Train-the-trainer program by Trainers Toolbox

Learn how to create engaging and impactful learning experiences in blended learning program delivered in a  7 online modules plus live weekend in Zagreb, Amsterdam or Florence.

Blended learning option

Amsterdam coming up in spring 2022.

Zagreb coming up in autumn 2022.

Florence/ Rome coming up in spring 2023.

Train-the-trainer program by Trainers Toolbox is the way for you to build the skills in design and delivery of a high quality, engaging and impactful learning experiences for adults, both in live and online setting.

A great training is a mix of art and science. It is built on a foundation of learning science, psychology, neuroscience and other “tools”  we have from the world of knowledge. On the other side, a high quality learning experience also leverages trainers’ authenticity, using their character, personal strengths, skills, knowledge and life experiences in shaping the optimal and unique learning experience.

In TTT program by Trainers Toolbox, we believe in balance between these two factors: while teaching attendees the research-based foundation and techniques, we explore your strengths, personal style, skillset, and support you in developing  and leveraging them in the training room.

Program locations


Online modules (workdays 18-21h CET)

  • Wed, 4th of May
  • Tue, 17th of May
  • Thu, 19th of May
  • Mon, 6th of June
  • Thu, 9th of June
  • Tue, 12th of July
  • Thu, 14th of July

Live weekend 2nd-3rd of July 2022
(Sat & Sun 9 – 18:30)


Coming at end of 2022!

Interested in joining?

Contact us directly and let us know. In that case we will contact you before we set up final dates.


Coming at spring 2023!

Interested in joining?

Contact us directly and let us know. In that case we will contact you before we set up final dates.

Zagreb and Florence

 We will send announcement with exact dates via Trainers Toolbox monthly newsletter. Sign up here and stay updated with all news regarding new TTT dates!

Program is open both for locals and travelers.

The foundation of the program

1. Experiential learning basics

Understanding the approach and methodology of experiential learning, understanding adult learners, learning science, trainers competencies, goals in learning, and needs assessment.

2. Training Design

Skills needed for training design, elements that need to be covered in each session, main models and approaches used in training design, how to design impactful experiential activities and working with understanding design according to diverse length of activity, gamification in training.

3. Training Delivery skills

Facilitation skills and tools, presentation skills, using prompts in training, understanding group dynamics and leveraging them in training room, setting the right atmosphere and emotion in training, dealing with challenging groups and participants, space facilitation, evaluation, feedback and a training session follow up.

4. Enriching your trainers’ toolbox

Diving into broad range of tools for training and best theories and models of leadership, communication, teamwork, etc.
even more than other topics, the 4th pillar will be highly customised according to attendees’ preferences and needs.

While we will spend dedicated modules primarily focused on each of these pillars, attendees will be learning and practicing all of the pillars throughout all modules – e.g. discovering new trainers tools and models by choosing them as a topic to practice design and delivery on, practicing elements of delivery such as presentations, facilitation and debriefing throughout each of the modules and receiving continuous feedback.

The program will focus on practical aspects of training to maximise the time for practice, debriefing, discussions and other activities, but attendees will receive comprehensive reading for homework as well as preparation assignments for delivery and facilitation.

Train-the-Trainer program outlines

TTT by Trainers Toolbox is covering 9 modules splitted through 7 online calls and 2 live days in a fluid way, with all the topics interconnected.

The exact topics are subject to change from the side of the trainer in accordance to attendees needs and preferences, as the whole program is highly customised.

All the modules will be customised according to the needs and goals of the attendees, and according to their own learning process.

Get2know, setting bases for effective communication and feedback in the group. Practicing first presentation for this course, giving and receiving feedback, practicing other skills such as facilitation. Setting goals for the course. Concept of meta-star and all the levels on which we will leverage learning. Experiential learning: what it is, why we do it, how it works. Trainer’s competencies: trainer’s compass (values, attitudes, skills, behaviours as a trainer). Toolbox: all the toolbox we want to build and how we will be doing it (eg. repository of energisers, icebreakers, games, activities, models…)

Understanding adult learning: learning science, positive psychology, neuroscience in learning  (learning cycle), preferences of individual learners,  evidence-based training methods. Training Design (session or event): design session timeline, models for effective session design (blooms taxonomy, 4mat), how to make it engaging and optimal for learning

Design according to the goal of the learning and the time available. Choosing icebreakers and energisers in a goal-oriented way, design of learning activities.

