Facilitator Certificate: Clinical Education and Training

A Course for those with a passion to Teach


The course has been developed to provide a foundation to the delivery of clinical education and training. There are no prerequisites with the only requirement being an enthusiasm to teach in a clinical context.

The course is likely to be of most interest to medical officers, nurses, midwives, paramedics and allied health professionals.

The Facilitator Certificate course has three components comprising:

  1. Structured Course Work/Tutorials

  2. Face to Face Workshop  

  3. Work Based Assessment

Certification requires satisfactory completion of all three components.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the course the learner should be able to

  1. Apply teaching behaviours and attitudes that incorporate adult learning principles and promote learner centred clinical teaching.

  2. Prepare and deliver white board presentations that demonstrate structure, relevance and the engagement of learners.

  3. Research, structure and teach procedural skills that considers the environment, time constraints, learners needs and background, equipment and assessment of learning.

  4. Prepare and manage clinical simulation scenarios that are realistic, appropriate to the learner's level of skill/knowledge, take account of learner safety and recognise the critical role of debrief in maximising learning and reflection.

  5. Become self-reflective educators that actively seek to continue to learn, develop their skills and draw on observer feedback to continually develop their teaching practice.

Course Structure

The Facilitator Certificate course is delivered in three stages comprising:

Course Work: This is a 12 week structured program of assigned readings, fortnightly tutorials and fortnightly assignments. A time commitment of 2 hours per week is advised to undertake this aspect of the program.

Teaching Skills Workshop: Following completion of the Course work component, participants attend a two day (face to face) workshop where they have the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings, observe their peers and receive and provide feedback on teaching skills. 

Observed Practice: A series of Work based Assessments provide participants with the opportunity to demonstrate competency in teaching. In most circumstances they will focus on three key areas: procedural skills, clinical simulation and interactive group discussion however they may be modified depending on the background of the facilitator and environment in which they will be expecting to teach. The WBAs are undertaken in the setting of an approved workshop by an accredited observer using a structured assessment tool.

Course Topics:

1. Framework for Clinical Education

  • Role / Skills of the Clinical Educator

  • Adult Learning Principles, Learning Theories (and their relevance to clinical education)

  • The role of observation, feedback and reflection on professional development

2. Program Development and Design

  • Writing Learning Aims/Objectives

  • Structuring a Course, Workshop, Skills Station or Presentation, Pre-learning

  • Incorporating assessment of learning, Feedback and review 

3. Teaching Strategies (Part 1): White Board Presentation

  • Role, Potential benefits, Limitations, Challenges, Secrets to successful presentations

  • Creating a safe environment for learner participation/interaction

  • Review, Recap and Checking-in, Preparing and use of Resources to assist the learner. 

4. Teaching Strategies (Part 2): Procedural Skills

  • Role, Potential benefits, Limitations, Challenges

  • Planning/Preparation: Equipment, Environment, Timing and Structure, Secrets to successful Skills teaching

  • Preparing and use of Resources to assist learning

5. Teaching Strategies (Part 3): Immersive Simulation

  • Role, Potential benefits, Limitations, Challenges

  • Planning/Preparation: Equipment, Environment, Timing and Structure

  • Creating a safe learning environment and Briefing the candidate, Secrets to successful Simulation

  • Writing simulation scenarios

6. Challenges to Clinical Education

  • Recognising challenges to the delivery of clinical education

  • Incorporating potential challenges into the planning, design and preparation

  • Competency assessment (and setting an objective standard)

  • Who is the difficult candidate? - Strategies for approaching the difficult learner, Strategies for approaching the discussion with the struggling candidate 

 Course Intake Dates 2024

There are three opportunities during the year to commence the Course Work.

2024 Courses

Dates: Course Work

Mid-Term Break

Workshop Date

Last day of Registration

Course (1): CANCELLED

February 5th - May 3rd

April 22 - April 28

May 9th - 10th: CANCELLED

February 5th

Course (2): Intake Closed

May 6th - Aug 2nd

July 8 - July 14

August 8th - 9th

May 6th

Course (3)

Aug 5th - Nov 8th

Sept 30 - Oct 13

November 14th - 15th

Aug 5th


As this is a new course please note the following

  • The Course requires you to participate in a 12 week structured online program of assigned readings, fortnightly tutorials and fortnightly assignments. A time commitment of 2 hours per week is required to undertake this aspect of the program.

  • You recognise the requirement to attend the 2 day face to face workshop. Please take note of the terms and conditions with respect to cancellation. View Terms and Conditions

  • Work Based Assessments are an central component to completing the course and will be arranged individually with participants based on their opportunity to teach following satisfactory completion of the Course Work and Workshop.


Register for Facilitator Certificate

Course Cost: $1265.00 (incl. GST). Registration includes Course Work/Tutorials, Face to face workshop and WBAs

Course Venue for Face to Face workshop: LearnEM Training Centre, 47 Manton Street, Hindmarsh, SA 5007

Please note that LearnEM will no longer be issuing invoices to hospitals for registration fees. All registrations must be processed via the above registration link.

Workshop Terms and Conditions: View Terms and Conditions 

Further information

Contact: Nikki Murray, LearnEM Program Coordinator