Training of Trainers

Course overview

This training focuses on the design and delivery of training for dissemination of knowledge and skills, based on clear needs analysis. Drawing on your technical knowledge and understanding and your experience in the field, you will discuss the needs of those you might be training in the future. Taking into account a range of different training approaches and methods, you will put together training session plans for a course. You will have opportunities to practise your training skills for real and receive constructive feedback from your colleagues.  The emphasis of this course can be tailored to meet your needs, to be more focused on training or facilitation skills.

Course details

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Course objectives

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Consider the information, training and capacity building needs of various audiences in relations to the technical subject matter
  • Examine the attitudes, processes and methodologies required for facilitating participatory learning
  • Design targeted presentations and training inputs to build the awareness of others
  • Demonstrate effective facilitation and communication skills in the delivery of training
  • Evaluate the success of your training and capacity building events.


At CIDT we are great believers in experiential learning. Therefore our courses and workshops are very participatory and active in nature, so be prepared to share your ideas, experiences, problems, challenges and practices with other. We also believe that learning should be fun – so please also bring your sense of humor with you!

The emphasis is on participatory approaches of teaching and learning relying including individual and small group work, learning-by-doing, case studies and exercises. We want you to take this opportunity to reflect and analyse in detail on the application of the programme content to practical situations within your own future work. The programme aims to give you a valuable collection of practical ideas, skills and materials.

Course Content


Where are you now? Your current experience, skills & expectations.

Defining training, facilitation and learning

  • What is facilitation, training, coaching etc?
  • How we learn as children/adults
  • Learning styles
  • Implication for training

Approaches to training and facilitation

  • The role of the trainer/facilitator/coach
  • Styles of training & facilitation

Understanding Group Dynamics

  • Advantages of  group work
  • The group work process
  • Communication styles

Facilitating Group work

  • Roles people play in groups
  • Stages of group development
  • Types of group member
  • Managing groups effectively

Communication Skills to support participatory planning & learning

  • Active listening
  • Body language
  • Questioning
  • Managing information
  • Developing rapport

Needs Analysis & Session Planning

  • Profiling participant & identifying learning needs
  • Setting aims and objectives
  • Planning a session (activities, sequence & timing)

Training & Facilitation Methods

  • Content vs. process
  • Selection of training methods
  • Designing tasks
  • Post-task feedback

What our participants say…

The following comments come from ‘master trainers’ representing the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), January 2016.

“The workshop was very motivating and useful not only for [being able to] train facilitators, but for other events in our working places/organisations.”

“Great course to open up possible approaches to facilitate teaching – learning effectiveness.”

“The rapport with the facilitator built and increased over the days and this was lovely.”

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