Your journey to becoming a trainer starts with us!

Training is a critical piece of the success of any organization.  Improved skills and knowledge at all levels increase competency and productivity. Since you’re here, you must want to improve your trainer’s proficiencies so that participants have a positive learning experience. Whether you’re looking to improve training skills for yourself, subject matter experts in your organization, or internal trainers, you’ve come to the right place for your training-the-trainer course needs.

TrainSmart offers the only “instructor-led” train-the-trainer course that is certified by the International Board of Certified Trainers.


Certificate of Completion Badge For TrainSMART's 3-Day Train-The-Trainer Course


Over 60,000 participants have taken part in TrainSmart’s Internationally Certified Train-the-Trainer Course. This fun, practical, high-energy, learner-focused workshop provides the latest tools and techniques to help you reach your highest potential.

Our 3-day Train-the-Trainer course is engaging, highly interactive; relevant to the ways that today’s audiences prefer to receive information, and provides you with a toolkit of resources to make your training impactful and outstanding!

If you are responsible for any kind of training in your organization TrainSmart’s Train-the-Trainer course is for you!

Learn the essential skills to transfer knowledge to adult learners in a way that is educational, interesting, and interactive!

3-Day Training For Trainer’s Outline

It Starts with You

Discipline of Design

  • Discipline of Design
  • Design Outline

Audience and Evaluation

  • Principles of Adult Learning
  • Stages of Learning
  • Generational Differences
  • International Differences
  • Evaluation
  • Measurement
  • Selecting Appropriate Delivery Methods

The Design

  • Task Analysis
  • Develop Goals and Objectives
  • Active vs. Passive Learning
  • Learning Activities


  • Documentation

Training Delivery

Training Delivery (Continued)

  • Types of Learners
  • Training Room Design Layouts
  • Training Techniques
  • Day of Training
  • Audio Visual Techniques
  • Presentation Slide Tips
  • Managing Time When Training

Online Learning Environment

  • Synchronous vs. Asynchronous
  • Platforms and Tools
  • Simulating Virtual Training
  • What is Virtual Instructor-led Training?
  • Methods for Engaging Participants Virtually
  • Instructor Skill Sets
  • Social Media

Wrap Up

  • Participants Presentations (Final training project.)
  • Training Resources

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Agenda At A Glance

Day 1 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Day 1: Introduction – (1) Hour
Day 1: Foundations of Learning – (2) Hours
Day 1: Design Model – (0.5) Hour
Day 1: Design & Development – (2) Hours

Day 2 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Day 2: Delivering Training – (5.5) Hours
Day 2: Facilitating Virtual Training – (1) Hour

Day 3 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Day 3: Wrap Up (Final Project) – (6) Hours

Why Select TrainSmart IBCT
Certified Train-the-Trainer?

  • CORE TrainSmart competency
  • Certified by IBCT an Independent International Organization (
  • Facilitated to your specific needs and expectations
  • Small class size – 10 maximum recommended
  • 3.5 CEUs credits

  • This program is not self-certified
  • Video recorded practical exercises – three to five times, one with formal peer evaluation
  • Feedback on submitted videos for six months post-completion
  • Highly interactive, engaging, and most of all FUN
  • Your facilitator has extensive experience in designing and delivering technical training, as well as advanced degrees in instructional design and systems

Train-the-Trainer Delivery Options

(On-site, Public Workshops, Live Virtual Instructor-Led Training)

Train-the-Trainer Regional Workshops

3-Day Price: $2098

Looking to enroll in a TrainSMART Train-the-Trainer public workshop? We offer our 3-Day Train-the-Trainer workshop in 12 cities throughout the United States.

TrainSmart’s internationally certified Train-the-Trainer workshop will increase and enhance the training platform skills, increase the level of interactivity of your training, and discuss strategies on how to infuse role-playing and games into the training for the purpose of engagement and knowledge transfer.

The workshop is highly interactive; inclusive of 5-8 practices; culminating with a final training project that is inclusive of key competencies required for the IBCT international certification.

See the workshop locations below.

2022 Dates
3-Day Train-the-Trainer
Public In-Person Workshops
Price: $2098 Per Person


Enroll In TrainSMART's 3-Day Train-the-Trainer Course In San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA
March 8 – 10, 2022
May 10 – 12, 2022
July 26 – 28, 2022
September 20 – 22, 2022


Enroll In TrainSMART's 3-Day Train-the-Trainer Course In Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL
December 7 – 9, 2021
February 22 – 24, 2022
April 19 – 21, 2022
June 14 – 16, 2022
November 8 – 10, 2022


Enroll In TrainSMART's 3-Day Train-the-Trainer Course In Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN
April 19 – 21, 2022
July 12 – 14, 2022
September 13 – 15, 2022
October 25 – 27, 2022



Enroll In TrainSMART's 3-Day Train-the-Trainer Course In Austin, TX

Austin, TX
February 22 – 24, 2022
May 17 – 19, 2022
July 19 – 21, 2022
October 4 – 6, 2022


Enroll In TrainSMART's 3-Day Train-the-Trainer Course in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA
January 25 – 27, 2022
April 12 – 14, 2022
July 19 – 21, 2022
October 4 – 6, 2022


Enroll In TrainSMART's 3-Day Train-the-Trainer Course In Nashville, TN. Learn how to deliver and design training.

