What is the training cycle?


How do you produce a qualified, competent learner? This 5-step training cycle helps assessors equip learners with the skills they really need.

According to independent training providers Brooks and Kirk, “the training cycle is an ongoing process”. Assessment forms a major part of that process but it is not the only element.

During the “Assessor Training Cycle” video presented by Brooks and Kirk we look at the five key segments that make up the training cycle.

Identify training need

The training cycle starts with identifying training needs. “This is where we can conduct the initial assessment”. It is the duty of the assessor to identify the learner's prior knowledge as well as skills gaps and skills requirements. The learner may not be aware of their own weaknesses and it's up to the assessor to uncover any shortfalls.


Once the needs have been determined the assessor can prepare for training. “This part of the training cycle is where assessors or trainers get together to plan resources and lesson content.” Good assessors know how to adapt content and activities to meet the needs of individual learners.

Training Delivery

This is simply the phase in which the content is presented and distributed to learners. The most important part of this phase is to deliver material in a way that learners can understand.

Apply Learning

“Learners will be required to apply what they have learned.” This is usually done through tasks or demonstrations provided by the assessor. Learners must have the opportunity to practice their theory and show that they have grasped the content.


This is the final step in the training process. Evaluation could refer to formative, self or peer assessments. “After the evaluation process feedback will be issued to the learner, whether that's written or verbal.” The assessor will review the learners performance to decide whether they have met the criteria and completed their training.

If the learner has missed important principles or subjects the assessor will begin the training cycle again to fill in those gaps.

For more insights watch the Assessor Training Cycle video below.