Training FAQs

Where does Autism NI carry out Autism Training in Northern Ireland?

Much of our training takes place at our premises at Knockbracken Healthcare Park, however we also use a variety of venues throughout all Trust areas in Northern Ireland. This ensures that each person who wishes will have training close to where they live.

If your organisation wishes to avail of training, please contact Christine on 02890401729 (Option 4) or e-mail

How do I find out about Autism Training opportunities?

Courses are advertised on our website(, our social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, or e-mailed directly to relevant agencies and our own database. If you would like to find out more information or be added to our database, please contact Autism NI's Training Department on 02890401729 (Option 4) or e-mail

What training courses does Autism NI have to offer?

Autism NI offers vital training to help develop Autism understanding for families, professionals and a range of agencies. For example:

  • Fundamentals of Autism
  • Early Years Training
  • Growing Up, Health Awareness and ASD
  • Understanding your brother/sister with ASD Sibling Workshop
  • Skills for Staying Safe
  • Working with Adults with Autism in a Day Care Setting
  • Criminal Justice System (Autism Awareness to Aid First Response)
  • Autism and Employment - To support an individual with ASD in the workplace
  • Autism Awareness for Council Staff
  • Autism Awareness for Summer Scheme and Volunteer Staff

To view our range of specialist ASD training, please click here. If you require more information on certain training courses, please contact Christine on 02890401729 (Option 4) or e-mail

Can my buisness/organisation/agency access Autism Training in Northern Ireland?

Autism NI arranges training for any variety of oragnisations to cover their individual and specific training needs. Please contact Christine on 02890401729 (Option 4) or e-mail for more information.

Can I gain an Autism Accredited Training Qualification?

Yes, you can. Assessment and Qualification Alliance (AQA) has accredited many of our courses. AQA is fully approved by Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) sponsored by the Department of Education and Skills as a scheme which recognises achievements of delegates. The Unit Award Scheme provides external accreditation of achievement and provides a route to support lifelong learning.

Do I have to take an Autism Qualification when I attend an Autism NI training workshop?

No, taking an Accredited Training Qualification is a personal option; therefore you can still attend the training if you do not want to take the qualification.

I am a parent/carer of someone who has not been diagnosed with Autism, can I attend an Autism NI training course?

Yes, training is open to everyone. Please view our range of specialist ASD training that is availbale in order to choose one which will best suit you or contact Christine on 02890401729 (Option 6) if you have any other queries.

What resources does Autism NI provide for individuals with Autism?

Autism NI has developed a unique interactive website This resource includes many interactive games to be used directly by individuals with Autism. In addition many resources can be downloaded by family members or professionals from our website. For more information, please contact Sue on 02890401729 (Option 4).

I am a professional, what Autism training courses are available to me?

Autism NI offers a range of training for professionals from Fundamentals of Autism through to specific courses to cover your particular professional needs. To ensure you attend the courses needed for your own professional development, please contact Christine on 02890401729 (Option 4) or e-mail

I am a parent, what Autism training courses are available to me?

Autism NI offers a range of courses for parents, young people with Autism, siblings and extended family members. To view the full range of available training, please click here, or to access our Family Support workshops, please click here. If you need any more information on our Family Support workshops, please ring 02890401729 (Option 1).

Are there any Autism conferences in Northern Ireland?

Autism NI and its network of Branches and Support Groups regularly host a variety of Autism conferences, please click here for the next available conference.

What is the Criminal Justice Project?

The 'Young People, Autism and Justice' Project is a three year Big Lottery Funded project which runs until June 2015. The project has three main areas of work:

  • Delivering a 'Training for Trainers' programme regionally to enable professionals and organisations to deliver the successful 'Skills for Staying Safe' 10 week session to groups of young people.
  • The delivery of specialist Autism Awareness training for the PSNI and other relevant agencies.

For more information, please check out the 'Criminal Justice Project' section on our website or contact Sue on 02890401729 (Option 4).

What is the 'We Think Safe' website?

The 'We Think Safe' website ( provides safety activities, facts and education for young people in an accessible and fun way. Teenagers and young people can find out more information and resources to help them stay safe test their knowledge with interactive games and quizzes and share their safety tips and ideas.

The website will be regularly updated with new resources and tips about a range of safety issues, including emotions and relationships, financial safety, home and community safety, the law and the Emergency services.

Professionals and parents can also use the resources and games on the website to discuss and explore safety with young people.

How will an Autism NI Alert Card help an individual with Autism?

The Autism Alert Card enables the holder to identify themselves to others as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. If an individual with Autism is in a situation where they are nervous or anxious or if they have been approached by the Police or other emergency services, producing the card can give them information they need to know and contact details of someone on their behalf.

How do I get an Autism Alert Card?

Application forms for Alert Cards are available here or you can contact Christine on 02890401729 (Option 4) or e-mail if you have any queries.

How much does Autism NI training courses cost?

Many courses can be delivered free of charge or at a reduced subsidised rate. To enquire about the cost of courses, please contact Christine on 02890401729 (Option 4) or e-mail

Where do I send an application form to attend an Autism NI course?

Course application forms can be sent via post to Autism NI Training Department, Donard, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 8BH or e-mail directly to