It’s official – I’m a qualified trainer (finally)

Most of you will know that I do a lot of training.  It’s pretty much all I do these days!

As an example – over the last month, I’ve probably only been in the office just 2 or 3 days, catching up on admin.  Instead I’m usually out doing workshops, seminars, 1-2-1 consultancy, group training, speaking at (and hosting) conferences, mentoring and more.  I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m moaning about this – it’s what I love doing!

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Strangely though, given the volume of training I’ve been doing over the last few years, I’ve not been in any way qualified to do it.

Until today.

Today, after nearly 9 months of ‘study’, I now have a professional qualification to add to my CV:

SVQ 4 in Learning and Development at SCQF level 9

Recognised globally in the Learning & Development (L&D) sector, SCQF level 9 is supposedly the professional equivalent level to a Degree, so it’s a big achievement, and one I’m proud to have accomplished.


A few people in recent months have asked me why I’m bothering?  ‘You’re already a trainer’.  ‘You don’t need it’.  And they were right.  I probably do more training than most qualified L&D Practitioners, and actually – in recent months, the last thing I actually needed was adding to my already manic workload with the hassles that go with study.

So why did I bother?

The truth is – I wanted the title on my CV for vanity purposes.  I wanted to have the qualification so I could list it on tender responses where it asks for “relevant qualifications” (listing my Architecture Degree is hardly relevant!).  I wanted an accolade recognised within aspects of the training and L&D world so I had an educational achievement to go alongside my years of ‘on the job’ practical experience.  I wanted it because I figured that with my experience of actually running training sessions on an almost daily basis – that getting it would be a walk in the park.  I wanted it because I could then call myself an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and have more cool letters after my name (Assoc CIPD).  I wanted it for all the wrong reasons.

But a funny thing happened.

I realised very quickly after starting the course, that I was enjoying it.  Not just enjoying it – but learning from it.  I began to look forward to my time with Margo my tutor (from Training Matters).  I quickly saw the benefit of her challenging me at every opportunity, questioning why I did things, and encouraging me to look at things differently.

I started taking what I was learning, and using it in live training scenarios.  I began to improve the way I planned for training workshops, developing better processes for working out client’s training needs analysis (TNA), and planning suitable learning and development resources based on different learning styles.

I forced myself to block out slots in my diary for my own Professional Development, and began keeping a record of all the events and learning activities I was attending myself to improve my own skillset, while allowing me to benchmark my methods of training against others.

I introduced new systems of evaluation, new ideas for groupwork, new resources, and a whole new innovation framework which will help ensure I keep taking the business as a whole down the right path.  All this and a whole lot more.


In the end, I wasn’t just doing it for the certificate (no matter how pretty it looks!) – I was doing it because it was making me, and my training better.


So as I said earlier…  I’m very proud of myself today.

Because I’m a qualified trainer.


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