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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 $86,267.00
  • Avg. Wage $43.12
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 12,800
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Educator, Facilitator, Instructor, Teacher, Trainer, Workshop Leader

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

41%
41%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Training and Development Professional is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Specialists in Human Resources
NOC code: 1121
INNOVATIVE

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

METHODICAL

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

SOCIAL

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.

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Duties
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Training and development professionals are hired on a contract basis.

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

  • assess client needs using meetings, surveys, interviews, focus groups, questionnaires and existing information
  • help the client 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 in a classroom, or through webinars or online discussion groups
  • design communication plans to promote training programs
  • develop course materials such as handouts and visual aids
  • book audiovisual materials and equipment
  • co-ordinate 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.

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 skills
  • foster interest 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 Mar 30, 2017

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. 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.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Training and development professionals need to possess:

  • flexibiliy, respect and patience in dealing with others
  • good organizational skills
  • effective public speaking skills
  • an 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

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 Mar 30, 2017

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 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.

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


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 - Faculty of Education

University of Saskatchewan - Saskatoon

University of Victoria - Victoria

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 30, 2017

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:

  • Certified Training Practitioner (CTP)
  • Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP)

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

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 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 (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 12,300 Albertans are employed in the Specialists in human resources occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.4% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 172 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As training and development professionals form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for training and development professionals.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Incomes in this field vary considerably from one person to another and from one year to another. 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
NOC code: 1121

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.80 $64.04 $35.88 $33.06
Overall $25.00 $69.71 $43.12 $41.60
Top $27.83 $80.81 $51.82 $49.15

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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

41%
41%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

6%
6%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

2%
2%

2015 Vacancy Rate

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Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Science
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Information Processing
    • Management and Marketing
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 Mar 30, 2017

Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) website: www.canadianspeakers.org

CAPS Edmonton Chapter website: capsedmonton.ca

CAPS Calgary Chapter website: www.capscalgary.ca

The Institute for Performance and Learning website: performanceandlearning.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 30, 2017. 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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