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
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.
On average, training and development professionals can expect to earn between $1 500 and $1 999 per week ($78 000 and $103 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a training and development professional develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
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.
To become a training and development professional, you usually need to complete 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 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
You can also complete a degree majoring in human resource management.
All universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
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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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.