Train the Trainer

One of the main goals of adult training is to achieve changes in behaviour and actions. What motivates people to change something? How do you get people to take part in training and to also actively think and develop their experience? How should training content be developed in the best way, commensurate with specific needs and the particular audience?  This is what the course is about.

The Train the Trainer course is a solid, valuable and vitally necessary course for anyone who works in adult training, especially those, who not only share their knowledge but train their colleagues’ skills and develop their attitudes. By attending this course, you will learn diverse and creative methods, in a concentrated way, gain greater confidence and increase your professionalism!

Target audience: Company internal trainers (with or without prior knowledge).

Aim of the course: to provide knowledge and practical skills for the preparation and presentation of effective adult teaching/learning, in person and online.


  • An understanding of the main basic principles of adult learning
  • Learning the most important training group presentation and moderating skills 
  • A specific structure for developing your training plan/course
  • Practical knowledge of the basic principles of training content design
  • Learning diverse trainer communication strategies for working with groups
  • Better skills in working with a complex group 
  • The ability to improvise and greater confidence in oneself 
  • Enthusiasm, inspiration and excitement!

Duration: 6 x 3 hours.

Working methods:  lectures, group work, discussions, situational analysis, practical individual work and demonstration, and role play.

All learning activities will be analyzed from an adult learning perspective. During the process, participants will try out methods, theories and tools on themselves (as participants) in practice and will analyze the process as trainers. This promotes understanding, thinking and application.

The active involvement of participants is a precondition for a successful teaching/learning process!

Materials (in electronic form):

  • trainer's handbook and exercise book which includes a description of the theory and practical exercises to consolidate understanding and is used for practice;
  • the presentation;
  • supplementary materials – action words, which ensure the creation of correct learning exercises
  • teaching plan structure for creating one’s teaching module.


Session 1. (3 hours):

1. Andragogy – adult teaching and learning:

  • How andragogy differs from pedagogy.
  • What has to be observed in working with adults to ensure effectiveness.
  • How adults learn.
  • The difference between an instructor and a lecturer.
  • How to motivate participants to think, analyze and apply.

 2. Four basic conditions for adult learning – readiness, experience, responsibility and application. 

  • What do they mean and how do they affect the learning process
  • How to integrate these conditions into the learning process? Practical tools.

Summary and an insight into the next activity.

Session 2. (3 hours):

1.  Knowledge skills and tools which are required for a trainer to create and present effective teaching/learning.

2. SMART teaching/learning exercises:

  • Defining.
  • Importance of efficiency.
  • Practical application.

3.  Presentation of teaching/learning content:

  • Structure of the content and narrative.
  • Body language – intonation, background and eye contact.
  • Instructions, setting the rules for on-site and remote teaching/learning.

Summary and an insight into the next activity.

Session 3. (3 hours):

 1.  Inclusion of a variety of participants’ senses in the learning process:

  • Ways of perceiving information – visual, audial and kinaesthetic.
  • PPT, instructions for creating handouts.
  • Remote teaching/learning tools – how to share visual material and pictures. Concept visualization.
  • Organizing group work (in a remote environment).

 2.  Using examples. What should be taken into account?

  • Effective and not so effective examples
  • Practical tools for using examples in the teaching/learning process. How to get examples from participants?
  • Benefits and risks. How to manage?

 3.  Effective summary:

  •  Module/theme presentation structure
  •  Ways of summarizing. What influences the choice and what is the goal?

Homework #1. Prepare a 5-minute teaching module about a topic that is important to you:

  • Defining a SMART teaching/learning exercise
  • Providing a structure

Homework #2. Working with the handbook and analysis of teaching/learning methods.

Summary and an insight into the next activity.

Session 4. (3 hours):

1.  Feedback on homework #2. Teaching/learning methods in theory and in practice.

2.  Provision and receipt of feedback in the teaching/learning process:

  • How to provide constructive feedback.
  • How to integrate feedback for participants to ensure continuing respect.
  • Practical exercise: setting a SMART exercise and transformation into interaction. Analysis.
  • Providing feedback for effective teaching/learning –  in role play, situational analysis and in demonstrations etc.

3.  Demonstration of participants’ teaching modules (homework #1).

  • Feedback (SMART definition, achievement and structure).

Summary and an insight into the next activity.

Session 5. (3 hours):

1. The skill of two-way communicationthe foundation for interactive adult teaching/learning:

  • Types of questions and ways of posing questions. How to successfully achieve participant involvement, participation and joint responsibility. How not to lose participants in online teaching/learning?
  • Active listening. What are our resources?
  • Processing and presenting answers. What to do with undesirable or uncomfortable responses.
  • Practical exercises: creating exploratory questions, active listening and presentation of answers.

 2. Groups dynamics:

  • What influences group dynamics.
  • How to manage and control this when working online.

Homework #3. Preparation of a practical teaching/learning module (15-minute module), where the following is demonstrated:

  • The achievement of a SMART exercise.
  • A logical structure with a summary.
  • Two-way communication for involving participants.
  • The integration of various tools to involve various senses and active participation.

Summary and an insight into the next activity.

Session 6. (3 hours):

Practice, practice, practice! Demonstration of the prepared teaching/learning module (homework #3).

Participants demonstrate the teaching/learning models that they have prepared and receive feedback from the presenter and the other participants involved.

Participants consolidate their knowledge and skills about course topics in a practical way, and are also motivated to use all of the acquired knowledge to analyze and evaluate their colleagues’ presentations.

Summary and main conclusions about the course.

The online seminar will be taking place on the Zoom platform. Ensure that you have a computer with a good Internet connection, a camera, headphones and a microphone. The online link will be sent to you by email.

When preparing a programme for corporate clients, it can be adapted for the specific nature and needs of the company.