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Become a trainer

If you are interested in becoming a NDORS licenced trainer, the first thing you need to do is to satisfy yourself that you meet the trainer qualifications and profile. Application forms and job descriptions can be obtained from any one of our course providers.

You will have to approach an existing licenced NDORS course provider to be engaged by that course provider to receive training. We (NDORS)  do not train trainers at the moment. If you are satisfied you meet the qualifications, you should contact one or more of the training providers you would be interested in working for to pursue your interest.

To find out details of NDORS providers, please go to the course locations page of our website, and select the type of course you wish to be a trainer for, and then type your location or postcode, and this will show you the details of the course provider in those areas and how to contact them.

If the course provider is interested in your application, they may ask the you to complete the NDORS application form based on a job description and person specification for the specific course you wish to become a trainer for, together with any additional information that course provider asks for. If you meet the requirements you will  have to attend a specific course delivered by a licenced instructor. If successful you will be invited to apply for a licence and to be placed on the NDORS register of licenced trainers. Initially you will be given a provisional licence and will be assessed by NDORS regarding your competence to deliver a live course.  Once successfully assessed, the provisional licence (lasting for six months) is converted into a full licence for two years and a re-assessment will take place before the expiry of a full licence.  Once licenced, you are allowed to deliver the specific NDORS course you have been trained for.  A trainer can only deliver the course content to offenders and must not be used to train other trainers. There are some potential freelance trainers who are not committed to any particular course provider that are also licenced trainers. Licencing provides course providers the facility to employ these trainers as and when required.

Although not currently available, it is anticipated that in the near future, applicants who fit the job description will be able to obtain a training course to become a licenced trainer without the need to be engaged by a course provider.


Each course provider should have their own internal monitor to ensure standards are being met by the trainers they utilise.

Monitors should be monitoring their trainers at least once in a twelve month period; many providers monitor on a more regular basis. Monitoring is linked to the assessment process in so far as the internal monitor should be looking for the same skills, knowledge and competencies as a NDORS assessor would look for in a formal assessment.

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