There are immediate and long-term needs for tobacco control capacity development in India. In the short term, the development of in-person and virtual training programmes aimed at increasing the number of people educating the population about tobacco offers a critical and cost-effective approach to expanding the knowledge-base regarding tobacco. For the longer term, a core of tobacco control professionals is needed, who will sustain tobacco control initiatives across the country for decades to come. This article identifies past courses that offer core curriculum and various training models that could be used to reach a large and diverse audience in India.