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Open Training College

Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin, D14 P9E4, Goatstown, D14 P9E4, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Eircode: D14 P9E4

The Open Training College

The Open Training College offers courses in management, social care and continuing professional development. Courses at the Open Training College include applied management, professional development, professional social care, intellectual disability practice and CPD courses. We exist to provide accredited training courses and consultancy services to the human services and non-profit sector.

Our knowledge and expertise:

  • Provides people with the skills required to effectively perform their professional roles through courses
  • Directly addresses the operational and strategic challenges experienced by organisations within the sector
  • Makes a constructive contribution to policy and professional practice
  • Offers positive outcomes for service users by encouraging best-practice person-centred processes and competencies

At the Open Training College, our degree level and professional development courses and programmes provide disability and social care professionals with the skills required to deliver effective person centred services. Our accredited certificate, degree and professional development courses and programmes provide people with the knowledge and skills required to manage effectively in a challenging environment. The Open Training College has spent over 20 years working as training experts. In that role we have combined extensive first-line experience with a detailed knowledge of the strategic and operational dynamics of the space.

Established by St. Michael’s House in 1992, our philosophy is, and always will be, shaped by the demands of our sector and the needs of our staff, students, client organisations and service users. We believe that everything we do has to make a difference. To achieve that, it:

  • Must be sector-specific
  • Has to be practical in every sense of that word
  • Remain relevant and meet the highest possible standards of professional practice
  • Reflect the realities of people’s lives

This commitment has driven our desire to create a community of learning and professional practice, one that focuses on the acquisition, dissemination and practical application of knowledge and expertise.

 We believe that this approach – built on collaboration between ourselves, our students and the more than 220 organisations we work with – has created a unique environment in which people from the human services and non-profit sector can learn and work together in ways that make a real difference to our service users.  It has driven:
  • Who we are
  • Our relationship with students and the courses we provide
  • The kind of consultancy services and partnerships we have built up over the last quarter century

For more information about courses and programmes at the Open Training College, view our courses in the Nightcourses.com Course Finder.

BA in Applied Management (Human Services)
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Management Skills Course

Next course commencement: Autumn 2023 Application deadline: Contact the College —- The BA in Applied Management (Human Services) is a QQI accredited (Level 7) 3-year degree programme created by, and for people working in the human services and non-profit sector. It provides participants with the knowledge and skills required to manage for the good of: Services users The…

BA in Contemporary Disability Studies - Level 7
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Disability Studies Course

The Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Disability Studies is a QQI accredited, 3-year degree course for people working in the disability and social care sector. It provides participants with the social care skills required to deliver effective person centred services. Achieving this involves: Developing a detailed understanding of disability service provision and the role/critical importance of the…

Bachelor of Arts in Social Care - approved by CORU - CPD options still available
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Social Care Course

This course has been approved by CORU. Next commencement: September 2023. However, CPD modules are now available. Contact Conor now on cmurray@opentrainingcollege.com. The online application centre will open in March for BASC September 2023 enrolments. —– This 3-year Level 7 Degree programme is designed for people who want to attain the standards of proficiency for social…

Back Care and Manual Handling Online Theory
Online Learning, Manual Handling Course

Please note: This course is one of 12 modules on the Foundation Programme for Working in Residential Services   The Manual Handling Online course provides an online option when testing the participants knowledge around the theory section of the manual handling refresher course. The material was created as part of NFSVP. The course introduces the…

Cert in Training and Development ONLINE - QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award - Spring 2023
Online Learning, Social Care Course

The next course commences late-Spring, 2023 with an Online (Zoom) Orientation Session (12pm to 1pm). Apply now! This Training and Development Award is the nationally approved Level 6 QQI professional qualification for new and experienced trainers. The twelve week programme provides participants with the tools to identify training needs and design, plan, deliver and evaluate quality…

Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) - Autumn 2023
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Management Skills Course

Next commencement: Autumn, 2023 Fees Installment Plan available  —- The Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) is a one-year professional development programme created for people working in the human services, community and non-profit sector.  It will: Develop your understanding of the management skills required to deliver quality services in the sector Provide you with the tools needed…

Certificate in Autism, Wellbeing and Positive Behaviour Supports - September 2023
Online Learning, Social Care Course

Next Commencement:  Monday, September 11th, 2023 – apply now. — The Certificate in Autism, Wellbeing and Positive Behaviour Supports is an accredited programme that focuses on how to effectively support staff who work with individuals on the autistic spectrum to: Lead the life they want to live, Support and reaffirm the people that are key…

Certificate in Empowerment and Advocacy - Spring 2023
Online Learning, Disability Studies Course

This accredited Level 6 course, Certificate in Empowerment and Advocacy, equips the student with the knowledge, skills and competencies to support people with disabilities in empowering themselves on a day-to-day basis, thus facilitating self-defined visions of a desirable future. This includes guidance and skills in relation to effective facilitation through a number of empowering approaches…

Certificate in Exploring Disability
Online Learning, Disability Studies Course

Exploring Disability is a first module of the QQI accredited, 3 year BA in Contemporary Disability Studies degree course for people working in the disability and social care sector. Who Is This Course For? The course is for disability service professionals looking to extend their knowledge and skills in the area. It is an accredited…

Certificate in Facilitated Learning (Systematic Instruction) - Spring 2023
Online Learning, Disability Studies Course

