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Instructional Design Certificate

Leverage exclusive ATD tools and templates to develop the most powerful, bottom-line focused learning.

Developed for participants new to instructional design or for those who want to gain a comprehensive skill set, this is the complete workshop for designing outcome-based training.

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Credits: CEU 2.1 MORE
Level: Intermediate
Role(s): Instructional Designer
Language(s): English More


Course Info

With instructional design training you’ll learn best practices for conducting a needs assessment, completing a
job/task analysis, and designing and developing courses using exclusive ATD templates. Discover a structured step-
by-step process you can follow and apply immediately to your own training program development.

Earning this instructional design certificate gives you easy access to tools you’ll put to great use in your training
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With instructional design training you’ll learn best practices for conducting a needs assessment, completing a
job/task analysis, and designing and developing courses using exclusive ATD templates. Discover a structured step-
by-step process you can follow and apply immediately to your own training program development.

Earning this instructional design certificate gives you easy access to tools you’ll put to great use in your training
initiatives. You’ll learn to design a complete program that aligns with your business goals, including participant
guides, instructor guides, visual support, and other materials. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to work on
your own real-world program throughout the course.

This certificate is aligned with the instructional design area of expertise in the ATD Competency Model, which
serves as the foundation for ATD Certification Institute, Master Series programs and APTD and CPLP certifications.


  • Gain a strong foundation in the needs assessment and analysis process, ensure your training initiatives are effective and aligned with organization goals and expectations, and make the impact that you and your organization expect.
  • Develop engaging instructional events that take human memory and learning processes into account.
  • Learn how to determine which tools and instructional formats will deliver the best learning outcomes.
  • Collect data from subject matter experts and other stakeholders, and identify the competencies and tasks that will enable the achievement of business goals.
  • Create participant and facilitator guides and supporting materials to maximize learning and support on-the-job performance.


The Instructional Design Certificate materials model best practices so you can experience outcome-based training from a learner’s perspective. The program contains more than 15 ATD-exclusive job aids, process documents, templates, and checklists, including:

  • needs assessment process
  • interview guide
  • task analysis checklist
  • lesson outline
  • design document.

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What You Will Learn
  • Describe and apply the ADDIE model.
  • Conduct a training needs assessment that aligns performance needs with organizational results.
  • Select and use data collection techniques as part of the training needs assessment process.
  • Demonstrate how to structure instructional events that address psychological learning processes.
  • Apply the ROPES phases of instruction to construct effective learning events.
  • Write complete learning objectives based on observable actions or behaviors.
  • Select learning methods and media to support the attainment of learning objectives.
  • Apply guidelines to the use of visuals, text, and audio in instructional materials.
  • Create participant guides, facilitator guides, and supporting materials.
  • Prepare reports that document the training needs assessment, program design, and recommendations for training implementation, including pilot tests and rollout.
  • Develop an evaluation strategy for training initiatives.

What Instructional Design Certificate Alums Have to Say

“Now that I have the knowledge, I have more confidence in my new role at work.” That’s the word from one participant to ATD’s Instructional Design Certificate. If you want to feel the same way, you...

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ATD Instructional Design Certificate

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Topic 1 - Getting Started With Design
HPI Overview
ADDIE Overview
How HPI and ADDIE Work Together
Topic 2 - Analysis and Training Needs Assessment
Needs Assessment Process Overview
Organizational Analysis
Performance Analysis
Performer Analysis
Data Collection Techniques
Evaluation Planning
Needs Assessment Report
Topic 3 - Design
How People Learn
The Psychological Processes of Learning
Gagne’s 9 Events of Learning
Bloom’s Domains and Taxonomy of Learning
Writing Learning Objectives
Instructional Methods and Media
Course and Lesson Outlines (ROPES)
Assembling a Design Document
Topic 4 - Development
What to Develop, Why, and for Whom
Developing Materials for the Classroom
Developing Materials for the Facilitator
Developing Materials for the Learner
Developing Assessment Materials
Topic 5 - Implementation
Coordinating Program Support and Administration
Preparing Facilitators
Running a Pilot and Making Revisions
Course Follow-Up
Topic 6 - Evaluation
Evaluation: Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels
ROI (Level 5) Evaluation
Topic 7 - Appendix
Instructional Design Models
Performance Analysis: Key Tasks and Competencies Slide Example
Nominal Group Technique Focus Group
Priority Matrix Technique
Affinity Sort Technique
Gagne’s 9 Instructional Events
What Must Be Done
Learning Styles: Going, Going, Almost Gone
Blended Learning That Works (TD at Work)
Sample Design Documents
Effective Job Aids
Why Aesthetics Matter
Crash Course in Visual Design of Your Learning Presentation
The Art of Test Creation
Glossary of Terms
ATD Competency Model
The Basics of ISD Revisited
Reliable Utility Case Study
Who Should Attend

Developed for participants new to instructional design or for those who want to gain a comprehensive skill set, this is the complete workshop for designing outcome-based training.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals – trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners – but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Level: Intermediate
Roles: Instructional Designer
Language: English, Spanish, Chinese
What Our Participants Are Saying
Ty Pierson

“If content is king, then this program deserves our fealty. It’s a full-featured, well-rounded design course. If you're seeking to improve your design skills, this is the course to take. The trainer was world class, and the participants amazing.”

Edwin Perez

"The course materials are well designed and very practical. The checklists and job aids will be very useful in designing instructional design programs. The program followed best practices in adult learning and focused on practical application. The activities were well designed and respectful of my professional experience and my time."

Sarah Callahan

"I am new to instructional design, and our instructor provided us with a framework for each major design methodology. I learned that many times the best approach to developing a learning project is a blended approach. I found this course to be helpful in explaining the basic information I need to be a high performer in my new role."

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Face-to-Face Certificate 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 Certificate 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.


21.0 learning hours

2.1 CEUs awarded

Up to 21.0 APTD Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

Up to 21.0 CPLP Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

This program has been approved for 21.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 21.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


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