Nashville, TN
Feb 15 – 17, 2022
April 19 – 21, 2022
July 26 – 28, 2022
October 18 – 20, 2022


Enroll In TrainSMART's 3-Day Train-the-Trainer Course In Nashville, TN. Learn how to deliver and design training.

Virginia Beach, VA
Feb 1 – 3, 2022
April 26 – 28, 2022
July 19 – 21, 2022
October 11 – 13, 2022


Chicago, IL
Feb 8 – 10, 2022
May 17 – 19, 2022
August 16 – 18, 2022
December 27 – 29, 2022


Enroll In TrainSMART's 3-Day Train-the-Trainer Course + Certification In Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
March 8 – 10, 2022
June 7 – 9, 2022
October 18 – 20, 2022
December 6 – 8, 2022


Seattle Train-the-Trainer Courses

Seattle, WA
March 1 – 3, 2022
August 9 – 11, 2022
November 1 – 3, 2022


On-Site Custom-Tailored
Train-the-Trainer Workshops
Call For Pricing

For over 25 years, TrainSmart has been designing, developing, and delivering customized on-site Train-the-Trainer courses. We offer 1/2 day, one-day, two-day, and three-day options at your site for up to 10 participants per session. We will tailor your Train-the-Trainer program to include documentation review and participant facilitation using company-specific content.

It is a great way to work as a team to increase the effectiveness of a training program, as well as to exchange ideas and approaches within the organization.

The best value is the on-site workshop. There are greater benefits to training as a group:

    • Use your own content throughout the 3 days and for the final project
    • Receive both facilitator and peer feedback and coaching

  • Discuss the design of your training program with an experienced TrainSmart facilitator/designer

Virtual Live
Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Same Outcomes As Our 3-Day Face-to-Face Workshop With A Virtual Delivery Method

Training is an essential element of personal and organizational development in any organization. Being knowledgeable of and continuing to learn about the skills and knowledge that drive success for you and your organization! Plus training and orientation drive customer and employee retention.

This workshop has (6) 2.5-hour sessions with intermingled activities and individual coaching. With enrollment limited to 12, it is designed for anyone tasked with the development of learning events that are meaningful, practical, and beneficial to those who attend and their organization.

Following the training, you should be able to:

  • Describe the essential elements of a training program
  • Apply different methodologies to program design
  • Demonstrate skills in preparation, research, and delivery of strong content
  • Use an instructional design model
  • Create a training program proposal


  • You submit a one-paragraph summary of the training project you plan to work on during the live virtual training.
  • You complete an Everything DiSC® Workplace Profile.  The results are shared with you and then leveraged within the live virtual training.

Online Live Train-the-Trainer
Session Dates

December 2021 Session:
(Six) 2.5 Hour Sessions
December 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16
Hours: 1:00 p.m. CDT – 3:30 p.m. CDT


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TrainSMART’s Online Train-the-Trainer Workshop


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Virtual Instructor-Led Training and the Face-the-Face Train-the-Trainer?

Same learning objectives and takeaways for the VILT and the Face-to-Face Train-the-Trainer.

Is your Train-the-Trainer content standard or do you customize it per trainers’ needs? If you customize it, what is your assessment methodology? If you don’t customize it, what is your rationale?

There are core topics that are standard and required for the certification; however, we do tailor/customize each Train the Trainer workshop to enhance the competencies that are most relevant to the participants.  For example, if the participants primarily design and facilitate one-on-one and via certain media such as WebEx, more emphasis is placed on the best way to design, deliver and assess for that style of training delivery.  The final assessment is the results of the required activities and the final training project.

We want to keep a global consistency in the delivery of our content by the trainers. How will TrainSMART do this?

TrainSmart can leverage a variety of delivery mediums including pre-work, webinars, projects, feedback, and self-assessment. And, while we have facilitators located all over the world, many do not deliver our TTT so we’d limit delivery to those who are qualified to handle facilitation.  Although the participant materials are all in English, we have facilitators that speak multiple languages that facilitate TrainSmart’s Train the Trainer.

