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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.

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A training and development specialist leads a focus group
A good training and development specialist is likely to be a ‘people person,’ as the majority of a specialist’s time is spent working directly with employees, either in person or online. (Credit: fizkes/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Assess organizational or individual training need
  • Write training programs and prepare teaching plan and course materials
  • Deliver training courses using different instructional techniques
  • 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
Education + Training

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. 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.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • 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

Training and Development Specialist training in your area

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Human Resources Manager (Entry Level) Continuing Education Certificate

Community College of Baltimore County
Baltimore (0.0 Miles)

Business Human Resources Management, A.S.

Coastline Community College
Fountain Valley (0.0 Miles)

Law Enforcement Administration Advanced Technical Certificate

Pensacola State College
Pensacola (0.0 Miles)

Human Resources Professional Continuing Education Certificate

Community College of Baltimore County
Baltimore (0.0 Miles)

Business Administration: Emphasis in Human Resources Management, A.A.S.

Davidson County Community College
Thomasville (0.0 Miles)

Business Human Resources Management Certificate

Coastline Community College
Fountain Valley (0.0 Miles)

Human Resources Assistant Certificate

Bellevue College
Bellevue (0.0 Miles)

Business Administration: Emphasis in Human Resources Management (Online/Hybrid), A.A.S.

Davidson County Community College
Thomasville (0.0 Miles)

Human Resources Management Certificate

Florence-Darlington Technical College
Florence (0.0 Miles)

Human Resources Management Technical Certificate

Valencia College
Orlando (0.0 Miles)

Business Administration: Emphasis in Human Resources Management Certificate

Davidson County Community College
Thomasville (0.0 Miles)

Business Administration - Human Resources Management Certificate

Ivy Tech Community College
Indianapolis (0.0 Miles)

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