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ATD Master Trainer® Program

Focused on practice and grounded in theory, prove your ability to deliver the most engaging and effective training solutions - in both the classroom and virtual environments.

Elevate your skills through this experiential and blended assessment-based program. Grow your knowledge, prove your skill, and challenge yourself. Become an ATD Master Trainer.

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Credits: CEU 2.8 MORE
Level: Advanced
Role(s): Trainer/Facilitator More
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Learning Sciences More

Pricing

$3,295
Member
$3,545
Nonmember
Course Info

The role of the trainer has evolved to include building consultative partnerships, demonstrating facilitation skills dependent on learner dynamics, and reporting on business metrics to validate the effectiveness of the learning solution. Aligned to the Talent Development Capability Model... Read More

The role of the trainer has evolved to include building consultative partnerships, demonstrating facilitation skills dependent on learner dynamics, and reporting on business metrics to validate the effectiveness of the learning solution. Aligned to the Talent Development Capability Model, this renowned program covers the entire process of training delivery including purpose and assessment, decision making, planning and preparation, presentation and facilitation, performance and evaluation, and business metrics and reporting. Engage with your cohort and facilitator to lift the conversation about training delivery to the master level, showcasing your ability to adapt to learner needs and be successful delivering in any modality (classroom, virtual, asynchronous, or a blend). Identify where you excel and where you have opportunities for growth. Benefit from a structured and collaborative learning experience and the opportunity to assess your knowledge and skills through discussion, practice, and skills demonstrations.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Develop and demonstrate mastery of training and facilitation through multiple practice deliveries, including individualized feedback and analysis.
  • Gain access to tools, resources, and templates to use on the job.
  • Receive personalized feedback from your facilitator and peers.
  • Earn the industry-recognized ATD Master Trainer designation and digital badge.
  • Accelerate your pathway toward achieving the APTD or CPTD Certification. Learn more.

How the Program Works:

  • Learn research-based best practices from across the Talent Development Capability Model to elevate your training and facilitation skills.
  • Engage in a flexible around-your-schedule program via ATD’s online learning platform and facilitator-led sessions.
  • Benefit from the role modeling, wisdom, and guidance of an expert ATD facilitator.
  • Learn with and from a group of peers through application-based discussions and reflections.
  • Personalize your Master Trainer journey by assessing your current skills, adapting scenarios to your context, and demonstrating success with skills practice opportunities.

After the Program Ends

To support ongoing professional development, ATD master program registration includes a complimentary course elective. Take the ATD certificate program of your choice following successful completion of your ATD master program. Exclusions apply.

Learners cannot enroll in the following as their complimentary elective:

  • Other ATD master programs
  • Training Design & Delivery Certificate
  • APTD or CPTD preparation courses and preparation bootcamps
  • ATD on-demand courses


ATD Master Trainer® Program is offered by the ATD Certification Institute. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Diagnose your current ability in delivering training with the ATD Master Trainer self-assessment tool, the Learning Prioritization Inventory.
  • Demonstrate the ATD essential skills in delivering training, including preparation, creating a positive learning climate, facilitating learning, managing challenges, and evaluating learning.
  • Select questions to use when conducting a needs assessment to determine the need for training.
  • Apply adult learning principles and cognitive learning theory.
  • Describe various models of instructional design (ID).
  • Convey measurable outcome-based learning objectives.
  • Plan and prepare for conducting a consultative needs analysis conversation.
  • Identify best practices for maintaining and enforcing organizational standards.
  • Apply decision-making models to a scenario.
  • Prepare for a training session by sequencing facilitation.
  • Select methods to address learner motivation.
  • Define types of delivery media, including facilitating virtual training.
  • Identify best practices in learning technology.
  • Recall copyright guidelines for use of creative work.
  • Create stories, examples, and analogies to connect with participant needs.
  • Identify best practices in co-facilitation.
  • Create a culturally aware and inclusive learning environment.
  • Facilitate learning using effective questioning techniques and feedback methods.
  • Apply relevant solutions to overcome challenges in the classroom.
  • Identify assessment techniques to ensure learning outcomes.
  • Describe the purpose of coaching.
  • Evaluate training to align to business outcomes.
  • Analyze and evaluate training delivery skills through a detailed assessment review.
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Program Components
Weeks 1–3 (Online)
Three weeks prior to the face-to-face or live online component, join your cohort in a private online community to complete self-directed exercises, participate in discussions, learn from curated ATD resources, and complete assignments for facilitator feedback. Complete your Learning Prioritization Inventory and start key assignments to prepare you for your week four skills assessment.

Topics covered include purpose and assessment, decision making, and planning and preparation—the first three components of the ATD Master Training Cycle.

