will make the most sense for your career.
You can call us at Freephone 1800 910 810 or Dublin 01 861 0700 or click below to ask a question online.
Get Online Dates + 24% Off Your Special Purpose Award
Our Train the Trainer courses are among the most popular we offer, with dates available all year-round. Both courses are delivered via our live virtual classroom platform.
This means that you can gain all the benefits of a classroom environment – live delivery, interaction with an experienced trainer, feedback, and group activities – all while connecting from home.
We’re currently offering up to 24% off this award*. The full Special Purpose Award is currently available at €944, including training, supporting course materials, and certification.
You can reserve a place our Training Needs Identification & Design or Training Delivery & Evaluation below to begin your Special Purpose Award from home.
QQI Training Needs Identification & Design – 3 Days - €449 (including certification)
Over the past year in particular, we have seen an increased demand for this Training Needs Identification & Design course.
Reserve a provisional place on any upcoming date by using the "Reserve" buttons below.
Upcoming Training Needs Identification & Design Dates
|September 14, 15, 16
|December 7, 8, 9
|March 8, 9, 10 (2023)
QQI Training Delivery & Evaluation – 4 Days - €495 (including certification)
Our hugely popular Training Delivery & Evaluation course has at least one date every month. It is a 4-day course, usually delivered with a gap between Days 1, 2 and Days 3, 4.
This course usually fills up well in advance, so we recommend using the "Reserve" buttons below to hold your place on a preferred date.
Upcoming Training Delivery & Evaluation Dates
|July 7, 8, 14, 15 - full |Online Classroom
|July 18, 19, 25, 26 - full |Online Classroom
|August 8, 9, 15, 16
|August 18, 19, 25, 26
|September 5, 6, 12, 13
|See more dates...
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- who attends Train the Trainer courses?
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