Trainers plan and provide training courses for employees of businesses, government and other organisations.
Trainers may do some or all of the following:
- assess the needs of trainees
- design face-to-face learning activities and training programmes for organisations
- design online instructional tools and learning programmes
- create and implement coaching plans
- run training programmes and learning activities
- develop resources
- create assessment standards and outcomes
- measure learning both pre and post-training
- provide assessment data and feedback to trainees and the organisation.
Useful experience for trainers includes:
- managing staff
- public speaking.
Trainers need to be:
- skilled at communicating with adults from a range of backgrounds and cultures
- friendly and confident
- understanding, patient and tolerant
Trainers need to have:
- knowledge of the subject area they are teaching
- coaching and teaching skills
- an understanding of learning theories and learner behaviour principles
- skills in designing learner modules, for both online and face-to-face training
- an understanding of UX (user experience) design and accessibility requirements
- IT skills.
- usually work regular office hours, but may also work evenings and weekends
- may work in different locations, including offices, workshops and classrooms
- may travel to run training workshops and courses.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a trainer. However, English, social studies and digital technologies are useful.
Trainers may progress to work in:
- human resources
- tutoring or teaching
- project management.
Trainers may also progress to set up their own businesses.
Years Of Training
There are no specific requirements to become a trainer. However, you need to have experience in a particular field before you can train others. Examples of such fields include:
- teaching – especially literacy and numeracy
- human resources
- computer administration and programming
Employers may prefer to hire trainers who have a qualification in adult teaching or instructional design.
- Open Polytechnic website - information on the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5)
- Open Polytechnic website - information on the New Zealand Certificate in Assessment Practice (Level 4)
- Wintec website - information on the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 4)