Training Management Officer

Service:Surface Fleet

At a glance

What you’ll do

Our people make the Royal Navy the force it is. They’re our biggest asset. Being a Training Management Officer means supporting the development of officers and ratings all over the world. You’re the person who makes sure they have the right skills, knowledge and qualifications for every situation and role.

Your role

  • Formulate, organise and deliver world-class training to ensure that all personnel, regardless of branch, are able to do the best job possible, whatever the situation.
  • You might be working on our ships or submarines, providing on-the-job training for Royal Navy personnel on deployment, or delivering education, lifelong learning and coaching to Royal Marines at a shore base. You’ll even have the option to do Commando training and earn your Green Beret.
  • Provide tri-service training, working with the Army, Royal Air Force as well as the Royal Navy, ensuring that people across a wide variety of complex roles have the skills they need.
  • Collaborate with industry leaders to formulate innovative training programmes that support new classes of ships, submarines and aircraft. You’ll act as a consultant, offering specialist advice across Defence.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for an MSc or MA
  • Achieve Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development within 6 years


Skills you'll develop

  • Gain a detailed understanding of training and personal development, and become skilled at delivering programmes to a wide range of personnel from different backgrounds
  • Progress from practitioner to manager, overseeing projects, implementing the TM Continuous Professional Development Programme and becoming a confident project manager

Career progression

What you'll need


  • You’ll need to be aged 17 – 29
  • An honours degree in any subject
  • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 72 UCAS points, including two non-overlapping subject areas; before 2017, you need 180 UCAS points
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 at grades A*– C  
  • Minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • A British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national


Skills and interests

  • Excellent project management
  • Confidence when communicating with people from different backgrounds
  • A passion for helping people to reach their potential
  • An agile and enquiring mind, and the ability to grasp new concepts quickly
Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Interview

    You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you’re ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

  • Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

    This stage is unique to officers and takes place over a day and a half. It’s a competency-based assessment that confirms that you’re physically and mentally ready to become a Royal Navy Officer


Initial training

You’ll spend 30 weeks training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, focusing on: Military Skills, Maritime Skills and Initial Fleet Time. The military skills phase includes learning leadership and teamwork skills, and the principles of command and management. You will put this into practice during several exercises on Dartmoor.

Aim to get yourself as fit as you can before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in good shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you’ve learned by the time you join us.

Professional training

Your professional training starts with the 24-week systems Training Management Officers’ Course, focussing on:

  • Progressing from practitioner to manager
  • Gaining a broad understanding of training and training management
  • Starting the Training Management Continuous Professional Development Programme
  • Achieving a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development

Once you’ve refined your skills, you’ll start your career with the Royal Navy or Royal Marines. After that, you’ll be deployed to where you’re needed most, both at home and abroad.