Who should attend? Sending a trainee to a Train the Trainer Certification Program will enable you to bring your operator training conveniently in-house. There is much to consider in the preparation, delivery and maintenance of a good training program. From the perspective of the trainees it all starts with the trainer, as it is the trainer that is the source of information and the face of the program.
The selection of the person who is to become your equipment operator trainer is critical to the process. To help you decide who should attend a Train the Trainer Certification Program, consider the following positive traits of potential trainers.
Positive Traits of Potential Trainers
In a perfect world, your new powered mobile equipment trainer would possess the following traits:
Interest - It is very important for anyone in the safety and health field to have a genuine interest in safety and a desire to spread the word, so to speak.
Belief and Passion – Beyond interest, an honest belief in the benefits of safety and visible passion in the expression of those beliefs is an invaluable trait that separates good trainers from great ones.
Knowledge and Experience – Knowledge is power, and experience is the resource that harnesses the power to make it useful. Trainers must have the operational experience needed on the appropriate equipment to demonstrate the same tasks their trainees are expected to perform.
Communication Skills – The greatest asset of all. Strong reading, writing and English language skills, and the ability to utilize such skills to articulate ideas and concepts are critical to the success of trainer candidates in our Train the Trainer Programs.
People Skills – Patience is a virtue, and for trainers so are approachability, empathy, respect for others and confidence in one’s self. Although they are all qualities often taken for granted, they are an absolute must for would-be trainers and virtually impossible to instill in those that do not possess them.
Authority – While not considered a trait as such, the ideal trainer candidate is one that has the authority to ensure that training is adhered to on a day-to-day basis. Supervisors are the obvious choice here because of their knowledge of specific job requirements, authority to take corrective measures and because at the end of the day, the safety of the crew is their direct responsibility.
Although it is impractical to expect a high degree of compliance from a trainer candidate in all the traits detailed above, in our experience we have found that those who possess most of them to a moderate degree tend to achieve higher performance levels during our Trainer Certification Programs.
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