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Become A Senior Training Specialist

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Working As A Senior Training Specialist

  • 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 Senior Training Specialist Do

A Senior Training Specialist provides support for educational activities conducted at small businesses. They implement new training programs and improve the current ones through working in close cooperation with the leadership team at all levels.

How To Become A Senior Training Specialist

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


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.


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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Real Senior Training Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
EOD & Cbrne Senior Trainer Federal Resources Supply Company Stevensville, MD Sep 18, 2013 $135,000
Senior Trainer ?What If! USA Limited New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $130,000
Senior Customer Trainer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 23, 2015 $98,717 -
Senior Customer Trainer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 13, 2015 $98,717 -
Senior Ap1000 Operations Training Instructor Westinghouse Electric Company LLC Cranberry, PA Aug 19, 2016 $94,000
Senior Ap1000 Operations Training Instructor Westinghouse Electric Company Cranberry, PA Jul 12, 2015 $94,000
Senior Trainer Telerik Inc. Hudson, OH Apr 15, 2013 $90,000 -
Senior Consultant, Training and Development Specialist EGM Consulting, LLC Washington, DC Mar 18, 2015 $85,000
Senior Nuclear Operations Training Instructor Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc. Snow Hill, NC Sep 24, 2012 $74,834 -
Senior Trainer Allscripts Healthcare, LLC Atlanta, GA Nov 23, 2011 $70,000
Senior Training Specialist Merck & Co., Inc. Summit, NJ Aug 20, 2010 $69,389
SR. Training and Development Specialist Genscript USA Inc. Piscataway, NJ Jun 01, 2016 $64,750
SR. Info Systems (ERA) Training Specialist Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Jul 02, 2015 $62,663
SR. Info Systems (ERA) Training Specialist Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Jun 02, 2014 $61,586

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Top Skills for A Senior Training Specialist


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Top Senior Training Specialist Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Training Curriculum
  3. Training Classes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted and arranged for worker training in safety, repair, or maintenance techniques, operational procedures, or equipment use.
  • Developed and facilitated training curriculum in accordance with customer contractual commitments and company product offerings.
  • Prepared manuals, exercises, and visual aids for training classes in the classroom and on the web.
  • Interact with clients and utilized excellent organizational skills to arrange implementations of presentations and creating schedules/training materials.
  • Planned and implemented effective maintenance and training programs for skills qualification.

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