Not sure what course to take? Call 855.404.2783.
Certificate Program
EDU RDSN 120x120-atd-certificates-badge.PNG
EDU RDSN 120x120-atd-certificates-badge.PNG

Adult Learning Certificate

The foundational course for those who teach and develop lifelong learners.

Gain foundational knowledge of the theories and cognitive science principles underlying adult learning in the workplace to design, build, and facilitate learning with greater impact.

Live Online
Live Online
Credits: CEU 1.4 MORE
Level: Capable
Role(s): Trainer/Facilitator More
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Learning Sciences More

Pricing

$1,795
Member
$2,045
Nonmember
Course Info

Practices for successful adult learning differ greatly from those used for teaching children. By understanding the science behind how adults learn, as talent development and education professionals, we should optimize our learning and development initiatives to better meet outcomes and drive behavior change. To put it simply, this course will change the way you work and increase your impact.

... Read More

Practices for successful adult learning differ greatly from those used for teaching children. By understanding the science behind how adults learn, as talent development and education professionals, we should optimize our learning and development initiatives to better meet outcomes and drive behavior change. To put it simply, this course will change the way you work and increase your impact.

This comprehensive certificate program introduces the key adult learning and cognitive science theories and demonstrates how instructional designers, facilitators, subject matter experts who train, and other practitioners can put them into practice to maximize learning impact. With this critical knowledge at your fingertips, you will be able to use adult learning principles to inform all aspects of your education and training initiatives, from needs assessments to developing learning content to engaging and motivating participants in and outside of the classroom. You will explore how the adult brain works, including information processing, cognitive load, and communication theories and how these can be deployed in a learning setting.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of applying adult learning and cognitive science theory to help you improve your talent development efforts.
  • See adult learning principles in action through ATD expert facilitation and course design and activities.
  • Apply your learning through case studies, reflections, peer collaboration, and a personalized project.
  • Earn an industry-recognized certificate, continuing education credits, and an ATD digital badge to share with your networks.

ATD's Adult Learning Certificate is unique in that it is based upon multiple capabilities within the Talent Development Capability Model™, including the learning sciences, instructional design, training delivery, technology application, and evaluating impact capabilities. The concepts covered in the course are reflected in the Talent Development Body of Knowledge (TDBoK™), the definitive resource for the talent development profession, covering 23 capability areas. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Apply adult learning and cognitive science principles to real settings.
  • Employ templates and tools to assess learning needs
  • Evaluate learning content for adult learning and cognitive science principles.
  • Implement methods that engage and motivate adult learners.
  • Apply strategies for extending the classroom learning environment.
  • Produce plans for supporting the transfer of learning.
  • Create a plan to measure learning with the use of an evaluation model.
  • Choose an appropriate technology to meet a particular need.
  • Communicate learning concepts in alignment with communication principles.
020817_theory INSIGHT

3 Adult Learning Theories Every E-Learning Designer Must Know

As an instructional designer, you want to create courses that make a difference to your audience’s lives. You want to create courses that inspire them, that change mindsets and drive performance. In...

insight-process INSIGHT

What Do You Know About Brain Science and Adult Learning?

We’re hearing a lot these days about how the talent development community can use what experts know about brain science (or neuroscience) to improve adult learning. In fact, we often hear training...

Get the Course Brochure Brochure

Adult Learning Certificate Brochure

Download the brochure to learn everything you need to know about this course.

Topics
Theory to Practice
  • Core Concepts of Adult Learning
  • Adult Learning Theory and Principles
  • Moving from Theory to Practice
Assessing Learning Needs
  • How Do We Assess Learning Needs?
  • Supporting Individual Learners
Measuring Learning Results
  • Evaluation and Feedback Exchange
  • Commonly Used Evaluation Models
Developing Learning Content
  • Learning Content Considerations
  • Principles and Presentation
Motivating and Engaging Learners
  • Engage Adult Learners
  • Influencing Motivation
Extending the Classroom
  • Options for Learning Beyond the Traditional Classroom
  • Selecting Learning Options Based on Learning Needs
  • Connecting and Engaging Beyond the Classroom
Applying Learning in the Workplace
  • The Relationship Between Learning and Application
  • What Are the Tools and Strategies for Promoting the Application of Learning?
Who Should Attend

This program is designed for workplace learning and talent development professionals in roles such as trainer/facilitator, instructional designer, learning technologist, training coordinator/manager, or learning consultant who need a foundation in the principles of adult learning and learning sciences.

