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

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. 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 26 September 2018 
  • Saturday 20 October 2018 
  • Wednesday 21 November 2018 
  • Saturday 15 December 2018 
  • Wednesday 16 January 2019 
  • Saturday 16 February 2019 
  • Wednesday 13 March 2019 
  • Saturday 13 April 2019 
  • Wednesday 15 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’.

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‘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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