The first thing you need to have to be able to work as a trainer in a company is a bachelor's degree in teaching or at least business administration. You can choose some other field that is related to whichever kind of company you want to work with, but those two mentioned above are the basic standards. Next, you'll need actual experience in the field you studied, such as getting a certified teaching and education degree. This is also important because you can't become a trainer if you don't know how to instruct people. In that same vein, being highly adept in Human Resources Management (HRM) is also a good idea.
Before proceeding, you need to know which kind of field you want to work in before you can fully integrate yourself into the trainer business. There are basically two kinds. First is the technical aspect, and the second is the non-technical aspect. The non-technical aspect will be the first to be covered since the basics are transferable to technical managerial status. Below is a guide you'll find handy so you can start to work as a Training Manager. These may not be absolute, but they certainly help. When combined with the basics, they are certainly very useful. And if you know how to use them, they can become powerful assets that serve you well.
- Have an academic knowledge of Social Science, Psychology, Management, and Business. You can choose just one, but knowledge certainly is power. Try to learn as much as you can.
- Develop your soft skills. This means you need to practice your social abilities in order to become good with people. Your EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient) needs to be fostered by learning to work, lead, and negotiate well.
- Start small to build up your experience as you go along. Never be too hasty, and consider everything as huge stepping stones. Begin with small companies and go from there.
- Work at home and try out everything you've learned on your family or friends and see it as a way to practice. Ask for their opinions on what they think you're doing wrong and evaluate for yourself what you think are the right and wrong ways.
- Be innovative and insightful. Don't just focus on one perspective. Be creative, advanced, and perceptive.
The above guidelines are enough for the non-technical aspect of becoming a trainer, but they are also highly applicable to the technical aspect. If you're considering on going technical, then you need more. First off, you must have more than a mild proficiency in various computer skills. With the modern era's above-average dependency in software and digital use, computer literacy should be a constant and expertise is needed of people who aspire for jobs manager positions. Here's what you'll need so that things are a little easier for you:
- Software expertise. You need to have the basics of software analysis and hands-on testing experience for this job (CMMI, CSTE, CSQA, ITIL, ITSM, and IMS training). If you don't have at least one of these, then you'll be hard pressed to even be accepted in a technical coach.
- Project Management. You're also going to need this experience to put in your resume. Although you're still eligible if you have been involved in a huge technical project that demanded a lot of personal time and social contributions from you, such as development analysis of a team's progress or as troubleshooting coach/supervisor.
- Teaching Degree/Certificate. This doesn't just mean teaching in general. It basically means that you have to be accredited by the state or country you're working in to be eligible to teach, and that you also have to have field experience. This also means that you have to be specific on which technical field you're proficient in so that you can actually pass that particular knowledge to the aspirants. You don't teach physics to a tech rep class. Get the point?