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ATD Master Trainer™ Program

Tailor your learning. Prove your ability. Deliver the most engaging and effective training.

Work closely with expert facilitators to master all aspects of training delivery in this unique assessment-based program. Prove your ability. Earn the title. Become an ATD Master Trainer.

Credits: CEU 2.8 MORE
Level: Advanced
Role(s): Director / Executive More
Language(s): English


Course Info

You’ve seen the role of the trainer evolve and demand more of your talent and time. The ATD Master Trainer Program is a unique, assessment-based certificate that properly prepares you for what comes next.

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You’ve seen the role of the trainer evolve and demand more of your talent and time. The ATD Master Trainer Program is a unique, assessment-based certificate that properly prepares you for what comes next.

This advanced-level program covers the entire process of training delivery, including assessment, preparation, creating a positive learning environment, and facilitating and evaluating learning. You’ll work closely with facilitators to master all aspects of training delivery. Identify areas where you excel and where you have opportunities for growth. Benefit from collaborative and structured training and the opportunity to assess your knowledge and skills.


  • Develop and demonstrate mastery of training and facilitation through multiple practice deliveries and individualized feedback and analysis.
  • Gain access to ATD’s comprehensive guide to delivering training and receive a participant guide full of tools, resources, and templates to use on the job.
  • Receive personalized feedback from your facilitator and peers.

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What You Will Learn
  • Diagnose your current ability in delivering training, with the ATD Master Trainer Self-Assessment tool.
  • Prepare for a training session.
  • Conduct a needs and audience analysis to determine the need for training.
  • Identify measurable learning objectives.
  • Apply adult learning principles.
  • Establish an environment conducive to learning.
  • Create diverse opportunities for participants to connect with the content.
  • Facilitate learning using best practice techniques.
  • Practice learner-centered training methods and alternatives to lectures.
  • Develop strategies for different learning needs.
  • Identify challenges in the classroom, and select and apply the most effective solutions.
  • Enhance your capacity to design effective audio visuals and learning aids and use them successfully in the training.
  • Evaluate training at the “Four Levels”: participant satisfaction, learning, application and behavior change, and business impact.
  • Identify strengths of delivering face-to-face training and online learning, and determine best practices that apply to both environments.
  • Demonstrate core and comprehensive knowledge in delivering training, including principles, models, and trends.
  • Demonstrate the ATD essential skills in delivering training, including preparation, creating a positive learning environment, facilitating learning, managing challenges, and evaluating learning.
Master Trainer Insight

What Makes a Master Trainer?

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ATD Master Trainer™ Program - Donna Steffey

Watch as ATD facilitator, Donna Steffey, describes the ATD Master Trainer Program. Tailor your learning. Prove your ability. Deliver the most engaging and effective training.

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Be a Master in the Training Room

Be properly prepared as the role of the trainer evolves and more is demanded of your talent and time. Review the ATD Master Trainer™ infographic to find out if this designation is right for you.

Program Components
Part 1: Fundamentals (Online)
Two weeks prior to the face-to-face component, you’ll join your peers in a private online community to complete self-directed exercises. You’ll be welcomed to the program, invited to network with your facilitator and fellow learners, and given access to key program materials and resources.
Part 2: ATD Master Trainer Core Course (Face-to-Face)
You’ll attend a four-day classroom training covering content on assessing needs, preparing for training, creating a positive learning environment, facilitating learning, managing challenges, and evaluating learning.

Highlights include:
  • a connection to the orientation
  • building on your learning prioritization inventory
  • multiple opportunities to practice and improve your delivery (including video recording)
  • a skill demonstration on day four.

Class size is limited to 16 to provide more comprehensive and tailored learning.

Select the date and location most convenient for you.
Part 3: Elective and Wrap-Up
The final component to your success in the program is your wrap-up assignment, to be submitted within three months after the core course.

You also must pass a 20-question assessment to demonstrate mastery of the content of this program. You may take this at any time during the program and can retake it until you achieve a passing score.

Finally, should you choose to do so, you'll continue your personalized learning experience by completing a complimentary elective course (online or face-to-face) of your choice to help you address your own unique professional development needs. You may choose from any ATD certificate program (except for the Training Design and Delivery Certificate program) or any Essentials Series Online Workshop. The CPLP Prep, APTD Prep, Elements, and another Master Series are not included in the complimentary option.

ATD estimates approximately three to four months to successfully complete the entire program.

Keep in mind the ATD Master Trainer Program is a unique and robust assessment-based program. If you are interested in strengthening your ability in training delivery but are not interested in committing to the ATD Master Trainer assessment component or timeframe, consider the Training Certificate program

Experienced professionals ready to elevate their skills and demonstrate mastery in training delivery and facilitation.


To ensure you gain the most from this advanced-level program, you must meet the following criteria to participate:

  1. a minimum of three years in the training and facilitating profession
  2. knowledge of 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
  3. experience developing engaging, learner-centered training solutions
  4. completion of a foundational ATD certificate program such as the ATD Training Certificate (preferred, not required).
Level: Advanced
Roles: Director / Executive, Trainer
Language: English
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!”

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.”

Cristina Gardner

"The program offers a holistic and strategic approach to the mission of being an efficient ambassador of the training field. It treats every topic in great detail. You receive very comprehensive and well organized materials and the instructor was extremely knowledgeable."

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Things to Know


Face-to-Face Courses
Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and CEUs. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate. Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

Online Courses
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive a completion certificate and any applicable credits.

ATD requires active participation through the program to receive credit for the class. Active participation includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

For programs with five or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to receive the certificate. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Portal at the end of the program. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.


28.0 learning hours

2.8 CEUs awarded

Up to 28.0 APTD Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

Up to 28.0 CPLP Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

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


Enrolled in a program? Sign in to the ATD Learning Portal with your ATD account credentials two weeks before the first day of class to:

  • Engage with your facilitator and peers.
  • Access pre-work assignments.
  • View any technical requirements.
  • Review logistical information.


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