To administer regional block (local anesthesia) prior to an eye surgery, the anesthetist must insert the needle at the correct position and angle to avoid unnecessary injury to the eye. A training module wherein an anesthetist can be trained to properly administer anesthesia would avoid the risks involved in real life training. Such a training system, where the position and angle of insertion of the needle used to administer anesthesia are determined employing a capacitive sensor array with suitable signal conditioning and sensing logic is described in this paper. Simulation studies and test results on a prototype built and tested demonstrated the practicality of the proposed scheme. The proposed scheme is designed such that the sensing system can be installed easily into a commercially available mannequin and the mannequin used for training, thus dispensing with the need for custom fabrication. © 2011 IEEE.