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Training officer

Training officers plan and run courses and workshops for staff within organisations.

Annual Salary

£15,000 to £35,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; attending events or appointments

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Future employment

There will be 4% more Training officer jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • assess individual and organisational training needs
  • conduct staff appraisals and meetings with managers
  • design engaging, appropriate, and inclusive learning activities
  • deliver training using online, blended or classroom based methods
  • assess individuals and the effectiveness of training programmes
  • monitor trainees' progress
  • develop appraisal schemes to match organisation needs
  • make sure training is cost-effective and within budget

Working environment

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

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
University

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
  • 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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College

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

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Apprenticeship

You may train by doing an advanced apprenticeship as a learning and development practitioner.

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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Work

You could start as an assistant in a human resources, recruitment or training department and work your way up.

Direct application

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

Other routes

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.

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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.

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

You could also become a freelance trainer or consultant.

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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • 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 teach pupils how to do something
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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