Course Overview

This part time course runs frequently throughout the year in various locations around Ireland,
it involves:

  • Attendance at two 2-day workshops (with an interval of 3 weeks between the two workshops)
  • Essential Trainer Skills Module
  • Submission of an assignment
Foundation Diploma (Training and Education)

Essential Trainer Skills: This programme equips participants with the key trainer competencies necessary to function effectively in a modern work environment.  Next Essential Trainer Skills (Training and Education) commences 1st March in Galway.


Essential Trainer Skills (Sports Coaches): This programme enables those with sports coaching roles to acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills in coaching for performance improvement.


Foundation Diploma (Skills for Professional Development)

This programme focuses on the development of skills that are seen as central to enhanceing life courses and employment capacity

Module: Skills for Professional Development


Foundation Diploma (Assessment: Theory & Practice)

This programme provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to design and develop a range of assessment strategies that are constructively aligned with learning outcomes and that comply with FETAC (or equivalent) guidelines. 

Module: Assessment: Theory and Practice

Applications and Selections

Application Open Date: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015: Apply here


A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:

-          Job-seekers Benefit

-          Job-seekers Allowance

-          One-parent family allowance

-          Disability allowance

-          Community Employment Scheme

-          or signing for social insurance contribution credits

2015-2016 Fee Scholarship Application Form

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information. Supporting documentation relating to the above eligibility categories will be required as part of your scholarship application (e.g. a letter from the Dept. of Social Protection).

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Participants are required to complete an assignment for submission to NUI Galway for assessment. The assignment relates to material covered in the modules and emphasises the practical application of this course material to work situations. Participants are given written feedback on the assignment. Participants who complete the Foundation Diploma in Training and Education may claim exemption from the Learning – Essential Trainer Skills module in the Certificate in Training and Education programme.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally have reached 21 years of age on 1st January of the calendar year of entry. Applicants under 21 years of age must satisfy the matriculation requirements of NUI Galway. Applicants typically have appropriate experience in a training or educational organisation and must be in a position to undertake assignments and work-based projects relating to practical aspects of training or education. Applicants will be expected to have basic computer skill competence and should have access to the internet.

Additional Requirements


approx. 12 weeks

Next start date

March 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please contact the Programme Administrator

Next start date

March 2016

NFQ level


Mode of study

Part-time, distance and blended learning programme delivered through self-study texts, regional workshops and online activities.

ECTS weighting



Foundation Diploma in Training and Education


PAC code

Course Outline

When you have completed the course you will be able to:

  • Explain the various concepts of training and education;
  • Describe learning in adulthood;
  • Explain different learning styles and learning preferences;
  • Carry out a training needs analysis;
  • Write course aims and learning outcomes;
  • Select appropriate delivery methods;
  • Establish a positive learning environment;
  • Carry out a training evaluation;
  • Explain the importance of quality systems in training

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU


Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.


Find out More

Programme Administrator

Adult Training and Education Studies

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway

Nuns' Island, Galway

T 353 91 494055
F 353 91 528905