Train the Trainer

Learn strategies and techniques for delivering high-quality workplace training that leads to better learner outcomes.

Course overview


CPD Certified

57 online lessons

Digital certificate

4 simulations

4 hours to complete

What you will learn

Techniques to effectively train people in a professional environment

How to create and deliver successful training sessions with practice in online simulations

To develop your communication skills and give memorable training sessions

Deliver high quality workplace training

Before you can start training others, you must first develop the knowledge and skills needed to convey information in a compelling manner. In this immersive course, you’ll learn how to confidently train others in ways that fully involve and engage the learners.

This train the trainer course teaches you how to create and deliver successful training sessions for audiences of any size, develop your communication skills, plan a training session, use your voice and body language effectively, deal with difficult participants, answer audience questions and more.

Throughout the course, you'll watch example videos from real training sessions, similar to the types of training you'll be performing in the future, to help reinforce topics being taught.

After learning the fundamentals, you'll practice what you've learnt in realistic online simulations.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to give memorable training sessions, whether you are coaching the whole office or individuals.

Online learning, done differently

We combine online learning with online simulations for a unique learning approach. At certain points throughout this course, you'll be prompted to practice what you've learnt in simulations.

Learn online courses

Learn in online classes

Complete a series of videos, quizzes and case studies through our online platform - available to access at any time.


Practice in simulations

Practice what you learn in realistic online simulations. Training teams is just like any other skill - you need to practice to improve.


Improve with feedback

Receive feedback on your performance to help identify areas you need to improve to become an effective trainer.

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Train the Trainer: Course curriculum

  • Overview of the online simulations and course. We explain how to access the simulations and how they can help you improve your training skills by letting you practice in a realistic environment.
  • Course guide and resources
  • Welcome
  • About the simulations
  • Simulation: Testing your current training ability
  • Learn about the benefits of being an effective trainer within your organisation and why training can feel unnatural to both you and your participants. Finish with a learning environment activity.
  • Benefits of being an effective trainer
  • Giving training can be discomforting
  • Activity: Creating a learning environment
  • Our ideas for creating a learning environment
  • This lesson covers all areas of planning a training session, including a look at different learning strategies, use of visual aids, session timings and everything else that needs preparing.
  • Different learning styles for adult learners
  • Adult learning
  • Teaching strategies for the different learning styles
  • Use of visual aids and materials
  • Planning a training session
  • Activity: Planning a training session
  • Session timings
  • Activities during the training
  • Other things to plan
  • Quiz: Review of this section
  • The first 15 minutes are crucial for a successful training session. Learn how to introduce both yourself and the course, before practicing what you have learnt in the online simulation.
  • Before the training starts
  • Introducing yourself and the course
  • Case study: Critique this introduction
  • Course layout
  • Role play: Plan and write your introduction
  • Simulation: Present your introduction
  • Checklist for before and after a presentation
  • Communication skills are vital for keeping your participants engaged. Understand the importance of ethos, how to use statistics in your training material and the power of storytelling.
  • 10 simple rules for good communication
  • Ethos, Pathos, Logos: 3 pillars of persuasion
  • Storytelling for trainers: Craft stories that matter
  • Why and how to bring statistics into your speech
  • Ways you annoy your audience when presenting
  • Speaking rate, pauses, volume and pitch are essential communication skills. Learn how to use these during your training to emphasise key points, and then practice them in the online simulations.
  • Pace
  • Average speaking rate and words per minute
  • Using pauses in your presentation
  • Volume
  • Content
  • Case study: Good and bad use of voice
  • Using your vocal toolbox
  • Simulation: Explaining a topic
  • Positive body language and eye contact help keep your participants engaged. After learning about these, you’ll watch examples of good and bad body language to emphasise how this looks to the participants.
  • Importance of body language
  • Feet and stance
  • Facial expression
  • Importance of eye contact
  • Perceiving body language
  • Delivering confident body language?
  • Quiz: Review of this section
  • Understand how to ask questions to ensure your participants are following along, as well as dealing with correct and incorrect responses. The topic of answering questions is covered towards the end of this section.
  • Different kinds of questions
  • Dealing with responses
  • Answering questions
  • Guide for handling questions after a presentation
  • Simulation: Answering questions
  • Not all training sessions will run smoothly and not all participants will behave as expected. This sections covers difficult scenarios which might occur and how to deal with them.
  • Dealing with slow learners
  • Difficult participants
  • This section explains how to end a session and follow up with participants after the session. A checklist for before and after your session is also provided.
  • Ending the session
  • After the session
  • Further actions

Your instructor

Rasool Somji

Rasool Somji

Rasool studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, before starting his career in software development. He now works as a trainer, primarily targeting middle and upper management, focusing on modern computing technologies, including AI, cyber security and blockchain.

Online simulations for this course

Practice your training skills with realistic online simulations. At key points during the online part of the course, you'll be prompted to practice what you've learnt in one of the following simulations.

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Improve faster with these features

Useful features in the simulations to improve your training delivery.

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Presentation slides

Personalise your training by adding your own slides into the virtual scenarios.

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Voice analysis

Receive feedback on your training session with our voice analysis technology.

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Participant distractions

Learn how to deal with trainee distractions such as talking and mobile phones.

"Terrific idea. Took the course to practice for a training session with a small audience that's coming up in a few days. The immersive training was surprisingly intimidating, in a good way."

- Michael Windsor

"Loved the course - as a complete beginner trainer, it helped me understand how best to teach my colleagues. I could then practice my delivery in the virtual rooms."

- Luke Penn