Training Courses

Train the Trainer for Counsellors

This award has been SCQF credit rated by SQA

Train the Trainer for Counsellors incorporates the SQA devised Group Counselling Skills unit (SCQF Level 7) and Conduct the Assessment Process PDA (SCQF Level 8) and two CPD workshops: Developing the Trainer and The Continuous Training Cycle.

This programme is recognised by Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) to meet the training qualification requirements for trainer accreditation.

The programme is delivered by our warm and professional training team. Each trainer brings their own individual experiences to teach the necessary blend of theory and practice.

Who is the course for?


This course is designed to support qualified counselling practitioners who aspire to become trainers and facilitators on counselling courses.

It is equally well-suited for mentors, tutors, coaches, instructors, or anyone with a counselling award at diploma level seeking to take on training responsibilities alongside their primary employment.

What will participants learn?


Group Counselling Skills (F1EK 34) – SCQF Level 7

This Unit is designed to allow you to develop your knowledge of group counselling skills and to develop your skills both as a group participant and as a group facilitator.

On completion of this Unit, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of group process and dynamics within a personal development group.
  • Develop and demonstrate self-awareness as a group participant.
  • Develop and demonstrate group facilitation skills.

Conduct the Assessment Process (GF8P 48 & H290 35) – SCQF Level 8

This Unit is for assessor-candidates who are assessing learners in a classroom or other off-job training environments such as training centres and workshops. There are four tasks in this unit:

  • Task 1: Agree assessment arrangements with candidates
  • Task 2: Conduct assessment with candidates
  • Task 3: Review evidence and communicate assessment decisions to candidates
  • Task 4: Contribute and conform to internal quality assurance requirements

Mandatory Workshops

  1. Developing the Trainer
  2. The Continuous Training Cycle

Entry requirements


Participants should be able to demonstrate that:

  • they are qualified counselling practitioners with a counselling award at diploma level (minimum SCQF level 8). They should also be a registered member of a professional counselling body (BACP, COSCA, BABCP etc.)
  • have some experience of assessing students’ work
  • have some experience in co-facilitating small groups
  • they are currently or will be involved in the delivery of a COSCA skills course.

Participants without experience in assessment or delivery may still be accepted on to the course, however they may be required to meet with course tutors in the first instance.

Dates and Times


The Train the Trainer for Counsellors course has four in person days (9.30am – 4.30pm) and 6 remote classes (5.30 – 8.30pm).

September 2024 Monday Course Dates
Unit / WorkshopDateTimeLocation
Developing the Trainer Workshop2 Sep 20245.30pm – 8.30pmRemote
Group Counselling Skills10 Sep 20249.30am – 4.30pmIn Person
Conduct The Assessment Process23 Sep 20245.30pm – 8.30pmRemote
Conduct The Assessment Process7 Oct 20245.30pm – 8.30pmRemote
Group Counselling Skills22 Oct 20249.30am – 4.30pmIn Person
Conduct The Assessment Process28 Oct 20245.30pm – 8.30pm Remote
Group Counselling Skills12 Nov 20249.30am – 4.30pmIn Person
Conduct The Assessment Process18 Nov 20245.30pm – 8.30pmRemote
Group Counselling Skills3 Dec 20249.30am – 4.30pmIn Person
The Continuous Training Cycle Workshop9 Dec 20245.30pm – 8.30pmRemote

Course fees


The full course fee is £500, which can be paid in full or five monthly instalments of £100 in August, September, October, November, and December.

Each unit, including the corresponding workshop, can be taken separately and are priced at £250 each. Alternatively, participants can attend only the CPD workshop for £125 each.

Payment in full or the first instalment must be paid by 22 January 2024 to secure your place on the course.

How to apply


To apply to join this course, please complete the application form and return it by email to our training team by the closing date.

Once your application is reviewed by the training team, and proof of entry requirements gathered, we will arrange an individual telephone call.

September 2024

Dates: 2 Sep 2024 – 3 Dec 2024
Times: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Days: Mondays

Total Cost: £500 Payable in five monthly instalments of £100.

Applications close 19 Aug 2024 or when full.

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