A training and development specialist engages a diverse variety of people in learning situations, applying adult learning theory in developing multifaceted modern learning solutions (such as instructor-led training and online educational programs).
Specific duties of a training and development specialist vary by industry and organization, but their general tasks include the development of training materials, guides, and presentations, the evaluation of existing training materials and methods to identify potential for improvement, collaboration with subject matter experts and the management of the organization to research future needs, and the hands-on training of learners.
To be an effective training and development specialist requires an excellent ability to communicate, both in being an attentive listener to trainee questions and in being able to deliver responses that are both accurate and easy to understand. Strong critical thinking skills aid in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of approaches to problems and the viability of various solutions, and in helping trainees develop these skills themselves to get the most out of their experience. Learning new information and applying it to development programs is required to ensure that training schemes are up to date and useful. Knowledge of computers, specifically communicating using computers, is essential.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is typically needed for training specialists; an interdisciplinary background in social and behavioral sciences and business administration is also useful. With the variety of job duties varying widely by organization, employers may also require additional experience or education in relevant specialized fields.
Training & Development Specialist Tasks
- Determine specific educational needs by interviewing or surveying a sample of people from target population.
- Design, orchestrate and implement training programs for employees or clientele to help improve skills.