In this component you'll spend 5 flexible hours online, on the day and time of your choosing, over a 3-week span.
Week 4 (Face-to-Face or Live Online)
In this three-day face-to-face or live online training, you will gather with your cohort and facilitator to expand upon the learning started in the first three weeks. You will be presented with multiple opportunities for skills practice and focused feedback to improve your training delivery skills. And finally, you will complete the skills assessment based on activities completed in the first three weeks.

Topics covered include presentation and facilitation, the fourth component of the ATD Master Training Cycle.

In this component you'll spend 16 hours in a 3-day face-to-face or live online session, prescheduled by ATD and visible to you when you enroll.
Weeks 5–6 (Online)
Re-engage with your cohort online to complete self-directed exercises, participate in discussions, learn from curated ATD resources, and reflect on your Master Trainer journey.

Topics covered include performance and evaluation and metrics and reporting, the final two components of the ATD Master Training Cycle.

In this component you'll spend 2 flexible hours online, on the day and time of your choosing, over a 2-week span.
Weeks 6–8 (Online)
Complete the final learning project during weeks six to eight, which entails submitting a 10-minute facilitation along with a detailed analysis using the ATD Training Delivery and Facilitation Standards rubric to evaluate your facilitation choices and areas for improvement. Your learning project is a complete evaluation of your training delivery skills and provides individualized feedback from the facilitator.

In this component you'll spend 5 flexible hours online, on the day and time of your choosing, over a 2-week span.

Earn the ATD Master Trainer digital badge and designation after successfully completing all course work and earning a passing your skills assessment and your final learning project.

After completing the program, you will be invited to join the ATD Masters Collective, a private community of other ATD Masters alumni where you will have the opportunity to continue to learn and celebrate accomplishments together.
Elective Course Offering
To support ongoing professional development, ATD master program registration includes a complimentary course elective. Take the ATD certificate program of your choice following successful completion of your ATD master program. Exclusions apply.

Learners cannot enroll in the following as their complimentary elective:
  • Other ATD master programs
  • Training Design & Delivery Certificate
  • APTD or CPTD preparation courses and preparation bootcamps
  • ATD on-demand courses
WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Experienced professionals ready to elevate their skills and demonstrate mastery in training delivery and facilitation. Roles may include professional trainers, facilitators, training consultants, training officers, corporate trainers, faculty developers, and managers and/or directors of learning and development.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To ensure you gain the most from this advanced-level program, you must:

  • Have a minimum of three years in the training and facilitating profession.
  • Be knowledgeable about effective training techniques (such as managing participants, engaging a variety of learning styles, managing classroom challenges, and creating a positive learning environment) and how to apply them.
  • Have experience with developing engaging, learner-centered training solutions.
  • Have completed a foundational ATD certificate program such as the ATD Training & Facilitation Certificate (preferred, not required).
Level: Advanced
Roles: Trainer/Facilitator, Talent Development Manager, Independent Consultant, Talent Development Director/Executive
Language: English
WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING
JM
Jane Magness
Training and Development Manager

"I would absolutely recommend this program to a friend. It's rare to make so much professional progress in such a short span of time, but the Master Trainer's program significantly impacted my skills."

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Miranda Hines

“The Master Trainer course was hands down the best and most engaging workshop I've ever attended. Incorporating self-study, hands-on activities, feedback, and elective learning, there was never a dull moment. I am excited to apply what I've learned in my own organization and look forward to attending future ATD trainings!”

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Mark DuPont

“Anyone who is in a leadership or supervisory level of training, regardless of your experience and skills, needs to go through this course to validate what you are doing, and more importantly, sharpen your professional abilities with true knowledge of theory and practice.”

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  • Feb 26-Apr 19, 2024
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    11:30 AM - 07:30 PM
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    08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
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    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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    Guangzhou City, China
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    Beijing, China
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Facilitators
Donna Steffey, CPTD
Julie Patrick
Sardek Love
Sharon Wingron, CPTD

Things to Know

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

ATD Master® Programs are blended learning experiences that take place over multiple weeks. Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program, including both face-to-face and online program components (if applicable), and all coursework is mandatory to earn the ATD Master designation and continuing education credits.

Face-to-Face Program Components (if applicable):
No more than two hours of the entire face-to-face program can be missed.

Live Online Program Components (if applicable):
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.

Asynchronous Program Components: New content will be made available on ATD’s learning platform each week. All activities, assessments, and project work must be completed the week they are assigned.

CREDITS

28.0 learning hours

2.8 CEUs awarded

This program is eligible for 28.0 professional development hours or recertification points from the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) for the APTD or CPTD credential. New! Earning the ATD Master Trainer designation fulfills the entire professional development requirement toward the APTD or CPTD Certification. See ATD CI eligibility criteria for details.

This program has been approved for 28.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 28.0 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.

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