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


Trainers usually earn

$56K-$82K per year

Training advisers usually earn

$82K-$128K per year

Source: Hays, 2020.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a trainer are average, but good for those who can develop and deliver training online.


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.

(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our pay information)

What you will do

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.

Skills and knowledge

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.

Working conditions


  • 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.

Entry requirements

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:

  • management
  • human resources
  • computer administration and programming
  • trades.

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

Secondary education

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a trainer. However, English, social studies and digital technologies are useful.

Personal requirements

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.

Useful experience

Useful experience for trainers includes:

  • teaching
  • coaching
  • managing staff
  • public speaking.

Find out more about training

New Zealand Association for Training and Development (NZATD)
(04) 570 2460 - nzatd@nzatd.org.nz - www.nzatd.org.nz
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What are the chances of getting a job?

Demand for trainers with face-to-face training and facilitation skills in the public and private sectors is average. Restructuring in the public sector has created some demand for contract trainers.

In the private sector, more training providers are offering NZQA-accredited courses, and need trainers with appropriate subject knowledge and qualifications to teach the courses.

According to the Census, 2,208 trainers worked in New Zealand in 2018.

Opportunities increase with skills to teach online

Demand is growing for online trainers due to the popularity of online learning. People can access training course information at any time online, and it is a flexible way for businesses to deliver staff training.  

There are still opportunities for trainers with face-to-face facilitation skills, but trainers with instructional design skills who can design and develop online learning modules are in demand.

You can improve your job chances with a qualification in instructional design and the ability to design and facilitate online learning, including for adult students.

Types of employers varied

Trainers may work for:

  • businesses, organisations and government as in-house trainers, for example, working in information technology (IT) or human resources
  • training consultancies, which offer general or specialist training services on topics such as sales and management
  • universities and polytechnics
  • industry training organisations, doing work such as on-site agriculture training.


  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2006-2014 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2015.
  • Oldham, B, managing director, Complete Learning Solutions, Careers New Zealand interview, February 2016.
  • Stats NZ, '2018 Census Data', 2019. 

(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our job opportunities information)

Progression and specialisations

Trainers may move into work in one of the following areas:

  • human resources
  • tutoring or teaching
  • project management.

Trainers may also progress to set up their own business.

A trainer holds a training session with four other people

Trainers design and run face-to-face training sessions

Last updated 23 February 2021