Hello everyone,
I am an engineering graduate having 2 years work experience in my domain.Now I am considering a career in HR.I plan to do MBA in Hr in future but not now.I got to know that if a fresher wants to venture into HR domain then it is recommended to start as a Recruiter.Though HR recruiter is a very challenging and rewarding career,I am more interested in learning and development aspect of HR.Therefore I am asking for suggestion from my seniors about how to be a corporate or a soft skill trainer.Can a fresher be a corporate trainer?Is a post graduation degree a must for it?Is any formal certification required to get a job as a trainer?How tough is it for a fresher to get a job as a trainer?
It will be a great help if you could kindly answer to my queries stated above.
Awaiting your kind response.

From India, Kolkata

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At the outset let me compliment you on deciding to be a trainer and motivational speaker. I have answered similar queries numerous times on this forum but I am taking the liberty of sharing those suggestions once again for your ready reference.

To be a good trainer a prerequisite is good communication skills, and in particular effective presentation and public speaking skills. However, the heart and brains of the training still remains the domain knowledge but even the most knowledgeable person would fail miserably as a trainer without effective communications skills. To further improve your communication skills find a local Toastmasters club in your city and join them.

To get the academic inputs on training you can do the course from Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD), New Delhi. Alternatively you can also attend some Train The Trainer (TTT) programs offered by private institutions. It would also help if you work with or at least attend a few programs by senior trainers.

To get going, focus on those topics that you are familiar with, confident about, passionate about or have a good grounding in. Keep updating yourself by reading extensively and start outlining the broad course contents keeping in mind the type of audience you are likely to address. In particular pay attention to the type of exercise, examples, activities that you will use during the program to reinforce a point or make the learning relevant. I would also suggest that you attend some corporate training by professionals on topics of your interest to get a feel of how it is structured and delivered.

If you have no corporate training experience, ideally take a few sessions for post graduate students in colleges or for social service clubs like Lions and Rotary's so that you gain in experience and also can fine tune your material. Once you are confident, approach a few corporates and the first few training programs are vital for future reference and for your own confidence.

I would also invite you to visit the following Inspirational and Motivational Blogs which can also assist you in your quest to be an effective trainer - Over 2,14,000 views and 1100 followers - Over 64,500 views and 235 followers

Best Wishes

From India, Mumbai

B. Jacob has given you some excellent advice. Hence, let me ask a few questions to get a clear picture of the scenario. The title of your message says "... behavirola trainer" . I am sure it's a typo for "Behavioral trainer". In the text you mention that you want to know " to be a corporate or a soft skill trainer"


As a student of engineering, you will come across lecturers with varying experience in industry. Can you recall any differences between a good lecturer and a not so good one, in terms of their knowledge base and delivery mode? When I was taught management by a tutor along with a colleague, who had done an MBA without any experience in management, we the students could easily say who had experience who did not have from the examples given by them.

Depending upon the level at which you want to conduct training, your depth of knowledge domain and delivery experience will be crucial for success. hence, follow the advice given by Jacob and equip yourself first before venturing out as a trainer. As I am based in the UK, I do not know what training facility is available in India.

I would also suggest that you kindly take a look at the following site Personal Effectiveness and Behavioural Skills

From United Kingdom
Q: How to be a corporate or a soft skill trainer?

A: You need to gain necessary knowledge and skills and then you need to market yourself.

There are certifications available that help you to gain basic knowledge and skills.

Indian Society for Training and Development ( <link updated to site home> ) offers a 1.5 years course in TnD. The advantage of this course is that it is the only course recognized by the ministry of HRD. The disadvantage is that the course only focuses on knowledge and has very less skills development method.

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.

Q: Can a fresher be a corporate trainer?

A: I would say, you might be a good presenter but you need something more to become a trainer as a fresher.

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.

Q: Is a post graduation degree a must for it?

A: It is not a must but desirable.

Q: Is any formal certification required to get a job as a trainer?

A: Already answered.

Q: How tough is it for a fresher to get a job as a trainer?

A: Purely depends upon your skill set and how you market yourself. If you are good in communication skills and presentation skills then it is little less tough.

If you want you can give a Skype presentation to me and I can provide you feedback. You may get in touch if you want some e-books on training too. All the best!

From India, Delhi

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Thanks a lot for replying to my queries.And I am really sorry for that silly typo 'behavirola'.I meant 'behavioral'.Thanks again for your valuable inputs and suggestions.

From India, Kolkata
Thanks a lot for your suggestions sir.It is really helpful.I am now considering to attend any reputed train the trainer program to learn the nuances of training.

From India, Kolkata
Thanks a lot for your suggestions sir.It is really helpful.I am now considering to attend any reputed train the trainer program to learn the nuances of training.

From India, Kolkata
Hi I work as HR for an engineering company (US recruitment). Its been 6 months now. Can anyone suggest me a right MBA for me. Some say PG Diploma is ok while others say full time MBA is must. Im bit confused as to which course would suit me to progress in the same line. Would foriegn language classes work ? I work for an engineering firm and my job is to recruit US engineers (Most of all for Aerospoace and Aero Defense) .
Would be grateful if anyone has any good suggestion on this.
Thank you

From India
Hello Saheli Mukherji,

In response to your query some excellent inputs have been

given by our learned and experienced members.

In order that you visualize how you would become a good Corporate trainer,

you must understand the different knowledge levels the LEARNER and the TRAINER

would find themselves in. To further simplify with an example, please recall your mental understanding level

between you and your best teacher, when you were in school /college.

The Corporate trainees would have expectation of improving themselves by attending the programme

while you would be the trainer to provide the requisite knowledge. Obviously your inputs would consist of

theoretical knowledge and the practical wisdom. See how quickly you can attain both to become a good Corporate trainer.

To start with you can prepare yourself to train the first level executives in a Corporate.

As far as study material is concerned, in addition to what has been cited in the above messages,

please search Cite HR archives. Please type your topic of interest inside the box

with the caption WHAT DO YOU NEED. You can locate this in the title bar right at the top.

After typing press research button. You will get several useful references to read.

Further you can also go through DOWN LOAD THREAD and RELATED INFORMATION

that you find in the right side of these messages.

Wish you goodluck,


From India

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