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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) - Autumn 2022
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Management Skills Course

Next course commencement: Autumn 2022 Informal Interviews/Information Day for Applicants: Wednesday October 19th, 2022 Management Courses Open Session (by Zoom):  Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 – 5.30pm – 7pm Online  – Contact cmurray@opentrainingcollege.com or call 01-2988544 at any time if you wish to register. —- The BA in Applied Management (Human Services) is a QQI accredited (Level 7) 3-year degree programme created by, and for…

BA in Contemporary Disability Studies - Level 7 - November 2022
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Disability Studies Course

The College is seeking expressions of interest for a November 2022 rollout of this course, subject to minimum numbers. Proposed Next Commencement: November 16th, 2022 Application deadline: Sept 30th, 2022 Online Information Session: Tuesday,  September 6th, 2022. — The Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Disability Studies is a QQI accredited, 3-year degree course for people working in…

Bachelor of Arts in Social Care - September 2022
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Social Care Course

Course commencement: Monday, September 19th, 2022 Application deadline: Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 Informal Interviews/Information Day for Applicants: Monday, September 12th, 2022 Social Care Course Open Information Session (by Zoom):  Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 – 5.30pm – 7.00pm Online – contact cmurray@opentrainingcollege.com  or call 01-2988544 at any time if you wish to register. —– This 3-year…

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…

Budget Management - HEA Initiative/Government funded - CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Management Skills Course

Please note that due to huge demand for these modular courses places are now filled and the application process is closed. If a second stimulus package is announced by the government in 2021, the College will endeavour to offer places on these courses for a second time so please do not hesitate to contact Conor…

Cert in Training and Development ONLINE - QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award - Autumn 2022
Online Learning, Social Care Course

Note: The next course commences Autumn, 2022 – 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 and engaging training. The course is aimed…

Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) - November2022
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Management Skills Course

Next commencement: November 2022 €250 Early Bird discount offer for those who apply by August 31st! Informal Interviews/Information Day for Applicants: Wed, October 19th, 2022 Management Courses Open Session (by Zoom):  Wed, September 28th, 2022 – 5.30pm – 7pm Online  – Contact cmurray@opentrainingcollege.com or call 01-2988544 at any time if you wish to register. —- The Certificate in Applied…

Certificate in Autism, Wellbeing and Positive Behaviour Supports - Sept 26th, 2022
Online Learning, Social Care Course

Next Commencement:  Sept 26th, 2022 –  Apply by: Sept 12th, 2022 — 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…

Certificate in Empowerment and Advocacy - November 2022
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 - Autumn 2022
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)
Online Learning, Disability Studies Course

This accredited Level 6 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 highly relevant for day…

Certificate in Patient Safety Complaints Advocacy - Autumn 2022
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Health & Safety Management Course

Next Commencement: Autumn  2022 This course 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 employees of the Patient Advocacy Service, working as advocates from…

Certificate in Supported Employment ONLINE- Level 7 - September 2022
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Disability Studies Course

Please note: Next commencement: September 15th, 2022 – apply by September 2nd! 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 which the employment of marginalised groups takes place A formal…

Certificate in Supporting and Working with Families - September 19th, 2022
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…

Collaborative Practice and Teamwork - HEA Initiative/Government-funded Free Course - CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
Online Learning, Disability Studies Course

Next Commencement: September, 13th, 2021. Apply by Sept 9th. Collaborative Practice and Teamwork The aim of this module is to equip participants with an understanding of how management and leadership effects team performance. Working collaboratively with stakeholders in person centred ways, facilitation, teaching, learning, supervision and mentoring are explored. On completion of the module participants will be…

Creative Problem Solving and Action Learning- HEA Initiative FREE course -Sept 2021 CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
Online Learning, Community Leadership Course

Next Commencement: Sept. 14th, 2021 for a limited number of applicants – Apply by Sept. 9th! Creative Problem Solving and Action Learning The aim of this module is to facilitate participants to reflect on the concepts of critical thinking, emotional intelligence and action learning, which when used interchangeably can be of significant benefit to them as…

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 - Autumn 2022
Online Learning, Disability Studies Course

Next Commencement – Autumn* 2022. *subject to minimum Numbers —- 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 and care.…

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 - Autumn 2022
Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online, Management Skills Course

Next course commencement: Autumn 2022 Informal Interviews/Information Day for Applicants: Wednesday October 19th, 2022 Management Courses Open Session (by Zoom):  Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 – 5.30pm – 7pm Online  – Contact cmurray@opentrainingcollege.com or call 01-2988544 at any time if you wish to register. — The Higher Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) is a one-year professional development programme created for people working…

Honours BA in Contemporary Disability Studies - Level 8 - September 2022
Online Learning, Humanities & Social Sciences Course

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 7th. 2022 Online information/Informal Interviews Day for Applicants: Monday, September 12th, 2022. Social Care Courses Open Session (by Zoom): Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 – 5.30pm – 7pm Online  – Contact cmurray@opentrainingcollege.com or call 01-2988544 at any time if you wish to register. — This one-year, part time course provides qualified Social Care Workers with the knowledge…

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 - October 2022
Online Learning, Management Skills Course

Next Commencement: October 3rd, 2022 – apply by September 23rd, 2022 Management Courses Open Session (by Zoom):  Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 – 5.30pm – 7pm Online  – Contact cmurray@opentrainingcollege.com or call 01-2988544 at any time if you wish to register. — This intensive, six week course – the first (or second) module of our 2-module Fast Track management course…

Managing for Regulation and Inspection - May 2022
Online Learning, Management Skills Course

This 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 as a team member, manager,…

Managing Service Quality and Safeguarding - Autumn 2022
Online Learning, Management Skills Course

Next course commences Autumn 2022. Management Courses Open Session (by Zoom):  Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 – 5.30pm – 7pm Online  – Contact cmurray@opentrainingcollege.com or call 01-2988544 at any time if you wish to register. — This QQI approved Level 6 course provides current and prospective supervisors and managers with the knowledge and tools required to manage service quality in…

Managing the Individualised Service - HEA Free module - Sept 2021 -CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
Online Learning, Community Leadership Course

Managing the Individualised Service The aim of this module is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate the design and delivery of the individualised service and to review their own organisation in respect to its effectiveness in delivering and progressing the individualised service. The student will also explore a number of…

Project Management - HEA Initiative/Government funded Module - Sept 2021- CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
Online Learning, Social Studies Course

Next Commencement: Sept. 16th, 2021 for a limited number of applicants – Apply by Sept. 9th! Project Management The aim of this module is to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to research and plan for a change project within their organisations that tangibly improves the quality of service delivered. On completion of this…

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 2022
Online Learning, Social Care Course

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 work of the organisation within the human services sector and…

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