What Does a Training and Development Specialist Do?
If you’re a charismatic person who enjoys helping individuals and teams function better, consider becoming a training and development specialist. These specialists design, plan and organize training programs to help improve business performance. Programs can range from new employee orientation to major changes in how work gets done or decisions get made.
They assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, consultation with managers and other feedback. They use training methods that include audiovisual aids, classroom instruction, role-playing and computer devices. Training may be in person, online or both.
- Assess organizational or individual training need
- Write training programs and prepare teaching plan and course materials
- Deliver training courses online or in person using different learning methodologies
- Set up equipment and training space
- Direct structured learning experiences online
- Evaluate effectiveness of the program and adjust as needed
- Schedule classes, coordinate enrollment and do other administrative tasks
The educational background of development specialists varies. Most companies look for a combination of information technology skills and industry work experience. Some prefer candidates with a bachelor's degree.
Areas of specialization include training and development, human resources, education, management science or instructional design. Graphic design skills are a plus for e-learning. Many colleges offer two- and four-year programs or specialized training courses.
Experience in e-learning, mobile training and technology-based tools is beneficial. Certification is generally not required but it may open up new opportunities.
- Have strong instructional skills
- Have excellent communication skills
- Are creative and able to adjust to new training approaches and learning styles
- Have good analytical skills
- Have strong interpersonal skills, whether in public speaking or one-on-one