This accredited Level 6 Certificate in Facilitated Learning course will help you hone your skills as a trainer of people with disabilities. It explores developing and implementing an individual training plan for a person with a disability using the Systematic Instruction teaching strategy. Person centredness is at the heart of this programme, so it is…

Certificate in Patient Safety Complaints Advocacy ONLINE
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Health & Safety Management Course

Next Commencement: Autumn, 2023 Note: No Fees increase since 2020 This Level 7 course (20 Credits) is designed for people who will be working as advocates for patients wishing to make complaints about the service they or a family member has received from state-funded health or social services. Those participating in the course may be…

Certificate in Supported Employment ONLINE- Level 7 - February 2023
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Disability Studies Course

Next commencement: February 22nd, 2023 with an Online Orientation Session (on Zoom) from noon – 1pm. Apply by: February 8th, 2023 — This Level 7 course is a professional qualification targeted at the needs of people working as job coaches and employment facilitators. It will provide: A detailed understanding of the social and legislative context in…

Certificate in Supporting and Working with Families - Spring 2023
Online Learning, Social Care Course

Everyone involved in the support of any person needs to recognise and appreciate the hugely important place held by families in the lives of people with intellectual disability, whether this is perceived as positive or negative these familial relationships need to be supported and nourished. Families are often the only constant in the lives of…

Certificate in the Management of a Positive Behavioural Culture
Online Learning, Disability Studies Course

This course is aimed at supervisors and managers of human services for people labelled as challenging. It is also suitable for people aspiring to those roles. The Certificate in Management of a Positive Behaviour Culture is an accredited programme that focuses on how to utilise and effectively manage Positive Behaviour Support in a way that…

Essential Employment Law - March 2023
Online Learning, Employment Law Course

Understanding employment law is an absolute necessity for first line managers because they are becoming increasingly involved in employment contracts and disciplinary/grievance procedures. This accredited, six-week course examines employment law as a management issue for the human services and non-profit sector Completing the course will provide you with detailed knowledge of: The formal legislative framework…

Focus on the Individual: Person Centred Planning - March 2023
Online Learning, Disability Studies Course

Next Commencement – March 1st, 2023 Application Deadline: February 15th, 2023 —- This accredited Level 6 course, Focus on the Individual – Person Centred Planning examines how a person centred plan is implemented, facilitated and evaluated. It explores the organisational structures and changes required to support a person centred service that is focused on individualised supports…

Foundation Programme for Working in Residential Services
Online Learning, Health & Safety Management Course

Covid-19 has brought extensive challenges to all of us, not least ensuring that staff cover is provided in service areas that remain open and ensuring that staff are well informed working in areas possibly unfamiliar to them. The Open Training College (OTC) has been delivering excellent social care education and training since 1992, online since…

Higher Certificate in Applied Management
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Management Skills Course

Next course commencement: Autumn 2023 Apply by: Contact the College Fees Installment Plan — The Higher Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) is a one-year professional development programme (and Year 2 of the 3-year BA in Applied Management) created for people working in the human services, community and non-profit sector. In this course you will:…

Honours BA in Contemporary Disability Studies - Level 8
Online Learning, Social Care Course

Next Commencement: To be confirmed Enquiries to: cmurray@opentrainingcollege.com — This one-year, part time course provides qualified Social Care Workers with the knowledge and skills to make substantive, positive changes to organisations in the pan disability sector. It will help you to become an advanced social care practitioner and drive the development and delivery of quality, rights…

Human Resource Management & Supervision - March 2023
Online Learning, Community Leadership Course

This six-week course is designed to provide you with a working knowledge of the importance, role and function of Human Resource Management, particularly in relation to the not-for-profit and human services sector. While completing this course of study you will also be introduced to key elements of the Supervision process which is of the highest…

Key Management Skills: Teamwork, Leadership and Communications - April 2023
Online Learning, Management Skills Course

Next Commencement: April 11th, 2023 Application Deadline:  March 28th, 2022 — This intensive, six week course – the first (or second) module of our 2-module Fast Track management course for PIC’s – will increase your ability to lead, motivate and manage a team in the human services and/or non-profit sector. After completing the certified programme,…

Managing for Regulation and Inspection - May 2023
Online Learning, Management Skills Course

This Managing for Regulation and Inspection course encourages the student to reflect on the importance of getting regulation right within their role and on the impact regulation has on the organisation, staff and the service users. The course is suited for people working in a human service environment for at least 10 hours per week…

Managing Service Quality and Safeguarding - February 2023
Online Learning, Management Skills Course

Next course commencement: February 20th, 2023 Apply by: Monday, February 6th, 2023 — This QQI approved Level 6 course provides current and prospective supervisors and managers with the knowledge and tools required to manage service quality in a human services and non-profit organisation. The six-week course – one module of our 2-module Fast Track management course for…

Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse
Online Learning, Intellectual Disability Course

The Safeguarding course aims to ‘increase capacity of all staff and service users, in relation to key information on the safeguarding of vulnerable people as outlined in the National Policy “Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse” published in December 2014 and how this impacts on their local service policy and is supported by good…

The Certificate in The Manager as Coach and Mentor - Autumn 2023
Online Learning, Social Care Course

Starts December 5th, 2022 Apply by:  November 28th, 2022 — This programme of study has been developed for the experienced manager who currently holds a senior post within the organisation or foresees holding such a post in the future. This manager is interested in further developing their existing professional competencies in order to progress the…

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Open Training College
Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin, D14 P9E4
Goatstown, D14 P9E4, Dublin
Republic of Ireland
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