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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 (OTC) offers courses in social care, management and continuing professional development. Courses at the OTC include applied management, professional social care (CORU approved, Level 7), contemporary disability studies (Levels 7 and 8), intellectual disability practice (Level 5) and shorter CPD courses (Levels 5-7 and OTC certification through bespoke training). The College provides accredited training courses and consultancy services to the human services and non-profit sectors.

Their 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

The OTC’s degree level and professional development courses and programmes provide disability and social care professionals with the skills required to deliver effective person centred services. Their 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 30 years working as training experts. In that role they 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, the OTC’s philosophy is shaped by the demands of their sector and the needs of staff, students, client organisations and service users. They believe that everything they 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 their desire to create a community of learning and professional practice, one that focuses on the acquisition, dissemination and practical application of knowledge and expertise.

This approach – built on collaboration between the College, their students and the more than 230 organisations they work with – has created a unique environment in which people from the human services and non-profit sectors can learn and work together in ways that make a real difference to their service users. It has driven:

• Who they are
• Their relationship with students and the courses they provide
• The kind of consultancy services and partnerships the College have built up over the last 30 years.


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

Human Resource Management & Supervision

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…

BA in Contemporary Disability Studies - Level 7 - November 2023

Next Commencement – November 2023 (subject to minimun numbers) Apply now via the OTC Online Application Centre Informal Interviews/Information Day for Applicants: Oct 26th, 2023 at 9.30am via Zoom — 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…

Certificate in Empowerment and Advocacy - September 2023

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 Supported Employment ONLINE- Level 7 - September 2023

Next commencement: September 15th, 2023 with an Online Orientation Session (on Zoom) from noon – 1pm. Apply by: September 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…

Focus on the Individual: Person Centred Planning - September 2023

Next Commencement: September 22nd, 2023 Apply by: September 8th, 2023 10% Fees Discount for Groups of 10 people or more — 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…

Essential Employment Law

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…

Certificate in Patient Safety Complaints Advocacy ONLINE

Accepting applications for a possible late Winter/early Spring 2023/24 rollout 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.…

Foundation Programme for Working in Residential Services

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…

Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse

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…

Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) - November 2023

Next commencement: November 6th, 2023 Early Bird Offer of a €250 reduction in tuition fees for those successful students who make their application before August 31st Informal Interviews/Information Day for Applicants: Oct 19th, 2023 at 9.30am via Zoom Fees Installment Plan available  —- The Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) is a one-year professional development…

Key Management Skills: Teamwork, Leadership and Communications - September 2023

Next Commencement: Monday, September 18th, 2023 Application Deadline:  Monday, September 11th, 2023 — 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…

Managing for Regulation and Inspection

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 - November 2023

Next commencement: November 13th, 2023 Apply by: November 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 PICs -…

Back Care and Manual Handling Online Theory

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…

Bachelor of Arts in Social Care - September 2023 CLOSED FOR 2023

Now Closed for applications. Due to popular demand, all eligible applicants who attend for informal interview on Sept 7th will be assigned a randomly prioritised position on the offer list for places on the course. This course has been approved by CORU. Next commencement: September 18th, 2023. Informal Interviews/Information Event for Applicants: Thurs, Sept 7th,…

Cert in Training and Development ONLINE - QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award - September 2023

The next course commence on September 1st, 2023 with an Online (Zoom) Orientation Session (Noon to 1.30pm)  Apply now or contact the College to express your interest. 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…

Certificate in Autism, Wellbeing and Positive Behaviour Supports - September 2023

Next Commencement:  Monday, September 11th, 2023 – apply now via the Application Centre on Please Note: Participants must engage with the course at a QQI Level 7 academic standard and are required to show, during the application stage, an achieved academic qualification of at least level 6 standard. —– The Certificate in Autism, Wellbeing…

Certificate in Supporting and Working with Families - Spring 2024

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…

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 with the formal policy and / or approaches on Supervision in place within the organisation, national and international best practice…

Supporting Individualised Living and Alternative Services

Learn new approaches in relation to creating, designing and progressing individualised services in Ireland today. This Supporting Individualised Living course provides new material based on international best practice and quality which influence how services are delivered within the wider non-profit/human services setting. Who Is This Course For? This workshop is a must for key decision…

The Certificate in The Manager as Coach and Mentor - Autumn 2023

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…

BA (Honours ) in Applied Social Studies (Disability Services Management) - Level 8 - Oct 2023

Next commencement: Monday, October 16th, 2023 Apply by:  September 30th, 2023 Informal Interviews for Applicants: October 2nd – 5th, 2023 Enquiries to: — The BA (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Disability Service Management) provides qualified Social Care Workers and other professionals  with the knowledge and skills to make substantive, positive changes to organisations. The one year, part…

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