How to Write a Training Plan

by Vaughnlea Leonard
Challenge yourself to learn a new aspect of your business every month.

Challenge yourself to learn a new aspect of your business every month.

There are a number of ways to write a training plan. No matter which one you choose, be sure to have a clear vision of what you hope to accomplish, first. Talk with peers and supervisors about current educational or business needs that exist. Use suggestions to help you get started. Here are some tips to help you get started on writing your training plan.

Get organized and have a clear goal in mind. Before you try to write a training plan, have some clear-cut reasons for developing it in the first place. Setting goals early on and think about what you expect might happen as this will make the writing come a bit easier later, too. Ask yourself what you hope to accomplish by training others. Know if you are trying to get others qualified or certified, for example. Be sure to make some notes.

Generate an outline. Once you are organized, gather your notes together and make an outline. There a number of ways you can develop and outline, but the descending method might work best. This simply means that you start the outline with a title or introduction with a roman numeral "I" directly left of it. Incorporate a series of both capital letters, like A, B, C, D and so on, and numbers or lower letters such as a, b, c, d and so on. You can develop subsections by placing numbers between each of the main capital or lower letter categories. Try to break your outline into categories like "objective, long-term goals, activities, participants (employees, for example), documentation," and "conclusion, evaluation and follow-up."

Make a draft. Once you clearly outline the steps you want to achieve in your training plan, you will need to write up a draft. It is a good idea to approach this as if you were writing a business proposal or presentation.

Talk with others. If you want to write a training plan, you might to talk with others, student or other associates, for example, about what problems people have, how they view these problems and what effective training can do to help them.

Make room for practice. Be sure to incorporate a section into your training plan about "practice." You can learn information, but if you do not practice with students or business partners and associates, the training may not be worthwhile at all. Be sure to make practice session relevant to learners, as well.

Tip

  • Know that you may have to rewrite your training plan as training progresses. You may have to periodically rethink your training plan as many unforeseen obstacles may require rescheduling, for example. Make room for follow-ups, too.

Items you will need

  • Internet access
  • Computer (PC)
  • Telephone access
  • Basic writing skills
  • Paper, pen or pencil

About the Author

Vaughnlea Leonard started her professional writing and editing career in 2005. Her work has appeared in "Press Journal," "Atlantic Publishing Company" and "Hometown News and Florida Today." A former military police enlistee and Florida certified educator, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Florida.

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