Every week, T&D posts a question on the ASTD Web-site (www.astd.org) that asks visitors what they think about the training field.
A controversy started when one visitor innocently asked, "What's the difference between training and facilitation?"
You could say that a trainer manages instruction, information, and practical skills that can be measured against a defined standard. A facilitator guides people toward knowledge, insight, and awareness.
Basically, a trainer deals in instruction, a facilitator deals in learning. But all instructors are a little bit of both. There's no conflict between the two. Which role the instructor chooses depends on the overall objective.