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How to Conduct a Training Needs Analysis

Author: Carl I. Greenberg, Pragmatic HR Consulting

At the core of any effective training program is correctly identifying what or who needs to be trained. Poorly conducted needs analyses can lead to training solutions that train:

  • The wrong competencies;
  • The wrong people; and
  • The wrong learning methods.

The results of a training needs analysis provides the employer with answers to the following questions:

  • What is needed and why?
  • Where is it needed?
  • Who needs it?
  • How will it be provided?
  • How much will it cost? and
  • What will be the business effect?

Employers can conduct a needs analysis by following the steps below.