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Qualifications/Courses for becoming a Training & Development professional


I am a generalist HR Officer with 2 years experience. I have recently completed my Graduate CIPD and have a degree. My organisation are willing to sponsor me to do a qualification/course in order to transfer over to our Training and Development team, in line with my desired career path. One suggestion is that I do the Certificate in Training Practice - however, I am concerned that having done my CIPD this might not be at the right level for me.

I would be grateful on your views/experiences of suitable courses/quals to do for this area which are well-recognised and would match my educational level.

Alison Clayton

9 Responses

  1. NVQ Training and Development

    You could always try doing the TDLB NVQ Level 3 or 4 in Training and Development, it will allow you more flexiblity than the Cert in Training Practice. if you want to know more e-mail me at [email protected]



  2. CTP
    I would suggest going for the Certificate Training Practice. You’ll learn more than going through an NVQ route, you may also find it a better networking opportunity.

    I guess the conclusion you must reach from these two postings is look at both and decide which you feel most comfortable with.

    If you ring me – 01926 336621 – I can arrnage to have a info pack on the CTP sent to you.

    Garry Platt
    [email protected]

  3. CTP or not ?
    Depends what your current T&D knowledge / experience is – CTP is an excellent foundation for those looking for their first step. Suggest you contact Brian Hamer at DPG on 0161 728 3700 – he is course director of CTP programmes and also involved in TDLB NVQ – I’m sure he’d be happy to talk you through most suitable / pro’s and con’s of either route, according to your personal situation. Good luck, whichever option you choose.

  4. MSc in Training
    Leicester University Centre for Labour Market Studies offer an MSc in Training (with options for Training and HRM or Training and Performance Management). I’m part way through the course now: it’s aimed at a different level to CTP and doesn’t cover the practice of training design, development or delivery, but is an excellent course and many of the students have an HR background. Even if you don’t think it’s suitable for the immediate future, it might be worth considering later. See you’re interested.

  5. Training and Development Qualifications
    I think the CTP is an excellent idea – it will provide a foundation in training and development. There are other qualifications around – City and Guilds for example – which follow a similar syllabus. Depending on the kind of training with which you will be involved, you might consider a qualification which is more specialised – IT Trainers for example can attain qualifications like Microsoft Certified Trainer or Mous Authorised Instructor. There is also an internationally recognised qualification for trainers from a range of disciplines called Certified Technical Trainer (technical in this sense doesn’t necessarily mean IT or engineering but includes most forms of adult education/training). It’s administered by Corporate Learning in the UK (their website is

    Other routes include the NVQ or MSc programmes – although at this point you might want to consider focusing on your delivery skills first before considering the options available to you for certification.

  6. CTP is the way to go
    The CTP is a fine course. Though it may be viewed as a foundation level qualification I feel that it would be entirely suitable for a change of direction into T&D. You’ll find a variety of challenges within the assignments which I’m sure an HR officer would find enjoyable & rewarding. The NVQ route will provide a demonstartion of your competence but as it centres around gathering eveidence you will not experience the same variety that CTP offers.

  7. A few suggestions
    Here are a few suggestions!

    1. MSc in Training ?
    2. MSc Psychology ?
    3. Diploma Counselling Skills (very useful facilitative/creative/listening skills and wider application can be made)

    Hope this helps, Alison! ūüôā
    Yasmin Shabi (MCIPD, studying for Dip Couns)

  8. Training professional qualifications
    We run a few training programmes for training professionals. NVQ TDLB at level 4 and also a training materials development course which attracts NVQ unit accreditation. Some of the managment NVQ units at level 5 also would assist in strategic plans to include training if that appeals more.

    Our aim is that we train excellant professional trainers who can add value to all training. Practical NVQ’s work very well in this field. E mail us for more details [email protected] or phone 0870 241 3998

  9. Certificate/Diploma in Training, Learning and Development
    An alternative to the CTP or the NVQ route is the Training Learning and Development Scheme which leads to a certificate or diploma. The award is offered by the Centre for Learning Development at the University of Wales, Bangor. It is a practical, relevant, project based programme focussing on you developing skills and understanding through your work, rather than ‘off the job’. There is more information at this link or email me at [email protected]. I hope this helps. Regards, Pete


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