Roles outside of the talent development profession with responsibility for educating others will also benefit from this foundational course, including subject matter experts who train others and those who work in customer education, career and technical education, higher education, community education, adult basic education, and other learning environments geared toward adults.

Level: Capable
Roles: Trainer/Facilitator, Instructional Designer, Training/Talent Development Coordinator, Talent Development Manager, Independent Consultant, Professor/Educator
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Cindy_Lam
Cindy Lam

"ATD is an organization dedicated to talent development - with their research and expertise, I trust that their programs can give me what I am looking for to implement within my organization."

RZ
Ruth de Zayas

"ATD is a leader in the industry and their credential and certificate programs are a valuable asset to have on your resume."

Annie_Myers
Annie Myers

"ATD has a strong reputation in the training and development community. Having an ATD endorsement is a globally recognized "feather-in-your-cap."

Dates & Locations
Time Zone: Eastern Time
We use your device settings to determine and display times in your local time zone. You have the option to manually change the time zone displayed on td.org.
  • Jul 09-18, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Jul 30-Aug 08, 2024
    01:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Aug 05-14, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Aug 14-23, 2024
    01:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Sep 04-13, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Sep 16-25, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Sep 24-Oct 03, 2024
    09:00 AM - 01:30 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Oct 08-17, 2024
    01:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Oct 22-31, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Nov 06-15, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Nov 12-21, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Dec 03-12, 2024
    01:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Dec 10-19, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Jan 14-23, 2025
    01:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Feb 11-20, 2025
    01:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Mar 11-20, 2025
    09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
  • Mar 25-Apr 03, 2025
    01:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    Live Online
    Live Online
There are no results matching your choices. Try resetting all filters.
Facilitators
Jared Douglas
Nikki O'Keeffe, APTD
Darryl Wyles
Margie Meacham

Things to Know

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program, including both face-to-face and live online formats, and completion of all coursework and a program evaluation are mandatory to receive the certificate of completion and continuing education credits.

Face-to-Face Programs:
Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate.

Live Online Programs:
ATD requires active participation throughout the program to receive credit. Active participation in live online sessions includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work.

Make-up policy: You can miss and make up one session* by listening to a session recording. Instructions for reporting make-up sessions are posted on ATD’s learning platform.

*For full-day sessions, you can only miss up to 3.5 hours and make up the time by listening to the recording.

CREDITS

14.0 learning hours

1.4 CEUs awarded

This program is eligible for 14.0 professional development hours or recertification points from the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) for the APTD or CPTD credential.

This program has been approved for 14.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 14.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrm.org/certification.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

A laptop computer with Wi-Fi capability is required to participate in ATD Programs.

Face-to-Face Program Components (if applicable):
Please do not bring mobile devices (for example, phones or tablets) instead of a laptop. There will be no computers available on-site for participants. Note: You might not have an optimal experience using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to access your courses. Chrome is the recommended browser.

Live Online Program Components (if applicable):
You must log in to the learning platform to access course content and to join all live online sessions. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capability to participate. Please join your session from a location with a strong internet connection and plan to use VoIP for your audio during the entire session.

ATD LEARNING PLATFORM

Enrolled in a program? To check your course status and enrollment details, launch your course, or download your certificate, go to MyATD.

TRANSFERS/CANCELLATIONS

Click here to review our cancellation policy.

ATD HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY

View our health protocols for in-person courses.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have additional questions about ATD courses? Visit our FAQs for answers.