Training Tips

The CMTO has an extensive network of trainers, coaches and learning assistants across Australia.  We are dedicated to supporting trainers in stations and organisations within the community media sector.  We share our tips for best practice training and coaching here.  If you'd like to join the CMTO trainer network apply here- Become a CMTO Trainer

FAQ’s For Course Transitions CUA Training Package V4.1 to V5.0

FAQ’s For Course Transitions CUA Training Package V4.1 to V5.0   What is happening with CMTO accredited courses? As part of the recent update of the Creative Arts and Culture Training Package (CUA), all qualifications offered by the CMTO have now been superseded. New courses are currently being developed in response to these changes so …

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Presenting a Good Webinar

Over the last year, more than 1900 individuals registered CMTO for webinars, so we’re probably doing something right. In this article we look at what goes into making an engaging, fun and interesting webinar and how you can present a good webinar on behalf of your station or organisation. Webinars are the digital answer to …

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Trainer Resources: Accessible Spaces in Training by Accessible Arts

Earlier this week we welcomed Nat Thomas from Accessible Arts to deliver a workshop to CMTO trainers. She covered practical tips for making training spaces accessible, including an understanding of the appropriate language to use, etiquette to consider, things to be mindful of, together with an overview of the social model and identity for accessibility. …

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Helpful Tips for Delivering Training Online!

Helpful Tips for Delivering Training Online! As the CMTO continues to closely monitor the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been following advice from the Australian Government Department of Health to ensure we are responding appropriately. As part of our response plan, the CMTO has been progressing with training in a new online delivery format via ZOOM. Below are …

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Quick Guide to Recording Your Show at Home

Quick Guide to Recording Your Show at Home This is a very brief guide on how you can keep your program on air without going in to the radio station. The CMTO hosted a webinar on THURSDAY 26th of March, 2020 exploring with much detail, how to make content remotely. Check with your station on …

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WEBINAR: Emergency Broadcasting- Resources & Best Practice

Emergency Broadcasting- Resources & Best Practice Broadcast: 2:00pm, Wednesday 15 January 2020 With the nation in the grip of one of the worst bushfire seasons on record, this webinar looks at the vital role community radio plays in broadcasting emergency information. This session provides links to resources on the effective communication of public information and …

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Assessment done and dusted

Assessment done and dusted CMTO Training Manager Giordana Caputo has been fielding a range of questions from trainers around the completion of assessments.  Here she shares her experience on making sure trainees have every available opportunity to be marked competent… Problem No. 1: Students can not attend sessions CMTO Training sessions are designed so that …

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How to deliver award winning training

How to deliver award winning training At this year’s CBAA Awards, Plenty Valley FM took home the Excellence in Training award, recognising the significant impact training had at their station in 2018. We spoke to CMTO trainer and Plenty Valley broadcaster Denise Kuchmar about how she and the rest of PVFM used training to their …

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How to Use the CMTO Online RPL Kits

How to Use the CMTO Online RPL Kits The CMTO has online RPL kits for all units. In this article the CMTO looks at how trainer/assessors can use the kits when delivering the Certificate courses. One of the challenges of delivering full certificate courses at community radio stations is getting students to submit all of …

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Learning Styles

Learning Styles During the recent trainer meet-ups CMTO trainers in Melbourne and Perth were interested in learning styles and issues surrounding adult learners and learners with special needs. There was much discussion around making learning and assessment materials flexible so all trainees could access them in the best possible format. While there is much debate …

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Digital Content Strategies Resources

The CMTO offers pathways courses in a variety of topics, take a look at the resources below for a taste of our Digital Content Strategies workshops with the ABC’s Emma Morris, as featured at the 2015 CBAA Conference.    CMTO Digital content strategy for radio from CMTO

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What Do I Need to Record on Location?

A lot of CMTO students ask us about what kind of recording equipment they should buy. There are so many recorders out there it is difficult to know where to start. Without a doubt if you are producing a feature or documentary you need a microphone and a recorder that produces a pristine, warm sound. …

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What does it take to be a great trainer?

What makes a great trainer? Is it about your experience and expertise or more about your presentation and engaging with others? This article by CMTO boss Nicola Joseph looks at what some of the greatest teachers have said about great trainers.

