Critical Thinking Training

Critical thinking involves a number of processes including identifying and evaluating specific situations, being aware of any contributing circumstances and the potential results of your actions or plans. To think critically, it is important to evaluate various perspectives (yours and others) to identify the resources available to you and evaluate the short and long-term effects of taking a particular action.

The PD Training Critical Thinking Training Course provides training in identifying support structures, perspectives and arguments and how to critically evaluate the advantages and the disadvantages of a proposed plan or an action, so that the right decisions can be made the first time. Learn the difference between left brain and right brain thinking, removing the emotions from decision making, evaluating both sides of an argument and critical questioning skills.

This powerful professional development training course is delivered throughout New Zealand, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch.

Please click on the Public Class tab below to view our Critical Thinking Training Course schedule by city or click the In-House Training tab to receive a free quote for courses delivered at your preferred location.

Critical Thinking Training
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Your Learning Outcomes

After completing this course participants will be able to:
  • Explore real-world examples of why critical thinking is so important in business
  • Learn to use critical thinking skills when making business decisions
  • Choose the right techniques to recognise assumptions and draw conclusions
  • Use the Watson-Glaser® Critical Thinking II Development Report
  • Translate an abstract idea into something tangible
  • Minimise the impact of job pressures on your thinking processes
  • React with curiosity instead of emotion
  • Get a roadmap for developing your critical thinking skills
Duration: 2.0 day course Live Online Experts


Critical Thinking Training Reviews:

 "Terry was very engaging. I liked the way we worked through examples without slogging through the course material."

Burton Consultants


"Dharan was a great facilitator and did a really good job of covering the content and bringing his own additional knowledge to the subject. He also managed the small number of participants (2) really well and ensured that our learning needs were met."

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment


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The course content reinforced the approach I take in doing my work.
Queensland Competition Authority (QCA)
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The course and trainer were excellent. Noel was very adaptive to our needs and ensured we worked through at the right pace - adapting as we went.
NSW Environmental Trust
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Noel facilitated the course in a way that all participants felt comfortable to be participate in a honest and encouraging manner. She was one of the best facilitators of courses I have attended over the last 30 years.
Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
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Learning a model for critical thinking was extremely helpful as now I have a go-to when I need to think through a potential issue. The model was also helpful in that it was succinct. It was also helpful to understand the distinction between "non-critical thinking" Vs "critical thinking" as it allowed me to see where I needed to grow in critical thinking habits.
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In this course by PD Training New Zealand, you will get hands-on experience with a wide range of practical tools (including the Watson-Glaser® Critical Thinking II Development Report) to help you make critical thinking an indispensable part of your skill set and management style. You will learn things about yourself that you didn't know and make internal, personal discoveries that can literally change the way you think about and approach your life.

Instead of concentrating on far out theories, you’ll be working with an expert instructor to get comfortable with a concrete set of tools. After practising things like left brain and right brain thinking patterns, asking probing questions and analysing potential outcomes, you will be prepared to benefit from your new critical thinking skills immediately.

Course Outline for Critical Thinking Training

Topic 1
Course Overview
  • Introduction
Topic 2
Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • Benefits of critical thinking in the workplace
  • Critical thinking as a management skill
  • What are the characteristics of a critical thinker?
  • Module Reflection
Topic 3
Other Types of Thinking
  • 5 Different thinking styles
  • Module Reflection
Topic 4
A Critical Thinker’s Mindset
  • Can you develop a critical thinker’s mindset?
  • Module Reflection
Topic 5
The Critical Thinking Process
  • Step 1 - Identifying the problem
  • Step 2 - Gather and evaluate your information
  • Step 3 - Generate alternative solutions
  • Step 4 - Select and implement a solution
  • Step 5 - Evaluate your solution
  • Reflection
Topic 6
Developing Critical Thinking Skills
  • Asking questions
  • Active listening
  • Challenging assumptions
  • Module Reflection
Topic 7
Creative Thinking Techniques
  • Brainstorming
  • Imagining the opposite
  • Mind mapping
  • De Bono’s thinking hats
  • Module Reflection
Topic 8
Root Cause Analysis Techniques
  • Identifying the cause of a problem
  • Ishikawa Diagram (Fishbone Diagram)
  • 5 Whys technique
  • SWOT analysis
  • Module Reflection
Topic 9
Using Your REACH Profile to Support Critical Thinking
  • Adapting your profile
  • Module Reflection
Topic 10
Presenting Your Recommendations
  • Seeking approval from decision makers and stakeholders
  • Module Reflection

In-House Training - We’ll focus on what matters most to you and tailor to your context

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When you want a tailored learning experience targeting exactly what you want without bringing everyone physically together, the best choice is a Live Online Class run by PDT.

We tailor the content and activities to be specific to your current needs and the needs of the people and run the course in our usual activity-based workshop style training, however, the participants can all be offsite, or some can be in the room with others offsite.

Unless you have a preferred tools we use 'Zoom for Education' that includes enhanced collaboration features such as One-click content sharing, real-time co-annotation (people can work together in activity files), and digital whiteboarding, we also include things like live polls and group chats so you virtually have the same collaborative learning experience of attending a course in a room with other people.

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We have delivered these 100's (if not 1000's) of times, and get great outcomes. We achieve great outcomes because we keep our learner centric approach - just because it’s delivered through a screen to some or all participants doesn’t mean it needs to be less tailored or less personalised.

You still have an expert trainer who talks to you prior to the session and tailors the delivery to use your terminology, ensure activities are relevant and directly applicable and ensures an engaging learning experience that provide people with skills and techniques they can apply the very next day.

A hybrid class is with some people connecting online, and some people physically together in the same room.

Live Online Participant Feedback:

90% Overall Trainer Rating

88% Delivery was Adapted to me Personally

75% I Would Recommend this Course to Someone Else

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Public Class Dates for Critical Thinking Training


  • Time: 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
  • Small classes, average 5 people, max 16
  • Prices excl. GST
  • Lunch and refreshments included
  • Certificate of Completion (always available in the App)
  • Comprehensive courseware as books (& available in the App)
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