How to become a training manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university 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
  • communications

Entry requirements

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

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You may get into this role by doing a higher apprenticeship as a learning and development consultant.

Entry requirements

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

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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.

Direct Application

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.

Other Routes

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. These may be useful when you apply for jobs.

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Career tips

A background in teaching, lecturing in further education or as a skills assessor could be useful.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a training manager from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • knowledge of English language
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • identifying priorities and drawing up training plans
  • producing training materials
  • working with external providers to develop specialist courses
  • managing and leading a team
  • updating training records
  • writing reports, keeping records, and working within budgets
  • making sure training is cost-effective

Working environment

You could work at a training centre, at a conference centre or in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience and contacts, you could become a freelance trainer or consultant.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Learning and Development Consultant Apprentice

  • Wage: £13,000.00 Annually
  • Location:

Courses In England

Level 3 Award in Education and Training

  • Start date: 30 September 2020
  • Location: Loughborough

Award in Education and Training Level 3

  • Provider: BOSTON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 October 2020
  • Location: Boston

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