Train-the-Trainer Advanced (Level 2)

Train the Trainer Advanced by Trainers Toolbox

Next level of training for Train the Trainer graduates

Join us in autumn of 2024 in Zagreb or Amsterdam for the topic of Facilitation on Train the Trainer Advanced

You are here because you want to become the best trainer you can be. 

You want to deepen your impact on your learners and skyrocket their learning.

Create truly impactful and memorable – if not lifechanging – learning experiences. 

At your core, you believe that to be the best trainer you can be, you need to keep on learning, growing, getting feedback and keep on strengthening your skills.  

You just don’t know HOW to get to that next level – yet. 

And that is exactly where Train the Trainer Advanced comes in.

The advanced version of the classical Train the Trainer course offers you the chance to bring your skills as a trainer to the next level.

It is an experiential course for trainers who graduated from Train the Trainer, gained some experience and practice, and now are ready to deepen their skills and impact.

It is all about deepening the learning, gaining more experience & feedback from other experienced trainers, discussing examples from practice, exchanging perspectives, and learning together by sharing meaningful insights.

How Train the Trainer Advanced looks like?

Every Train the Trainer Advanced is different, as it is hugely co-created by trainers who join, and adapted to their specific needs and goals through a series of meaningful, custom-designed challenges and exercises.

The group is formed a couple of months before the event to make sure there is enough time to survey the needs and preferences of the trainers participating, and for everyone to complete their preparatory tasks. The goal of these tasks is to give everyone the opportunity to practice, so all participants would receive a lot of feedback during the live days.

All participants will deliver a session on the event with the goal of getting insightful feedback from other trainers, as well as exposing the group to diverse trainers’ styles and approaches.

The program itself is build in a blended way – 1 virtual module of 3h, and two live days.

Here are examples of potential topics (the final topics will be chosen in alignment with the preferences of the participants):

  • training design – practice, feedback and discussions, and working on examples
  • tools for trainers (learning new tools, practicing the chosen ones)
  • facilitation tools
  • advanced facilitation skills and practice (and art of impactful questions)
  • how to converge better (in facilitation and debriefing)
  • debriefing: active practice and exchanging best practices and impactful questions
  • how to make learning more memorable 
  • storytelling – models to build impactful stories, tips to make them more engaging, and active practice crafting the story
  • building awesome examples and colorful language
  • career development for trainers
  • personal development for trainers: which skills are you looking to develop next?
  • coaching tools, frameworks, questions and skills that trainers can use
  • (more) impactful opening & closing
  • building trust
  • follow up and deeper impact
  • designing activities for more insights
  • how to encourage more ownership in participants

For the each group, the program is custom built for the trainers who join, with custom chosen topics, custom preparation tasks and exercises.

Who is this program for?

Train the Trainer Advanced by Trainers Toolbox is primarily designed for the Train the Trainer alumni who, after few years of delivering trainings and putting their Train the Trainer knowledge in practice, wish to deepen their experiences and skills. 

To build diversity of experiences, each group has a couple of spots for Train the Trainer graduates of other Train the Trainer programs.


The ideal time to attend is 1-3 years after finishing the Train the Trainer  (although that is not a strict rule).

The prerequisite for attending this course is to have finished Train the Trainer at Trainers Toolbox to assure all participants have a similar understanding of the learning process.

Upcoming events: Train the Trainer Advanced on Facilitation in autumn 2024 in Zagreb and Amsterdam

Facilitation is a crucial skill for every trainer – it allows us to deliver a learning experience that is deep and engaging, creates stronger ownership and participation from the learners’ side, and makes us more flexible and adaptable to the needs & preferences of the group.

Yet it is one of the most challenging skills for a trainer to develop – while it has some clear principles, overall it feels more like an art than science. Becoming a great facilitator comes only with experience – and building that experience and improving is a never ending journey.

That is why our Train the Trainer Advanced in 2024 will focus on the art of facilitation: practicing our facilitation skills, gaining feedback and ideas from experienced group of trainers, and exploring new tools, approaches and techniques to become better facilitators.

