Trainer Kaiwhakangungu/Kaiwhakaako

Trainers plan and provide training courses for employees of businesses, government and other organisations. 

Trainers may do some or all of the following:

  • assess the needs of trainees
  • design face-to-face learning activities and training programmes for organisations
  • design online instructional tools and learning programmes
  • create and implement coaching plans
  • run training programmes and learning activities
  • develop resources
  • create assessment standards and outcomes
  • measure learning both pre and post-training
  • provide assessment data and feedback to trainees and the organisation.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for trainers includes:

  • teaching
  • coaching
  • managing staff
  • public speaking.

Personal Qualities

Trainers need to be:

  • skilled at communicating with adults from a range of backgrounds and cultures
  • friendly and confident
  • understanding, patient and tolerant
  • adaptable
  • well-organised.


Trainers need to have:

  • knowledge of the subject area they are teaching
  • coaching and teaching skills
  • an understanding of learning theories and learner behaviour principles
  • skills in designing learner modules, for both online and face-to-face training
  • an understanding of UX (user experience) design and accessibility requirements
  • IT skills.



  • usually work regular office hours, but may also work evenings and weekends
  • may work in different locations, including offices, workshops and classrooms
  • may travel to run training workshops and courses.

Trainers can earn around $56K-$82K per year.

Pay for trainers varies depending on skills and experience.

  • Training coordinators usually earn between $56,000 and $82,000 a year
  • Training advisers usually earn between $82,000 and $128,000.

Source: Hays, 'FY 2020/21 Salary Guide', 2020.

Trainers may progress to work in:

  • human resources
  • tutoring or teaching
  • project management.

Trainers may also progress to set up their own businesses.

Years Of Training

There are no specific requirements to become a trainer. However, you need to have experience in a particular field before you can train others. Examples of such fields include:

  • teaching – especially literacy and numeracy
  • management
  • human resources
  • computer administration and programming
  • trades.

Employers may prefer to hire trainers who have a qualification in adult teaching or instructional design.