Train the Trainers events

RSGB Train the TrainersAbout Train the Trainers

Trainers on amateur radio courses need to deliver content to students from a wide age range and to an audience that has vastly different levels of knowledge and abilities. In light of these challenges trainers do a great job despite many not coming from a professional teaching background.

The RSGB Train the Trainers course aims to build on the subject knowledge trainers already have and helps them apply appropriate teaching good practice, as used by professional teachers up and down the country, to their Foundation, Intermediate and Full level amateur radio courses.

This one-day course is for RSGB members, as a membership benefit, and was devised by radio amateurs who are currently practising professional teachers and lecturers with over 50 years combined experience in the classroom.

What previous course attendees have said

Training scene“I really enjoyed the experience and I’m certain everyone else did too.”

 “Just a note to thank you all for a most enjoyable day. Having been subjected to an exclusively chalk and talk education years ago, your lecture was a revelation.”

“Of the four internal intra-student debates running in the class, David brilliantly stimulated two: do we want amateurs or exam-passers, and can students in reality be given as much time as necessary on practicals.”

“It is an excellent course; thought-provoking, stimulating and above all, useful; and much needed. Oh, and it was great fun. Thank you.”

“Following the Train the Trainers course in November I have slowly started to change the training program. Only two Foundation courses since then, however the changes made, more operating, digital modes, trying to assess individual needs etc. seems to be working so far”.

Topics covered

During the course delegates will cover the following subject areas:

  • Ways students learn – we are not all the same
  • Alternative delivery methods
  • Quick and easy lesson planning
  • Delivering the practical assessments
  • Supporting students after they pass
  • Obtaining and giving feedback

In addition there is a practical workshop that is designed to have delegates put in to practice what they have learned during the day and stimulate ideas.

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and sharing experiences and tips throughout the course.

All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance from the RSGB.

How to attend Train the Trainers

Early enquiries and booking are recommended. Details of courses that have been arranged can be found below.

Train the Trainers is a member benefit and provided free of charge by the RSGB to any member involved with delivering amateur radio training, though hosting clubs may make a non-profit charge to cover their costs of hiring the venue and providing refreshments.

Would your club like to host a Train the Trainers course?

Training event

We are currently putting together the schedule for 2020’s programme of Train the Trainer courses, and we welcome enquiries from clubs interested in hosting a course.

In order to host a course we ask that the following be available:

  • A large room capable of comfortably seating 25 delegates and which is available on a Saturday between 09.00 and 17.00.
  • Break out areas where small groups can work together.
  • Projector and screen – if necessary we can provide a projector providing we have a team member attending by car.
  • Broadband Wi-Fi – we can provide a mobile Broadband if required but we do need very good 4G coverage at the venue.
  • Tea and coffee available throughout the day.
  • Somewhere nearby where delegates can buy lunch.

We ask that a representative from your club spreads the word about your course amongst clubs local to you but we will co-ordinate all delegate bookings and publicise the course in RadCom and on GB2RS News at regular intervals leading up to the event.

We do need between 20 and 25 delegates to make the course viable and reserve the right to cancel the course if insufficient delegates have booked up to ten days before the course is due to run. With this in mind we would recommend that rooms are not hired that require you to incur a large expense.

For more information please contact

Are you a teacher/lecturer who could help by becoming part of the delivery team?

Train the Trainers eventIf you are a professional educator then you will already be familiar with what is taught, but we need your skills.

You’re welcome to attend as an observer if you are willing to help us deliver later repeats of this fun and valuable day.

Contact: for more details.

Courses running during 2020

We are currently arranging 2020’s schedule of courses and will post them here as soon as we have confirmed bookings. To book on a course please email

Please note that places are limited to 25 delegates, anyone applying after these places have been filled will be put on a waiting list. If you do book on a course and subsequently find you are unable to attend please notify us at least five days before the event so that we can invite people from the waiting list to attend.