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How to Become a Corporate Trainer
Profile of Corporate Trainers
Many Australian organisations strive to keep their employees sharp and up to date with their skills. After all, the performance of a company depends on how well their staff do their jobs.
Here is where corporate trainers enter. They are the ones who make sure business have what they need to succeed, whether it’s to expand the abilities of their staff or develop future company leaders.
You might know corporate trainers by other titles like Training and Development Professional, Learning Development Coordinator, Workplace Assessor or simply Training Consultant. Although these positions may have differences in their job description, they often have responsibilities of designing, implementing or assessing training programs.
So how do you become one?
One of the most popular qualifications among Australian trainers is the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. It helps develop skills you need to facilitate learning in the workplace and design learning programs; essential skills for corporate trainers. Graduates of this course can also become vocational trainers in Australia’s vocational education and training system, working in TAFEs and private Registered Training Organisations like Inspire Education.
Bachelor degrees are also popular choices for workplace trainers who can afford to commit several years to studying. If you prefer to take a more academic route, you can take up a university course related to business education, human resources, communication and similar areas of study.
Taking up either one of these courses is important to apply for your first work experience as an actual trainer.
Job Description and Required Skills
The roles of development professionals revolve around training design, implementation and assessment. You may have unique duties depending on your industry, but you can expect to have common responsibilities too. These include:
- • Identifying training needs of organisations and staff
- • Developing training programs
- • Facilitating group and individual learning
- • Conducting presentations in various formats
- • Evaluating the progress of learners
- • Designing learning tools like simulations, tests and guides
- • Monitoring the effectiveness of development programs
Great corporate trainers often have the following characteristics:
- • Can communicate well with supervisors and co-workers
- • Knows how to establish professional relationships with others
- • Knows how to use different kinds of sources to get updated information
- • Are good mentors or coaches
Overall, their job description is a mix of delivering actual training to people and doing paperwork to make sure that their programs are actually effective.
Salary of Corporate Trainers and Development Professionals
The potential salary of corporate trainers is reported to be between $46,721 to $104,478 per year, with an average of $67,533. This huge variation in salary may be because trainers are found in almost every industry in Australia and compensation is affected by the needs and conditions of each sector.
The Government’s Job Outlook website includes corporate trainers in their “Training and Development Professionals” category and report a similar level of pay with a median salary of $1,350 for a 38 hour work week. This is equal to annual wages of approximately $70,200.
Corporate Trainer Job Prospects and Opportunities
The top industries for training and development professionals are Education and Training, Public Administration and Safety and Financial Services. Because it is a large occupation with trainers needed in many industries, there are likely to be job opportunities opening up in many regions of Australia depending on your area of expertise.
Click on your city, state or territory below to search for current vacancies:
- • Sydney and New South Wales (NSW)
- • Melbourne and Victoria (VIC)
- • Brisbane and Queensland (QLD)
- • Perth and Western Australia (WA)
- • Adelaide and South Australia (SA)
- • Hobart and Tasmania (TAS)
- • Canberra and ACT (ACT)
- • Darwin and Northern Territory (NT)
Corporate Trainers help organisations reach their goals by making sure their employees have the right skills. This could be the right career for you if you like teaching others and have good communication and presentation skills.
You can enrol in the Cert IV TAE and start developing your training skills through compentecy based learning, or take up a bachelor degree for a more academic approach. With additional industry experience, you will be able to apply for positions as a training and development professional.
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