Training in Transactional Analysis is greatly enjoyable and fulfilling at a personal and professional level. Whether you intend to practice in the fields of counselling, organisations, education or psychotherapy or your quest is to know yourself and others better, you can be assured you will find exceptional training and great support in the trainee community and within TIATA itself.

There are various opportunities open for you to undertake TA training, and to reach many levels of competence and qualification. Below we have outlined the options open to you and provided you with a trainer and training organisation directory.

Training Options:

Personal Development

Personal Development programmes and workshops using TA are centred around developing a greater understanding and insight into self-development and interpersonal relationships. Using a variety of TA models, participants leave with tools, strategies, resources and insights into themselves and others. The focus of these workshops is on personal growth, self-care and becoming OK in all situations. Personal Development can be obtained via a TA 101, a Foundation Year or other Short Courses.

Professional Development

TA-focused Professional Development programmes centred around creating a greater understanding of interpersonal dynamics in the workplace and within working relationships. Participants leave with tools, strategies, resources and insight into how they can grow and develop in the workplace and achieve a higher level of success in the professional goals they wish to achieve. Professional Development can be obtained via a TA 101, a Foundation Year or other Short Courses.

Qualification & Certification

Qualification and Certification can be obtained through Advanced TA training delivered by a PTSTA (Provisional Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst) or a TSTA (Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst) Advanced training is often offered via a TA training organisation and leads to qualification pathways such as a Diploma or MSc and a TA Certification pathway as a Transactional Analyst. We have outlined the steps required for qualification and certification below.

Qualification & Certification Pathways:

Step 1: The official TA 101 Certificate
  • This is the Official introductory course to TA and is internationally recognised as such. The 101 covers the core concepts and application of TA theory. Anyone can undertake this course, and it is compulsory for those wishing to train further.

  • The 2-day internationally certified course is available to complete via any PTSTA or TSTA or TA training organisation. You can also complete the TA 101 Certification via self-led learning. You can read more about that here: Project TA 101

Step 2: TA Foundation Year
  • You will develop your fluency in using TA concepts to think about situations

  • You will gain insight into how TA can be used in different roles – in the workplace; in learning; in families; by counselling and psychotherapists; in leadership; in coaching; in specific professions – as a way of thinking about effectiveness in these roles.

  • Anyone can undertake this course, and it is compulsory for those wishing to train further. If successfully completed you will be able to choose which formal field of TA application you wish to progress to learning (organisational; educational; psychotherapy; counselling) towards qualifications – or for ongoing professional development; or to decide whether this learning is complete in itself. 

  • You will gain a measure of your potential professionally and personally through this programme, including your capacity for emotional literacy.

Step 3: Advanced Training
  • At this point, people typically chose a field of specialisation: Counselling, Educational, Organisational or Psychotherapy

  • Advanced TA training focuses on all concepts and developments of TA in the various fields of specialisation and seeks to develop your skills at applying TA professionally and begin to work with clients.

  • Usually offered over 3 to 5 years, courses are geared to obtain various qualifications depending on where you chose to train.

Step 4: Qualification and/or Certification
  • Once you have completed your course, you need to acquire practice hours in your field of specialisation.
  • This work and study will prepare you for obtaining qualifications and awards such as a Diploma which is recognised by other national TA professional bodies, such as UKATA. With more study and practice you can become an advanced trainee and obtain the full certification as a qualified CTA via EATA or ITAA.

Step 5: Become a Trainer and Supervisor
  • Should you want to progress further and become more involved in helping other practitioners to learn and practice effectively, there is more for you to aim for in your TA career.
  • You can choose to become a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA) and so teach and offer supervision.

  • You will start as a Provisional TSTA and enhance your skills and knowledge until you will feel ready to take your final exam.

TA Trainers & Training Organisation Directory

If you are interested in undertaking TA training you can find a range of TA trainers and training organisations who offer in person and online training in our directory.

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