What is the main focus of the content of your Train-the-Trainer program?

The focus of the Train-the-Trainer program is to prepare the participant to understand how adults learn best, understand how to assess the learning need, how to write solid objectives that ties to the program design and development.  There is a large part of the workshop that focuses on delivering and evaluating the training.  Topics include communication skills, presentation skills, various best practices training techniques, preparing for the delivery of training, listening, questioning, handling difficult situations, virtual training, one-on-one, classroom management, and finally evaluation.  We would suggest using your content for the various practices throughout the three-day workshop.  The amount of emphasis on a given topic and if there are a particular policy and practice at your organization, we will infuse it into our training.

How do you assess the group training needs? Do you customize your course content and delivery based on that? If so, why? And if not, why not?

We initially have a conversation with the person responsible for the sourcing of the TTT.  We have a series of questions that we ask and we do a review of the course content and align this with the objectives that the client is seeking.  We create a modified detailed outline and agenda and review with the person responsible. Quite often the person responsible will introduce us to the participants via email and we will reach out to have a discussion regarding their experience, concerns, and needs.  After the discussions, we do customize the course content and delivery.

Is your program content fit into a global setting? How do you make sure it takes into account cultural differences? Do you recommend addressing the entire global group in a single class? 

Yes, the TrainSmart Train the Trainer workshop is fit for a global setting.  In all cases, we do an intake of each participant to make sure we understand their goals/objectives/takeaways for their training participation.  We confirm this with our primary content for that region to ensure that we tailor the content appropriately for the localized audience.  Quite often, we will utilize a facilitator that is from that culture and we will also adjust the activities to ensure that they are appropriate for the culture, audience and learning objectives.  We run TTT with a diverse cultural group and we have been successful; however, when the like groups can be trained together, there is often a greater and deeper value for each of the participants. 

Do you have a global reach? How would you reach people in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa?

Yes, we have global reach and resources that we can utilize that are in these regions if time zone and language are an important factor.

Do you have any tool to assess people readiness to be a trainer before and after your class?

Yes, we have attendees do a self-assessment on day one.  Then we revisit their answers on day three and acknowledge where they feel more confident and where they need to continue development.

How do you make sure people from different backgrounds will come out of the training with a standard of teaching quality?

During the final exercise, attendees must demonstrate a basic level of mastery for the topics presented.

What is the ideal duration of your Train the Trainer class? What is your recommended duration for our specific circumstances?

The ideal is a total of four days, with a break in between so that the participants go back to their offices to produce their training development and return for days three and four to present their design plan and to deliver a segment of that training as their final training project.  Most of our clients opt for three consecutive days.

Do you certify Trainers? How recognized is your certification globally?

Yes, we do certify trainers.  Taking the TrainSmart Internationally Certified Train-the-Trainer workshop that was certified by the International Board of Certified Trainers, completes the first step.  Following the successful completion of this workshop, the participant applies for Trainer Certification to the International Board of Certified Trainers.  TrainSmart will assist in the application, if interested.  Some clients include the cost of the certification application into the cost of the workshop and TrainSmart assists, collects the applications and submits on behalf of the client.  It generally takes 6-8 weeks to receive the acknowledgment of the certification.

What differentiates your Train-the-Trainer program from other Train-the-Trainer companies and programs?

TrainSmart’s Internationally Certified Train the Trainer workshop is certified by The International Board of Certified Trainers and is not Self-Certified.  You will find that most of the TTT programs are certified by the company that designed and developed the workshops which do not give it creditability or hold it to a particular standard, like TrainSmart’s TTT.  Further, TrainSmart tailors/customizes all of its programs to meet the needs/goals/objectives of the audience, as we know that this will provide the greatest value and knowledge transfer for the participants.

In your company’s view, what makes a person a great trainer? 

A great trainer is one that listens to the need, provides feedback for the expected outcomes, along with activities that align with the client, engages the audience, while attending to each participant’s concerns, goals and experience and all the while makes the learning fun by the design of several interactions and check-ins with the participant.  The trainer uses the Tell3 method: Tell them what you are going to (teach) tell them, Tell/teach them, tell them what you told. Taught them.  Review. The trainer is nurturing and provides the tools, best practices, and recommendations for being a successful trainer.

We want to guarantee each trainer coming out of your TTT workshop will be able to deliver the training that meets the requirement of one-right (continuity, consistency, longevity) globally with good quality, as compared to the current professional trainers

TrainSmart cannot guarantee the level of instructor performance post-training.  We can guarantee that each instructor is provided the same instruction and completes all of the assignments, but too many factors impact what happens on the job – the quality of course materials, subject matter, local leadership, even the attitude of the students in a class.  Our design makes it easy to be flexible for those attending to achieve positive results.  One thing we do know is that better results come through preparation and practice neither of which TrainSmart can control post-training. We offer one-on-one virtual coaching to assist in closing the gap to ensure a quality trainer.

