Fancy becoming a trainer in food safety? If you have industry experience and a relevant food safety qualification, there’s really nothing stopping you. Nothing, except for a training the trainer qualification. In mainstream teaching, that always meant a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which took a year to complete. The good news is that, if you hold a Level 4 Award in Food Safety, you just need to complete and pass a 4-day course. Then you will be qualified to train others in both Level 2 Food Safety and Level 3 Food Safety.
The training course in question is the HABC Level 3 Certificate in Education and Training. It’s often shortened to ‘EAT’, which seems very appropriate. We started running the EAT course a few months ago as a substitute for the CIEH Level 3 Award in Training Skills and Practice (TSP) course. This is because this CIEH course is no longer available.
What’s the difference between the old Training the Trainer and EAT?
In many ways the HABC Level 3 Certificate in Education and Training has similar learning outcomes to the previous Training the Trainer course. It’s just the course structure that is slightly different. Delegates must achieve 12 points across three modules in order to pass the course. The modules are as follows:
- Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training.
- Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training.
- Understanding assessment in education and training.
As in our previous Training the Trainer course, the final day of the EAT course includes a practical training session. Each delegate must plan and deliver a 15 minute micro-teaching session. This is then assessed by themselves and their peers, and the course tutor. The final day of the training takes place some days after the initial sessions, to allow delegates time to prepare.
Why take a training the trainer course?
People have varied reasons for attending a training the trainer course. Some are currently assessors who are looking to become trainers. Some are wishing to train staff within their own company. Others are attracted by the flexibility that becoming a self-employed trainer brings. It’s a very good option for people who are semi-retired, for instance. Plus, some people are looking to refine their existing training skills.
In the past year, one of the delegates from our Level 4 Food Safety, Level 4 HACCP and Training the Trainer course has started to do some training for Verner Wheelock. She has over 20 years’ experience of the food industry. As well as delivering Food Safety courses, she is also training up to Level 3 HACCP and Auditing Skills. Our delegate feedback and exam results show she and is proving extremely successful as a trainer. She really enjoys it too.
Another previous Training the Trainer delegate is Head of Catering at a secondary school. Now that she has passed the course, she is able to become an official trainer of her kitchen staff. Not only that, but she impressed our tutor so much that she received our Verner Wheelock Individual Excellence Award.
Take our next HABC Education and Training course
So if you think you’d like to become a trainer, why not enrol on our next HABC Level 3 Award in Education and Training? Our next ‘training the trainer’ course runs from 8th – 10th November, with the final day on 16th November. All training takes place at our premises in Skipton, North Yorkshire. We look forward to seeing you!
Don’t forget that we also run a Trainer Skills Refresher course.