Training from the BACK of the Room!

For registration links to upcoming 2019 – 2020 classes, please click on the What’s New? and Training Events pages for both the official 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class and the 1-day “Trainer Certification Course” (TCC) described below. Check for updates as more classes are added monthly.

Official 2-Day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class

The official 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class is a globally-acclaimed, interactive, skills-building train-the-trainer class for anyone who is a trainer, teacher, instructor, coach, or facilitator of learning. 

In this 2-day TBR Practitioner Class, you’ll explore how the human brain really learns, which is very different from traditional assumptions about learning. And you’ll be introduced to “cognitive neuroscience” concepts – the brain science behind all effective instructional design and human learning.

TBRWkbkCoverFinalA4 1During the class, you’ll explore six powerful learning principles based on the best of brain science. You’ll be able to apply these principles every time you train, teach, instruct, or coach others. You’ll also experience and collect dozens of interactive instructional strategies that you can use with any topic and any group of learners. You’ll use the 4Cs Map – a powerful 4-step instructional design and delivery model – to create a training plan specific to a topic you already teach. In addition, you’ll receive a 55-page resource workbook that is only available with this program, as well as copies of Sharon Bowman’s best-selling books: ”Training from the BACK of the Room!” and “Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick.”

Click on the following blog post for more information about TBR: “What You’ll Learn from Attending a ‘Training from the BACK of the Room’ Class.”

For a visual “taste” of what a TBR Practitioner Class looks like, be sure to view the videos at the top of the WHAT’S NEW? page on this website. 

For pricing options and other inquiries, contact Sharon at, or call Bowperson Publishing & Training at 775-749-5247.

The Trainer Certification Course (TCC):
How to Present the Official 2-Day TBR Practitioner Class


This 1-day Trainer Certification Course (TCC) is designed to give you the professional training skills you need to present the official 2-day TBR Practitioner Class either publicly or privately. Attending the official 2-day TBR Practitioner Class is a prerequisite for attending the TCC day. (You must email a photo of your “TBR Practitioner Class Certificate of Completion” to the TCC Certifier in order to qualify for participation in the TCC program.)

Along with individualized instruction, guided practice, instructor and peer coaching and feedback during the TCC day, you’ll receive a scripted, 200-page TBR Facilitator’s Guide, complete TBR slide sets, and all other digital materials you need to present the official 2-day TBR Practitioner Class. You’ll also receive a Licensing Letter of Agreement (LOA) outlining your responsibilities as a TBR Certified Trainer. Upon completion of all requirements, and passing the TCC “exam,” you’ll become a TBR Certified Trainer and a member of a global master training group of TBR Certified Trainers who will help you polish your TBR Practitioner Class presentation skills.

As part of the TCC exam, you’ll be presenting a 10-minute analog demonstration lesson for peer review and feedback (no slides or other digital devices can be used). 

You’ll prepare this lesson during the morning of the TCC day so no pre-class preparation is necessary. Specific lesson instructions will be sent to you after you register for the TCC. You will also receive a list of reading and writing assignments to complete, as well. 

This exciting and challenging 1-day Trainer Certification Course is being offered only a few times a year in the United States and Europe and registration in each class is limited to 12 participants. Register early as this class fills up quickly. Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be licensed to present the official 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” Practitioner Class.

Be sure to check out the CERTIFIED TRAINERS page where you can find information about the most active of the global group of 350 TBR Certified Trainers who present the official 2-day TBR Practitioner Class either publicly or privately around the world.

For training inquiries, contact Sharon at

What Participants are Saying about the TBR Practitioner Class:

“Two days packed with fun, images, activities, and learning. A must for every trainer and teacher. It will change how you approach your classes and training. Sharon trains perfectly ‘from the back of the room!’ I would love to offer this training in my country.” Ralph Miarka, Agile Coach, Vienna, Austria

“I have a whole new perspective on training now – I’m excited, not nervous!!! I’ve been mapping out my trainings and putting in activites and “chunking” my info… it’s wonderful. I can’t thank Sharon enough for making this available to us. I thought I loved my job before, but this is a whole new level!” Jillian M. Miller, Western Region Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network

“Entertaining, educational, exceptional! I’ve learned about theory before; I’ve learned about technique before; but I haven’t been shown how to link them before…now I know how.” Jessica Moehr, Senior Training Specialist, WPS Health Insurance Group,WI

“Fun, energetic, very educational – Sharon is an excellent facilitator with a wealth of knowledge about adult learning.” Carmen Grandison-Johnson,Training Consultant, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, NH

“Very dynamic! Once again, Sharon has given us great ideas to bring our training alive.” Michelle Thompson, Executive Director, San Diego Regional Training Center, CA

“Sharon’s training techniques are unique, effective, and a must-have for any trainer’s toolbar.” Becky Joyce, Sales Trainer, Hallmark Cards, Inc., KS

“Sharon uses a high-energy style of delivery that keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat…a valuable investment of my time.” Susan Reynolds, Manager,Training and Development, CUNA Mutual Group, WI

“A fun, interactive, and effective way to learn how to teach in a fun, interactive, and effective way.” Paul Figueroa, Captain of Police, Oakland Police Department, CA

“This was, indeed, the most interactive, high-energy, and fast-paced workshop where hands-on learning is done and, most importantly, remembered.” Joy Holladay, High School Teacher, Clark County School District, NV