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Become A Training Specialist

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Working As A Training Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $50,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Training Specialist 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 Training Specialist

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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Real Training Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
VRV Training Specialist Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Houston, TX Feb 02, 2015 $195,656
Financial Products Training Specialist Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $167,000
Customer Training Specialist 4 Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Apr 27, 2015 $155,000
Clinical Training Specialist Think Surgical, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 16, 2016 $150,000
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Cupertino, CA May 16, 2016 $134,200
Organizational Deveopment/Training Specialist Training Resources Group Inc. Arlington, VA Oct 01, 2015 $132,500 -
$142,500
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Fort Collins, CO Dec 09, 2016 $130,000
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Seattle, WA Jun 10, 2016 $124,800
Clinical Training Specialist, Latin America Extremity Medical LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ May 27, 2015 $122,990
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 17, 2016 $120,000
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 23, 2016 $120,000
Tech Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services Herndon, VA Dec 14, 2015 $111,000
Project & Training Specialist Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. Centralia, MO Jan 01, 2015 $73,045 -
$260,875
Training Specialist Smile Design Dental Lab, Inc. Redmond, WA Sep 14, 2016 $73,045
Training Specialist Hi TEC Dental Ceramics, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 15, 2016 $73,045
Training Specialist III Logic Information Systems, Inc. Bloomington, MN Sep 30, 2015 $71,531 -
$89,000
Training Specialist III Logic Information Systems, Inc. Bloomington, MN Oct 13, 2015 $71,531 -
$89,000
Training Specialist YM Dental Lab Inc. Manassas, VA Aug 19, 2015 $58,614
Training Specialist Abengoa Bioenergy Outsourcing, LLC Chesterfield, MO Sep 15, 2016 $58,136
Training Specialist I Bally Gaming Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 06, 2016 $57,358
Training Specialist I Bally Gaming Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jun 09, 2016 $57,358
Training Specialist Cosmetic Dental Art, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 17, 2015 $56,349
Dental Lab Training Specialist Ismile Dental Lab., Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 21, 2016 $56,349
Training Specialist Studio of Master's Touch, Inc. Barrington, IL Sep 15, 2016 $56,349

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Top Skills for A Training Specialist

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Top Training Specialist Skills

  1. Training Programs
  2. Procedures
  3. Training Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Have participated in the design, development, and delivery of training programs.
  • Developed detailed documentation of key procedures used by trainers and school dining room managers.
  • Deliver continuing education including technical and virtual training for tenured employees and create and maintain core training curriculum.
  • Developed format to assess analyst skills and professional development, Developed Team Coaches concept and provided training materials.
  • Drafted the command's Clinical Investigative protocol used in conducting trauma management training for operational medical personnel.

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