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Training and Development Professional

Training and development professionals conduct workshops, seminars, retreats, conference sessions and individual coaching sessions for young people and adults. They may also develop, design and evaluate training programs, curricula and materials.

  • Avg. Salary $76,768.00
  • Avg. Wage $39.69
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 12,000
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Educator, Facilitator, Instructor, Presenter, Professional Development Presenter, Professional Speaker, Teacher, Trainer, Workshop Leader

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Specialists in Human Resources (1121) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Specialists in Human Resources (B021) 
  • 2011 NOC: Human resources professionals (1121) 
  • 2016 NOC: Human resources professionals (1121) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Training and Development Professional is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Specialists in Human Resources

Interest in researching employee benefit programs and health and safety practices to recommend policy changes and modifications, and in planning staffing, total compensation, training and career development, employee assistance, employment equity and affirmative action programs


Interest in co-ordinating information to administer staffing, total compensation, training and career development, employee assistance, employment equity and affirmative action programs; in co-ordinating employee performance and and appraisal programs, in managing programs and maintaining human resources information and related records systems; and in hiring and overseeing training of staff


Interest in negotiating collective agreements on behalf of employers or workers; in mediating labour disputes and grievances, providing advice on employee and labour relations, and in advising managers and employees on the interpretation of personnel policies, compensation and benefit programs and collective agreements

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated May 25, 2021

Training and development professionals are hired on a contract basis, to present on specific topics.

They usually negotiate contracts with clients that include fees and expenses. Depending on the contract, they may:

  • Assess client’s current state and needs using meetings, surveys, interviews, focus groups, questionnaires and existing information
  • Help the client identify and specify desired training outcomes
  • Consult with clients about the best way to implement new training programs
  • Design new training programs or adapt existing ones
  • Deliver training presented in a classroom, or through webinars or online discussion groups
  • Design communication plans to promote training programs
  • Develop related course materials such as handouts and visual aids
  • Reserve and set up audiovisual materials and equipment
  • Coordinate group exercises and training instruments
  • Make copies of materials for participants
  • Report on training outcomes using standard evaluation tools
  • Calculate (or help clients to calculate) program ROI (return on investment or cost vs benefits)
  • Teach short seminars or full term courses for post-secondary schools (usually offered through continuing education)
  • Conduct workshops for small businesses
  • Make presentations at professional association meetings, conferences, retreats or symposiums
  • Present short professional development sessions to staff members
  • Provide in-house training for government employees
  • Answer audience questions, clarify concepts and mediate if there is participant confusion or disagreement

Training and development professionals use many techniques such as group discussions, role playing, simulations, team exercises, videos and lectures. Their goal is to help participants:

  • Develop or adopt new skills and practices
  • Foster interest, understanding and acceptance
  • Enhance self-esteem and personal development
  • Build healthy working relationships
  • Improve team work

Training and development professionals must keep up to date in their field by reading current journals, magazines and books.

Working Conditions
Updated May 25, 2021

Training and development professionals work in settings such as hotel conference rooms, corporate boardrooms, college classrooms, retreat centres, government training rooms, community centres, hospital training facilities, computer labs and home offices. Travel is often required. They may also present online video seminars over great distances, rather than in person. They may work regular business hours or offer evening and weekend training sessions. Preparation and design work may be done in the evening or while travelling. Because they are self-employed, when not presenting they are often working on gaining exposure and interest, in order to contract future work opportunities.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated May 25, 2021

Training and development professionals need:

  • Flexibiliy, respect and patience in dealing with others
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Effective public speaking skills
  • The ability to present information in a way that is clear, interesting, practical and appropriate for client learning styles
  • A willingness to take risks and be creative
  • The abiity to market and promote themselves and their areas of expertise to potential clients

They should enjoy:

  • Independence and variety in their work
  • Helping others with their personal and professional growth
  • Being innovative
  • Being recognized as experts in their fields
  • Managing their own businesses
Educational Requirements
Updated May 25, 2021

A bachelor's degree or professional designation plus experience in adult education is rapidly becoming the minimum requirement for training and development professionals. They must:

  • Understand the needs and characteristics of adult learners
  • Be skilled at interpersonal communications, leading group discussions and resolving group conflicts
  • Know how to use instructional aids and equipment (flipcharts, multimedia projectors, video players, presentation hardware and software)
  • Have strong computer skills for preparing training materials and delivering training
  • Have working knowledge of e-learning methods and tools
  • Know basic marketing methods for locating clients

Training and development professionals also must have expertise that is in demand. For example, they may be experts in lean processes, data security, brand development, diversity and inclusion training, management development, fostering quality service, managing change or other areas of personal development.

Although many training and development professionals do not have a university education, it can be difficult for those without post-secondary education to break into the field. Many of their competitors have a master's degree, have worked for several years in their fields, and have spent time facilitating groups.

A bachelor's degree in human resources, adult education or a business-related field would provide a good background for those entering this field. Universities and colleges throughout Alberta offer many suitable degree programs.

In general, admission requirements for bachelor's programs include an average of 60 to 80% in English Language Arts 30-1 and 4 other approved Grade 12 subjects.

For information about specific programs and requirements, please check post-secondary calendars or websites.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

University of British Columbia

University of Victoria

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated May 25, 2021

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation. However, The Institute for Performance and Learning offers 2 streams of voluntary certification:

For more information on certification requirements, visit the Institute's website.

Employment & Advancement
Updated May 25, 2021

Training and development professionals are self-employed and therefore work in a variety of settings including:

  • Large organizations
  • Government departments
  • Post-secondary schools

Their contracts may vary from single half-day sessions to long-term contracts (6 months to a year). The list of situations in which training and development professionals work is virtually endless.

With increasing business competition, developing a productive labour force has become a major concern for most organizations. The need to train employees in areas such as organizational change, strategic planning, creative problem solving and conflict resolution has created growth in the training field.

Training and development professionals are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1121: Specialists in human resources. In Alberta, 80% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 1121: Human resources professionals occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 212 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Wage & Salary
Updated May 25, 2021

Incomes in this field vary considerably from one person to another and from one year to another. Fees tend to increase based on a presenter’s reputation, as well as level of interest in a topic. Training and development professionals usually charge a set fee per day or per contract (contracts may include content development as well as teaching). Often, preparation time is included in negotiated fees because it is not paid directly.

Human resources professionals

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Starting $19.80 $54.26 $32.84 $30.33
Overall $22.50 $71.69 $39.69 $37.27
Top $24.28 $84.25 $48.80 $43.90

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Oil & Gas Extraction
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Health Care & Social Assistance
Wholesale Trade
Retail Trade
Information, Culture, Recreation
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Accommodation & Food Services

Skills Shortage

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Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Communications
  • Education and Library Studies
  • Social Sciences, Law and Religious Studies
  • Social, Community and Protective Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated May 25, 2021

Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) website:

CAPS Edmonton Chapter website:

CAPS Calgary Chapter website:

The Institute for Performance and Learning website:

Speakers Bureau of Alberta website:

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Updated May 25, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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