Train the Trainer Online Courses: Do they work?
Originally published, June 2020
Classroom training has become temporarily unavailable due to social distancing, but the demand for Train the Trainer courses and certification hasn’t decreased in any way. This leaves people wondering if a Train the Trainer online course will work for their certification.
With such a practical nature, and a skills demonstration as part of the course syllabus, is a Train the Trainer Online Course effective for achieving the knowledge, skills, and certification you need?
In this article, we look at how Train the Trainer works as an online course, examine the main benefits of this style, and give you helpful statistics on pass rates.
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Train the Trainer: A Quick Overview
QQI Train the Trainer is one of the most popular certifications in Ireland. It’s important for anyone who works as a professional trainer or trains others as part of another role.
This certification was previously a FETAC Train the Trainer. When FETAC was amalgamated with HETAC and NQAI to become QQI, the qualification and curriculum were updated.
There are 3 different courses that fall under the “Train the Trainer” umbrella:
This is usually what people call “Train the Trainer”. It focuses on understanding different learning styles, skills for delivering engaging training, and how to evaluate training. It’s our most popular course and the one we’ll focus on in this article.
This course is fantastic for anyone who wants to learn how to conduct a training needs analysis (TNA) and design great training sessions.
This Special Purpose Award can be achieved by successfully completing both of the courses above. Achieving this award means that you have gained a well-rounded knowledge of the Training Cycle and developed strong training skills.
If you want to read a more in-depth outline
of the Train the Trainer awards, why not take a few minutes to read our article, “What is Train the Trainer?”
What does “online” training mean?
Online could refer to a self-led online approach, or trainer-directed, live virtual training courses.
While self-led online training is an excellent approach for many subjects – we offer it for several of our other courses – trainer-directed, live virtual sessions are the most supportive, effective method for something as practical as Train the Trainer.
To distinguish between the 2 styles, we call a self-led style “Online” training, and a trainer-led, real-time style “Virtual" training.
What are the benefits?
Here are some of the benefits of choosing our Live Virtual style for your Train the Trainer course and certification:
When attending virtual training, you don’t have to worry about travel costs or time. You can connect from your own home, or wherever you’re based.
All you need is a steady internet connection and a web-enabled device that has a web-camera, microphone, and speakers. Most web-enabled devices (smartphones, tablets, computers) have these features as standard.
2. A Focused Environment
The dedicated learning environment of a classroom is one of the key benefits of this style of live virtual training that helps you stay focused on learning without distraction.
3. A Group Dynamic
Through our live virtual training format, you’ll be able to engage in discussions and group exercises with your fellow classmates.
This method of sharing ideas and encouragement is something that you just can’t get from a self-led online course.
4. Expert Feedback & Guidance
The real-time feedback and advice you'll gain from our trainers is invaluable. They have been working as qualified, professional trainers for many years and have a wealth of real-life experience to share that will enhance the Train the Trainer syllabus.
5. Plenty of Support
During the course, your trainer will go through our detailed assessment brief and give you tips for successfully completing your assessment work in the 8 weeks following the course.
We will also provide you with access to course slides and reference materials to support your continued, self-directed learning.
We have always found that, as a result of a focused learning environment combined with the online materials we provide access to, our students keep up the momentum to achieve their Train the Trainer certification within months of completing training.
Why Choose Us for Your Online Train the Trainer?
There are many providers offering online Train the Trainer courses right now. Here are 5 reasons why choosing our online live virtual course is a wise choice:
99.6% Pass Rate*
Our pass rates speak for themselves. Over the past few years, we have trained and certified hundreds
of students in Train the Trainer, with a strong 99.6%
93% of our Learners Achieved Merit or Distinction Grade*
In the same time period, 93%
of our students achieved a Merit
grade. These are the highest possible
grade bands within the QQI grading system.
* based on all students within a 30-month period, calculated May 2020
A Proven & Convenient Format for Success
As you can see from the pass rates above, our approach to Train the Trainer is a successful one.
We have perfected our format for Train the Trainer over years of delivering courses and incorporating feedback from past students. The result is a focused, 4-day course with plenty of active learning, group work, and support from expert trainers.
30+ Years of Experience
Professional Development has been in business for more than 30 years. We are an established, trusted provider of training and QQI certification in Ireland. We deliver training to clients and organisations across a broad spectrum of industries.
Trusted by Leading Businesses
We deliver Train the Trainer programmes for leading Irish and international organisations of all sizes. Our professional approach, consistent success rate, and expert trainers instil confidence in our clients.
What clients say about our Train the Trainer Online Courses
Here's what some of our recent participants on live virtual Train the Trainer courses had to say about their experience.
The course was very informative and I really enjoyed all contents – I have learnt so much over the past few days. The trainer is fantastic and this has definitely helped with my confidence. Great communication and prompt delivery with details of the course. Exercises were very helpful.
I feel I can go into my new role confident with new skills to help me become a better trainer. Strengths were the presentation skills – I have come on so much since day one.
I love that the course is now available online – and don’t see any ways to improve it. [Virtual training] was different experience and I would be keen to see more online courses going forward. Overall it was an excellent experience
Absolutely brilliant. My Impression regarding this course is absolutely positive. The course was well structured and well organized, easy to follow also from someone who is not native in English. Programme and organization were absolutely perfect and really clear content.
I really enjoyed all the exercises and also I’ve realized how the people are different in organization and preparation. From that training you can see that the trainer is a person who has a lot of experience and it was a real pleasure listening to her and also the way she was delivering the training was really easy and simple.
First course with Professional Development. Really appreciate for what you did and I will recommend this course at who is interested to be a trainer. I was really impressed by the trainer, especially her organization online was very successful as I was involved from the first moment until the end of the course. I really enjoyed all 4 days.
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 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.
I can’t think of anything to improve. It was my first virtual course and it was a learning experience to see how the trainer delivered the course so professionally.
There was a warm and welcoming environment, great group discussions and everyone participated. Great pace.
I always remember the class discussions and the other participants' inputs.
So, I was pleasantly surprised with the virtual delivery format and how well it facilitated both class discussions and group breakout sessions. At times it felt like I was in the classroom.
Book your Train the Trainer Online Course
Our Training Delivery & Evaluation Course (“Train the Trainer”) runs every month as a live virtual training. There are a limited number of spots on each date, so we recommending reserving your place as early as possible.
- 4-day virtual course with our experienced trainers.
- Support materials (slides, reference materials, QQI assessment guidelines).
- Your QQI assessment and certification costs.