How to become a training officer
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
This role is open to graduates from a wide range of subjects. It can be particularly useful to do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in subjects like:
- business studies
- human resources management
Postgraduate qualifications accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development may improve your chances of getting into this role, though are not essential.
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 do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Courses include:
- Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development
- Level 3 Award in Facilitating Learning and Development
- Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You may train by doing an advanced apprenticeship as a learning and development practitioner.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could start as an assistant in a human resources, recruitment or training department and work your way up.
You can apply directly to employers or set up your own training company. Experience in training or teaching will be helpful.
You can take professional qualifications in learning and development to get into this job, either online or at a training centre approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
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 officer from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.