Cert in Professional Education

This Certificate in Professional Education is aimed at professional educators who design and/or deliver programmes to professionals.

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Aim and objectives


This Certificate in Professional Education is aimed at professional educators who design and/or deliver programmes to professionals. The course is suited to educators from a range of professional fields including law, medicine, accountancy, taxation, pharmacy and international education. The demands on a professional educator are distinct and the skillset and knowledge base required are different from those required for general education and training. Our innovative course recognises this difference and is tailored specifically to meet the needs of professional educators.  Over 25% of past participants of this programme have moved on to new roles in professional education.

We  bring the traditional ‘train the trainer’ concept to a contemporary and new, more advanced, level by taking a nuanced and comprehensive approach to the theory and knowledge, attitudinal judgement and skills and practice required to excel as a professional educator. .

There is integrated use of technology throughout the programme. Participants will require access to an iPad for delivery of course materials, for completion of quizzes and course activities and also for live engagement in on-line discussion groups. 

Contact hours

In addition to the course contact hours participants are required to spend at least 5-hours online completing activities and engaging with our on-line community of practice. A CPD certificate of completion will issue once participants have successfully completed a work-based learning assignment. 

Programme dates

  • Wednesday 20 March 2019
  • Saturday 23 March 2019
  • Wednesday 10 April 2019 
  • Saturday 13 April 2019
  • Wednesday 8 May 2019
  • Saturday 11 May 2019 
  • Wednesday 22 May 2019 


The maximum number of participants on this course will be 20. 

Programme Team includes

Gabriel Brennan

Dr. Gabriel Brennan, PHD, M.LITT, B.A. (HONS.), LL.B., PG DIP., PG CERT.
Gabriel has been involved in the provision of professional legal education for over twenty years. Gabriel practiced as a solicitor with Abercorn Solicitors before joining the Education Department of the Law Society as a Course Manager with responsibility for the design and delivery of numerous property and skills related courses. She has been involved in the design of a teaching and learning website and is experienced in providing training and support to lecturers and tutors. Gabriel has a Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching from the DIT, an M. Litt. from Trinity College and completed her PhD with Nottingham Trent University. She has edited and written numerous course manuals, published many articles and is author of ‘Ground Rents: A Practitioner’s Guide’ published by Thomson Round Hall and ‘The Impact of eConveyancing on Title Registration; A Risk Assessment’ published by Springer International.

Antoinette Moriarty

Antoinette Moriarty, MIAHIP, M.A., M.Sc.
Antoinette combines her understanding of optimum human performance, gained  through  her training as a Psychotherapist in London and Dublin with over 20 years’ experience designing and leading professional and executive development for lawyers and other executive leaders. In addition to her private Psychotherapy and Executive Coaching practice www.professionaltherapy.ie  , Antoinette manages the Law Society of Ireland’s Counselling Service and teaches a new element of professional legal education entitled ‘Shrink Me - Psychology of a  Lawyer’.

Course modules

Theory and knowledge - Wednesday 20 March & Saturday 23 March 2019

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • iPad training
  • Fundamental concepts
  • Learning theories and their application to practice
  • Curriculum design
  • Aims and intended learning outcomes
  • Resources
  • Assessment
  • Teaching and learning plans

Educational technology - Wednesday 10 April & Saturday 13 April 2019

  • Transforming professional education through technology
  • Use of online tools
  • Enhancing student engagement through technology
  • Virtual learning environments
  • Using multimedia
  • Pedagogical innovation

Skills and practice - Wednesday 8 May & Saturday 11 May 2019

  • International markets
  • Strategic positioning
  • Attaining stakeholder buy-in
  • Return on investment
  • Small group and large group teaching
  • Reflective practice
  • Teaching and learning philosophy
  • Teaching practice
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Evaluation
  • Consolidation
  • Publication

Professional self - Wednesday 22 May 2019 

  • Creating psychological safety in learning environments
  • Unconscious bias, diversity, inclusion and international awareness
  • Self-evaluation
  • Professionalism
  • Professional wellbeing

Testimonials from previous participants

‘Perfect for busy professionals involved or just curious about professional education - you need look no further’ 

‘Excellent, insightful and interesting topics.’

‘This course has given me huge confidence and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The materials are all very relevant and useful.’

‘I have come away wanting more and feeling energised and empowered.’

‘Presentations were excellent and the reading material supplied is useful.’

‘The team was excellent and very supportive.’

'Practical, relevant and enthusing. Thanks to Antoinette’s and Gabriel’s expertise, each participant left with the skills to empower learners, individual insights and methods to quickly effect business results within an organisation.'

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