What I can share with you, in all honesty, is that once I made that decision, I have never looked back and have loved every minute of it.
Not sure where to start? Here are five simple steps that may help you embark on this exciting journey:
- If you haven’t completed your Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) then sign up for a course soon. You may have completed the older qualification (TAA40104) and this will no longer be recognised in the industry as of June 2013. There are many different options out there, ranging from distance education, blended delivery (where you complete a few days face to face then complete projects from home) and the full face to face options. Look for a provider that resonates with you. Ask questions such as How much workload am I expected to complete in between sessions? When can I expect to finish the course, realistically? (Ask this if you are considering a blended or distance option. Most face to face courses should finish you up on the last day, but just in case, ask the question!) Is there a fee for re-assessment if I am not marked competent on the first attempt at an assessment? Note that some providers will charge you a fee to re-submit an assessment. Is the course I am completing Nationally Recognised? Note that some providers are not Registered Training Organisations, therefore they will not be providing you with a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment.
- Choose your area of expertise and what you want to train or present in. Call some organisations that are currently offering these courses and ask them what you need to do in order to be able to apply for a job with them. They may require you to have your Certificate IV in Training and Assessment along with some industry knowledge, or you may require some formal qualifications. Find out so you have something to work towards.
- You may choose to start your own business offering training courses. Do some market research into other offerings on similar topics to get an idea of market rates and what is out there.
- If you are developing a course from scratch, start writing! Draw up a mind map of what you need to include in the course material and put it all together. Work out how long it will take to deliver in a group environment. Start marketing your course.
- Join a networking group for Trainers and Presenters, talk to industry experts and find out what’s happening in the industry itself.
Pretty easy right? What are you waiting for! Take the first step and get started on your brand new career. Today is the day when you make a change, for the better. Good luck with it and happy training!
You can also contact tlc3 for more information on training courses, including short workshops and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment courses in your area - Contact The Learning Catalyst now for more information.