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Summary of occupation

Training officers develop and conduct an organisation's training and development program. They often consult with an organisation's management and staff to identify areas where training is necessary to improve aspects such as efficiency and safety. Training officers work in industries all over Western Australia, from corporate offices in the centre of Perth through to retail chains and fast food companies with stores in towns and cities state-wide. Training usually covers areas such as occupational health and safety, operating equipment, preparing for retirement, management and leadership skills, general clerical duties and/or industrial relations. Most training officers specialise in only one or two fields, so larger organisations may employ more than one.

ANZSCO description: Plans, develops, implements and evaluates  training and development programs to ensure management and staff  acquire the skills and develop the competencies required by an  organisation to meet organisational objectives.
Alternative names: Trainer, Training Coordinator, Training Officer
Specialisations: Education Officer (Air Force and Army), Training Systems Officer (Navy)
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A training officer needs:

  • good communication and presentation skills
  • good people skills
  • to be motivated and able to motivate others
  • organisational skills
  • to be flexible in their teaching methods
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Working conditions

Working conditions for training officers depend largely on the subjects they teach. In many cases they work indoors, in an office or classroom environment, though they may also work in workshops or outdoors. They often conduct training at a client's workplace, which in some instances may require them to complete a safety induction, particularly if visiting a construction or mine site. Depending on the size and structure of an organisation, training officers may be required to travel interstate or even overseas to assess a workplace and deliver training.

Most training officers work regular hours, however, they may also work evening and weekends, depending on a client's specific needs.

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Salary details

On average training and development professionals can expect to earn between $1,500 and $1,749 per week ($78,000 and $90,999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

Most training officers use computers and various types of audio-visual equipment, such as projectors and microphones, to deliver training. A range of other equipment may also be used, depending on the specific training being delivered. For instance, a training officer teaching staff how to use a new piece of industrial machinery would need to be able to use it correctly themselves.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a training and development professional, you usually need to gain a formal qualification in human resource management, training and development or a related area. You may also be required to have significant experience in the area in which you offer training.

The Diploma of Training Design and Development and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment are also offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and Search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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