How to become a training manager
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
There is no set entry route to become a training manager but you may find it useful to do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- business studies
- human resources management
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could take a college course to become a manager if you have some experience in training or teaching.
- Level 3 Diploma in Learning and Development
- Level 4 Certificate in Workforce Performance Development
- Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could get into this role by doing the Learning and Development Consultant Higher Apprenticeship or the Senior People Professional Degree Apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could start as a business administrator or training officer in a company's human resources department and work your way up through training and promotion.
You could apply directly if you've got experience as a training officer. Most organisations will expect you to have an understanding of their industry.
You can study for professional qualifications in learning and development, either online or at a training centre approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. You might find these useful when you apply for jobs.
You might find it useful if you have a background or experience:
- teaching in schools
- teaching in further education
- working as a skills assessor
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You can find out more about becoming a training manager from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.