Rules in an adult training classroom? Unfortunately students don’t always outgrow the need for them. But which rules should you declare and how do you make them known?

Common sense rules
Every student that enters the training room under your instruction has a right to learn. Your job is to ensure that the learning environment is a positive one. There are several common sense rules that everyone should be expected to follow, including:

  • Treat others as you would want to be treated
  • If someone is addressing the class, you’re not to talk
  • Show respect to your classmates, your instructor and yourself
  • No working on other assignments while training is in section
  • NO Sleeping
  • If it’s not yours, don’t touch it

We would like to think that everyone we teach is mature and has manners, but the fact is, there are a good number of adults that either don’t know these common sense rules or simply choose to show their lack of professionalism.


Trainers’ teaching style rules
Some trainers have a set of rules that should be expressed in an up-front manner to the students. These are rules that aren’t quite common sense rules, but are not corporate or building policy requirements either.

One trainer explains her teaching style rules at the beginning of every new class. She posts her rules in her classroom so that when she has a problem arise, she can point to them to remind students of what’s allowed and what isn’t. The rules she posts include:

  • Classroom discussions should be limited to work topics. Unnecessary classroom talking will not be tolerated
  • We are all guests in this room. Be courteous of others who use this room, and make sure it’s clean when you leave. You drop it, you pick it up. You spill it, you clean it up
  • Only “dumb” questions are allowed. You never know when the person beside you has the same question
  • We are all prone to making mistakes—so when they occur, the best we can do is learn from them.


Standard policy rules
There are some companies and buildings that have policies regarding their training rooms. It doesn’t hurt to have these types of rules posted in the classroom, since they’re policies that everyone is required to follow. Some of the standard rules that you’ll find in most training rooms consist of the following:

  • Properly turn out the lights and turn off the equipment before leaving the room.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed at the computers. Remember, this equipment is not yours and should be treated accordingly.
  • Leave the room clean every day. (Yes, it bears repeating.)

Many training rooms have these types of policies or rules posted—especially when the facility has a lot of visitors. I’ve even seen company kitchens post “kitchen rules” with the last one usually stating “Remember, your mother doesn’t work here.”

Guidelines for posting rules
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to post rules in the training classroom, what types of things should you consider? Here are a few suggestions:

  • You should always be aware of your audience. Be professional—don’t act like you’re teaching first-graders.
  • Make sure the rules are realistic and achievable.
  • Get creative with developing your posters—don’t make them dull. If you’re going to post them, make them look good.
  • Don’t post a rule that’s misleading—clarity is key.


What rules do you have posted?
Do you post rules in your training classroom? If you do, what types of rules do you post? What do you think the pros and cons are to posting rules in the classroom? Post your comments at the end of this article, or send us a note .