How Do I Become a Training Supervisor?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen
Woman with hand on her hip
Woman with hand on her hip

To become a training supervisor, you will typically have to have several years of experience in the field in which you will be working. In addition, at least some of your work experience should include supervisory or management duties. Depending on the company that you work for and the complexity of your job, you may also need at least an undergraduate degree to become a training supervisor. As a training supervisor, you will likely be required to undertake some travel while performing your job and may also be required to complete ongoing educational and training activities yourself. Advancement in the area of employee training and performance measurement may require you to eventually obtain a postgraduate degree.

The role of training supervisor within a company typically involves several different duties. In smaller companies, the supervisor may be responsible for developing educational programs and then implementing them throughout the company. Larger corporations may rely on outside consultants or high-ranking specialists to actually develop training systems, and training supervisors are then expected to implement the programs and assess their effectiveness.

If you hope to become a training supervisor, you may wish to earn a bachelor’s degree. It may be to your advantage to earn the degree in adult or vocational education, but in some cases, it may not matter what subject your degree is in. Not all businesses require a training supervisor to have a degree, though it is generally a plus if you do have one. After you become a training inspector, you may be expected to provide regular reports and assessments on the efficacy of training programs. Taking courses in statistics as well as business writing will be to your advantage in these endeavors.

In many cases, a company will want to see evidence that you are familiar with its industry before allowing you to become a training supervisor. This may mean working for one or more years in a company or field before applying for a training supervisor position. When possible, participate in educational and training activities so that you will become familiar with training processes and procedures.

When interviewing for training supervisor jobs, your hiring manager may try to ascertain your flexibility when it comes to travel as well as your willingness to complete additional education. In many companies, training programs are constantly being modified and improved to meet current needs and conditions. You may be expected to travel on a regular basis to participate in these programs in order to most effectively do your job. If you are able to meet these requirements, be sure to indicate your willingness to travel and pursue further education.

Discuss this Article

Post your comments
Forgot password?
    • Woman with hand on her hip
      Woman with hand on her hip