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Become A Program Trainer

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Working As A Program Trainer

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $77,460

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Trainer Do

Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.

Duties

Training and development specialists typically do the following:

  • Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, or consultations with managers or instructors
  • Design and create training manuals, online learning modules, and course materials
  • Review training materials from a variety of vendors and choose appropriate materials
  • Deliver training to employees using a variety of instructional techniques
  • Monitor and evaluate training programs to ensure they are current and effective
  • Select and assign instructors or vendors to conduct training
  • Perform administrative tasks such as monitoring costs, scheduling classes, setting up systems and equipment, and coordinating enrollment

Training and development specialists create, administer, and deliver training programs for businesses and organizations. To do this, they must first assess the needs of an organization. Once those needs are determined, specialists develop custom training programs that take place in classrooms or training facilities. Training programs are increasingly delivered through computers, tablets, or other hand-held electronic devices.

Training and development specialists organize or deliver training sessions using lectures, group discussions, team exercises, hands-on examples, and other formats. Training can be in the form of a video, self-guided instructional manual, or online application. Training also may be collaborative, which allows employees to connect informally with experts, mentors, and colleagues, often through the use of technology.

Training and development specialists may monitor instructors, guide employees through media-based programs, or facilitate informal or collaborative learning programs.

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How To Become A Program Trainer

Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree, and most need related work experience.

Education

Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree. Specialists may have a variety of education backgrounds, but many have a bachelor’s degree in training and development, human resources, education, or instructional design. Others may have a degree in business administration or a social science, such as educational or organizational psychology.

In addition, as technology continues to play a larger role in training and development, a growing number of organizations seek candidates who have a background in information technology or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Related work experience is important for most training and development specialists. Many positions require work experience in areas such as training and development or instructional design, or in related occupations, such as human resources specialists or even teachers.

Employers may prefer to hire candidates with previous work experience in the industry in which the company operates. However, some employers may hire candidates with a master’s degree in lieu of work experience. Increasingly, employers prefer candidates with experience in information technology, as organizations introduce more e-learning, mobile training, and technology-based tools.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many human resources associations offer classes to enhance the skills of their members. Some associations, including the Association for Talent Development and International Society for Performance Improvement, specialize in training and development and offer certification programs. Although not required, certification can show professional expertise and credibility. Some employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification.

Advancement

Training and development specialists may advance to training and development manager or human resources manager positions. Workers typically need several years of experience to advance. Some employers require managers to have a master’s degree in a related area.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Training and development specialists must evaluate training programs, methods, and materials, and choose those that best fit each situation.

Creativity. Specialists should be creative when developing training materials. They may need to think of and implement new approaches, such as new technology, when evaluating existing training methods.

Instructional skills. Training and development specialists often deliver training programs to employees. They use a variety of teaching techniques and sometimes must adapt their methods to meet the needs of particular groups.

Interpersonal skills. Specialists need strong interpersonal skills because delivering training programs requires collaboration with instructors, trainees, and subject-matter experts. They accomplish much of their work through teams.

Speaking skills. Speaking skills are essential for training and development specialists because they often give presentations. Specialists must communicate information clearly and facilitate learning by diverse audiences.

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Program Trainer Career Paths

Program Trainer
Program Manager Marketing Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Trainer Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Buyer Account Executive Sales Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Director Marketing Director Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Training Associate Training Specialist Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Buyer Senior Buyer Material Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Trainer Training Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Operations Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Director Specialist Operations Manager
Sales And Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Training Associate Trainer Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Human Resources Coordinator Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Executive Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Program Trainer Demographics

Gender

Female

51.7%

Male

45.5%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

77.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.5%

French

11.0%

Chinese

8.5%

Mandarin

5.9%

German

5.1%

Portuguese

4.2%

Romanian

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Turkish

0.8%

Samoan

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Russian

0.8%

Filipino

0.8%

Greek

0.8%
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Program Trainer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.2%

Syracuse University

6.7%

Florida State University

6.1%

New York University

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.5%

Michigan State University

4.9%

University of Central Florida

4.9%

Temple University

4.3%

University of Iowa

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

Johnson & Wales University

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.3%

Ithaca College

3.7%

University of North Texas

3.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

San Diego State University

3.7%

University of California - Davis

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

Villanova University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

25.8%

Management

7.9%

Psychology

7.4%

Finance

5.6%

Marketing

4.9%

Education

4.7%

Communication

4.1%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Elementary Education

3.7%

Nursing

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

Accounting

3.3%

English

2.8%

Educational Leadership

2.8%

Counseling Psychology

2.8%

Human Resources Management

2.7%

Hospitality Management

2.7%

General Studies

2.5%

Social Work

2.5%

Sociology

2.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.4%

Masters

24.7%

Other

18.6%

Associate

6.7%

Doctorate

4.6%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.4%
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Real Program Trainer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Certification and Training Program Enginee Synergy Informatin Solutions Palm Desert, CA Oct 15, 2009 $125,000
Program Support & Training GJG Ut, Inc. Englewood, CO Jun 27, 2013 $80,939 -
$110,445
Training Program Mananger (Full Stop) Dry Stone Masonry Institute of America, Inc. Lexington, KY Jun 07, 2013 $68,064
Programming Trainer Va Technologies LLC Cranbury, NJ Sep 10, 2015 $60,000
Program Management and Training GJ Gardner USA Personnel LLC San Antonio, TX Apr 05, 2016 $58,000 -
$70,000

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Top Skills for A Program Trainer

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Top Program Trainer Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Training Curriculum
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide excellent customer service skills, and extensive record keeping, tracking skills and budgeting.
  • Develop and deliver outdoor training curriculum to adults at council properties and serve as the outdoor education contact for membership.
  • Established system safety management and application over all ground combat systems.
  • Reviewed documentation pertinent to program administration, training provider and employer eligibility, training activities and program financial management.
  • Assist clients in areas of personal care.

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