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10 tips for trainers

Good trainers know that they always have something more to learn! Here are some quick tips on being an effective trainer.


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Facilitating group work

Group work is one of the staples of any training delivery. It can help to keep things interactive, social and allows opportunities for your learners to learn the answers themselves, rather than you just providing them all the information.

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Advanced Editing Resources

The CMTO offers pathways courses in a variety of topics, take a look at the resources below for a taste of what is covered in the Advanced Editing one day workshop.    CMTO advanced editing workshop 2015 from CMTO

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Different types of microphones

Understanding the different types of microphones used in broadcasting can be tricky. In this video we speak to an expert about a range of microphones you might come across at your community station. {vimeo}27852466{/vimeo}

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Using Skype for Interviews

 Check out this handy Slideshare on using Skype for recording interviews for Broadcast,  Skype for Interviews from dkaye

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The Digital Panel

Community Radio  Stations have been operating with analogue panels for a long time but the move towards Digital Panels is beginning. In this video we take a look at a the Digital Panel and how it changes the way an announcer operates. {vimeo}27851798{/vimeo}

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Social Media Cheat Sheets

Check out the CMTO’s cheat sheets specially designed for community radio stations to get a grasp of Social Networking!  

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Correct Microphone technique

Correct microphone technique is very important in the studio to ensure your listener gets the message. Watch this video where we demonstrate the best way to position yourself and the microphone. {vimeo}27851264{/vimeo}

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How to Cue a CD and Back Announce

It is important to cue material before playing it live to air for a number of reasons; to check if it is the correct track, to check for content and to ensure the levels are set for airplay. Watch this video to see how to cue a CD for airplay in the studio. We also …

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Making Radio by Steve Ahern

CMTO Trainer, Steve Ahern’s textbook for all things radio ‘Making Radio’ has been updated and the third addition is now available online here.  

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Techno Journo updates

Click is the BBC’s hub for all things technologic, including great conversations and reviews on social networking tools and online journalism. Plus you can listen to the BBC radio version of Click here.

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The Studio Equipment

The studio can be a daunting place, but every studio has the same sort of equipment and operates in the same way. Take a look at this video which identifies the basic studio equipment. {vimeo}27805624{/vimeo}

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Comm Radio Toolkit

British resource, the Community Radio Toolkit, is a great hub for anyone working in community radio to visit regularly. It’s a place where broadcasters discuss relevant information and share new developments, including technological ones. Whilst some items are Britcentric, many are useful regardless of where you’re located.  

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OHS in the studio

OHS in the studio is really important, there are number of things to be aware of including leads, drinks in the studio and leads and cables. Watch this video for some handy OHS info: {vimeo}27802985{/vimeo}

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Breaking the News

The UK’s Channel 4 has a great website called Breaking the News about television news which not only runs through putting a story together but also allows you to compile a story using their footage! This site is great for school students and young people who are just starting out. There are also more complex …

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Free BBC Tutorials

The UK public broadcaster, the BBC have easy to use, FREE, on-line training modules. We especially like the Interviewing for Radio and the Microphones & Sound for Radio courses. For community television workers or radio people who want to add video to their websites, there are also DV Camera Shooting Guides and a Good Shooting …

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Taking Good Photos!

Every radio station needs a great website with good images to attract visitors. But simply uploading unedited snapshots from your last fund-raiser stall won’t do. The Photo Tuts Plus website provides heaps of great tip sheets like this one on how to take a photo without shaking and street photography. There are also video tutorials …

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Bloopers: What not to do!

Sometimes its good to hear other broadcasters getting it wrong – often VERY wrong – in order to feel better about ourselves, or just to have a laugh. Trainers will find some of these bloopers useful for courses on presenting, panelling and interviewing. Check the RadioFail website’s treasure trove of audio samples, and if you’re …

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Studio panels and coffee don’t mix!

Rules like No Food or Drinks posted in broadcast studios are there for staff and volunteers to follow. But what happens if presenters don’t enforce them with interview guests or visitors? A Scottish station found out the expensive way. Read about it and then watch the video.

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