Train-the-Trainer Courses Directory

The Benefits of Training Your Trainers

Ironic as it may seem, when a training course or workshop isn’t as effective as it could be, often the source of the problem is lack of training for the trainer or facilitator. 

A train-the-trainer course can better prepare both inexperienced and experienced trainers and instructional designers to handle the demands of the modern-day learner. 

About Our Train-the-Trainer Programs

Business Training Works’ train-the-trainer courses are based on our years of adult learning experience. Our tailored workshops cover such topics as adult learning principles, platform skills, curriculum design, participant engagement, storytelling in training, and interactive delivery methods.

Whether you’re a subject matter expert with limited teaching experience or you have a team of seasoned professionals who want to learn a new approach, we have a train-the-trainer seminar that can help. 

Our Workshop Facilitators

As talent-development professionals who are passionate about our craft, train-the-trainer training courses are some of our favorites to facilitate. We are always excited to share with others what we know about instructional design and participant-centered delivery.

Our Approach to Facilitation

During our programs, we practice what we preach. Our workshop participants can expect to engage, interact, share information, work on problems, and take risks. We design learner-centered courses because we know experiential activities help make learning stick.

Train-the-Trainer Course Overviews

This directory lists short descriptions of our instructor-led train-the-trainer courses. You can get a sense of each workshop by reading the short descriptions found below. Alternatively, you can review the complete seminar overviews by clicking on the program links.

We can deliver the programs as described or tailor them to emphasize points of particular interest to you.  If you don’t see an exact match to address your need, please contact us about customizing a train-the-trainer workshop for your organization. 

We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your goals and objectives.

Format Key

  • H – Half-Day Onsite Training Course
  • F – Full-Day Onsite Training Course
  • M – Multi-Day Onsite Training Course

Workshop Descriptions

The Talented Trainer: Delivering Participant-Focused Workshops, Courses, and Programs

Whether you want to train inexperienced trainers or infuse a little energy into seasoned professionals, our most popular train-the-trainer course can get the job done. Facilitated by people with decades of experience in the field, this program addresses topics that can help both novices and seasoned trainers alike improve their teaching and facilitating. The workshop covers multiple topics: audience analysis, classroom charisma, participant management, and more. By the end of the seminar, those attending will understand what adult learners want and how they learn, know how to write effective learning objectives, be able to use activities appropriately, and handle the toughest crowds. 

Basic Training Skills: Lessons for New Trainers

If they don’t have the skills needed to successfully manage a classroom and conduct a workshop, a room full of people and all eyeballs locked on the facilitator can be terrifying to first-time trainers.  This introductory course is designed for new trainers who are routinely tasked with delivering training to groups.  During this session, participants will learn the basics of training and facilitation as well as essential skills for managing adult learners.  While this course covers some elements of course design, this program mainly focuses on facilitation and content delivery skills.  

Ta Da!: Advanced Methods and Techniques for the Experienced Trainer

Our advanced train-the-trainer workshop is best suited for participants who have a solid understanding of adult learning concepts, program structure, training delivery methods, activity design, classroom management, and evaluation. The course takes a “deeper dive” into methods for accommodating learning preferences, facilitating discussions, evaluating training, devising opportunities for active learning, and adjusting to the modern classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring materials from programs they currently deliver or from those they plan to use in a future course. By the conclusion of this seminar, those in attendance should have a plan in place for addressing existing training issues and several new tools in their design and delivery arsenals.

Teaching Essentials: Practical Training Skills for Non-Trainers

Too often subject matter experts find themselves in charge of training others.  They’re in the role not necessarily because of their ability to teach but for their knowledge of a particular subject.  It is for this group that Teaching Essentials: Practical Training Skills for Non-Trainers is designed.  This program covers the essential training skills subject matter experts who find themselves in charge of teaching adults should understand.  The course focuses on practical steps for leveraging strengths, determining what learners really need to know, conducting interactive exercises, managing a classroom, and appearing confident.  

