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What does it take to be a vocational trainer?

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With the rapid growth of many Australian industries (especially education and training), finding qualified trainers to train staff has become an issue. Trainers are needed everywhere, and if you’re planning to fill this demand, you might be the asking the question: “what does it take to be a vocational trainer?”

Being a trainer means you are a person who helps others to ‘learn the right and appropriate techniques to do a particular job with professionalism and skill. If we picture an industry as a tree, trainers are the roots, the foundations on which we build something great.

What does it take to be a vocational trainer?

It takes a particular set of skills and qualifications, combined with determination and hard work. Here are some of the factors you should consider if you’re deciding whether to become a trainer:

  • • Which field do you want to train in?
  • • What qualifications do you need?
  • • What kind of place do you want to work?
  • • How do you get started?

Which field do you want to train in?

To start with, you need to find the field of training that appeals to you. The vocational training sector offers courses in a huge range of industries – retail, tourism, construction, mining, information technology, cosmetics and more. Then there are specialized skills & qualifications within each sector. If you’re considering a training career, you’ve likely already worked and earnt qualifications in a particular field, which can make your choice much easier. If you choose the right field for your skills, experience and interests, you’re much more likely to be a successful trainer and enjoy what you do!

What qualifications do you need?

There is one qualification that is pretty much essential to any training career – the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. This is considered to be the ideal entry qualification into the training industry for most people. It meets the minimum regulatory requirements to become a qualified vocational trainer, teaches you the skills you need to start your training career (or formalize your experience) and provides a pathway into the Diploma of Vocational Education and Training when you want to develop your training career further.

What kind of place do you want to work?

This might not be an immediate concern when you’re starting your qualifications, but it will become important when you’re nearing the end of your training and looking for your new training job! Certificate IV in TAE qualified trainers have a lot of options when it comes to how, and where, they train. Traditionally, TAFE Colleges might have been the only obvious choice. These days there are heaps of private and public training companies around, looking for talented trainers. Many companies and big businesses also need in-house training staff to help induct new employees or keep staff up to date with best practices.

You also have options in how you want to train. Some organizations will specialize in face-to-face training, meaning you’ll spend most of your time in the classroom working with students. Others focus on efficient online training systems, where you’ll be providing student support via phone, email and other communication systems while assessing students’ work as it comes in. Courses rich with practical, hands-on training and assessments can give you the chance to be out in the field, getting your hands dirty while you get the best out of your students in on-the-job style training.

How do you get started?

Every worthwhile endeavour starts with a first step. That might be volunteering to help out with training in your workplace to develop experience or signing up to start your Certificate in Training and Assessment. Whatever it is, it won’t happen if you sit at home waiting for a miracle to occur. Put yourself out there and get started on your path to success as a trainer!



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