How did the previous events go?

Train the Trainer Advanced on Facilitation – Zagreb and Amsterdam, October 2024

Coming soon – will you be joining us for this exciting and insightful learning experience?

Train the Trainer Advanced – Zagreb, November 2022

On the first editions, we covered a mix of topics: 

  • advanced facilitation skills 
  • practicing and discussing debriefing
  • storytelling and colorful language
  • career development for trainers
  • personal development for trainers
  • coaching tools and skills that trainers can use
  • (more) impactful opening & closing (and building trust)
  • follow up and deeper impact

About the trainer - Mirna Šmidt

Since graduating from a one-year-long Train the Trainer education in 2008, Mirna kept delivering training and deepening her knowledge and skills as a trainer. Over the past 14 years, she delivered at a range of training events, building extensive experience in “classical” topics such as communication, presentation, teamwork and leadership, but also rich experience in a broad range of positive psychology topics, train advanced trainer tools and events. She is an NLP Master practitioner, as well as a certified coach since 2011, and loves enriching her training with the tools and techniques from these fields.

Having delivered for NGOs and non-profit organisations, startups and startup incubators, as well as conferences and corporate audiences for clients such as Cisco and L’Oreal, and in over 20 countries, Mirna is no stranger to diverse sectors, audience sizes and backgrounds, and able to adjust her training design and delivery, while keeping with evidence-based practices of experiential and adult learning.

Currently, her main focus in training is positive psychology. She is one of the first graduates of Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

As a founder and a head trainer of Happiness Academy, she keeps on building and delivering programs and workshops focused on designing life and career according to her own values and vision, strengthening wellbeing, personal strengths and resilience to challenges. All her programs are built on research-based practices and tools.

Over the years, Mirna delivered fourteen Train the Trainer programs and three Train Advanced Trainer programs, most of them in around 100h in duration and highly international groups of participants.

Mirna also runs Trainers Toolbox, an initiative to share tools and knowledge with trainers around the world.

What participants say?

I loved being part of the Train the Trainer Advanced co-creation. This is more than a training. More than a personal grow, more than learning new things. It is a place where you connect on value’s level, under Mirna’s magical conceptual design for the training, with like-minded people with and from whom you are learning. It is a learning by doing, where no detail is misplaced. It is a way of practicing of “this is how adults learn”. It is a space of autonomy and accountability. It is a place of beauty and structure.”

Irina Hagiu, Trade Finance Business Practice Manager and a Trainer, Romania

Train the Trainer Advanced gave me great insights into what is possible when you want to create meaningful and fluent workshops. It inspires me everytime to be around people that share the same passion for education but in different niches. This Train the Trainer gave me opportunity to learn a lot more about what can I give as a trainer but also how to support myself in the process.
I would reccomend this to all interested in science based, engaging, fun and supportive ways od teaching and training others.”

Maja Zivanovic, trainer for horses & personal development with horses, Croatia

Train the Trainer Advanced is a great opportunity to get in touch with other Trainers. Throughout the event I was able to share and gain experience with the other participants, while exploring new aspects within the world of training and facilitation.

Max Willie Georgi, Pharmacist & Trainer, Germany

I would highly recommend the Train the Trainer Advanced program to anyone who has already enjoyed the fundamental trainer education and really wants to deepen their knowlegde, gain more experience and appreciate a safe space to grow and develop as a trainer/educator.  I loved that we could shape the events according to our wishes and needs. 
As with the first Train the Trainer, Mirna created a warm, energetic atmosphere and a lasting learning experience.

Chiara Zeroni, psychologist, Germany

I would always recommend Mirna’s trainings for trainers! Train the Trainer Advanced is my fourth training with Mirna (after Train the Trainer, Keys to Virtual Training and Brain-Based Learning) and every time I am still learning and re-learning about trainer methodology, myself and life. Thank you for that, Mirna!

Marija Malkoc Kust, scrum master & agile trainer, Croatia

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