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Introduction to Trainer Skills (Level 3)

Course Overview

Trainer Skills Course

Professional trainers are required to be exceptionally flexible, adaptable and dynamic in their approach to their everyday responsibilities.  Difficult situations and challenging behaviours come as a standard part of the job – all of which must be handled while at all times providing professional, engaging and effective adult teachings. 

This trainer skills course has been created for those who wish to begin an exciting new career as an adult educator, or significantly advance an existing career. Course content covers a wide variety of essential insights and theoretical teachings – all of which can assist professional trainers in engaging, empowering and motivating audience members.

Throughout the course of seven easy-to-follow units, candidates explore a wide variety of adult learning principles, learning styles and effective/efficient training techniques incorporating powerful tools and materials. The training process itself - from the initial planning right through to analysis of effectiveness - is investigated, along with a variety of key presentation skills and the creation of powerful learning sequences.

Successful candidates will benefit from the skills and confidence required to take existing trainer competences to a much higher level, or perhaps begin a dynamic and rewarding new career.  

Course Syllabus

This trainer skills course consists of the following seven units:

Unit 1 - What Makes a Successful Trainer

In the first course unit, candidates are introduced to the principles and core elements of successful training in order to begin building an understanding of what makes an effective and successful trainer. The concept of adult learning and how it differs from traditional education is also explored in-depth.

Unit 2 - The Learning Process

The principles of adult learning are further investigated in the second unit, which also introduces a series of important learning styles and the ‘four step’ learning process. Candidates explore the various ways in which adults both learn and approach education in general.

Unit 3 - Applying the Learning Cycle

The four stages of the learning cycle are explained and explored in the third unit, which also brings into consideration the definitions of and differences between introverts and extraverts. Course content begins to outline the application of training theory in a practical context.

Unit 4 - The Training Process

In the fourth unit, the training process itself is given primary focus incorporating effective planning processes, content research, the analysis of an audience’s needs and how to choose the most appropriate training methods. Candidates are also guided through the six essential steps of the training process.

Unit 5 - Designing a Learning Sequence

Learning sequences form the core focus of Unit 5, which touches upon the introduction of various games and activities which can be used to enhance the adult training/learning process.

Unit 6 - Presentation Skills

The development and advancement of professional presentation skills follows in Unit 6, which guides candidates through a series of tips for effective use of visuals and the key differences between showing and telling. How to deal with challenging audience members is also introduced and explored.

Unit 7 - On-the-Job Training

In the closing course unit, attention shifts to on-the-job training and the four critical steps in the job training process. Candidates are also introduced to evaluation designing.

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £395 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £95

No of Instalments: 12

Each Instalment: £25

Pay in Full: (£80 Discount) £315


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievementfrom ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Brentwood open learning college has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood open learning college to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards/Certa endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

Your new skills, talents and expertise will give you the confidence to pursue a career in professional training and development. You may choose to work with a business in-house, a dedicated training service provider or you may even decide to go into business for yourself. It is an extremely rewarding career path to pursue, with typical salaries ranging from £18,000 to more than £35,000 with experience. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Existing trainers in pursuit of self-improvement
  • Newcomers with an interest in becoming professional trainers
  • Recruiters, managers, team leaders and business owners
  • Anyone considering setting up their own training company
  • Candidates with an interest in boosting their career prospects

Related Links:

Certificate in Advanced Skills for Practical Trainer (Level 3) 

Certificate in Team Leading Skills (Level 3)

Certificate in Team Leading Skills (Level 2)

Course Level
Level 3

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
200 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No entry requirement.

Start Date

  • Find out what it takes to become a superior trainer
  • Study the human learning process and the learning cycle
  • Explore the training process and effective training methods
  • Build strong presentation and communication skills
  • Study the role and importance of on-the-job training 

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I liked the way it is exposed, clear and easy to understand. I think it is going to be a very useful tool in my professional career.


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