How do you measure your course effectiveness in preparing people to be trainers?

If the attendee can pass the end, of course, practical exercise to the satisfaction of the facilitator and their peers, TrainSmart believes he or she is positioned to be a successful trainer.  The TTT is but a first step in this process.  Attendees must practice, develop materials, accept criticism, and change behaviors many times in order to be successful trainers.  And, they must have the support and encouragement of their leadership.

What languages are you able to cover? Can you deliver in English as the standard? Would you recommend regional classes in local languages even with English-speaking trainers?

TrainSmart has facilitators that speak multiple languages that are located all over the world.  Yes, we use English as a standard and this is what we find our global customers to require of their employees; however, when the participants are organizationally lower, we find having a facilitator that can digress to the native language makes a big difference.  For example, lab techs versus engineers, and this is primarily in parts of Asia and Japan.

Do you have specific criteria to select people to guarantee the right people are in the class? Or is it the customer’s responsibility to provide the criteria and guarantee the right people in the class?

Most often the client selects the people; however, in many cases, we produce a report to our client with observations and recommendations based on the Train the Trainer experience.  We have found that successful trainers understand behaviors and can easily adapt to meet student expectations.  From a behavioral perspective, most successful trainers relate well with people and remain patient under pressure.  From a DiSC perspective, i and S behaviors typically make better facilitators.

What is your ideal group size for a TTT class? What would be ideal in our specific circumstances and why?

The ideal group size for instructor-led is 10 participants per facilitator.  The rationale is the amount of practice time that we want to provide each participant.  They do a one-minute, three minutes, five-minute, and 10-15 minute training presentation. More than 10 participants in a workshop lessen the amount of time that each participant has for practice and facilitated feedback.

Do you offer government discounts?

Yes, we offer a 10% discount for government agencies.  We offer a larger discount for onsite private workshops.

What is your ideal training setting (classroom, webinar, etc…) and why? What would be ideal in our specific circumstances and why?

The ideal is still the classroom, as we are to easily observe the modeling done by the facilitator as well as each participant learns from the other participant’s practice sessions.  This is more difficult in a webinar setup; however, there are ways to accomplish the content and review such as utilizing virtual instructor-led and in between webinars, the participants are required to complete project work and post recorded video for facilitated feedback.  In the case of the virtual training module, this can be delivered and practiced virtually.

What are the benefits of IBCT Certification?

As part of earning the certification, you are entitled to use a “three-letter” designation as part of your signature line. Having a post-nominal is one of the best ways to share with colleagues and potential clients that you have completed the most stringent requirements in professional training.

Who Is TrainSMART’s
Train-the-Trainer Course For?

TrainSMART's internationally certified 3-day Train-the-Trainer Program is for HR professionals, new trainers, new training managers, training professionals seeking certification, people looking to refresh of their training skills; subject matter experts that are now responsible for training their expert knowledge area.

Experienced trainers who want to improve presentation skills, subject matter experts who have new responsibilities to provide training, and new trainers who need to begin with the basics of training and learn best practices.

Past participants include: Sales Staff, Trainers, Training Managers, Human Resource & Personnel Managers, Supervisors, Team Leaders, Executives, and Subject Matter Experts

Testimonial for TrainSMART's 3-Day Train-the-Trainer Program - “TrainSmart’s Internationally Certified Train the Trainer, instructional design efforts, facilitation of professional development and leadership training, and being a great strategic partner. Available to provide expertise, as well as to fill in the gaps. TrainSmart services exceeds our expectations.”

“TrainSmart’s Internationally Certified Train the Trainer, instructional design efforts, facilitation of professional development and leadership training, and is a great strategic partner. Available to provide expertise, as well as to fill in the gaps. TrainSmart services exceed our expectations.”

Previous On-Site Train-the-Trainer Clients Include:







What Past Participants Are Saying…

“The Train-the-Trainer course was fantastic! Some of the most valuable things that I gained is confidence; techniques to facilitate dry, technical data; and PowerPoint tricks.”

V.P. Learning and Development
Global Pharmaceutical Company
Greater Chicago Area

“The instructor was excellent, in fact, one of the best that I had experienced. The course is well-structured, presented in an excellent fashion for both the written and facilitation.”

Sr. Marketing Specialist
Underwriters Laboratories
Greater Chicago Area

“This is the best Train-the-Trainer course that I ever attended! I did not expect that I was going to learn new innovative approaches to training development, delivery, and assessment.”

North America Sales Manager
Underwriters Laboratories
Greater St. Louis Area