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Training officer

Alternative titles for this job include Training and development officer, learning and development officer

Training officers plan and run courses and workshops for staff in organisations and businesses.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

How to become

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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


A career in training 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 a subject like:

  • business studies
  • human resources management
  • communications
  • psychology

Postgraduate qualifications accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development may improve your chances of getting into this role, though are not essential.

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 could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job.

Courses include:

  • Level 3 Award in Facilitating Learning and Development
  • Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development
  • Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could do a Learning and Development Practitioner Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

This takes a minimum of 1 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

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You could start as an assistant in the human resources, recruitment or training department of an organisation, and work your way up through professional development and promotion.

Direct Application

You can apply directly to employers or set up your own training company. Experience in training or teaching will be essential.

Other Routes

You can take professional qualifications in learning and development to get into this job. These can be done online or at a training centre approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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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 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
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • 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 could:

  • assess individual and organisational training needs
  • design engaging, appropriate, and inclusive learning activities
  • provide online, blended or classroom based training
  • monitor trainees' progress and give constructive feedback
  • review the effectiveness of courses and update learner records

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior training officer or training manager.

You could also move into further education teaching, or work as a freelance trainer or consultant.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Diploma in Children's Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)

  • Provider: KENDAL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 20 February 2024
  • Location: Kendal

Diploma in Children's Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)

  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Newport

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