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Training officer

Alternative titles for this job include Learning and development officer, skills trainer

Training officers plan and run training and development courses for businesses and public sector organisations.

Average salary (a year)

£22,500 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

How to become

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How to become 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 all subjects. It can be particularly useful to do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • business studies
  • communications
  • psychology
  • education and training
  • human resources management

You could also study for a postgraduate qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Most degree subjects are accepted for entry.

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
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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You could take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Courses include:

  • learning and development
  • digital skills: teaching and learning
  • facilitating learning and development

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could apply for a place on an apprenticeship, such as:

  • Learning and Development Practitioner Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Learning and Skills Teacher Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship

If you're looking to go into training management, you could do a Learning and Development Consultant Business Partner Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship.

These apprenticeships take a minimum of one year and 6 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 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 an assistant in a human resources, recruitment or training department, and work your way up by taking training and development qualifications on the job.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. You'll need experience in training or teaching to be successful. Employers will expect you to have an understanding of their industry.

They may also want you to have a qualification in the subject you wish to offer training. For example, a recognised IT qualification to teach IT skills.

Other Routes

You can take professional qualifications in learning and development, either online or at a training centre, approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Career tips

You'll have an advantage when looking for work if you have experience and qualifications from:

  • teaching in schools or further education
  • working as a skills assessor

Further information

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

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a training officer, you would:

  • identify the training needs of individuals and organisations
  • design engaging, appropriate and inclusive learning materials and activities
  • deliver training online, in the classroom, or by a mix of the 2
  • monitor trainees' progress
  • measure the effectiveness of courses and supply data to managers
  • make sure training is within budget

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • become a senior training officer, training manager or assessor
  • work as a freelance trainer or coaching consultant
  • move into human resources management
  • go into further education teaching

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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  • Location: B33 8BA

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Courses In England

Award in Education and Training

  • Start date: 13 September 2024
  • Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme

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  • Start date: 03 October 2024
  • Location: Not known

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