Train the Trainer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Of all the training courses we deliver we get more queries about the structure and content of our Train the Trainer course than any other course. This is understandable due to the structure of the award and the changes to the title, reference, and credit value since the implementation of the QQI validation system.

To assist with your understanding of the programme we have updated the FAQs and hopefully, this will clarify some of the frequent questions that we receive.

Below is a summary of the common questions that are asked. If you have any further questions or do not understand the content of the question/reply please feel free to contact us directly with your query.

Why do I need to do two modules? Or alternatively, do I need to do two modules?

There is no definitive answer to this question as the basic requirements for training roles will vary from one training provider/sector to another.  Based on our experience of working with employers and state agencies we recommend that all trainers who deliver training programmes are in possession of a basic (minimum) training qualification and in this case, we refer to the 6S3372 Special Purpose Award in Training and Development.

The two modules that make up this award cover the span of skills and technical abilities required by a professional trainer to assess training needs, develop a training programme, deliver a training programme and evaluate a training programme – all key elements of the systematic training cycle.

Qualified trainers must demonstrate to an employer that they have achieved a high standard in a number of key technical areas (as outlined above) in addition to displaying the ability to apply a variety of modern learning theories in their work. A professional trainer’s end goal should be to assess, design, deliver and evaluate quality training programmes within their specific subject matter range.  A sought-after trainer would also be learner focused with proven ability to manage group process/dynamic, understand learning styles, manage and support conflict and diversity whilst ensuring that the learning objectives are met to the highest standards. The 6S3372 award ensures that all of these measures are taught and assessed within the context of the programme and contact hours with their tutor.

Train the Trainer ‘special purpose award 6S3372’ what does this mean?

 ‘Train the Trainer’ is the widely recognised title of the new Special Purpose Award in Training and Development.  The QQI reference is for this award is 6S3372.  This certificate is made up of two components (modules) and has a credit value of 30 credits on the national framework of qualifications (NFQ). QQI define special purpose awards as those designed  “to  meet  specific,  relatively  narrow  focused  legislative, regulatory, economic, social or personal learning requirements” (

The two modules that make up the special purpose award are as follows:

6N3325 – Training Needs Identification and Design (15 credits)

6N3326 – Training Delivery and Evaluation (15 Credits)

To receive the specific purpose award (6S3372) a learner must successfully complete both modules. If the learner completes one of the modules (6N3325 or 6N3326) they will receive a QQI certificate for the completed module;  If at a later date they wish to complete a second module they will automatically receive the 6S3372 Specific Purpose Certificate following successful completion of the prescribed coursework.

If I sign up for this course do I need to be working in a specific job or career area?

The train the Trainer program is suited to individuals from a wide range of professions from private, voluntary and public sectors. The course is aimed at any individual who wishes to encompass training in their work or for those who wish to develop a part-time or full-time career as a tutor/trainer/facilitator. The range of past clients is broad; the following is a sample selection by sector:

  • Private Industry
  • Health and Safety
  • Hairdressing
  • Administration
  • Healthcare and Childcare
  • Government Organisations
  • Fitness
  • Legal
  • Accounting
  • Security
  • IT
  • Social Media
  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities
  • and Many More…

If you wish to explore the suitability of the programme for your specific needs please contact us through our website on

Why only one day per week?

We recommend that learners have a look at the course descriptor and have a chat with the provider of their programme – in doing so you will see that programme contains a high level of technical content. In addition to the programme content aspirant tutors are expected to engage in reflective practice to ensure that they apply a process of continuous improvement and professional development to their work. One of the main benefits of the six-day delivery schedule is that it allows you time to complete your assignments balancing outside pressures with the demands of your course.

The week on week delivery of the programme allows space for reflective practice and assimilation of the information delivered on any given training day.  Based on our experience if the programme was delivered over 6 consecutive days the learner would experience information overload and would have little opportunity to process the information and/or apply or to their vocational situation.

How many days should a Train the Trainer programme run for?

There is again no definitive answer to this question – each provider has an arrangement in place with QQI based on the programme that they submitted for *validation.  Our agreement with QQI outlines a six-day programme with associated activities, materials and learning management support system (LMS).

In addition to contact hours all our learners submit draft assessment work and receive feedback which further increases their interaction with their tutor. This not only enhances their opportunities in terms of successful completion of the programme it also enables the learners to fine tune their technical skills whilst attending the programme. There is also  a mandatory skills demonstration which is incorporated within the time frame set for the programme. Remember that your Train the Trainer programme is aimed at preparing you for real world delivery.

Are there any special subject areas that New Links Training Solutions course covers that will help me to secure training work once the course is finished?

We pride ourselves on knowing that the course we offer is most up to date in all the learning areas being taught. In particular we have updated our focus on ensuring that our learners have the ability to develop high quality fit for purpose training programmes based on best practice requirements as outlined in specific sectors and public organisations such as QQI, Further Education Support Services (FESS) and ETBs.   We provide an online resource through LMS where learners can source a wide variety of learning supports, templates and course materials. All validated programme detail is available in the ‘awards information’ section .

We also advise our trainees on how to plan the next steps in their career with an additional module entitled ‘Progression routes for trainers’. This is an essential element of the programme as it is subject that is raised regularly during course delivery.

Prices seem to vary – what is the reason for this?

The main difference in the pricing of a programme (assuming that we are considering like for like programmes leading to a QQI Award) is the number of delivery days – Typically the price reflects the contact hours with a tutor. The second factor that appears to affect pricing is whether a provider is offering one module or two modules in the delivery schedule. As stated above the Special Purpose Award is made up of two component modules and sometimes these are delivered separately. We have always delivered the full special purpose award in Training and Development 6S3372 as a single unit thereby the learner completes the full programme in one six-day period.  Course offerings and pricing structures will vary from one provider to another therefore is recommended that you check in with your selected provider to ensure that you are choosing a course that suits your career plans.

I have one module completed, is it possible to complete a single module with New Links Training Solutions?

We receive frequent queries from clients who have completed either of the two modules that make up the special purpose award and wish to complete the second module so that they are eligible for the special purpose certificate. We can certainly facilitate this request but we prefer to deal with these type of queries individually to ensure that the eligibility criteria has been satisfied. We will likely request a copy of the completed certificate or evidence of completion if you haven’t received your certificate yet. We will also look at the length of time (attendance) to ensure that the contact hours completed satisfy our QQI validation criteria. Please contact us through our website at for further information.

*All programme detail must be validated by QQI before a course can be delivered by a provider – further details on this and provider/course registration information can be found at

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