Ideally, a trainee instructor would have attended an MHFA course prior to attending instructor training as it is beneficial to experience the course before undertaking training on how to deliver it.
Trainee instructors must attend every day of the instructor training course. It is necessary because:
1. You are able to observe the course from the viewpoint of an instructor, rather than a recipient.
2. Each instructor has different teaching methods and it is an advantage to experience at least 2 styles before becoming an instructor yourself.
3. As it is a class of trainee instructors, the course which is conducted on the first 2 days usually imparts more knowledge.
4. Important networking and group cohesion occurs over the course.