Evaluating Core Competencies
As a general rule of thumb, competences are defined as an individual's demonstrable abilities that can be observed or assessed. To plan, develop, and deliver training sessions, trainers use a set of core strategies known as training competencies. The major competencies for trainers are adult learning theory, training delivery and methodologies that facilitate learning, training content development, monitoring and evaluating training effectiveness, and trainer evaluation. These competencies also support the facilitator in becoming a better skilled trainer for the workforce. Professional learning is not a discrete event, but is best understood as a process that unfolds over time. This is in concert with experiences and interactions with diverse learners throughout one’s professional environment. To embrace lifelong learning and be able to apply what they have learned, trainers must be able to translate their learning into behavior and apply it in different situations. Effective training incorporates information about participants' prior experiences in areas connected to training needs, and supports trainees and their organizations to achieve business goals.
A trainer's success and the future of his work depend on the ability and pace to upskill and reskill. In order to enable themselves to acquire new skills, trainers should take a proactive approach to lifelong learning opportunities.