Training of Trainers on the Core Humanitarian Standard

Course format
Course length
4 days


The purpose of this workshop is to build the capacity of organisation staff and consultants to facilitate training on the Core Humanitarian Standard.

Who should attend?

This course is for people who train or manage learning within their organisation or more widely in the sector. Priority will be given to people who have a responsibility for training/learning within their job, and to consultants specialising in training delivery. Participants must have at least a basic knowledge of quality, accountability, people management and the Core Humanitarian Standard before they join this workshop.

Course content

The first two days of the course will offer introductory sessions on the Core Humanitarian Standard. The third day will touch on training methodologies, and give time for participants to prepare for the fourth day, when participants will deliver sessions that they have developed themselves.

Pre-workshop assignments and background reading

Participants are asked to (re)read the Core Humanitarian Standard and the accompanying Guidance Notes & Indicators, and to complete one small task in preparation for the workshop.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate accurately between the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, independence, and neutrality, and explain their importance;
  • List the nine commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard and explain how each contributes to the delivery of a quality humanitarian response;
  • Give examples of good practice drawn from their own experience, from other participants and more widely from the sector;
  • Act as advocates and peer leaders on the importance of quality, accountability and good people management in humanitarian action;
  • Facilitate introductory training on the Core Humanitarian Standard within and/or beyond their own organisations.

Course fees


Swiss Francs (CHF) Full members Associate & non-members
Open workshop (per participant)
Standard rate 1000 1400
Small agency rate** 500 700
Sole-agency workshop (for a maximum of 15 participants)
Rate 10000 14000


The course fee includes facilitation, course materials, lunch and refreshments during the days of the course, and a course completion certificate. The course fee does not include the cost of overnight accommodation or travel to and from the training venue.

* For bookings made earlier than eight weeks before the starting date of the course, & settled within 15 days of the date of the invoice

**A small agency is one with an annual expenditure of less than 5 million Swiss francs.

Programme guide

Day 1: Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard; Humanitarian principles; Commitment 1 Appropriateness & relevance; Commitment 2 Effectiveness & timeliness; Commitment 3 Strengthening local capacities; Commitment 4 Participation & information sharing.

Day 2: Commitment 5 Complaints mechanisms; Commitment 6 Coordination & complementarity; Commitment 7 Learning & improvement; Commitment 8 People management; Commitment 9 Resource management; The Verification Framework; Action planning.

Day 3: Adult learning; Learning styles; Training methodologies; Writing learning objectives; Preparation for Day 4 training practice sessions.

Day 4: Participant training practice sessions; Feedback and reflection.