Many people begin learning about training by gaining training delivery skills. This is certainly important, but did you know that there is another vital set of skills that can really transform your training career?
We have noticed that training design is an area of growing interest for professional trainers, HR personnel, and those who train others as part of their role.
In this article, we examine why training needs identification and training design are such crucial capabilities for trainers. We also offer guidance on how you can develop your training needs analysis (TNA) and training design skills.
Skilful training design is the cornerstone of high-impact training.
Without meaningful and logically designed training modules, even the most experienced and skilled trainer will struggle.
Knowing how to create the right kind of programme enables you to keep participants engaged every step of the way.
Training designed with structure by using effective tools and frameworks will support you in achieving your training objectives.
Essentially, good training design is the backbone upon which your successful training course is built.
A Note about Training Needs Analysis (TNA)
Training design relies on training needs identification. We will talk about these two stages of the Training Cycle together throughout the remainder of this article, and you’ll notice that the QQI award is focused on both Training Needs Identification and Design.
Training needs identification is usually carried out with a TNA (training need analysis), whereby the trainer assesses what is needed and establishes clear training objectives.
Training Needs Identification and Design… the little course with the big name.
We run this course several times a year, and it’s always fully booked. Let’s take a look at why it’s enjoying such a high level of popularity.
Training Needs Identification and Design is a QQI Level 6 Award. The 3-day course covers the syllabus required to achieve a strong understanding of the initial stages of the Training Cycle - identifying training needs and designing high-impact training sessions.
It's part of our suite of Train the Trainer courses, focused on equipping you with the essential skills and confidence you need to become a truly effective trainer.
7 Reasons to Build Your Training Design Skills with This Course
1. Become a Training Needs Analysis Ninja
All effective training begins with a great Training Needs Analysis (TNA). During this course, you’ll learn how to carry out a TNA that captures the most important information needed for training design.
2. Understand How People Learn
We cover the principles of adult learning during our 3-day Training Needs Identification & Design course. Understanding different learning styles is another building block for successful training.
3. Design Training that Packs a Punch
This course teaches you how to take the findings from a TNA and use them to craft engaging training programmes.
4. Accessorise Your Training Sessions
You will also acquire the tools for creating relevant support materials such as handouts and quizzes.
5. Boost Your Training Delivery Skills
Gaining a comprehensive understanding of TNA and design skills will provide you with a more fully-rounded knowledge of what “successful training” means. As a result, your training delivery will be sharper and more focused than before.
6. Fill Your Training Toolkit
We incorporate focus on Instructional System Design (ISD) models as part of the course syllabus. These models are reliable tools in your training assessment and design work.
7. Get the Credibility Kudos
Achieving the QQI Level 6 Training Needs Identification and Design certification gives weight and credibility to your skills and experience.
Who benefits from this course and certification?
We recommend this course for anyone who is already working as a trainer, or considering a career move into professional training.
It’s also hugely beneficial for those who work in a HR role, or any kind of leadership position.
How will it make your job easier?
If you really want to shine as a professional trainer, you can’t afford to skip these steps of the Training Cycle.
Solely relying on delivering material designed by others limits your opportunities, and restricts how much you can put your own stamp on the training you deliver.
By completing Training Needs Identification and Design, you’ll achieve excellence in these crucial training cycle stages.
Most human resource roles incorporate the responsibility for supporting and guiding others in their professional development.
Many HR professionals are also responsible for determining and outlining the training plan for whole teams or the entire company.
Training Needs Identification and Design will make sure that you have both the confidence and capability to perform both of these functions with skill.
Managers, Supervisors, and Leadership Team
Learning how to identify a need for training and define exactly where the gap in skills lies will help you guide your team in continuous development.
You’ll also learn better ways to create mini-training sessions for processes and skills you need to teach others in your team.
How can you get certified?
You can achieve a QQI Training Needs Identification and Design certification in 3 steps:
Step 1: Attend Training
Our 3-day course runs several times a year, with limited places available on each date. You can click below to reserve your place on our next dates.
Here are our next QQI Training Needs Identification & Design course dates:
Step 2: Complete Self-Directed Learning and Assessment Work
You'll have 8 weeks after the last date of training to complete the required work for your Training Needs Identification and Design assessment. We will provide you with a detailed assessment brief, and guidance on achieving your best from the assessment process.
Step 3: Achieve Certification
Once you have submitted all assessment work and gotten a passing grade, you will achieve your certification! As with all QQI certifications, it will take a few months to receive your physical certification.
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