Vicky Nolan, Quality Assurance Manager, Barrow Training

Are you looking for a change in career?

Do you love what you do but wish for more sociable working hours?

Do you have experience and passion for a subject that you could share with others?

Are you tired of outsourcing training in your workplace?

Do you plan to retire but worry about how you will fill your days?


Perhaps you should consider a career in adult education.

To make this change, you will require a qualification in training and development. The previous qualification required was Train the Trainer FETAC Level 6, which has now been deactivated by QQI. This has been replaced by the Special Purpose Award in Training and Development QQI Level 6 6S3372. The aim of this award is to provide you with the knowledge, skill and competence to identify training and development needs, and to then deliver and evaluate a training intervention within a range of training and development contexts.

The Special Purpose Award is made up of two modules – Training Needs Identification and Design 6N3325 and Training Delivery and Evaluation 6N3326. Each of these is delivered by Barrow Training over four days with a short break in between.

Upon completion of this course, you would be a qualified tutor in your own area of expertise and can deliver training up to one NFQ level beneath your own, i.e. if you have a Level 8 Honours Degree, you can tutor up to Level 7. Please also remember to submit your CV to us upon completion of this course, as we add to our growing panel of tutors on a continuous basis.


I completed this training in December 2017 and found it hugely beneficial. Having the Special Purpose Award in Training and Development opens up more doors than you could imagine.

With my background in health and nutrition, I used my learning from both modules to develop a successful workplace wellbeing programme called New LEAF which has been delivered as a summer programme for primary school teachers, in-house for Netwatch staff, and also staff at Kilkenny Education Centre, to name but a few. The programme takes an holistic approach, focusing on the health and wellbeing of the workforce by looking at issues such as eating habits, physical activity, sleep, stress, and personal and professional goals.

Having achieved the Special Purpose Award, I now have the privilege of sharing my knowledge and passion with others on a regular basis.


The Special Purpose Award in Training & Development will provide you with the opportunity to make a career change, to take responsibility for training in your own workplace, or to develop an educational programme in an area which you are passionate about.

Call us today to book your place on 059 972 1416 or email

You will find further details about this award on our website by clicking here.