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Special Purpose Certificate in Training and Education

Special Purpose Certificate in Training and Education


Develop your training in line with current best practice nationally and internationally

This certificate is delivered by way of three interlinked modules in order to evaluate and reflect on our professional development as we go through each module.

Why Study Training & Education at Griffith College?

Have you got a level 8 degree and are interested in gaining a qualification to teach or train in your area of expertise? Is teaching in higher education something you may be interested in? Or are you a trainer or HR consultant and would like to secure a qualification in training? Here are some of the benefits of studying with Griffith College:

  1. You will join a collaborative, reflective community of training practitioners
  2. You will create a Professional Development Portfolio of teaching/training experience for career development
  3. On completion, you will be qualified to teach at third level or provide training within the workplace
  4. Graduates will be able to progress to either our Postgraduate Diploma or our MA in Arts in Training and Education

Course Highlights

  1. The course takes place over a single semester and is delivered via block release of two days per month for three months. (One Fri & Sat per month)
  2. Practical and applied learning
  3. Taught by experienced professionals

Intake Dates

  • September 2020

What our students say

This programme led me to rethink everything I do as a teacher / educator from the writing of learning outcomes through to module design and assessment strategy. If these have already been written, then I now have the ability to critically analyse them. Apart from this, I now find myself considering what I am doing as a teacher throughout each individual class itself. Without doubt, and most importantly, my students will benefit from my application of the learnings that I have taken from this module. I strongly recommended and endorse this programme.

Ian Molloy
Certificate in Training & Education, 2017

I highly recommend this programme to anyone already in or aspiring to teach in third level. It is informative, holistic and comprehensive. It has transformed my in-class pedagogy and evaluation as much as it has my personal and professional life.

Victor Jatula
Certificate in Training & Education, 2017
Course details

Formal sessions take place over two days (block release) once a month for three months (see timetable). Participants are then allowed six weeks to prepare a Professional Development Portfolio to be submitted for final assessment.

Pedagogical Practice

This first module on the programme offers learners opportunities to understand when and how to apply a wide range of teaching and training methods and techniques suitable to the needs of student groups. Learners develop diagnostic and creative skills, which allow them apply appropriate and relevant teaching and training supports and techniques.

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Assessment and Programme Design

This module on the programme introduces learners to the landscape of post compulsory education. It seeks to enable the learner to discuss philosophies of higher & further education and training, their context and drivers, and interpret how they influence the design and assessment of programmes. Additionally, learners are exposed to principles and practice of constructively aligning assessment with learning outcomes.

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Reflective Practice and Development

This module allows learners determine how their own philosophies of education and training influences their pedagogy. They also learn how to become reflective and evaluative practitioners by understanding the reflective and on-going process of their own learning and development as a trainer and/or educator.

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How to Apply

Entry Requirements 

Applicants will need a Level 8 Primary degree in their area of expertise. There is also a minimum of 12 hours teaching or training experience requirement. (Two of which must be done during the course of the programme).

Accreditation of Prior Learning and Prior Experience (APL/APEL):

We welcome applications from those with prior academic and/or professional learning experience which may be relevant to the Certificate in Training & Education programme.

Applicants who wish for their prior academic and/or professional learning experience to be considered are requested to indicate this at the time of application and we will be happy to examine all of the relevant documentation accordingly.

How to Apply

 Students who wish to apply for this course may apply directly to Griffith College.

Students will be required to submit:

  • Primary degree award (Level 8)
  • A copy of their CV
  • A letter of reference proving the teaching/training experience
  • Proof of their identification in the form of a driver’s licence or passport.

Upon completion of the application, form students should upload these documents or alternatively send a scanned copy to [email protected] with an application for Special Purpose Certificate in Training and Education course (Level 9).

Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. 

Study Mode: Part-Time


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 2,550.00


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 2,350.00

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

Graduates of the Special Purpose Certificate in Training & Education will be able to progress to Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Training and Education.

Career Progression

 Graduates of the Special Purpose Certificate in Training & Education will have a range of skills that will be attractive across all sectors in training and education. The programme will help those who are training in industry / private sector or lecturing in the 3rd level sector.

The skills acquired on this programme help the graduate become a more effective communicator and resource in any workplace. It helps the learner to progress their classroom presence in different areas and implement their new skills & knowledge of technology in the classroom.

The course also gives the learner the opportunity to start new practices and to network with others in the sector.


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