Train the Trainers events

Last updated: 18/11/2019

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RSGB Train the Trainers

About 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.”

“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 programme. 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
  • Obtaining and giving feedback
  • Supporting students after they pass

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 for sharing experiences and tips throughout the course.

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


Book your place on a 2020 Train the Trainers Course

We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed dates for five courses and are in the process of finalising a sixth. The courses will be held at:
  • 21/03/2020 – Telford (West Midlands)
  • 18/04/2020 – Cardiff (South Wales)
  • 30/05/2020 – Stockport (North West)
  • 20/06/2020 – Abergele (North Wales)
  • 11/07/2020 – Margate (South East)
  • TBC –  Milton Keynes (North West Home Counties)

Places are limited – book now to avoid disappointment

If you would like to attend one of the courses please book as soon as possible by emailing Places are filling up fast, so please don’t delay. As courses become fully booked we will update this web page.

Please note that courses 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 allocate your place to somebody else from the waiting list.


Train the Trainers courses are a benefit for Members of the RSGB and members of clubs affiliated to the RSGB and, therefore, are free of charge to attend. However, host clubs may make a non-profit charge to cover costs of hiring the venue and/or providing refreshments.

What do you need to bring with you?

Delegates should bring with them note-taking facilities and a laptop, or tablet, so that they can take part in the interactive sessions.


Can you host Train the Trainers in 2021?

Training event

During 2020 we will be putting together the schedule for 2021’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 resources be available:

  • Accessible venue for delegates with disabilities (ramps, disabled toilets, etc.).
  • 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 (three smaller rooms).
  • Projector and screen – if necessary we can provide a projector providing we have a team member attending by car.
  • Reliable and quick Broadband Wi-Fi – we can provide a mobile Broadband if required but we do need very good 4G coverage at the venue.
  • Refreshments (tea, coffee and water) available throughout the day.
  • Accessible parking.
  • 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 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 fifteen 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 teacher, or college/university lecturer, then you will already be familiar with what is taught, but we need your skills to help us expand the delivery team.

If you think you can help us then you are welcome to attend a Train the Trainers course as an observer. Please contact us first and we will take things from there: for more details.