I am happy to know that you are looking for a career in Training and Development.
To be a successful Trainer you need to have the right combination of Knowledge, Skills and Attitude.
Please see appended a simple questionnaire ‘How Trainable Are You? ©’ that shall give you an idea about your present state of preparedness for a career in training.
Training is a vast field and you need to know both, the science and art of training.
When I say Science of Training, I mean knowledge of Competency based Training, Training needs identification, Analysis, Writing Instructional Objectives, Training Design, Training Development, Implementation and Evaluation.
This knowledge can be gained by either reading some books or undergoing a formal course. However, unless you get a platform to observe and practice the above dimensions, your knowledge will be mere theoretical. Certifications add to your knowledge, hone your skills and add to your profile too. If you can gain the required skills and knowledge otherwise then you may go ahead in the field of training. In fact market is full of such trainers. They might be doing good too. However, in case an organization wants a proper training intervention including identification of needs and evaluation, then that novice trainer would be confused.
The art of training includes Communication Skills, Presentation Skills and Facilitation Skills. You can again read books on these subjects and undergo courses to hone your skills. Some people are naturally good at these.
In the market there are some reputed organizations offering TTT for example, Middle Earth HR, Oscar Murphy, Franklin Covey India and Door Training.
These names are just for reference and please do your own research to find an organization that suits you. The advantage is that you get to learn practical skills and knowledge. The charges vary from company to company.
I offer a Skype TTT Coaching for aspirants with effective communication skills. You may contact me in case you are looking for knowledge and skills development.
In case you just want guidance only, then also you may write to me or call me.
All the Best!
29th March 2014 From India, Delhi