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Overtime and going home late is now a work health and safety issue

After years of working in front line roles in your industry, you might be looking for a change of pace. It’s likely you’ve earned a number of qualifications and developed extensive experience in your field during that time. That makes you an ideal candidate to become a trainer and assessor in Australia’s vocational training industry. Even if you don’t have accredited vocational qualifications, its like you can get recognition of prior learning for your eperience and other formal or informal training. So why would you want to make the jump to a vocational training career?

1. Enjoy a change in lifestyle

Working all day, every day, for weeks on end, takes a toll on your health. Perhaps you’re struggling to keep up with the physical demands the job places on your body.

Family life suffers in many jobs. Fly-in fly-out work is very disruptive for a family. Hospitality hours can require you to be at work when the kids are at home. Tradespeople leaving home early and getting back late miss out on valuable time with their family.

Trainers, in contrast, can find positions with a range of working hours to meet their personal needs. Training jobs often have normal office hours, Monday to Friday. You can often find jobs working evenings or weekends – whatever suits your schedule.

Trainers can work in an office, in a classroom or be out in the field doing hands-on training. Some training jobs even combine all three!

Training is a viable career change for many people, especially if you already have vocational qualifications and practical experience in your field.

Trainers can have schedules that meet their needs

2. Meet new people

Some jobs are solitary. They require you to work alone. After a while you might find yourself craving more human interaction.

Trainers are never isolated. The essence of training is passing on your skills and knowledge to other people. You simply can’t do that in a vacuum!

Trainers regularly meet and communicate with new people; students, other trainers and members of the community. You’ll spend a lot of your time working with students in the classroom or with other trainers in the office.

3. Push your boundaries

Practice makes perfect – that’s how you become an expert. It can get repetitive though…

If you’re looking for a new challenge in life, training is an excellent option. Training offers a number of new challenges for you to conquer.

You won’t just apply your existing expertise on the job. You’ll have to learn how to teach your skills and knowledge to other people too.

You won’t just learn training skills either. Teaching other people forces you to re-examine and re-evaluate what you think you already know.

Students will challenge you on why things are the way they are. Their fresh perspective on established practices and knowledge can highlight issues and help you improve your own skills too.

4. Make a difference in someone’s life

Trainers can make a difference in people's livesTeaching and training is a noble calling. Every day you can make a positive difference to students’ lives.

The skills you teach your students can literally change lives. It’s difficult for students to learn new skills and abilities without also learning about themselves.

Students can discover and break through their self-imposed limits. They can find new skills where they excel. Learning helps your students develop confidence and character, increase their self worth and can open new doors in their lives.

When training helps a student find work or increase their income, their family’s’ lives are changed too.

5. Training is not just a job

Many people work for one reason – a pay check. Training can be a true vocation.

To students, you are not just an employee. You can be a friend, a mentor and a guiding force in their life. The trainer’s role is to help students maximise their talents, skills and knowledge.

A trainer can make a true difference in the world. Your legacy as a trainer will be the people you’ve helped and the lives you’ve improved.

6. Training can pay well

Even if training is a calling, having money to pay the bills does help…

Teaching other people the skills to work in an industry often pays better than actually working in that industry. You might not get rich working as a trainer (though people can!), but you can afford a very comfortable lifestyle.

7. Get started today

The minimum training requirement to qualify as a trainer in Australia’s VET industry is the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

You can complete the training and assessment course online, or attend a face-to-face class. You can even mix the two styles in the blended training option.

To learn more about the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, enquire with Inspire Education on 1800 506 509 or at

Check out the course and get a FREE information pack HERE!


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  • Rachel Roche says:

    Hi I am a qualified teacher from UK and looking to get into a training and assessment field of employment. Are you looking for trainers at the moment? I can send through a resume if you are.
    Rachel Roche

    • Hi Rachel,

      We’re currently looking for a qualified OH&S/WHS safety trainer and assessor. You need to have a Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety qualification and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent vocational qualification to be eligible for this position.

      Even if you’re a qualified teacher, you’ll still need to have a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to be a trainer and assessor. As you’re already a teacher, check out the Cert IV TAE – Fast Track for Teachers course and save yourself time and work!

      The National Skills Standards Council has a great FAQ here -> Determination for trainer and assessor competencies

  • denise johnson says:

    It seems a good idea to be a trainer. You will have an opportunity to make a difference in another’s life. But I wonder if it really needs skills to be a trainer. Or it could just be learned in school?

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