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Open Training College

Prospect Hall, Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin , D14 P9E4, Goatstown, 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 Course Finder.

BA in Contemporary Disability Studies - Level 7
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…
Certificate in Facilitated Learning (Systematic Instruction)
This accredited Level 6 course will help you develop and implement an individual training plan for a person with disability using the Systematic Instruction teaching strategy. During the 10-week course you will work in partnership…
Certificate in Supported Employment Level 7 - Spring 2020
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…
Certificate in the Management of a Positive Behavioural Culture
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…
Focus on the Individual: Person Centred Planning
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…
Honours BA in Contemporary Disability Studies - Level 8
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…
Person Centred Planning Skills
This twelve-week, accredited course provides a comprehensive introduction to the person centred approach to disability and empowerment. It combines online learning with a series of intensive workshops that will provide you with the knowledge, skills…
Essential Employment Law - April 2020
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…
Certificate in Intellectual Disability Practice - Spring 2020
This one year programme will ensure you have the needed qualification to be employed as a Care Assistant or SNA.  The course provides participants with the tools to take a person-centred approach to supporting individuals with…
Training and Development QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award - Dublin & Cork options - Feb 2020
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…
BA in Applied Management (Human Services)
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…
Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) - Jan 2020
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…
Higher Certificate in Applied Management - Autumn 2020
The Higher 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. In this course you will: Explore leadership as a sector-specific management…
Key Management Skills: Teamwork, Leadership and Communications - Jan 2020
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…
Managing for Regulation and Inspection - January 2020
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…
Managing Service Quality and Safeguarding - February 2020
This accredited, professional Level 6 Certificate 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…
Bachelor of Arts in Social Care - Autumn 2020
This 3-year Level 7 Degree programme is designed for people who want to attain the standards of proficiency for social care workers as defined by CORU and engage in value-based education to empower service users.…
Introduction to Person Centred Planning
Person centred planning is now seen as a best practice approach in many human services. It allows an individual define their future for themselves and determine how/what services are needed to support this vision of…
Principles and Practice of Positive Behaviour Support
This twelve-week, accredited course addresses the philosophy and values of person centredness. It explores the ways in which a person centred approach underpins positive behavioural support strategies that are capable of producing increased quality of…
Supervision Training for Persons in Charge - PIC's
The overall aim of the training is to equip PIC's with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies in order to provide effective supervision and support to frontline staff members working in residential units in accordance…
Supporting Individualised Living and Alternative Services
Learn new approaches in relation to creating, designing and progressing individualised services in Ireland today. This course provides new material based on international best practice and quality which influence how services are delivered within the…
The Certificate in The Manager as Coach and Mentor - March 2020
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…


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