Open Training College: Applied Management Training for Human Services

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Open Training College

Open Training College: Applied Management training for human services

- October 2018 - flexible learning options

Do you work as a supervisor/team leader/PIC in the social care or the community/nonprofit /voluntary sector?
Are you seeking to improve your professional practice or promotion prospects?
Are you prepared for a HIQA audit?

Celebrating over 25 years delivering 3rd level education to the sector, the OTC is now accepting applications to the following recognised and accredited management courses:

Important reasons why you, or a colleague, should consider these accredited, applied courses with the OTC:

  • Exclusively aimed at staff working in services supporting vulnerable people
  • Applied programmes addressing real work issues
  • Designed to accommodate the pressures and responsibilities you face
  • Develops management skills and competencies required to deliver person centred services
  • Ensures understanding and application to practice of the statutory and regulatory environment (HIQA)
  • Access to an active learning community, always there to support you while you learn
  • Tutors have first-hand experience of working in services that support vulnerable people
  • Award winning blended eLearning model ensuring limited time out of work
  • All courses are accredited and validated by QQI and placed at Levels 6 and 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications
  • Extensive supports provided to new online learners

Certificate in Applied Management: €95 application fee and €2,032 tuition fees (payable in 4 instalments throughout the academic year (Oct - June). Information day and informal interviews for all applicants will take place on Sept 19th in Dublin.

For those interested in applying for a place on this course, please now visit:

OTC Online Application Centre

Student view:
"Can I just say how unbelievably relevant all the course content is now that I am putting it to use. Its a top quality course and I've been recommending it to everyone that I talk to that is working in human services and has an interest in management."

Shane Carolan, Prosper Meath, Graduate

In the OTC, we provide affordable accredited training to people in the disability, community, voluntary and non-profit sectors but we do more than simply that. We offer the opportunity to learn in a way that works for people who work in these sectors allowing our students to gain valuable qualifications while balancing work and life commitments.

We come from the sector and believe everything we do has to make a difference to people’s lives. For training to work, it must, therefore, be practical, professional, accredited and relevant but, most of all, it needs to be student-centred. It has to allow people pursue their personal and professional goals in a way that reflects the realities of their lives, where trying to balance work, life and learning is easy to say but not always easy to do.

Our approach to training – built on 25+ years of collaboration between ourselves, our students and the more than 220 organisations we work with – does this and has created a unique environment in which people can learn and work together in ways that make a real difference to our service users.

Integral to this is our approach to assessment which largely focuses on the professional challenges being faced by our students. In these you effectively collaborate with your fellow students, our tutors and industry experts to address the real world issues you face. These issues can include meeting HIQA standards, delivering more with less and working within a rapidly changing environment. This approach creates a unique opportunity to learn but also allows you to deal with issues you may otherwise neither have the time or resources to address. In this way, assessments are not something you need to do to get a qualification. They are a bridge between learning and practice that will benefit you and your service users.

Our upcoming accredited course, Certificate in Applied Management for example, has been created specifically for, and by, people working in the sector. It provides people with the practical knowledge and skills needed to supervise, lead and manage a team in the community, voluntary, disability or not-for–profit sectors. It focuses explicitly on the statutory and regulatory environment in which we all operate and also satisfies the need for a management qualification as set out in the HIQA standards.

It also offers a gateway into productive professional development where the skills and knowledge acquired in this programme act as the foundations for more advanced management training (our Higher Certificate and Degree courses) and provides the opportunity for significant career advancement.

If you are interested in further discussing any of the OTC courses, please contact Conor at (01) 2990580 or


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