On the Job: Design and Delivery Skills for One-on-One Training

Training in a one-on-one environment is decidedly different than facilitating group session.  This comprehensive course addresses on-the-job training and how to design and implement an effective one-on-one training plan.  During this workshop, participants will discover how to: create a total task inventory, distinguish which tasks are critical for safe and successful job performance, design meaningful activities to introduce knowledge and processes, establish trust and build rapport with learners, recognize any barriers that would prevent learners from successfully completing training, and follow best practices for documenting, coaching, and evaluating the efficacy of a training initiative.

Engage!: Techniques for Creating Participant-Centered Training

Great teachers know that lecture doesn’t work, but what’s a trainer to do when he or she inherits a lecture-based training program and there’s no time to start from scratch? Engage!: Techniques for Creating Participant-Focused Training to the rescue. This lab-like workshop is designed specifically for trainers who need to infuse energy and activities into their existing training programs and shift their contents’ focus to their students. For this seminar to work as intended, participants must bring copies of their existing courses to class.

Noodle School: Using Brain Science and Accelerated Learning Principles to Create Dynamic Training

Knowing how the brain processes information is the first step in designing participant-centric training materials. This dynamic training course explores the principles of brain science and accelerated learning. By the conclusion of this workshop, participants should have a clear understanding of how learners best digest and retain information.  They will also have a wealth of tools at their disposal for crafting and delivering programs that make the most of what is known about accelerated learning.

Training with Tales: Captivating Learners with Stories

A good narrative can make us laugh, it can make us cry, or it can make us take action. Why? Stories make whatever they are about real and relevant to the listener. During this storytelling program for trainers, participants will learn how to use narratives to set the tone for training, establish a connection with participants, link content to life back on the job, and provide memory aids for recalling information. The course covers how and when to use stories, storytelling models, and storytelling mistakes. It also provides several opportunities for participants to practice their storytelling skills. 

Game On!: Using Games and Gamification to Make Learning Stick

People remember what they hear for a few hours, they remember what they see for a few days, but they remember what they do for weeks or even years. This game design course teaches those who attend how to use games, game-like activities, and gamification in their training courses.  The program addresses when, how, why to use games; reviews popular game formats; introduces the process of game design; suggest ways for repurposing existing games; provides a framework for evaluating games; and offers strategies for deploying games in the classroom.

Designing for Action: Developing Dynamic Training Programs

This instructional design course marries theory with practical tools and tips for cutting design time and crafting participant-focused workshops that effectively transfer knowledge and skills. During this program, we will look at training as part of a larger employee-development ecosystem, explore various design methodologies, walk through the components of a needs analysis, work through a training map, introduce tips and tricks for creating engaging activities and exercises, examine assessments and their value in the design and delivery process, and suggest methods evaluating pilot programs.

The Protection Connection: Train-the-Trainer Training for Safety and Health Instructors

Whether instructing on safety equipment, safe workplace practices, or OSHA regulations, safety trainers have an essential role in preventing accidents and mistakes before they occur. The subjects covered may be serious, but serious content does not have to be delivered in a dull or dry way. In fact, if it is exciting and active, participants are far more likely to remember what is taught.  This train-the-trainer workshop is designed for safety trainers who wish to improve their ability to promote a culture of safety, generate learner buy-in, and engage their participants in meaningful experiential learning activities.

A Helping Hand: Training Customer-Care Skills for Higher Patient Satisfaction

This train-the-trainer program is designed for trainers and facilitators in healthcare environments who wish to improve their training design and delivery skills. Using their existing training materials or content from our library, participants will learn how to build and deliver learner-focused training to improve the patient experience and customer satisfaction. This course is not a program on how to conduct an off-the-shelf training class. Rather, the workshop teaches trainers, facilitators, and designers how to create learner-centered content to achieve organization-specific goals and objectives.

Onsite Training Course Reminders

Our instructor-led training courses are available to private groups.  These workshops are not offered in a public seminar format.  Please contact us to speak with a facilitator about your needs and bringing training to your organization.

We offer training in the District of Columbia and the following US states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

We also travel to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Central America, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

Please contact us about your location.

Onsite Workshops