The Train the Trainer Specialists - Dundee, Scotland


Whether a Planning and Delivering Training Sessions SQA is a prerequisite for your job or simply an area for your own personal development - Quest delivers high quality, train the trainer sessions that are fun, vibrant and above all - highly effective. 

We're one of just a handful of organisations that are trusted by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) to deliver accredited Train the Trainer training, and we take that responsibility seriously.


Being accredited means an awful lot more than just having a certificate to proudly hang on your wall. It means that the train the trainer course we deliver is a formally recognised qualification that follows set standards. Candidates that successfully complete the course have a new transferable skill that enhances their reputation, while the organisations that employ them can be safe in the knowledge that

Indeed for many occupations, including lifeguards an accredited train the trainer course is a prerequisite. 

Planning and Delivering Training Sessions to Groups - Qualification Structure

The course is structured with a balanced blend of theory and practice. 

  • 3 workshop days
  • Day 3 is practical and you will design a training session to deliver which is a 25-35 minute long
  • Reflective written report
While the workshop days provide candidates with the important principles of training other people, it's really the practical elements that accelerate the learning experience. The act of delivering a training session and putting the theory into practice, in a safe environment really helps our students build confidence. Getting positive and constructive feedback from fellow students as well as the course tutor is a central part of the course. 
Many of our students who successfully complete the course talk about the boost in confidence they've gained by doing something that they were initially apprehensive of. In that respect our train the trainer course can, for many, have much broader personal development benefits. 
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An absolutely fantastic training program with focus on delivering exciting, fun and interaction learning sessions to engage learners to the full. I've attended and completed many train the trainer courses in the past, but nothing like this. Well presented with loads of invaluable advice and resources to make learning fun. All of this, delivered by Laura, with great humour and making the learning interesting and engaging.

Garry Millen (BSW Timber)

PDA in Training and Development for Delivery to Groups - Qualification Structure

You must pass the Planning and Delivering Training Sessions to Groups, or the old SQA award Planning and Delivering Learning Sessions to groups. You need to have your lesson plan for your 30 minute session from this qualification.

You will then 

  • Attend a 1 workshop day
  • Prepare a lesson which you will deliver on site in your workplace.
  • Write various statements 

The Quest Train the Trainer Difference

The Planning and Delivering Training Sessions (PDTSG) qualification isn't unique, but our approach to it, certainly is. We take time to understand the needs of the sponsoring business, as well as the individual candidates. That gives us the ability to adapt our delivery to ensure that we make the most of this learning opportunity. Throughout the process we communicate on a regular basis with our students as well as the business that employs them, because ultimately our training will only be a true success if it makes a real difference to both. We can deliver this as an Open Programme or for one business (minimum 5 people).

Interested in taking this course yourself? Or are you responsible for securing train the trainer for others?

Either way we'd love to hear from you. 

To achieve the Professional Development Award(PDA) in Training and Development for Delivery to groups you must pass the PDTSG first then attend a further 1 day of training. Finally you will complete assignments and conduct a training session in your workplace which you have designed. The total cost for the PDTSG and PDA is £1100 + VAT per person.