How to become a Training Officer

Training officers plan, develop, implement and evaluate training and development programmes in organisations.

Personal requirements of a Training Officer

  • Able to take initiative
  • Tactful and mature
  • Aptitude for research
  • Good organisational skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Education & Training for a Training Officer

To become a training officer you usually have to study applied learning, business management, human resources or human resource management. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Applicants may be required to attend an interview. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 1.6%

NSW 32.2%

NT 1.1%

QLD 19.3%

SA 8.3%

TAS 3.2%

VIC 21.7%

WA 12.7%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 44.9%

Female 55.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 20.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 14.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 12.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 27.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 13.4%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 27.5%

Above 35 years: 72.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
The Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) offers membership to those involved in the training industry. There are different levels of membership, for students through to those who have a high level of qualification and experience. Academic training alone is not normally sufficient to find work in this field. Training officers often need to have extensive work experience and job knowledge, gained as an assistant, through work in specialist technical areas, or as a leading hand or supervisor. Many Registered Training Organisations, including TAFEs, offer a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. This may be of assistance to people with a trade or extensive work experience who are required to train other employees in their place of work. This qualification is also generally required to plan and conduct training and assessments within a Registered Training Organisation.
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