Motivation/why of learning. Presentation skills (spontaneous vs prepared vs prepared with flexibility). Group dynamics.

Presenting vs. facilitating vs. guiding the process. Facilitation skills (basic and advanced): facilitation toolbox, facilitation from short activity to the whole event.

Debriefing. Emotions optimal for learning. Managing emotion and atmosphere in the training room. Managing focus, attention and energy. Learning space design. Adapting learning methods to diverse group sizes.

Working with challenging participants. Evaluation, feedback, closing and follow up on a training session or event.

Most common theories of motivation, communication, teamwork, leadership…  Surveys, assessments, tools that trainer can use. Disc, insights, belbin, mbti…. Using ppt. Using flipcharts. Tools from positive psychology. Coaching skills and tools in training. Best places to find tools and activities.

Improve your skills as a trainer, discover your authentic qualities and become the best trainer you can be!

Joining Trainers Toolbox’s Train the Trainer, you will:

Who is this program for?

Train the Trainer program is a comprehensive program of skills for trainers’ that covers the foundations of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that a trainer needs to design and deliver a great learning experience.

As such, while it is aimed at beginners’ trainers, it is also valuable for a trainer who is delivering for a while already, but never went through a full and comprehensive Train the Trainer.

Train the Trainer is for you if you are:

  • subject matter expert who has a need to transfer their knowledge, and need more knowledge and experience with design and delivery of a workshop

  • an individual who wishes to become trainers, being it as career transition, or as a set of additional skills within their career

  • trainer or educator with experience who never went through Train the Trainer and wish to gain additional understanding and knowledge of training design and delivery, new tools and deepening their skills, and feedback and confidence in their skills as a trainer

  • anyone interested in a deep understanding of the adult learning process and developing a set of skills and methods to design impactful learning experiences

Did you recognise yourself in any of these? Let us know.

Logistics and practical details

  • 7 online modules and live weekend in Zagreb, Amsterdam or Florence. More locations coming up soon. 

  • engaging and highly interactive program, with a lot of practical exercisesreflection and discussion

  • working in a small group (6-8 attendees)

  • highly customised according to the attendees’ needs, experiences and learning goals.

  • fee for Zagreb is 6.900 HRK, and for other locations 920 EUR

About the trainer- Mirna Šmidt

Since graduating from 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 11 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 NLP Master practitioner, as well as certified coach since 2011, and loves enriching her trainings 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 own values and vision, strengthening wellbeing, personal strengths and resilience to challenges. All her programs are build on research-based practices and tools.

Over the years, Mirna delivered eight Train the Trainer programs and two Train advanced trainer programs, most of them in around 100h in duration and in highly international groups of participants.

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

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What participants say

Trainers Toolbox Train the Trainer alumni

Train the Trainer Zagreb 2019 - graduated in November 2019

Oliver Linzbauer
Matea Lay
Ivana Kljaković Gašpić
Marija Malkoč Kušt
Sonja Karoglan Todorović
Meri Tukač

Train the Trainer Zagreb 2019/2020 - graduated in January 2020

Anna Danes
Marcel Majsan
Nikolina Mihić
Mihaela Marija Perković

Train the Trainer Budapest 2020 - graduated in January 2020

Trainers Lab was TTT delivered in collaboration between Learning Laboratory and Trainers Toolbox.

Zoltán Kappelmayer
Eszter Takács
Viktória Csonka
Ivett Hegyi
Alina Alexandra Baciu
Martina Bálind

Train the Trainer Zagreb 2021 - graduated in March 2021

The first group to graduate from blended TTT program, where we worked in both online and live ways, enabling attendees to be skilled in both ways of delivery.

Klara Čičin-Šain
Nikolina Božanović
Denis Stanarević
Jelena Jokanović

attendees blended learning 2021 zagreb

Train the Trainer Zagreb 2021 - graduated in November 2021

Blended TTT program, where we worked in both online and live ways, enabling attendees to be skilled in both ways of delivery.
Peter Bodik

Nina Garić Saganić

Maja Živanović

Marieta Di Gallo

Ivan Capan

Ana Hlavati 

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