How to Become a Training and Development Manager

Written by

George D. Baker


August 14, 2014



Training and development is an essential part of many companies and organizations. Training and development managers are trained professionals that are responsible for planning, directing, and organizing the training and development tasks and staff of their employer.

What does a training and development manager do?

Training and development managers direct and oversee training and development programs. They strive to create programs that enable employees to achieve their highest potential, increase performance, enhance work quality and productivity, and build employee loyalty to the organization. They identify the educational needs of the organization and employees and develop training strategies to meet those needs. They create testing and evaluation procedures, personal development classes, and technical training sessions. They also evaluate the effectiveness of training programs and provide improvement recommendations. Training and development managers often conduct orientation sessions and set up on the job training for new employees.

What kind of training does a training and development manager need?

Training and development managers typically need at least a bachelor degree in training and development, human resources, or other related field. Prospective training and development managers typically complete courses in business administration, human resources, training and development, industrial psychology, principles of management, and statistics. Many training and development managers begin their careers in entry-level positions and advance to management as they gain skills and experience. Many training and development managers gain professional certification from the Association for Talent Development (formerly known as the American Society for Training and Development). Training and development managers must stay up to date on the current advancements in the field and often complete continuing education and attend workshops and seminars throughout their careers.

What are the prospects for a career as a training and development manager?

Employment of training and development managers is expected to grow faster than average for all professions, increasing 16% through 2016. Technological advances and increased demand for improved training programs will drive job growth.

Job prospects are expected to be good, especially for training and development managers with extensive experience and professional certifications. Many job openings will arise from the need to replace training and development managers that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.

How much do training and development managers make?

As of 2015, training and development managers with less than 1 year experience earn average annual salaries between $37,500 and $71,603. Those with 1 to 4 years experience earn average annual salaries between $42,009 and $65,345.

A career as a training and development manager is a great choice for people with a strong interest in coordinating the training and development activities of an organization. Training and development managers must have excellent leadership and teaching skills and ability to relate to a variety of employees. Creative thinking, good problem solving skills, and good decision-making are essential characteristics. Training and development managers must have excellent communication and the ability to work as part of a team.

Becoming a Training and Development Manager Requires Training, Start Today

Are you serious about becoming a Training and Development Manager? Then you need to get the required skills and training to do it! To start your new career, first you must decide what school you want to enroll in, so you need to gather info about potential schools. Use the  College Mouse Degree Search tool  to find the right course and college for you, and get started towards your new dream job today! After you sign up for your course, make sure you fill out and submit the FAFSA so you can take advantage of any financial aid currently available to you!

Written by:  George D. Baker

George D. Baker is a long-time contributor to College Mouse. Now retired, Mr. Baker volunteers at adult education programs in his local community.

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  • Hi,
    My boyfriend recently got let off of his job. He’s a senior training and development specialist with 5 years experience in retail.
    He hasn’t been able to land a job even after having had 2 interviews with 2 different companies and sending his CV to potentially great prospects only to be rejected.
    Time is running out and I am wondering what seems to be the problem? He’s targeting a managerial role as it is the logical step after being a senior for 3 years and being in his late 30’s..

    I hope you can provide some kind of insight, and maybe what he can do in the meantime to progress and to find new prospects.

    Appreciate your reply!

    Thank you..

  • Can I happen to apply for a training and development manager am now currently working as a senior supervisor in one of the five stars. My level of education is UACE,UCE and PLE.